FROM AIR CANADA ARCHIVES: By the early 1950s, the world's airline had established themselves as a new and alternate mode of transport, but was still reserved for the wealthy and business traveller, ad the medium has still far from being accepted as a mass form of transit. Canada's flag carrier Trans-Canada Air Lines was spreading its wings overseas as well as closer to home, and during the period a number of films were produced by the airline to educate and win more business from the average Canadian family.
TCA's long-haul services in the early 1950s were flown by Lockheed Super Constellations and Canadair Northstars, while domestic flights were the domain of the trusty Douglas DC-3 and Lockheed Lodestar. The turbine-powered Vickers Viscount was still a few years from delivery and we have released a dedicated DVD on the TCA Viscount for those who are interested in this aircraft.
The first film on this DVD is "Mr. Barnaby Sleeps in the Sky" which was produced by TCA in the early 1950s to educate the public about the safety of airline travel. This comedic film charts the travels of an overly nervous businessman named Mr. Barnaby, who eventually learns to relax whilst flying on a TCA Northstar. This film also explores the training of TCA pilots in the 1950s.
The next film "No Barriers" was produced by TCA in the early 1950s, and this film explains how commercial aviation was helping Canadian industry develop from coast to coast. Bush flying, helicopters, the airline scene, mining and air cargo are all examined. With some very nice TCA Connie and Northstar footage, also be sure to watch for the QCA Canso and other goodies! (colour 31min)
"A Great Day for Flying" is a mid-1950s TCA film which examines the flight planning operations of the day, featuring TCA DC-3 and Northstar footage. (colour 16min).
And lastly, in "TCA 845" TCA President G. R. McGregor explains real life customer service pitfalls for staff in this mid 1950s training film. A very interesting time capsule piece! (BW 9min)
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.