These aircraft were all named the 'W. R. "Wop" May'
Boeing 707 (CF-ZYP) - Wardair Canada
- inaugural flight March 14, 1969 from Edmonton to Calgary, Alberta
This aircraft was build for Quebecair but the order was cancelled before delivery - it was
delivered new to Wardair. In 1978 it was sold to Montana Austria, then leased to Sudan
Airways, then Nigeria Airways, then Ariana Afghan Airlines. In 1981 it was siezed by
the US Justice Department due to an illegal attempt fo carry weapons. It was transferred
to the air force on July 3, 1985 who modified it as a U.S.A.F. E-8C Joint Surveillance
Target Attach Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft - serial No. 01-2000
Douglas DC-10 (C-GXRC) - Wardair Canada
- inaugural flight November 5, 1978 from Toronto, Ontario to Quebec City, Quebec
This aircraft was owned by the GPA Group Ltd. & flew with Finnair with call letters
OH-LHE. It later flew with Airplanes (Bermuda) & in 1995 was sold to Gemini Air
Cargo who converted it to a DC-10-30(F) Freighter and registered it as N607GC.
Airbus A-310 (C-GKWD) - Wardair Canada
- there was no formal inaugural flight for this aircraft as Wardair soon
become Canadian Airlines International (look at this aircraft in CAI colours).
It was bought by Polaris Aircraft Leasing who leased it to Kuwait Airways,
then Middle East Airways and is now leased to Air India under the call
Boeing 727-100C (CF-PXD) - Pacific Western Airlines
- photo taken at Yellowknife, N.W.T. on March 6, 1978.
The aircraft first flew with Trans International Airlines, then Braniff and was
sold to Pacific Western Airlines. This aircraft now belongs to Echo Bay
Mines and is leased to it’s subsidiary Corp Air and flies miners & freight
into mine sites in the NWT and Northern Saskatchewan - it is named the
"Billie Dean" after Billie Dean Granley who flew the plane as chief pilot for