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Oct 10, 2019 - B707 Dedication at YEG
From the desk of Cynthia Kent (Jung)

Today, as I was randomly searching for some information about my father, Arthur Jung, I came across the PWA Employee Alumni website and the entry about the Leduc Memorial Park. To this day, I have mixed emotions about the crash but am very moved to know that there is now a memorial to the lost crew.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t aware the efforts to establish the memorial and regret that I wasn’t present at the dedication. However, I will be sure to plan a visit to the park sometime in the near future, and if possible, would like to arrange to meet and thank those responsible in person.
I would appreciate if you could please pass on to all how touched and grateful we are to learn of the Leduc memorial park.
Kind regards, Cynthia Kent (nee Jung)

Sep 26, 2019 - An artist upscales a PWA Hercules.
An alumni requested a painting of CF-PWO based on a poster. This was how she did it and the results
https://youtu.be/-P3e9PqSAbw  credits R. Ward & Lana Larouche

Sep 17, 2019: History of CF-BQH Beechcraft 18A &  the Story of L and M Air Service from the desk of N. Burton Resident Historian.
CF-BQH registrations: CF-BQH – photo courtesy of E. Eppler.
1940 – manufactured by Beechcraft
1940 – May 08 – Canadian Airways Ltd, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1942 - by name change – Canadian Pacific Air Lines, Montreal, Quebec.
1948 – June 29 – H. R. McConachie, Fort St. James, B.C. (Harry Russell McConachie believed to be Grant McConachie’s uncle).
1949 – July 04 – L&M Air Service Ltd, Vernon, B.C.
1949 – December 12 – H.A. (Hugh) Mann, Vernon, B.C.
1953 – August 21 – Pacific Western Airlines Ltd, Vancouver, B.C.
1958 – September 24 – R.H. Laidman, North Vancouver, B.C.
1961 – September 29 – Aircraft destroyed by fire – forced landing after take-off due fire in cabin.
Source: Canadian Civil Aircraft Register (1929-45) compiled by John R. Ellis, published by the Canadian Aviation Historical Society.

Part of a brief history of the Okanagan Valley service of L and M Air Service Ltd..
On 26 October 1948, L and M Air Service Ltd officials gave evidence toward an application for service at an Air Transport Board hearing at the Court House, in Vernon, B.C.
A service was being proposed to connect the cities of Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton, for a link to the east-west operations of Canadian Pacific Air Lines, at Penticton. Presenting evidence for the company were: R.H. “Dick” Laidman, president, Peter Dyck, secretary-treasurer, and Dan McIvor, accountant.
Kamloops city council received notice, in March 1949, that L and M Air Service’s application was approved. By early July, Dan McIvor met with an alderman to discuss the temporary float for Riverside Park that would be needed.
A couple of pre-inaugural flights took place, one, Monday - 19 September 1949, carried newspaper reporters of the 4 cities, while the second, Friday – 23 September, carried Kamloops Mayor W.J. Moffatt and the mayors of Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton.
Piloting the 6-passenger twin-engine Beechcraft was Dan McIvor, the company’s operations manager, while Hugh Mann, a managing director, was co-pilot. Peter Dyck was the company’s spare pilot.
On the first scheduled flight, 26 September, Mrs. R. Heron, a Kamloops travel agent, was a passenger and returned to Kamloops on the return flight. Mr. Charles J. Dowell, of Vernon, was the first passenger, from the Okanagan, to arrive in Kamloops, that first day.
Air service was daily (except Sunday), leaving Kamloops at 07:00 hrs. and arriving at Penticton at 08:55 hrs. Northbound, the aircraft left Penticton at 12:05 hrs. with arrival at Kamloops’ Riverside Park, at 14:15 hrs. Landings were made at Vernon, at the pier near the “Sutherland Arms”, at Okanagan Landing, at Kelowna’s “City Park”, and at the Yacht Club at Penticton.
During the winter land aircraft would be used, possibly an Anson twin.
By the beginning of November 1949, it was reported by Kamloops alderman George Greer that L and m Air Service was using Fulton Field Airport (Kamloops) for winter operation to the Okanagan.
Due to interruptions of mail service by railway (Fraser Canyon slides) municipal councils were joining together to request the Post Office to give L and M Air Service a contract to fly mail, in December 1949.
How long L and M Air Service operated this Okanagan Valley service is unknown, but Canadian Pacific Air Lines began air service from Vancouver to Kamloops and the Cariboo and Prince George in April 1950.
Source: Vernon News and Kamloops Sentinel.
R.H. “Dick” Laidman, Dan McIvor and Hugh Mann all spent part of their flying careers with Central British Columbia Airways and Pacific Western Airlines.
Research: Neil Burton – 16 September 2019.


