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April 16, 2014 - Douglas DC-7 to Frankfurt
Hello!   My name is Mike Herrfurth. Im writing in the hope that I might find some help with regard to a DC-7 flight in 1965. I'm a Jazz CRJ Captain based in Calgary these days and grew up next to YXD. My first flight on an airplane was in August 1965 Im told, at age one. It was on a Pacific Western DC-7c from CYXD to Frankfurt Germany, via Keflavik, Iceland.
I've been trying for some time to determine the registration of the aircraft on that flight, as I was hoping to have a model built for sentimental reasons. My parents unfortunately don't have any pictures, but I have an interesting story that I hope might help in finding out.
While I dont have an exact date in August 1965, my parents tell me that the aircraft was a DC-7. The first leg was from CYXD to Keflavik. On landing in Keflavik, the airplane apparently had an incident.  Damage was minimal, and after a 16 hour maintenance delay, the airplane was test flown and we continued on our next leg to Frankfurt.
Several years later, i was on a trip with my family to Hawaii ( age 13 / 1977 ), we were flying on a PWA 707. The pilots kindly opened the flight deck for visits enroute and I was able to have a look up front. I mentioned to the pilots, the story about my first flight, and the runway excursion on the DC-7. The captain said, "Oh, I remember that, it was me flying!"
Ive submitted a picture I took of this Captain on the 707 flight deck. I'm wondering if you, or anyone might recognize this person, or have any contact information that might be helpful. I know its been a long time and perhaps the Captain is no longer with us, but if anyone knows this story or has any connection to a log book or persons involved, I would sincerely appreciate
any help you or others may be able to offer in finding the registration of
this aircraft from my first flight.

Sincere thanks and Best Regards, Mike Herrfurth Calgary, AB

It appears there were possibly only 2 DC-7C's and that narrows the registrations to CF-NAI or CF-PWM.
Send your suggestions to the webmaster


April 8, 2014 - Capt Harry Bray
Capt Harry Bray - a very accomplished aviator who started Kamloops Air Service (later bought by PWA) has an unfinished story. In January of 1947 he flew a rented Tiger Moth on skis onto a snow covered Azure Lake, north of Clearwater B.C..  His mission - to rescue a sick trapper - Henry Hogue. The aircraft broke through the ice, could not be raised and ultimately sank to the bottom. The remains of the machine were never found by the time Harry died but that has changed. A few years ago a group of fellows found the plane but they are running into so much red tape (lake is in Wells Grey Provincial Park) that the little aircraft may never again see the light of day although it apparently is in good shape. The lake is cold and of course fresh water.  Updates to come (A. Giolma)


April 1, 2014 - CP Air in YKA
Its a snowy day in 1969 and this route then belonged to CP Air.  A nice picture for this special Day.  Submitted by A Giolma.


March 18, 2014 - B737-200 1/72 model decals

Richard Albert, a model aircraft builder in Edmonton asked for assistance with decals and PMT graphics to make decals for a model B737 aircraft in 1/72 scale. It would be identical to A/C745 parked at Villeneuve. A 1/72 scale B737 is about 6 inches high at the tail.  If you are a model aircraft enthusiast or can assist, email Richard
here.


March 15, 2014 - Aircraft

 (Thanks DD)


March 11, 2014 - Web Outage
We have had some measure of return to normal functionality of our web services.  Last week, the Hosting Service located in Houston updated their Unix Servers with the latest version of Apache Web Server Software.  In the process it knocked out a series of functional components of the pages including menu, page counters, shared borders and dynamic web templates.  If you notice any disconnected pages or graphics, please email the webmaster.


Feb 14, 2014 - Captain Harry Bray, F/O Val Hennell & TBA FA - DC3  Campbell River (Circa 1960)


Jan 29, 2014 Stampeder Uniform
This photo is from the Canadian Aviation Museum in Ottawa.  it might be a Studio shot of the then "Proposed Uniform"   The person may be a model but perhaps not. if anyone can identify her, please email the webmaster.

