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I've flown many different airlines in my time...but one of the most memorable was a DC-8-63. (YYC
A couple of international soccer tournaments (in Scandinavia) my sister competed in, afforded the family a chance to take a "European Vacation"...
The charter airline, Worldways Canada, used ex CP
Air DC-8's. These were comfortable, yet well-worn aircraft. Only the exteriors were repainted... it was pure vintage CP
on the inside, and most surfaces certainly showed their age.
We departed from Calgary around 8PM and headed in a NE direction, taking us over the Northwest Territories, towards Iceland, and eventually towards Denmark. We were originally supposed to go non-stop to Copenhagen, but needed to refuel in Rejkavic, Iceland. The flight across that area of Iceland was pretty desolate and no trees to be seen...
It seemed like we were on the ground for hours... no power assisted fueling!We had been left on a remote stand next to the USAF
base, so we were not allowed to deplane. After an hour, an airstair was brought to the aircraft, and we were allowed about 2 or 3 minutes to get some fresh air... I will always remember the COLD Icelandic air that I breathed in...
The air was musty all the way, and the food..rather water-logged. The creature comforts (definitely no IFE) weren't as plentiful as they would be today. However, the flight attendants were very experienced, and they certainly worked the plane continuously, making the flight seem a LOT shorter than it actually was.
Had Worldways continued on, it would have been interesting to see where they would have gone....