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FROM AIR CANADA ARCHIVES:
By many counts, it can be said that Gordon R. McGregor was the father of Canada’s National airline. When he became President of the company in 1948, Trans-Canada Air Lines was a fledgeling carrier operating a rag-tag fleet of mostly obsolete WWII surplus aircraft.
In 1968 when he retired after twenty years as the company’s Chief Executive, much had changed for the airline and the industry. The company had re-named itself to Air Canada and was a leading world airline. From Air Canada’s archives, we are honoured to present two films which celebrate the achievements of Gordon McGregor.
The first film is G.R. McGregor’s re-cap of the airlines operations in 1962, which marked TCA’s twenty-fifth anniversary. The airline had just entered the jet age with the introduction of the first Douglas DC-8 jetliners, and the Vickers Vanguards were recently introduced on the trunk Canadian services as well longer haul Caribbean services.
The second film is from G.R. Mcgregor’s retirement party filmed in 1968. This film opens with G.R.’s speech to the guests at his party, and follows with a thirty minute in-depth history of G.R.’s working career, which more or less is a parallel history of the development of Trans-Canada Air Lines.
We’ve included a number of Air Canada TV ads from the 1960s which makes this DVD a fascinating look back at Gordon R. McGregor’s achievements in the making of a truly great airline.
Please be aware that these films are presented for their historical importance, and not for their production values and/or image quality. These films are distribution copy prints that were made 70 years ago, and the image and production quality is not the same as we are used to today. In some of the films we experienced film breaks, film warpage (which result in the film being unable to hold focus), broken film sprockets, and blown out sound levels. So these films are by no means perfect. But we believe their historic value over-rides their technical imperfections, and we present them as a look back on a past era.
Chapter 1) Introduction
Chapter 2) TCA Vanguard promo
Chapter 3) G.R. McGregor’s 1962 Report
Chapter 4) Air Canada Vanguard TV ad
Chapter 5) 1960s Bahamas TV ad
Chapter 6) Let’s Go DC-8 TV ad
Chapter 7) G.R. McGregor retirement speech
Chapter 8) G.R. McGregor career history
Chapter 9) Air Canada 1966 DC-9 TV ad
Chapter 10) 1960s Visit Canada TV ad
Chapter 11) 1960s Caribbean TV ad
Chapter 12) TCA Viscount DVD Preview
Chapter 13) TCA DC-8 DVD Preview
Total running time: 60 minutes
This DVD is available in NTSC region-free format which will work on all current European DVD players.