We have answers to the identity of the F/A and it is D. Rubin - thanks to R. Whitehouse and J. Keefe


Jan 29, 2013 - 100 Year Anniversary of the Airline Industry
From the first flight in 1914, of a single passenger in a float plane across Tampa Bay, this interactive show tells us all about it and where the industry is going.
The Guardian
100 Years of Aviation



Dec 29, 2013 - William Lopaschuk

Should you be interested in the flying career of a former CBCA, PWA, TPA pilot, you might read “They call me Lopey – A Saga of Wilderness Flying, by William Lopaschuk”. It was first printed in 2009 and reached it’s third printing in May 2013. www.creekstonepress.com  It retails at $19.95, but could possibly be found through inter-library loan through your local library.
Neil Burton


Dec 12, 2013 - The last flight of A/C 745
Much has happened in the past few months - get updated here. A video of 745 landing at Villeneuve Airport


Curtiss C-46 sent by AJH "Joe" Collinson


Oct 24, 2013 Info on the Bellanca Senior Skyrocket
Greetings  - We need your reader's assistance relative to an article I am researching for the Museum’s newsletter.  I am interested in an airplane that was manufactured by Northwest Industries in Edmonton between 1945 and 1949. The plane in question is the Bellanca Senior Skyrocket. Only 20 of these airplanes were ever built – 7 by the parent company in the U.S. and 13 by Northwest Industries under licence.
For the article, I am trying to identify the 13 planes that were produced and what happened to them. I recently came across some information on the internet that showed two Senior Skyrockets flying for PWA circa 1950. The two planes were CF-EQQ and CF-EQR. The internet information noted these planes were Model 31-55B’s while Northwest Industries aircraft were commonly designated Model 31-55A’s (I’m not sure why the discrepancy exists).
I was wondering if any of your members might be able to tell me more about CF-EQQ and CF-EQR – their origins, their use by PWA and their ultimate fate. If your members know about any other Senior Skyrockets and what happened to them that would also be of interest (for example, CF-DCE flew for Superior Airways of Ft. William, Ontario and CF-DCH is on display at the Reynolds Alberta Museum – I believe it is the last example still in existence).
Again, any help you or your members could provide would be greatly appreciated. Any responses can be directed to my
e-mail:
Thanks and best wishes,
Neil Taylor
Newsletter Editor
Alberta Aviation Museum

Click this link and another link to find both of these  aircraft

Update - CF-EQR was originally purchased by Associated Airways in 1949 and then became part of PWA in 1957 when PWA took over Associated. PWA then sold it to Basco Aircraft Supplies of Edmonton in 1959 and it was crashed in 1961 by an individual leasing it from Basco.

CF-EQQ also came from Associated Airways to PWA then was sold to the Clark family in Meadow Lake, Sask. in 1958.


Oct 4, 2013 - AC 745
We have been in contact with Capt Terry Champion (ret) - Edmonton Aviation Museum
The changes at the Edmonton Muni downtown airport may necessitate that our B737 be flown to Villeneuve in November this year.  The aircraft is in near flying condition and work is being advanced by members and Canadian North.  Keep posted for new developments.


To All Former PWA Employees and Families

As you may have heard, the City intends to close the last runway November 30th and immediately tear up the runways, taxiways, etc. And the City refuses to let us expand our boundaries as we thought they would. As a result, there is insufficient room for the Museum to keep the PWA 737, so it is important to fly it out sometime in November. At the moment it looks like, with considerable assistance from Canadian North, the aircraft will be flown to Villeneuve Additionally, restrictions to our operations, imposed
by the City, could see the Restoration Dept., the Cadets, and most of the other organizations in the hangar forced out, making it very difficult for the Museum to operate in a solvent manner.
It is time to let the public know what effect the Cities actions will have on us, so a public awareness event is planned for Saturday, October 12th from 11:00 to 2:00 PM. There will be a fly-in of light aircraft and the 737 will be opened to the public. This will be the last time the public will have access to #745 for a long time, perhaps forever. So all members of the PWA family are invited to join us next Saturday. Group photos will be taken from about 2:00 to 2:30 (bring your cameras!) Lets have a good turnout and let the City know what we think of their plans. If you wore a uniform, and it still fits, please wear it. If you are not a Museum member, admission is free for this event, but please bring some I.D. or something to identify yourselves at the admission desk. Pass the word around to those who do not have e-mail.
See you on the 12th!
Terry Champion (Capt Retired)


Sep 20, 2013 PM Honours Pilot Heroics
Our Capt G. Moul was recognized for his role in the flight to freedom in Uganda in 1972.  Amazing story and thanks C N R Beck. Read the article here.


