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2014 Malaysia 17
Our thoughts and prayers are with the crew and passengers on MH17.
To the family and friends of the people who were on this flight,
our heartfelt condolences.
June 23, 2014 - Interested in
Modelling as a Hobby
An avid modeller in Edmonton has worked with a model decal company
to create a perfect model of the B737 - C-GIPW a/c 745 that is part
of the Edmonton Air Museum. Here is
how to get a set of decals for yourself.
June 2, 2014
New pictures of a/c 740 on its final
May 27, 2014
A/C 745 now parked at Villeneuve Airport NW of Edmonton is settling
down into a not so firm ramp surface and needs to be moved.
The Alberta Aviation Museum and former PWA people in Edmonton are
ensuring our B737 gets proper care. It may be taxied or towed to a
May 5, 2014 1956 – Air-Bus
Operation -DC 3
Pacific Western Airlines
inaugurated its new Patricia Bay Airport (Victoria, B.C.) – Nanaimo
(Cassidy Airport) – Vancouver non-reservation Air-Bus operation at
11 a.m. – 14 January 1956. Crew of the inaugural flight were Captain
Jack Miles, first officer Art Ralphs, chief stewardess Tiny Bacon of
Victoria, and stewardess Eleanor Coward of Sidney, B.C. This
operation would be Patricia Bay’s 2nd mainland link. Equipment on
the run was a DC 3 aircraft.
Chief stewardess Tiny Bacon held a private pilot’s license for over
7 years. Also on the inaugural flight were PWA traffic manager
J.B. “Mickey” McGuire and public relations officer Al Williamson.
PWA’s Victoria ticketing was handled by George Paulin Ltd (customs
brokerage office) on Government Street, while passengers were
transported to the airport by C & C Taxi. At Vancouver, ticketing
could be done at the airport or at PWA’s downtown ticket office at
1148 West Georgia Street. Fares, on the 3 Round Trip Daily service,
were Vancouver-Nanaimo $2.30 one-way ($4.60 return) or
Nanaimo-Victoria $2.30 one-way ($4.60 return).
This operation between Victoria and Nanaimo was shut down on 07 June
followed by the cancellation of the Nanaimo-Vancouver service in
early July 1956, due to lack of passengers.
(All information is from the Victoria Daily Colonist and N. Burton -
April 16, 2014 - Douglas DC-7 to
Hello! My name is Mike. Im writing in the hope that I
might find some help with regard to a DC-7 flight in 1965. My first flight on an airplane was in August 1965 Im told,
at age one. It was on a Pacific Western DC-7c from YXD 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
While I don't have an exact date in August 1965, my parents tell me
that the aircraft was a DC-7. The first leg was from YXD 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
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!"
I have 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
this aircraft from my first flight.
Sincere thanks - MH - from Calgary, AB
It appears there were only 2 DC-7C's and
that narrows the registrations to CF-NAI or CF-PWM. We have a name
from for the B707 crew member as Captain Reg Scott. If you have
further details on Captain Scott or this Transatlantic service, please pass them on to the
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
March 15, 2014 - Aircraft
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
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
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
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.
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.
It retails at $19.95, but could possibly be found through
inter-library loan through your local library.
Dec 12, 2013 - The last flight of
Much has happened in the past few months - get updated
745 landing at Villeneuve Airport
Curtiss C-46 sent by
AJH "Joe" Collinson
Oct 24, 2013 Info on
the Bellanca Senior Skyrocket
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,
Alberta Aviation Museum
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
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
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
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
tribute to Don Watson.
July 22, 2013 - AC752 Retires from
Pacific Western began B737 combi operations with AC732, followed by
AC742 then AC752 and so on. That sequence was altered with
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
July 21, 2013
did a large section of reference material on Pacific Western
Airlines. Their link is below. Numerous references are
made to our website.
May 31, 2013 New Aircraft Photos
uploaded here - thanks to our
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
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,
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
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
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
March 7 - From the
Alberta Aviation Museum Edmonton (Article on the A/C 745 Story)
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
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
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.
Alberta Aviation Museum
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
Update on Quicket - we have the original
document promo for this product. Read the story in
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.
Captain Art Bell
First Officer Alex McTavish
Engineer Moe Sangster
Navigator Cliff Beck
Purser Gil Tsui
Purser Ole Damsgaard
Corry Van Vliet
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
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
Here is a biography from
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.
The DC7 -
International Operations -
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
** 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.
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.
2012 - 1963 and 1970 Executive Org Chart (from J. Kapeller)
Here is a check ride on a DC-7 - very interesting (from C. Beck).
The Good Ol' Days ...
Feb 18, 2012 Some New Aircraft
(from DD -
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