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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Montreal Dorval Airport: 1958

Montreal Dorval Airport: 1958

Times sure have changed - Trans-Canada Airlines is now Air Canada, and the turboprop-powered Viscount is long gone. The security of the time amounted to a chain-link fence, and airplane radio communication with "ground control" was by way of a wire antenna stretched to the tail of the plane. View full size.

That wire

That wire stretched to the tail wasn't for communication with ground control. The bent white rigid antenna in the middle of the fuselage is the communications (comm) antenna, and the horizontal white antenna toward the front of the fuselage is for VHF OmniRange (VOR) navigation.

The wire was used for the low-frequency receive antenna for ADF navigation. ADF used two antennas, a loop and a wire "sense" antenna. I'm not sure where the loop is, but it was usually under the fuselage in a dome-shaped case, so it's probably blocked from view.

Now called...

...Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport, after Canada's 15th prime minister, whose sexy character and liberal politics were in perfect sync with the times (he became PM in 1968) and, although reviled at the time by many for his haughtiness when miffed, which was basically angry candour, he is held in the memories of most boomers as someone you feel proud of in your country for being so cool.

 
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