Sep 4, 2013 - Russ Baker Book
Found this picture in a book "Bush Flying to Blind Flying"  British Columbia's Aviation Pioneers 1930-1940 - written by Peter
Corley-Smith. Picture was on page 164 with the caption of:  "Russ Baker with one of the aircraft, a Junkers W-34, of his recently formed Central B.C. Airways, circa 1947. - Dennis Kennedy


Sep 10, 2013 New Aircraft Pictures

 
     

Aug 12, 2013 Don Watson Tribute
A video tribute to Don Watson.


July 22, 2013 - AC752 Retires from Canadian North
Pacific Western began B737 combi operations with AC732, followed by AC742 then AC752 and so on.  That sequence was altered with AC783 then  AC784 which came from Dome Petroleum.  
We received news that AC752 retired from service at Canadian North. 
Quote - Last flight in commercial operations 14 July 2013 for 752 (flight 445 YZF – YEG)  B737-275C - S/N 21294 - Line 481 delivered new to PWA Dec 1976.   81,196.1 hours and 77,008 cycles.   Probably one more flight to YRQ where it will be parted out.


July 21, 2013
Flight Global did a large section of reference material on Pacific Western Airlines.  Their link is below.  Numerous references are made to our website.

http://www.flightglobal.com/airspace/blogs/flyvertosset/archive/2012/09/23/about-pacific-western-airlines.aspx


May 31, 2013 New Aircraft Photos uploaded here  - thanks to our contributors


March 22, 2013 Air Transport News Awards
Regional Aircraft Manufacturer of the Year: Bombardier
Aircraft Manufacturer of the Year: Airbus
Engine Manufacturer of the Year: Rolls-Royce
Ground Handler of the Year: Çelebi Holding
IT Company of the Year: SITA
MRO Company of the Year: Lufthansa Technik
Airline Alliance of the Year: Star Alliance
Airport of the Year under 10 Million Passengers: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
Airport of the Year 10-30 Million Passengers: Genève Aéroport
Airport of the Year: Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Cargo Airline of the Year: FedEx
Regional Airline of the Year: SilkAir
Low Cost Airline of the Year: AirAsia
Airline of the Year: Turkish Airlines
George Iatrou Lifetime Achievement Award: Professor Tae Oum, President, ATRS
Woman of the Year: Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI
Leader of the Year: Raymond Benjamin, Secretary General, ICAO


March 22, 2013  - Stampeder Uniform
This month, the Aviation Museums in both Ottawa and Edmonton, went on a search for missing components of their display 1970's era Stampeders Flight Attendant Uniform.  We are pleased to say all of the items have been located but with the help of Terry Champion, A Bidlock, M Garbencius, G Bradley, E Potts and R. Bertram.  Thanks to all. 
 


March 17, 2013  NEEDED: White cowboy boots from a Stampeder uniform.
About 1971 the Company issued Stampeder uniforms to some or all of the Edmonton based stews (as we used to call them). The outfit consisted of a blue cowboy hat, white blouse, blue jacket, very short white skirt, red bloomers, and white cowboy boots. The outfit was discontinued fairly soon, apparently due to the way it attracted unwanted advances from male passengers whose inhibitions had been suppressed by consuming too many beverages. The “girls” didn’t like the attempts to pull down their bloomers. I heard that at least one passenger received a knuckle sandwich in return.

The Alberta Aviation Museum, in the big white hangar on Kingsway at XD, the downtown airport, has a lot of PWA in its collection and displays, including the 737 #745. Mary Ann Garbencius has donated her Stampeder uniform for an upcoming display with the theme “Women in Aviation.” She had retained everything except the boots and has contacted many F/As hoping to find some boots, but to no avail so far. If you still have the booklet issued after the wonderful 2002 reunion in Calgary you will see on page 9 a “stew” wearing her outfit. Can anyone tell me who she is? Can anyone help us find some boots? The Museum is very interesting and has input from many PWA volunteers. The Curator is interested in PWA and would like to add to our PWA archives. Please
contact me if you have an item(s) you would like to donate and I will discuss it with the Curator. You would really enjoy a visit, but if you are coming within the next couple of weeks snowshoes are recommended.
Capt Terry Champion Retired