Sep 6, 2019  A 2017 News Article about a B707 and YEG
Click here for the article:  https://www.edmontonprimetimes.com/article/remnants-of-aviation-tragedy-uncovered-20171228

Sep 5, 2019 PWA B737 Charter Flight to Calgary
Captain Fred Traupe and F/O Barrett Thornton picked up the singer Tony Orlando and Dawn ~Sep 1978 on a charter — Eugene, Oregon to Calgary.

July 15, 2019 50 Years ago - BC Airlines- 1969
B.C. Air Lines, a division of C.A.E. Industries was the largest airline operating entirely within B.C. Its marketing zone was: “Pacific Thunderbird” -- and added routes of -- “Okanagan Thunderbird” – Vancouver, Penticton, Kelowna, Kamloops; “Kootenay Thunderbird” – Vancouver, Penticton or Kelowna, Castlegar, Cranbrook; “Cariboo Thunderbird” – Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George; and “Skeena Thunderbird” – Terrace, Smithers, Prince George.
Air service was with the Nord 262 Vistaliner.
From advertising, it appears service was to begin April 30, 1969.
Northwest Industries Limited, of Edmonton, Alberta, of which B.C. Airlines was a subsidiary, was purchased by CAE in 1962.
Pacific Western Airlines negotiated the purchase of B.C. Airlines in July 1970, with expected closure of the deal in mid-August.
President of Pacific Western Airlines was R.H. “Dick” Laidman.
Schedules for P.W.A., including the equipment of B.C. Airlines, were expected to become effective September 15th.
Neil Burton/15 July 2019.


July 7, 2019 C-GTAR Aer Lingus 737 (Photo Credit Anthony Hickey)


July 7, 2019 Hercules ReUnion YXD - 2019 Edition.

Click here for the news article.

July 4, 2019 Avro Anson
Rose Fleet submitted this picture of a rare PWA Avro Anson reg CF-PAC.  The details of this aircraft were submitted by Robbie Stewart:  The Avro Anson was a re-purposed ex-WW 2 Aircraft that was in plentiful supply post war and many found airline applications for a reasonable cost.
My Father, Captain Kees Fransbergen flew the Anson during the war, and did the training when the aircraft joined the Associated Airways and later PWA fleet. A good family friend and ex-Pilot for PWA ( Capt. Hank Fransen , later Martinair Holland) had a remarkable incident flying the Anson onto a small northern strip where the wingtip on one side was sheared off... the airframe mechanics flew up there and simply cut off the wingtip on the other side and the plane was flown back to Edmonton like that!

