Joe Danyluk's Collection


     In the 1970s and 1980s, Joe Danyluk was the Regional Air Traffic Control School draftsman. In addition doing all the art work for the ATC school courses, and drawing all the approach plates used in the ACC, Joe maintained the extensive database for the ubiquitous Kodak Carousel VIP (Visual Information Projector). Joe was a competent photographer and as a natural consequence he became the custodian of the photographic history of WG tower and WG ACC. For many years Nels Harvey had been the "official" DOT/MOT photographer and thankfully Joe kept most if not all of those early Winnipeg ATC photos.
     Before I retired in 2002 I "borrowed" many of his older slides as I knew NAVCANADA would have no use for them and besides, I had this idea about a little website... It is fair to say that without Joe's many contributions this website would be severely diminished. This page features many of his photographs and others from his collection.
     By the way, Joe does not have a PC and does not use the internet so he only is aware of this website from my phonecalls.

TZ Argosy   

     (Transair) Armstrong Whitworth AW 660 Argosy: pretty impressive name for an unusual airplane. (about 1970) "...four surviving Series 222s were sold in Canada, being delivered to Midwest Airlines, later Transair, on mining support operations."

     Piper Apache: great airplane although the original 150 or 160 hp versions did not offer great single engine performance. Midwest Airlines (mentioned above) had an early Apache CF-LNT, I remember it well...


     Grumman TBF Avenger: back in the '60s, every early summer a bunch of Avengers would stage through Winnipeg enroute to the Maritimes to participate in the annual spruce budworm arial spray program. I remember someone telling me that only one of these planes carried a radio so landing and departing was always a sight to behold.

annual visit

great sight   

     Avro Vulcan: to see a Vulcan depart and then execute a steep climbing turn is simply an unforgettable sight. There aren't that many aircraft that look truly menacing, this is number 1 in my books.

     Beechcraft Model 18: this aircraft began production in early 1937 and continued in production until mid 1970. Here is a prime example moored at the Kenora Harbour airport. The picture on the right was taken in the summer of 2006 and I saw this very airplane last on Saturday, May 19, 2007.

now a rare sight Kenora 2006

good looking airplane   

     Cessna 310: in production from 1953 to 1980, this is another example of an aircraft that looks better in the sky than on the ground. Perhaps it was the long and very forward nose gear, similar to the Lockheed Constellation.

     Saunders ST-27: developed from the de Havilland DH-114 Heron, the Saunders was lengthened by 8ft 6in, to accommodate up to 23 passengers. It was powered by two 750-shp Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-34 turboprop engines. 12 Herons were modified by the Saunders Aircraft Corporation of Gimli, Manitoba.

now a rare sight

gone now   

     (Transair) Fokker FA-28: a real workhorse for Transair, quick but noisy. Over its 20+ years of operation Transair operated many different aircraft types: DC-3, DC-4, DC-6, DC-7, Curtis Commando, Canso, Argosy, Bristol 170, Bellanca Aircruiser (a really rare bird), AVRO York, Vickers Viscount, B737, B707, FA-28, YS-11. Did I miss a few?
Before Transair ceased operations, it was owned by TWA, which at the time was owned by Howard Hughes. Aviation history does take strange turns.

     Bristol Britannia: in Canada this aircraft was built by Canadair and flown by the RCAF as a Yukon. Canadair also built the CL-44, a swingtail freighter.

fast for its day

looks cold!   

     Avro 748: (in 1960 became the Hawker Siddeley HS-748) Avro 748 was a small short-range turboprop airliner designed in the late 1950s as a replacement for the now-aged DC-3's then in widespread service as feederliners. A familiar sight thoughout the Northern airports of the Prairie provinces. I think this picture was taken in Churchill, Manitoba. Note the stretcher being carried aboard for a cold ride south to Winnipeg, one presumes.

     Beechcraft BE23 Musketeer: WG ACC had a successful flying club for many years. Prior to about 1977, the club owned a Luscombe and then bought Musketeer CF-SPW. It operated this aircraft for many, many years and just a couple of years ago suffered major repair following engine failure after takeoff. Its mechanical history after that was not much better but it can be seen again in the skies around Winnipeg. The Musketeer in this photo is not SPW!

a good ride

PA & TZ   

     In the foreground is a NAMC YS11 - not an Avro 748. My wife Heather and I flew in one of these planes from YWG to YTH for Christmas 1970. I seem to remember that I had to scrunch down to see out the window...
I think the best thing about this picture is that it captured two airlines that no longer exist. At the time of this picture it would have been unusual to see a Clipper 747 on YWG's tarmac.

Other Aviation Photos

     My father took this shot of a Noorduyn Norseman about 1955 or so when he worked for Midwest Diamond Drilling out of Flin Flon. He made many trips in this and other bush planes to repair the always broken Swamp Buggies. It is a great photo of a bygone era and a Northern legend.

notice the topography!

AC Connie   

     This photo would have been taken between 1954 and 1963 at Air Canada's (then Trans-Canada Airlines) Dorval maintenance facility in Montreal. Although the Lockheed Constellation looked ungainly on the ground, in the air its aerodynamic fuselage gave it a graceful appearance. I would have liked to have flown in one. In 1968 Nordair deliverd several to somewhere in Africa and I remember them doing flying training around Dorval.

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