March 7 - From the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

As assistant curator at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, I am responsible for the Museum's collection of airline uniforms, which includes many from PWA.  I am working on an article about PWA's late 1960s flight attendants' uniforms, particularly those worn on the Stampeder service, and am interested in speaking with people who worked for PWA in the late 1960s and early 1970s.   If you would like to share your memories of the late 1960s uniforms, and of the Stampeder service in general, please contact me 
If you have uniforms you would like to donate, please send a note and description and I will see if it fits in with our programme.
Best regards,   Molly McCullough
Assistant Curator - Transport, Aviation
Conservatrice adjointe - Transports, aviation
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Musée de l'aviation et l'espace du Canada
613-991-3084


March 7 - From the Alberta Aviation Museum Edmonton (Article on the A/C 745 Story)
Here’s the final version (PDF) of the In Formation newsletter for March/April 2013 that has the article on the Alberta Aviation Museum’s 737, C-GIPW. Thanks again to you and your members for some of the photos and background information on this aircraft.
Neil Taylor Newsletter Editor,  Alberta Aviation Museum


Feb 22, 2013 from L. Hrelia (Stronach)
Hi. I was browsing the internet and found this wonderful Pacific Western Airlines website. My dad, David Stronach, was a HERC pilot for PWA for many years. Unfortunately he passed away in a plane crash on November 21, 1976 in Africa (Lumbumbashi). I have attached three photos of my dad (2 of the photos are when he was a pilot with BC Airlines). If anyone has any stories about my dad, I would appreciate you e-mailing me. He was a wonderful man! Thank you.   Linda (Stronach) Hrelia (email)
 


Feb 8, 2013 - Alberta Aviation Museum
Greetings,
While not a PWA alumnus, I am interested in the history of one of the 737-275’s that flew for PWA and later Air Canada – C-GIPW. I am the newsletter editor for the Alberta Aviation Museum, the current home of C-GIPW, and I am working on an article about this airplane for inclusion in our newsletter.
I’m hoping that some of your readers might be able to provide me with background, stories or photos about C-GIPW, such as where it flew and when, and whether there were any notable incidents involving this aircraft. Personnel crew experiences would be great.
I do know that C-GIPW was built in 1979, its serial no. is 21712 and that its Certificate of Airworthiness was dated March 1, 1979. It later flew in service for Air Canada upon PWA’s amalgamation with that carrier. On June 17, 2005 it was delivered to the Alberta Aviation Museum.
Any information or anecdotes that your readers could pass along for possible inclusion in the article would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from them.
Neil Taylor
Newsletter Editor
Alberta Aviation Museum

Any info you may have, please pass it along.  Some topics might be - what paint scheme was 745 delivered in and did it ever carry its current livery.  How may more B737 did PWA take delivery of after 745.  Was there anything special with the engine specifications -  EOW or GTOW that made it different or anything in particular you may recall.  Please email Neil here Thanks from the Webmaster.
 


Feb 7, 2013 -THE ARCTIC HERC RATS,
Just to let you know of a PWA project which has started. Colm Egan and myself, Gordon Wilson, are writing a book called THE ARCTIC HERC RATS, PACIFIC WESTERN AIRLINES, THE WORLD WAS THEIR LANDING STRIP to be published in 2014 by Amberley Publishing of Stroud, England. We are both former PWA employees and want to preserve this part of Canadian aviation history. We will be seeking information on the Hercules operation shortly when we establish a communication website.   Read the
prologue here.  Regards, Gordon


Update on Quicket - we have the original document promo for this product.  Read the story in Traces.  
 


Nov 2012 - Lifetime Achievement Award for Alumni
Read the article here.  Congratulations Lynne.


Oct 2012 - Keeping Posted from January 1970
I am attaching 3 photo's of the crew from a scan from Pacific Western Airlines Keeping Posted 1970 January Edition and the AMA round the world Charter.  Isle passed away in Edmonton this month - Garth Caron.

The Crew:
Captain Art Bell
First Officer Alex McTavish
Engineer Moe Sangster
Navigator Cliff Beck
Purser Gil Tsui
Purser Ole Damsgaard
FIt. Attendants:
Isle Buffi
Corry Van Vliet
Dianne Paradee
Keeping Posted (PDF - 2MB) Article


Oct 11, 2012 - From Kory Down
Hi, my name is Kory Down – I worked as Jack Moul’s secretary in Contract and Charter for 4 years 1968 – 1972. I actually started with the Law Department – I believe his name was Wilson. But your picture of Val Hennell reminded me that he and Brian Bourne were lost in a DC-3 south of Port Hardy.  There were others lost – Edmonton and Africa – all working charter flights. And all very nice men.   I also worked with Rhys Eyton who later took over managing the airline. And I remember Don Watson and his daughter Sharon. Too many wonderful memories. Probably long before your time, but all part of a wonderful history that I am proud to have been part of. Kory


