TCA crosses the Atlantic
The hazardous Atlantic route is first charted during the Second World War because the need for supplies can’t all be met by sea. TCA’s first crossing is a 12-hour and 26-minute flight from Montreal to Prestwick, Scotland, on July 22, 1943. An unarmed Lancaster – a military aircraft converted for civilian use – carries three passengers on official government business and 2,600 pounds of mail for the army men. Slow, lumbering and deafeningly loud, these remarkably reliable machines are part of the Canadian Government Trans-Atlantic Air Service and can weather the battering on the hazardous route. The first trips in these flying tin cans are uncomfortable for both passengers and crew, but prove to be an invaluable training ground for the company’s future transatlantic passenger services.