June 7, 2019 - Alberta Aviation Museum Update

June 5, 2019 - Boeing 767 Sticker (sent by M. Armstrong)

June 5, 2019  Boeing 737-275 A/C 746 C-GJPW
Turn Around at The Pas Manitoba. Acquired 05/09/1979

May 12, 2019 Capt. Arnie Young taking the photo of our Electra at Cambridge Bay winter ´74 .. temperature I remember was -51c  (photo  credit B. Thornton)

1973 Electra L-188 Onload Fort Simpson, NWT (Photo Credit B. Thornton)

April 24, 2019 - Canadian Fishing Charter Vacations

April 3, 2019 From Airlines of the Past

Route Map c1985

Boeing 727-100


March 29, 2019 - Wally Sutherland - Resolute
In Sep 1972, Wally Sutherland, a mainline employee based in YRB suffered a fatal stroke. It was a sad time for the airline. Several staff shuffles ensued. That fall, new staff including Jim Wyse, Jim Dobell, Martin Wilkins, and myself were sent to work the mainline scheduled service.
Today, I received a request from Wes Sutherland, Wally's son, who would like any info or pictures of his Dad. Wes was 7 Years old at that time.
From Wes: Hello. After years of looking, I finally found my late father’s name in the PWA employees memorial directory.
Would love to chat with anyone who may have worked with him.
Is there a central point of access for information that you can be direct me to or someone who may know?
Many thanks.
Sincerely, Wes Sutherland skeena@shaw.ca or the Webmaste

March 25, 2019 Aluminum model of PWA Lockheed L-188 Electra.
Anthony Hickey is an aviation enthusiast, expert photographer and a long time employee at Calgary Airport. He has obtained an aluminum cast model of a custom made L-188. Anthony then polished and hand painted the aircraft in a/c 183 livery. It weighs 18 pounds, length is 28 inches and wing span 26 inches. It has been a labour of love and work in progress for approx 1 year. Also a/c 183 taken at YXD by Anthony Hickey.  He is very proud to share this with you.


Feb 3, 2019 - Hercules Reunion - June 7, 8, 9  - 2019
From the desk of Stu Russell - Please mark the dates June 7, 8, and 9th on your calendars for the PWA Hercules Reunion. This 3-day fun packed event will take place at the Edmonton Inn XDI. If you are interested in more info, please email Stu at russellsf@shaw.ca.
“ The Herc Rats welcome anyone from the PWA / CDN family who was involved in the northern airports, resupply operations with the L188 Electra, B737C, B727C and the overseas operations of the 707-320C. Come join the gang at the 8th reunion and share the tall tales and cool refreshments” .

Jan 31, 2019 Why does the B737-200 still fly in Canada?
This video has clips of some of the former PWA B737-200 fleet. https://youtu.be/7O5WHFBmuKs

Jan 21, 2019 Boeing 737-200 Gravel Kit
This is Boeing testing the B737-200C gravel kit on the Hope, BC runway circa 1972. This mod was a recent addition to the 737. I believe there is a tie-in to the a/c 732. PWA took delivery of 732 in 1969. https://www.facebook.com/pilotscafe/videos/329647897586301/

Jan 21, 2019 A/C 746 at The Pas, MB
A newly posted B737 a/c 746 by EricG at airliners.net

Dec 28, 2018 - From the desk of Capt. Terry Champion (Ret'd) - RE: Capt Jack Johnson's Jenny
The plan for the placement the Curtis Jenny at the Museum is to move an airplane or two away, to open up a wide enough and create a prominent location. This will be done early in January when the wings will be attached and the display built. The alternative platform will not be needed so the funding target has been reduced accordingly. Including the acquisition cost and installation of the display the targe
t is revised to $8,000.
The total donations received so far have reached $7500.00 (Dec 28/18) with a few  firm pledges still to come. I am extremely happy with the progress and the results and want to offer a heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the alumni of PWA for their support. With Kind Regards,  Terry Champion
(see below for display funding campaign)

Dec 2, 2018 - Boeing 737 Operations at Fulton Field - Kamloops Airport
A historical document created by our Neil Burton on B737 operations at YKA

Nov 5, 2018 - Boeing 767-200 Aircraft and Boeing 737. (credit Chris E.)
A unique and rare photo of both Boeing 767-200's at the gate in Vancouver, plus a Boeing 767 in Calgary and a 737 on final. Great pictures.

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