Oct 11, 2012 - From Germany
Hi there - I was a Flight Attendant based in YXD over period from 1969 to 1975.  People would know me as Paquita Lamacraft (Kellaway) and I am currently a Senior Business Consultant at Hewlett Packard, Germany.   Great site…lots of memories. I would like to reconnnect with some of my former colleagues.  I include some pics of my new travelling companion Balu the 4 month old Chow Chow in front of a Porsche from the Porsche Museum (he had just been greeted Dr Wolfgang Porsche himself). This was just taken on my birthday last week in Zell am See in Austria. The other was taken in Dresden last year. Please let me know if there is another reunion.
Cheers  Paquita Lamacraft

  


Sep 13, 2012 - Peter Lougheed
With the passing of the RH Peter Lougheed, we the alumni of Pacific Western Airlines  must pause to reflect on Mr Lougheed and the Alberta Government and their role in our history.  I remember it well. One concern was how involved they would be in the management of the business, but they stayed at arms length and we moved forward with the growth that the '70's brought.  Mr Lougheed and the cabinet ministers travelled frequently on the Airbus.  Some requested forward seats to assist them with their schedules.  At the time we operated over 14 B737 in each direction between Calgary and Edmonton.  The cost savings to the government coffers for using commercial carrier service over their private charters must have been significant.  PWA was endowed with many acronyms some nicer that others but the best one was - Peter's White Airplanes.   I think many of us thought of Mr. Lougheed as a staff member and should truly be remembered as one of us.  Thank you Peter Lougheed!
Here is a biography from
CTV News


July 1, 2012 From B. Nadeau with D. Watson
I attended the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame induction Dinner in Montreal last week. During the evening I had the occasion to chat and have a photo with Don and Gisella Watson. During the event, Don was named Chairman Emeritus of the Hall of Fame. Great,memorable evening.  Sadly Mr. Watson passed in June 2013


May 2, 2012 - From SEA Operations
I am a former airline employee (Braniff). I was transferred to Seattle in 1973, to handle Pacific Western Airlines Flights at SEA. You folks were a great airline! Best people in the industry I ever met. I left Braniff, after being "bit by the flying bug". Went back to University and US Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). The USAF began a massive drawdown after the Vietnam war, and I was told "no active duty, no flight training! and I was told, after making some announcements on a PA system, I had what it took to become a newscaster. I have been in the business in the US ever since. Have also logged a lot of flight time in everything from Pipers/Cessna's and F16s etc: Retired from US Air Force Auxiliary as officer/public affairs.
Have a great day   Dennis Crowley
Dennis worked with Lew Stannard CSM SEA where he handled flights of Convairs, Electra, and once in a while a B737 or B707
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The DC7 -  International Operations - Joe Kapeller.
In response to the DC7B Video submitted by Cliff Beck, I would like to add a little history for the web pages.
PWA started overseas operations in 1964 with DC6B’s and DC7’s. This endeavour was lead by Captain Henry Schindler. Later that year, management, when considering how best to retain their market share, decided to obtain 2 DC7C’s for the 1965 program.
PWA operated the 2 DC7C’s on overseas charter flights from 1965 to 1968
** CF-PWM, EX KLM (Designated Seven Seas**)  -
** CF-NAI, EX NWA
** Capacity
** 102 PAX + 4 F/A's, and up to 5 cockpit crew.
** MTOW 143.000 lbs
** MAX FUEL 45,770 lbs.
** Max Landing Weight 110,000 lbs.


 
** this aircraft was an improved long-range variant with a non-stop transatlantic capability, improved 3400hp (2540kW) R-3350 engines and increased fuel capacity mainly in longer wings, 121 built. - from Wikipedia


March 12, 2012 - Stu Russell sends us
The last commercial flight of the Hercules.
 


March 12, 2012 - 1963 and 1970 Executive Org Chart (from J. Kapeller)
  


March 12, 2012
Here is a check ride on a DC-7 - very interesting (from C. Beck). 
 The Good Ol' Days ...  http://marcbrecy.perso.neuf.fr/DC7.html


Feb 18, 2012 Some New Aircraft

 (from DD - thx)



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