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      Post #28644, posted on 07-31-2009 GMT-5 hours    

      While Canadian Pacific Airlines was making headlines for their expanding international 'Polar' routes and new aircraft purchases, it's reduced Western Canadian domestic network's passenger would have to make do with 2nd-hand A/C (the last new domestic A/C was pre WW2!) until finally on February 14, 1967, when CPA announced the purchase of (6) 737-217's! Though the locals would finally get an upgrade, it would, in the end, be without the 'ruptured duck'!
      Though Canadian Pacific Railroad was supposed to divest itself from the growing airline business after WW2, it took advantage of a government reprieve and would continue to expand internationally. In the immediate post-WW2 years, CPA had (14) A/C types that by 1949, would be reduced to mostly (9) Lodestars and (17) DC-3's to serve a 9,800 mile web of north-south routes in Eastern & Western Canada. In 1949 Canadian Pacific divested itself of most of it's bush operations.

      In 1951, Consolidated Vultee made a CV-340 proposal to the airline. No doubt the locals would be very pleased!

      Unfortunately, CPA had their sights set on new A/C for a proposed Vancouver-Edmonton-the PAS-Toronto-Montreal route and ordered a pair of DC-6A's. When their application was denied, the DC-6A's were sold off! There would be some 'new' A/C arriving though, as CPA purchased Continental's (5) CV-240's and these arrived in 1953.

      The 'official' first flight was on Feb 2, 1953 from CPA's new Vancouver HQ (relocated in 1949 from Montreal)-Port Hardy and Sandspit. '240' passenger service form Vancouver- White Horse began on March 13th.
      It was to be a September 1955 decision that changed the direction of Canadian Pacific. CPA's domestic Ontario and Quebec routes were 'traded' to Trans-Canada for their Toronto-Mexico City route and this was just the beginning! Service to Fairbanks was suspended and some routes in British Columbia were turned over to Pacific Western Airlines. It's clear Canadian Pacific's domestic passengers were not to be expecting any new aircraft, as CPA had International expansion and new Jets on their shopping list!
      The (5) CV-240's were sold off in 1963-64, making way a 'new' domestic A/C to take over.

      Thanks to all the new Britannia's and DC-8's, the locals got the venerable DC-6B's and these would serve the major cities on CPA's domestic network throughout most of the 1960's (CPAir became all-Jet during 1969).

      It actually shows why the DC-6A/B is considered one of the best airliners ever, as it could operate efficiently on just about any kind of route!
      With all the local airlines getting on the jet shopping list, even CPA couldn't put off new purchases for any longer for the 'forgotten' domestic passengers and began looking at the usual offerings; DC-9, 727, One-Eleven and 737. The widest of the 'twin-jets' would eventually win out, as CPA sited the cargo requirements as a deciding factor (though no -200C's were ordered!), when the $27.6 million order for (6) 737-200's was announced in February 1967. Canadian Pacific was the 3rd Canadian airline to order the 737, behind Pacific Western and Nordair. The first (4) -217's were to be delivered at a 1-month rate from September-December 1968 and be placed on CPA's British Columbia and Yukon routes.
      The new Canadian Pacific 737's were to be in a (12) first class-(87) economy class and would reduce flying time from Vancouver-Prince Island from (1) hour (50) minutes on the DC-6, to just (1) hour in the 737. The locals finally would get a really NEW aircraft!
      As far as uniforms, the Canadian Pacific pilots at this time wore double-breasted jackets and the usual British style visor hat, which has a much wider hat band than U.S. aircrews wore.

      As with other airlines, the CPA Flight Attendants were going through a series of changes due to new materials being offered. The 'pillbox' hat 1950's uniform ended in 1966, as the new Canadian Flag was introduced and this was to be a 2-yr issue with a short coat and plaid skirt.
      (Note the Canadian 'script' is gone!)
      In 1968, a new uniform of a Green/Blue color was introduced.

      Take note of the new style of "CANADIAN PACIFIC" on the fuselage! Some new information had surfaced on the question of the new style. As mentioned by 1967, some CPA advertising was showing a new block-style for the Canadian Pacific titles. By January '68, the 'script' style disappeared in advertising but not quite yet on the CPA aircraft.

      Most of us have seen the only DC-8-43 that was given the new style titles.

      Surprisingly, we found a -63 in the new titles (more on this in the CPA-63 "LS" rewrite) and we believe that, in fact, the last (2) of (5) -63 were delivered in the new style titles but due to BOTH these A/C being leased out to Flying Tigers ([1] just after a few weeks after delivery!) that this explains the lack of more photos but this does seem to confirm that had the 737 "ruptured duck's" been delivered, it would have been in the 'block-style'!
      As we know, in July 1968, it was 'good-bye' to the 'ruptured duck' as the Canadian Pacific Corporation decided to create a new 'multimark' logo and specific colors combinations for all their transportation divisions. The new logo-Triangle (Direction and Forward Motion), Square (Stability) and Circle (World-Wide) was introduced in July 1968.

      As with any new color scheme, there were a few early versions, this 737 has an 'interesting' location for the Canadian Flag!

      In the end, they got it right and the first 737-217 was delivered in October 1968, though the 'ruptured duck' never did get his ride on the new 737........John


      Images: Chuck Gowing-airlinecolors.com/Canadian Aviation Historical Society/Convair/'Viscount724'/Mel Lawrence-XSACMAN Flickr/Bjporn Larsson-Timetableimages.com/cpair blogspot.com [7 & 12]/CPA [8-10]/John F. Ciesla Photo/contributed photo/williamdemarest.com

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      Post #28650, posted on 07-31-2009 GMT-5 hours    
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      The 1st CP Air 737-217 was delivered in October 1968, wearing it's new Orange and Red colors. The Canadian Pacific 737 would never be seen...........


      Too bad the pre-CP Air Canadian Pacific livery pictured in the OP missed appearing on an actual 737-200 by a mere 5 months... the names CP Air and its successors Canadian Pacific/Canadien Pacifique (following 1986 'retro' re-name), and Canadi>n were for some years 'right up there' with Lufthansa, Piedmont, and United in being synonymous with "world's largest 737 fleets."

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      Post #52171, posted on 03-05-2014 GMT-5 hours    
      "LS" #81 rewrite......



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      Post #52180, posted on 03-05-2014 GMT-5 hours    
      Great stuff as always!

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      Post #52213, posted on 03-06-2014 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks.....

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      Post #52269, posted on 03-09-2014 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks for posting John.

      One thing I never got is posing a person inside of the engine inlet. My safety-guy side says no-no! LOL...

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      Post #52274, posted on 03-09-2014 GMT-5 hours    
      There are some with several F/A 'squished' in an engine! One of those strange things that caught on-like now everyone has to 'bite' their Olympic Gold medal!!



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