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The Concordes That Weren’t: A Collection of 1960s Westway Models from Airlines That Ordered the Supersonic Jet

Pan American World Airways Anglo French Concorde proposal model 1/72 by Westway Models, circa mid 1960s, on display on board the Concorde at the Brookands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey, UK.

As everyone knows, the Concorde was only ever operated by two Airlines, British Airways and Air France. Back in the mid 1960s, expectations within the airline industry were very high that the Concorde and super sonic jet travel was the way of the future. At the time, the newest jets flying were single aisle inter […]

Vancouver’s Vibrant Neon Filled Downtown and Theatre District in Colour Circa 1953-1955

Granville Street Vogue and Orpheum Theatres circa 1954. Granville is Vancouver's busiest and most colourful street, showing the heart of the city's vibrant theatre district, with its numerous neon signs. (Grant-Mann Lithographers LTD "COLOR CARD" division, Vancouver, BC)

I recently stumbled across a small collection of old colour postcards I collected decades ago, depicting Vancouver’s vibrant theatre district of Granville Street and all the neon signed movie theatres of the day. From the movies in the theatre marquis, we can date the views to the period between 1953 and 1955. It really was […]

Vancouver Aviation Fan Henry Tenby Charters Iconic Canadian Airliner for Special Visit to Abbotsford Airshow Tomorrow Only

46-seat De Havilland Canada Dash-7 will be at the Abbotsford Airshow for one day only, tomorrow, Saturday August 10, the result of a one-time only charter for aviation buffs organized by Henry Tenby

PRESS RELEASE VANCOUVER, August 9, 2019: – Vancouver Aviation Fan Henry Tenby Charters Iconic Canadian Airliner for Special Visit to Abbotsford Airshow Tomorrow Only An iconic Canadian built airliner the 46-seat De Havilland Canada Dash-7 will be at the Abbotsford Airshow for one day only, tomorrow, Saturday August 10, the result of a one-time only […]

Big “Chip Off A Popular Block” – Trans Canada Airlines New Vickers Vanguard

TCA Vanguard inflight 1960

(CLICK HERE for Air Canada Vanguard retirement report October 31, 1971) The following article appeared in the June 1959 issue of In Flight, by Trans Canada Air Lines The small boy in the back row of the schoolroom, carefully folding a page from his scribbler into a paper airplane, may be following in his father’s […]

TRANS CANADA / AIR CANADA – A History of Canada’s National Airline 1937 – 1983 by Henry Tenby

TCA Lockheed Lodestar interior

By Henry Tenby, this article appeared in the Spring 1984 issue of the Captain’s Log, the quarterly publication of the World Airline Hobby Club (now rebranded the World Airline Historical Society). Canada’s national airline, Trans Canada Air-lines was born on April 10, 1937, when the TCA creation bill was given royal assent. On September 1, […]

New App Aggregates Inflight Magazines from Global Airlines

New App Delivers Airline Inflight Magazines to Global Audiences

Aggregation app brings that old seat-back staple “The Airline Inflight Magazine” into the 21st century. The airline inflight magazine was first conceived back in the 1950s and has remained unchanged for the past 60 years. The concept has now been revitalized for the 21st century. Global travellers and frequent fliers can now download the latest […]

Canadian Airlines First Boeing 747-475 Delivery December 13 1990 with Max Ward & Rhys Eyton

Max Ward's wife and Rhys Eyton christening Canadian Airlines' first Boeing 747-475 "Maxwell Ward" at Boeing Field, December 13, 1990, prior to delivery to Vancouver.

Jerry Rudge was involved in Canadian Airlines aircraft acquisitions back in the 1980s and 1990s, and he recently gave me his collection of historical documents and photos that he had amassed in his years in the industry. Part of this archive included a set of photos taken presumably by Boeing that were gifted to various […]

Aircraft Fill Enthusiast’s Every Waking Hour – Henry Tenby in Yellowknife 1992

Henry Tenby has become a regular sight on the rocks behind the Air Tindi float base, where he spends much of his spare time getting pictures of exotic float planes.

by Francis Thompson, Norther News Service, Monday, August 3, 1992 Yellowknife Talking to Henry Tenby is like discovering a new and exotic culture. Tenby is an aviation enthusiast, and airplanes occupy most of his waking life. He works for an airline, builds model airplanes in his spare time, spends his evenings down by the Air […]

Air Canada Retires the Vickers Viscount April 27, 1974 – End of An Era

Trans-Canada Airlines Vickers Viscount on the Winnipeg ramp 1950s.

FLASHBACK 1974: AIR CANADA CAPTAIN J. R. DESMARIAS RECALLS THE AIRLINE’S HISTORY WITH THIS REMARKABLE TURBO-PROP AIRLINER CLICK HERE to read about the Air Canada Vanguard Last Flight The landing of two Air Canada Viscounts at Toronto and Montreal April, 27 marked the retirement of the short-haul aircraft that have been a familiar sight in […]

Amsterdam Aviation Fair 2019 – Pretty Much the World’s Largest Airline Collectibles Show

Welcome to the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair, One of the best airline collectible shows on earth!

CLICK HERE for travel agent display models report from Amsterdam 2019 show For more information about the Amsterdam Aviation Fair please visit their website at www.aviationfair.com (Please see bottom of page for 17 minute full version of the above show video) I had the opportunity to attend the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair, this being their […]

Amsterdam Aviation Fair – Pure Heaven for Airline Display Model Collectors

Amsterdam Aviation Fair - Pure Heaven for Airline Display Model Collectors

CLICK HERE for full report from Amsterdam 2019 show For show information please visit the Amsterdam Aviation Fair website at www.aviationfair.com The second annual Amsterdam Aviation Fair took place at the Van der Valk Hotel Schiphol A4 on Sunday, February 24, 2019. For collectors of travel agent models and aircraft display models, this was an […]