Reunion June 10 to 12, 2016
Location - Ramada Edmonton Hotel & Conference Centre
Address: 11834 Kingsway NW, Edmonton, AB T5G 3J5
Feb 5, 2015 - C-GHPW
- The C-130 sold to and now
flying for First Air will be sold for parts.
Jan 31, 2015 -
Pictures from the 2011 Reunion
June 2, 2014 - Herc
Badge by Rob Reid
Dec 9, 2013 - The
Arctic Herc Rats
Just a reminder to check the monthly blog of the “Actic Herc Rats”
book website at
www.pwahercules.com . Colm Egan and Gordon Wilson are
interviewing anyone who had a connection with the PWA Hercules
Operation, flight crew, ground crew, agents and office support staff
and we ask you to contact them by email through the website.
Contributions of memorabilia and photographs (scanned copies at
300bpi) would be most welcome as Colm and Gordon compile this
information for the book. Two chapters, 1 and 3, are now complete,
20,000 words, and chapter 2, The Arctic, has just started. Clean out
your attic and basement and send the info to one of them!
Nov 1, 2013 -
Rea Point Operations
A gift from the City of Calgary Archives - Our Herc Operations with Panarctic
Oils at Rea Point
PWN on Final for Landing
Commercial Operation of the Hercules Division at Pacific Western Airlines
(submitted by S.
On April 21, 1984, Pacific Western Airlines operated
the final Hercules flight with aircraft CF-PWN from the Panarctic Oils base camp
at Rea Point on Melville Island NWT N75’22” W105’44” to Edmonton International
Airport. It was an historic event as the Hercules Division was another
structural component that had built the airline.
Photo is 383 in Rea Point just before departure
L-R: F/O Jim Semeniuk, CAPT Roy Reaville, Proj Mgr Stu Russell, S/O
Bill Webster, Maint Crew Chief Brent Kirkpatrick, Engineer Robin Bergdahl,
L/M Ron Howe
Photo in Edmonton YEG after arrival
L-R: PM Stu Russell, , S/O Bill Webster, Engineer Robin Bergdahl,
S/O Jim Semeniuk, Capt Roy Reaville, L/M Ron Howe, Mgr Herc & Resupply Al
Philpott, Chief LM Vern Kuzio, Capt Rick Simons, Maintenance Crew Chief Brent
Kirkpatrick and our girl Nancy:
Registration / CF-PWN / Tail number 383 / MSN ser # 4129
Born L100-10 L382B March 1966 Marietta Georgia - Zambian Air Cargos
Operated by Pacific Western Airlines March 1969 / 21 April 1984 – with a couple
of lease outs in Alaska in between
Died as N9205T L100-20 L382F Nov 1989 Jamba Angola - Tepper Aviation
FYI on the times message YOX Rea Point / CSC Cisco ice strip / WRN Warren Point
/ LOI Lougheed Island
Last Telex Flight Times
Herc Reunion 2011 -
A Great Success
CF-PWK rig haul at Bent Horn NWT.
This oil discovery made by Panarctic on Cameron Island was the only oil
field to be commercially produced in the Canadian Arctic
Pacific Western Airlines and the Lockheed
Hercules L-100 Commercial Air Freighter
In 1967 Pacific Western Airlines became the first commercial air carrier
in Canada licensed to operate the civilian L-100 version of the Hercules
C130 military cargo lifter.
Pacific Western crews flew a total of six Hercules freighters into more
than 108 countries around the world. The aircraft flew over 90,000 air
hours and 26 million miles and carried more than 800,000 tons of
outsized cargo and bulk fuel shipments world wide.
The Hercules aircraft were flown onto fresh water and sea ice runways in
the arctic, gravel, sand and unprepared surfaces in underdeveloped
countries and operated in temperatures as low as minus 68F in northern
Canada and plus 134F in the African deserts.
They operated the aircraft in varied locations around the globe and
experienced life in strife torn areas as far away as Angola, Bangladesh,
Chad, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sudan and Zaire, as well as such exotic locales
as Amsterdam, Athens, Beijing, Cairo, Christchurch, Damascus, Darwin,
Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Prague, Singapore and Warsaw.
The cargo loads were as varied as the destinations and included
everything from sheep and cattle to nuclear reactor parts, submarines,
grapes, gold, killer whales, jet engines, oil rigs, helicopters,
gasoline, diesel fuel, dynamite, relief supplies, monkeys, fish, beer,
wigs and almost anything else that would fit in the cavernous cargo
The crews who flew them, maintained them, managed them and kept them
busy were a unique brotherhood who shared tents on the arctic ice, dined
in some of the finest night spots on the planet and enjoyed the best
flying any group of aviators could ever dream of. The long hours and
inclement operating conditions brought together some of the most
professional individuals in the aviation industry and the best aircraft
to get the job done.
The amazing capabilities of the Hercules aircraft and the ingenious
efforts of the Pacific Western Hercules management and crews allowed PWA
to develop a new cargo market that led to the introduction of the Boeing
707-320C International Air Freighter in 1972.
Their combined contributions put PWA on the cutting edge of heavy
equipment airlift for the expanding oil and gas frontier drilling
operations in Canada’s high arctic and marked their place in history as
Canada’s premier heavy lift cargo carrier for many years to come.
From the moment PWA took delivery of their first new L100-10 aircraft,
CF-PWO, at the Lockheed factory in Marietta, Georgia, in 1967, to the
arrival of their first new L100-30 C-GHPW at the same locale in 1978,
PWA developed a solid reputation for high quality, strong work ethic and
proven results. Their 17 year aviation adventure spanned the globe and
propelled PWA into the forefront of the global cargo industry.
The PWA crews and their dependable Hercules aircraft cut the trail for
others to follow.
The memories of the aircraft, the era, the crews and their adventures
will never be forgotten. In honour of Oscar PWO, Nancy PWN, X-ray PWX,
Romeo PWR, Kilo PWK & “387”HPW. Rest easy old friends, clear blue
skies & long white contrails behind you.
Stuart Russell - Hercules Canada Reunion Association – 18 September,
Stu and Knut - 2004. I had asked for
some great Herc pictures and this is one of several that he sent!
Hercules Reunion 2007
The PWA Hercules group held another successful reunion held at the
Edmonton Inn on Sep 14 to 17, 2007. Under the leadership if the
intrepid Stu Russell and with much assistance from others including Knut
Ohm and Brian Benay, they brought the gang together in fine fashion one
more time. I am sure it will not be the last one for this group.