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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
An alumni requested a painting of CF-PWO based on a poster. This was how she did
it and the results
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
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
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
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
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:
Sep 5, 2019 PWA B737 Charter Flight to
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
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.
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)
L-188 Onload Fort Simpson, NWT (Photo Credit B. Thornton)
April 24, 2019 - Canadian Fishing Charter
April 3, 2019 From Airlines of the Past
Route Map c1985
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?
Sincerely, Wes Sutherland firstname.lastname@example.org or
March 25, 2019 Aluminum model of PWA Lockheed
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
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
“ 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
This video has clips of some of the former PWA B737-200 fleet.
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.
Jan 21, 2019 A/C 746 at The Pas, MB
A newly posted B737 a/c 746 by EricG at airliners.net
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
target 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
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
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