Bmacleod From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2258 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 11561 times:
OK. I'm hoping this topic is new so here it goes,
AC has quite a few firsts or tied for firsts that many travellers may not know about:
-First to order Combi version of 747.
-One of first to install TECAS - Collision Avoidance System
-Launch customer (along side Ethiopian) of 767 ER verision
-First North American Airline to order A320 and A319.
That's all I can think about right now...
The engine is the heart of an airplane, but the pilot is its soul.
NorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3003 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 11235 times:
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here's a few more:
1st airline to order jet cargo aircraft (Dc-8-55 Jet Trader)
1st airline to fly the atlantic non-stop in scheduled landplane service (Lancaster conversions)
and by proxy:
1st airine to operate a supersonic airliner (look this up, and it was a DC8-40) via CP
1st airline in North America to order jet aircraft, again CP (Comet... never successfully delivered)
Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
Middle of Manitoba, flight was in between Edmonton and Montreal. Lots of info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimli_Glider. It gives me shivers reading the article and thinking about what it must have been like flying that long and landing with no engines.
" As they grew nearer it became apparent that they were too high, and Pearson executed a maneuver known as a "forward slip" to increase their drag and reduce their altitude. This gave passengers the sensation of plummeting sideways toward the ground. As Pearson executed the slip, the aircraft was flying over a golf course, and one passenger reportedly said, "Christ. I can almost see what clubs they're using". A slip is commonly used with gliders and light aircraft, either to lose height quickly or to execute a cross-wind landing. As soon as the wheels touched the runway, Pearson "stood on the brakes", blowing out several of the aircraft's tires. The unlocked nose wheel collapsed and was forced back into the housing causing the nose section to scrape along the ground. The aircraft came to rest only a few hundred feet from the people gathered at the end of the runway for Family Day."
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25093 posts, RR: 22
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 10454 times:
Quoting Olympus69 (Reply 10): First North American airline to fly turboprops - Viscount, 1954.
They took delivery of their first Viscount (CF-TGI, the 40th Viscount built) in December 1954 but didn't put the type into regular scheuled service April 18, 1955, by which time 6 had been delivered. Some history re their first Viscount, courtesy of www.vickersviscount.net.
13 October 1954
First flight from Weybridge, Surrey, England.
8 December 1954
Delivered to TCA - Trans-Canada Air Lines with fleet number '601' by G R 'Jock' Bryce with George Edwards on board.
First aircraft for TCA - Trans Canada Air Lines and the first delivery to a North American operator. Routed via Prestwick, Scotland, Keflavik, Bluey West, Goose Bay, Montreal - Dorval to Winnipeg, Canada.
23 February 1955
Operated a pre-inaugral service from Toronto, Canada to Idlewild, New York, USA carrying members of the press in 99 minutes compared to the 120 minutes previously taken by the Canadair DC-4M.
Demonstrated to US operators at Idlewild, New York, USA by flying to Montreal and Toronto, Canada.
18 April 1955
Operated the first turbine powered scheduled service in North America from Toronto, Canada to New York, USA with 40 passengers on board, departing at 09:00.
Photo of the first TCA/AC Viscount, and first turbine-powered aircraft in scheduled service in North America:
Acey From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 1031 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 8390 times:
Quoting BWI757 (Reply 21): First airline to use toothpaste as inspiration for new livery
It's one of the nicest liveries out there; at least it's refreshing from the same old boring all white schemes. You guys all sound pathetic when you keep making these redundant toothpaste references. They're not, and never were, funny.
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