Bluegrass Airlines

 

May 2005

 

 

Winnipeg, Manitoba 1944

 

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In 1944, Winnipeg was served by three airlines.Canadian Pacific Air Lines service originated from Lac du Bonnet, and was connected to Winnipeg by a 2 hour bus ride.††

 

Trans-Canada Airlines had three Eastbound departures a day to Kapuskasing, ON Ė Toronto-Ottawa and Montreal.They had 2 Westbound departures to Regina, SK Ė Lethbridge-Vancouver and Victoria BC

 

Northwest had one flight a day to Grand Forks-Fargo-Minneapolis/St Paul-Rochester-Madison-Milwaukee and Chicago.

 

In 1942 the Canadian Pacific Railroad bought 10 bush plane operators in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.Since most of the C.P service appears to be to areas with access to lakes, this service might have been provided by float planes.The Lac du Bonnet airport opened in 1924 and to this day provides services to land and float aircraft.I have found references to C.P. using Bellanca Air Cruisers, and one of them crashed in Ontario, so it is likely that one or two were used on these routes.

 

In 1944 the state of the art for commercial aircraft was the DC-3.Anything newer was being used as military transport for World War II.†† So itís a safe bet that the T.C.A. flights and the Northwest flight used DC-3ís.

 

 

 

 

 

Bellanca Aircruiser leaving Lac du Bonnet, MB, turning toward Red Lake, ON

 

Mike Stoneís Bellanca Aircruiser from www.pmstone.com

 

On Final to Red Lake

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It is impossible to re-create all of these flights with FS 9, but I was able to find the airports and navaids for the following flights:

 

From

To

Hdg

Distance

VOR

NDB

CYAX Lac du Bonnet

CYRL Red Lake

57

97 nm

114.0 YRL

218.0 RL

CYRL Red Lake

CYQK Kenora

193

80 nm

 

326.0 YQK

 

 

 

 

 

 

CYRL Red Lake

CYXL Sioux Lookout

127

91 nm

113.1 XL (dme)

346.0 YXL

CYXL Sioux Lookout

CYPL Pickle Lake

40

102 nm

113.7 PL (dme)

382.0 YPL

 

 

 

 

 

 

CYAX Lac du Bonnet

CZGR Little Grand Rapids

7

107 nm

 

280.0 4B

CZGR Little Grand Rapids

CYIV Island Lake

11

113 nm

116.0 IV (dme)

300.0 YIV

CYIV Island Lake

CYGO Godís Lake Narrows

4

42 nm

 

343.0 YGO

CYGO Godís Lake Narrows

CJB6 Godís Lake

61

30 nm

 

 

 

From

To

Hdg

Distance

VOR

NDB

ILS

CYWG Winnipeg

CYYU Kapuskasing

97

573 nm

109.3 YU (dme)

341.0 YYU

 

CYWG Winnepeg

CYQR Regina

286

266 nm

114.2 VLN 17nm

 

 

109.5 IQR13