Sunday, December 11, 2016

TCA DC3


After WW2 the backbone of the Trans-Canada Airways was the 21 passenger DC3. They operated out of Winnipeg till 1961.
And from The Canadian Airline Pilot magazine -  July 1963.

At midnight April 12th 1963, Trans-Canada Air Lines Douglas DC-3 CF-TES fin 391 touched down at Winnipeg International Airport to herald the end of another chapter in the history of Canadian aviation.
For Captain Gerald Palmer, First Officer David Hennigar and Stewardess Jean McIver, it was not only the end of another circuit
over the Prairie Milk Run, but an end of an era born more than 17 years before. 
It was the last DC-3 operation by Canada's national carrier. 
One pilot was heard to remark that if he got paid by the number of landings rather than the number of flying hours in the DC-3, he would be rich. Altogether the 30 DC-3's flew more than 875,000 hours and no DC-3 was ever involved in a passenger fatality nor was any written off. They were retired honourably from TCA to
continue service with such organizations as DOT, Frontier Airlines,
Quebecair, Central Northern Airways, Matane Air Services, Gulf Aviation, Rimouski Airlines and TransAir.
CF-TES msn 11906 fin 391 was sold to TransAir April 13th 1963 too Lambair Ltd in June 1967, withdrawn from service 1970 and sent to the Western Canada Aviation Museum in Winnipeg where it is (was) preserved in its original Trans-Canada Air Lines livery.


Thanks, Drew!

3 comments:

Planemech said...

Built as a Dakota for the RAF, then owned by the USAF, then sold to TCA.
CF-TES msn 11906 fin 391 was sold to TransAir April 13th 1963 then
Lambair Ltd in June 1967, withdrawn from service 1970 and sent to
the Western Canada Aviation Museum in Winnipeg where it is (was?)
preserved in its original Trans-Canada Air Lines livery.

I can't find reference to this a/c on the WCAM website. An aviation forum post notes it sits derelict outside the museum - can anyone comment?

Mister G said...

I also found this. http://www.douglasdc3.com/friend/friend.htm scroll down an entry or two.

Mister G said...

And this short comment from a defunct website, "the Museum also owns/owned another DC3 --CF-TES c/n 11906-- airframe, which is supposed to be stored in bad condition on a small airfield outside Winnipeg, but recent reports suggest it should go to Greenwood,N.S. for preservation."