Airlines in Canada 1960s Coast to Coast Documentary


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This show is the continuation of our airlines in Canada 1940s and 1950s show that was released onto JetFlix TV a few years ago. In this program, we use archival footage from Air Canada archives (via Archives Canada), the NFB, and BAe Systems (via Scott Henderson) to tell the fascinating story of the airline industry in Canada during the exciting decade of the 1960s.

The two major airlines of the day were Montreal based TCA / Air Canada and Canadian Pacific Airlines, based in Vancouver. They were arch rivals through and through, and nipping at their buds were the smaller carriers like Pacific Western Airlines and Nordair, Quebecair and competition from US based airlines. In this mostly colour film produced by JetFlix TV founder Henry Tenby over an 8 year period of research and film sourcing, we tell the story of how both of these airlines and the industry and aircraft evolved from the early 1960s, to the late 1960s, as well as into the early 1970s with the delivery of the first 747s jumbo jets.

All the fabulous airliners are the day are presented including Douglas DC-8s, Vickers Viscounts and Vanguards, the DoulasDC-9, and aircraft operated by Nordair, BC Air Lines, and Pacific Western Airlines. The story is told at Canada’s three largest airports, namely Montreal Dorval, Toronto and Vancouver. And the Vancouver footage (in glorious colour) was shot before the opening of the new terminal building in 1968, meaning it was taken at the old South Terminal when it was the main airport for Vancouver.

2 Responses to “Airlines in Canada 1960s Coast to Coast Documentary”

  1. <path_to_url> Carl Haluss

    Absolutely amazing footage. And thank you for your excellent running commentary, Henry. Being a child of the 50s and 60s I feel very fortunate to remember every single moment of those exciting trips. My first ride on a DC8 was in 1962 on CPA from AMS to YVR. I was so excited to be travelling on a jet! I remember well when the DC8-61 was introduced. One of our neighbours had travelled on one, and was so surprised that the aircraft was so long that it had to be boarded by row number!
    My favourite part of the flight was the startup of those amazing sounding RR engines. There is absolutely no sound, no music, that can compare! And the big picture windows and comfortable Palomar seats. I could go on and on. And everyone dressed – and acted appropriately. Thanks for the memories!

    • <path_to_url> Henry Tenby

      Hi Carl, I am thrilled you enjoyed this show. It took me so long put to the time and effort into to it and getting it completed. I am younger than you but also have fabulous memories of my flights in the 1960s. For me it was Air Canada Viscounts from Toronto to Ottawa in the late 60s and early 1970s during our regular family visits to my mum’s family. We would typically fly on an Air Canada DC-8 trans-con from YVR. But I also remembers CP Air short and stretch DC-8 rides between YVR and HNL. One return flight from HNL back to YVR on a stretch CP Air DC-8 circa 1979 or 1980 was through/during a lightening storm, and the turbulence was spectacular. I remember looking forward up the aisle from the rear of the aircraft and you could see the flex and warping of the fuselage in the turbulence. That was kind of neat. You are right about the fabulous sounds of a DC-8 engine start.

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