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Maritime Central Airways Information?

Sun Oct 07, 2007 7:49 pm

Here is a question for the Canadian crowd .... MCA was an airline in the 40's through 60's that was, at the time, the third largest in Canada (after TCA/Air Canada and Canadian Pacific) that provided schedules service in eastern Canada and Newfoundland and extensive charter service between Canada and Europe.

I am doing some personal research and would like information on MCA's charter operation in the 1956 - 1960 era, specifically in regards to their charter contract with the Canadian government to ferry Hungarian refugees from Vienna to Canada. I have just begun my quest, and found a few interesting websites ...
http://www.canadahungary.org/objectives.html
http://www.aerotransport.org/php/go....tion&info=Maritime+Central+Airways
http://www.airdisaster.com/cgi-bin/v...F&airline=Maritime+Central+Airways


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I also contacted the photographer of the above and located and ordered a biography of Carl Burke, the founder of MCA. Hopefully, both will provide a wealth of information. I am also planning to contact the newspapers in Moncton NB and the Immigration dept in Ottawa, so if anyone has any contacts at these places, that would be awesome.

What I would like to ask the A.net community is for any information on these flights, especially the one from Vienna to Moncton during the first week of July, 1957. You see, I was on that flight 50 years ago, a 9-year old lad, destined for a new life.

Thanks for any help.
Pete
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RE: Maritime Central Airways Information?

Sun Oct 07, 2007 8:31 pm

Hi!

I got the information regarding some of Maritime Central Airways fleet, here it is:

CF-MCA - Douglas C-54B-1-DC - c/n: 10457- Entered in MCA service on the 25th. October 1955 and sold has CF-NAA
to Nordair on the 23rd. July 1964
CF-MCB - Douglas C-54B-1-DC - c/n: 10478 - Entered in MCA service in 1958, sold to Nordair has CF-NAB in 1960
CF-MCF - Douglas C-54B-15-DO - c/n: 18374 - Entered in MCA in 1956 and crashed on approach at Issoudun/Quebec
on the 11th. August 1957
CF-MCI - Douglas C-54E-1-DO - c/n: 27261 - Entered in MCA service on the 10th. of April 1957 and sold to Eastern
Provincial in 1963
CF-MCK - Douglas DC-6A - c/n: 45497 - Delivered new on the 13th. June 1958, sold to Eagle Aviation on September 1958
has G-APSA and I think is still flying now with Air Atlantic!!!
CF-MCL - Douglas DC-6B - c/n: 45506 - Delivered new on the 9th. July 1958 and sold to US Overseas Airlines on the
17th. July 1958 has N400US...a mere 8 days latter!!!

I hope this helps a bit.
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RE: Maritime Central Airways Information?

Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:04 pm

Quoting CV990 (Reply 1):
CF-MCB - Douglas C-54B-1-DC - c/n: 10478 - Entered in MCA service in 1958,

Thanks for your reply .....
Regarding the above CF-MCB - the photo I included in my thread starter was supposedly taken in July 1957 and it is definitely that aircraft - this conficts with your source's 1958 date. Do you think your source is reliable, and perhaps the photographer is mistaken, or could your source be in error?

Thanks again!
Pete
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RE: Maritime Central Airways Information?

Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:39 pm

Hi Pete.

I took that information from the book "Piston Engine Airliner Production List" printed from TAHS. I found out that regarding other examples the information has been pretty reliable...but with a date on that photo I might think that the photographer is right...did you receive any feedback from him? My book saying only that entered in service in 1958 is pretty vague!
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RE: Maritime Central Airways Information?

Mon Oct 08, 2007 3:49 pm

There's a little blurb on Wikipedia about it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maritime_Central_Airways
 
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RE: Maritime Central Airways Information?

Tue Oct 09, 2007 2:19 am

Bom dia, CV990 .... thanks for your reply.

Also Pinsent, thanks for the Wiki link.

I hope the biography of founder Carl Burke has more information.

Pete
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