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Only top-level descriptions Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island Maritime Central Airways
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Maritime Central Airways collection

  • CA PCA Acc4973
  • Fonds
  • 1946-1991

This collection includes records related to Maritime Central Airways such as newspaper articles, histories, staff lists, statistics, aircraft information, photographs, and tariff manual excerpts. Some records concerning M.C.A.-Nordair, Wheeler and Eastern Provincial are also contained in the collection.

Maritime Central Airways (MCA) was established in 1941 by Carl Burke of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The first flight of Maritime Central Airways was 7 December 1941. The airline was involved in passenger and cargo flights along with a number of other assignments including ice patrols for the Department of Transport, lobster and strawberry charters, seal surveys, forestry patrols for the Government of New Brunswick, bush flying, and ships crew transport. MCA had a wholly-owned subsidiary called Newfoundland Airways Limited from 1948 to 1951. In the early 1950s, MCA transported supplies and equipment for the Pinetree Project, the construction of U.S. radar stations from St. Anthony, Newfoundland to Frobisher Bay, Baffin Island. After the Pinetree Project was completed in 1954, Maritime Central Airways was the airlift contractor for an eastern chain of DEW radar stations (Distant Early Warning System). Boreal Airways of St. Felicien, Quebec and Mont Laurier Aviation of Roberval, Quebec became wholly-owned subsidiaries of MCA in 1956. On 27 November 1956 these two companies were merged as Nordair Ltd. In 1960, Nordair purchased Wheeler Airlines Limited. In 1963, Carl Burke sold Maritime Central Airways to Eastern Provincial. Nordair was not included in the sale of MCA. On 7 September 1967, James Tooley of Montreal bought eighty-five percent of Nordair, though Carl Burke remained a director and member of the executive committee until his death in 1976.

McGlynn, Henry Trent "Lofty"

Jerrold MacLean collection

  • CA PCA Acc4575
  • Fonds
  • 1988, 1996

The collection consists of photocopies of articles appearing in the "CAHS (Canadian Aviation Historical Society) Journal" (Summer 1988) and "Slipstream: Silver Wings Fraternity Newsletter" (Nov/Dec 1996). The first article concerns the DH-89 Dragon-Rapide CF- BNJ first owned by Central Maritime Airways, a company founded in 1941 to provide scheduled service between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. The second is a brief biography of John B. Woods, a native of Brookfield, P.E.I. Who worked as a private pilot for forty years. Mr. Brooks also features in the CAHS article.

MacLean, Jerrold

Fred T. Coyle collection

  • CA PCA Acc4945
  • Collection
  • 1981-1991

This collection includes records related to the successful nomination of Carl Frederick Burke to Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. Mr. Burke was best known for founding Maritime Central Airways of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Material includes correspondence (1981-1982, 1983, 1986, 1988) and additional background information (1943-1982) collected for the nomination such as newspaper clippings, biographical notes, one photograph, and draft nomination submissions. The collection also includes planning materials for the 1991 50th reunion of Maritime Central Airways. These reunion records (1941-1991) include correspondence, reunion information, list of registrants, mailing lists, two MCA baggage stickers, some financial records, and newspaper clippings.

Coyle, Fred T.