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    ??? The Air Canada DC-8 jet which will carry the Queen and her entourage home?

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    ??? The Air Canada DC-8 jet which will carry the Queen and her entourage home to London on Oct. 13 following Her Majesty's visit to Prince Edward Island Quebec and Ottawa, has had its interior configuration modified for the convenience of the 28-member Royal party.

    Sufficient first class seats have been installed to accommodate all passengers and special arrangements have been made to ensure privacy for the Queen. In addition, facilities have been installed to permit carriage of part of the Royal wardrobe in the passenger cabin.

    Air Canada's Chief Purser - Montreal, Francois (Frank) St. Hilaire will celebrate his 40th birthday Oct. 13 by serving Her Majesty on the return flight from Ottawa to London.

    Born and educated in Montreal, Mr. St. Hilaire joined Air Canada as a Purser in 1947 when the airline was still operating converted Lancaster bombers on its trans-Atlantic routes.

    Prior to that he was Purser with the Air Transport Command of BOAC, and with the Canadian Government Trans-Atlantic Air Service, operated for the government by Air Canada during the war years to carry priority passengers and armed services mail across the North Atlantic.

    Mr. St. Hilaire became Assistant Chief Purser for Air Canada in 1947 and was named Chief Purser in 1960.

    Assisting Chief Purser Francois St. Hilaire will be:
    R.R. Roth, 30, Purser-Instructor with Air Canada for seven years.

    G.C. Smith, 39, Purser with Air Canada for 11 years.

    Ms. J.A. Lacroix, Flight Service Instructor with Air Canada who has been with the airline for 11 years. Born in St. Marie-Beauce, Que., and educated in Saint John, N.B., and Halifax, N.S., Miss Lacroix is a graduate nurse.

    Miss K.R. McIntyre, Flight Service Instructor with Air Canada who has been with the airline for 11 year. Born in St. Leonard, N.B., and educated there and in Saint Nohn, N.B., Miss McIntyre is a graduate nurse.

    Miss H.M. Nielsen, Flight Service Instructor with Air Canada for 11 years. Born in Dalhousie, N.B., and educated there and in Montreal, Miss Neilsen is a graduate nurse.

    Back-up crew members in the event of illness are Capt. W.R. Bell, Chief Pilot, Air Canada, born and educated in Sudbury, and a pilot with Air Canada since 1941; and Miss Anne Maksinuk, born in Niagara Falls, Ont., and educated in Stevensville and Ridgeway, Ont. A graduate nurse, Miss Maksinuk has been with the airliner for eight years.

    MONTREAL - Capt. A.S. Ander, one of Air Canada's senior pilots, with more than 20,000 flying hours and to his credit and now DC-8 Pilot in Montreal will command the giant DC-8 jet carrying Her Majesty Elizabeth II home to London Oct. 13 following her Canadian tour.

    Formerly of Winnipeg, Capt. Ander joined Air Canada (then Trans-Canada Air Lines) in 1939, just two years after the company's formation.

    He has flown virtually every type of aircraft operated by the airline since its formation on domestic, trans-border and international routes.

    Occupying the First Officer's seat will be Capt. E.R. Leek, another senior Air Canada pilot and now Check Pilot with the airline in Montreal
    Born and educated in Toronto, Capt. Leek joined the airline in 1944, became a Flight Instructor in 1947 and assumed his present position in 1960.

    Capt. I.A. March, of St. John's, Nfld., will occupy the Second Officer's seat on the Royal Flight. A former RCAF fighter pilot, Capt. March joined Air Canada in 1945 and is now one of the airline's senior jet captains.

    Navigator will be P.G. Powell, Chief Navigating Officer for the airline.

    A native of Salmon Arm, B.C., Mr. Powell served with the RCAF Bomber Command during World War II and joined Air Canada in 1946. He is a veteran of thousands of North Atlantic crossings.

    CAPTAIN A.S. ANDER
    Captain A.S. Ander, DC-8 jet Check Pilot with Air Canada, based in Montreal, was born in Minneapolis, Minn., and educated in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    He began his commercial flying career as a pilot-engineer with the Manitoba Government Air Services in 1938, flying forestry patrol throughout the prairie province.

    Capt. Ander joined Air Canada (then Trans-Canada Air Lines) as a First Officer on April 3, 1939, two years after the company's formation. He was promoted to Captain in 1941 and became a Check Pilot in 1946.

    He has flown many types of Air Canada aircraft, from 10-passenger Lockheed 14s through Douglas DC-3s, Canadair North Stars and Lockheed Super Constellations to the giant DC-8 jets he now commands, on all major Air Canada routes, including trans-ocean routes to Europe and the United Kingdom and south to the islands of the Caribbean.

