Throwback Thursday

This photograph taken in the 1950s during the golden age of air travel is of Trans Canada Airlines North Star airplane on the tarmac at Windsor Airport. The North Star DC-4M-2 aircraft was built by Canadair Aircrafts Ltd. and flown by Trans Canada Airlines from 1946 to 1961. The North Star could accommodate 44 passengers and a crew of 7. The plane’s cruising speed was 523 km/h, with a range 6,200 kms. In 1964 an Act of Parliament changed the name of Trans Canada Airlines to Air Canada which went into use on January 1, 1965. If you are interested in this or other historic photographs of Windsor, please visit the library’s digital exhibit “Windsor’s History and Pictures” at

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