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39 PHOTOS! JAL All Nippon JDA: The Airlines of Japan in the 1960s – Aircraft Photo History

Japan Air Lines DC-4 JA6003 at Tokyo Haneda circa 1958.

JAL All Nippon JDA: The Airlines of Japan in the 1960s By Henry Tenby The airline scene in Japan during the 1960s was very exciting, as photo access was easy, and the domestic Japanese airlines had very nice colour schemes and operated an interesting mix of both old and new aircraft of the day. The […]

Iron Curtain Airlines of the 1970s – A Photo History

Yugoslavia Government IL-18 YA-AIB Paris June 1974.

Before the Fall of the Iron Curtain, all of the Soviet block airlines in Eastern Europe operated entirely Soviet built fleets of aircraft, which included the AN-24 and IL-18 for short haul and domestics service, along with the Tupolev Tu-134 and Tu-154 for medium range intra European service, and the IL-62 for their limited international […]

Taking Slides of classic Aeroflot Airliners at Leningrad Airport in April 1974 – By Dr. John Blatherwick

Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-104 CCCP-42416 Lenningrad Airport September 1974

Story and photos by Dr. John Blatherwick In 1974, I was signing a passport for my friend from the navy who was a teacher. He said he was looking for somebody to take a group of grade 10 to 12 students to Moscow and Leningrad over the Spring Break. The person taking them would go […]

Aeroflot Soviet Airlines Vintage 1960s and 1970s – Aircraft Photo History

Aeroflot IL-18 CCCP-75448 at London Heathrow circa mid 1960s.

Aeroflot Soviet Airlines Vintage 1960s and 1970s – Aircraft Photo History By Henry Tenby, some photos by Dr. John Blatherwick During the 1960s and 1970s Aeroflot, the Soviet Union’s State airline, operated aircraft that were manufactured entirely within the Soviet Union, by the great Soviet Design Bureau’s including Tupolev, Antonov, and Ilyushin. During this period, […]

Aerolineas Argentina – Austral – AER Argentine Vintage Airlines – Photo History

Transcontinental Lockheed L-1049C Super Connie LV-FTV at New York Idlewild Airport circa late 1950s.

Aerolineas Argentina – Austral – AER Argentine Vintage Airlines – Photo History By Henry Tenby This selection of historic Argentine airline photos highlight not just flag carrier Aerolines Argentinas whose history is well know, but some of the long gone Argentine airlines like Trancontinental, AER, and Aerolineas INI, and I will provide some history on […]

Great Lakes Airlines – Aircraft Photo History

An absolutely magnificent shot of Great Lakes Convair 440 CF-GLC possibly at London, Ontario in July 1973. This aircraft was acquired from Swissair in December, 1969, and operated with Great Lakes until 1975, and was then parted out in 1976. In this photo it was still in the former Swissair scheme.

Great Lakes Airlines – Aircraft Photo History Photos and Research by Dr. John Blatherwick Great Lakes Airlines was formed to provide executive transport for the Homes-Blunt Company of Sarnia. Most of the traffic was to Toronto and back utilizing light twin engine aircraft. Two DC-3s were purchased in 1967 to supplement the company‚Äôs Cessna 310 […]

Canadian Coast Guard – Aircraft Photo History

Canadian Coast Guard Cessna 337 CF-DOL at Montreal Dorval May 1971.

Canadian Coast Guard – Aircraft Photo History Photos by Dr. John Blatherwick Then Canadian Coast Guard operates an aviation department with both a fixed wing and helicopter fleet to service lighthouses and the agency’s on patrol ice breaker ships that typically operate in Canada’s Northern arctic region. Bell Jet Rangers and Alouettes make up the […]

RCAF / Canadian Armed Forces – Helicopters Photo History

RCAF Piaseki H-21A 9638 possibly CFB Namao 1967. (Photo credit: Dr. John Blatherwick)

RCAF / Canadian Armed Forces – Helicopters Photo History Photos by Dr. John Blatherwick The RCAF and later the Canadian Armed Forces and Canadian Army operated a colourful mixture of helicopters between the 1960s and 1980s. Dr. John Blatherwick was a keen slide photographer during this very interesting period and was lucky to photography many […]

Skycraft Air Transport of Oshawa – Aircraft Photo History

Skycraft DC-3 C-GSCB YOO NOV 1979 (Photo by Dr. John Blatherwick)

Skycraft Air Transort – Photo History By Henry Tenby with photos by Dr. John Blatherwick Skycraft Air Transport was based in Oshawa, Ontario and was active between 1979 and 1984, and their operation was largely in support of the automotive manufacturing industry in the region. Skycraft Air Transport was based in Oshawa to support its […]

Braniff International – Flying Colors 1950s to 1970s A Photo History

Braniff International 707-320 N7103 January 1968.

Braniff International – Flying Colors 1950s to 1970s A Photo History By Henry Tenby My only memory of Braniff International dates back to the early days of my slide collecting hobby. In May of 1982 when I was in grade 12 and getting ready to graduate from high school, I was more interested in airlines, […]

Conifair Aviation – Aircraft Fleet History

CONIFAIR DC4 C-GXKN YQB June1986

Conifair Aviation – Aircraft Fleet History By Dr. John Blatherwick: Conifair Aviation was formed in 1979 to perform aerial spraying and operates from St. Jean, just outside of Montreal. Initially, the airline operated two Lockheed 749A Constellations, with five DC-4s added between 1981 and 1985, and three DC-6s added in 1983. By the late 1980s […]

NRC – Energy Mines Resources Government of Canada – Aircraft Fleet History

NRC T-33 CF-SKH-X YVR April1975

NRC – Energy Mines Resources Government of Canada – Aircraft Fleet History Photos by Dr. John Blatherwick: The Department of Energy, Mines and Resources is a flight department owned by the Government of Canada to undertake survey, sensing and transport related duties related to Canada’s vast exploration industries. Based from hangars and office facilities at […]