    Capt. Ander is married, with two sons, and lives in Pierrefonds, a suburb of Montreal, His hobbies are golf, hunting, fishing and woodworking.

    CAPTAIN I.A. MARCH
    Captain Ian A. March of Air Canada was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and educated there and in Newfoundland, where he attended primary schools and Memorial University.

    He received his first flight training with the RCAF, serving from 1940 to 1945 in Canada and in the United Kingdom as a fighter pilot where he was awarded the DFC as a Squadron Leader.

    Following his discharge, he joined Air Canada as a First Officer in 1945, where he was required to pass rigid medical and aptitude tests and an extensive course in ground and flight training.

    Based in Moncton, he flew as First Officer on Air Canada Lockheed 1408 and 1808 aircraft on routes in the Maritime Provinces. In 1946, he was promoted to Captain and continued to fly on Air Canada routes from Moncton to St. John's, Nfld., to Halifax and to Boston. In 1953, Captain March was based in Montreal and flew North Star aircraft on Air Canada's overseas routes. Since then, he has piloted Super Constellations and then Douglas DC-8 jetliners on Air Canada routes across Canada, to the United Kingdom and continental Europe and to the Caribbean.

    Captain March is married and the father of two boys. Both boys held private pilot licenses and are keenly interested in flying and in aeronautical engineering. The March family operate their own float-equipped airplane and often fly to Newfoundland for hunting and fishing expeditions.

    Now living in Pirrefonds, a suburb of Montreal, Capt. March was instrumental in organizing the first Protestant School Board in Pirrefonds, From 1960 to 1963, he served as alderman in the town of Pierrefonds and was placed in charge of the police and fire departments.

    P.G. POWELL
    P.G. Powell, Chief Navigating Officer for Air Canada, based in Montreal, was born in Rosedale Abbey, Yorkshire, England and educated in Salmon Arm, B.C.

    He studied navigation and seamanship on H.M.S. Worcester in England and served as Cadet, Third Officer and Acting Second Officer with Furness Withy and Company from 1935 to 1940.

    Mr. Powell joined the RCAF as an AC2 in Aug. 1940, trained in Canada and served with the Bomber Command in the United Kingdom, where he was awarded the DSO, DFC and was Mentioned in Dispatches, and received his discharge in September, 1945, with the rank of Wing Commander.

    He joined Air Canada (then Trans-Canada Air Lines) in January, 1946, as a navigator, became Assistant Chief Navigator a year later and assumed his present position in 1953.

    Mr. Powell has served as navigator on thousands of Air Canada flights across the Atlantic to the United Kingdom and Europe, south to Bermuda and to the islands of the Caribbean.

    He is married with two daughters and a son, and lives in Pointe Claire, a suburb of Montreal.

    CAPTAIN E.R. LEEK
    Captain E.R. Leek was born and educated in Toronto and joined Air Canada (then Trans-Canada Air Lines) as a First Officer in 1940.

    He was promoted to Captain in 1944, became a flight instructor in 1947 and assumed his present position as Check Pilot, Montreal, in 1960.

    Capt. Leek has flown on all Air Canada routes, including domestic, trans-border to the United States and overseas to the Caribbean and Europe. He has piloted Lockheed 14H2s, Douglas DC-3s, Canadair North Stars, Lockheed Super Constellations, Vickers Viscounts and, now, Douglas DC-8 jets, for the airline.

    Married, with two children, Capt. Leek resides in Dorval, a suburb of Montreal.

    CAPTAIN W.R. BELL
    Captain W.R. Bell, Chief Pilot, Montreal, for Air Canada, was born in Sudbury, Ontario, and educated there and at Parks Air College, St. Louis, III., where he studied aircraft maintenance engineering.

    He joined Air Canada (then Trans-Canada Air Lines) as a mechanic in 1940, then became a First Officer in 1941. He was promoted to Captain in 1944, became a Check Pilot in 1952 and assumed his present his present position as Chief Pilot in 1958.

    Capt. Bell has worked for the airline in Winnipeg, Toronto, Moncton and Montreal and has flown 10-passenger Lockheed 14s, Douglas DC-3s, Canadair North Stars and turbo-prop Vickers Viscounts and now commands the giant 131-passenger DC-8 jets for the airline.

    He is married, with three daughters, and lives in Montreal.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA56VEFQY30EES03QZ5BTSCKBNJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA56VEFQY30EES03QZ5BTSCKBNJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:40:00
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    N/A

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