Screen-shot of a Canadair promotional photograph No. D 8688 Canadair Four, 1953.
A Canadair C-4 Argonaut in Canadian Pacific livery.
During World War II it became obvious that Trans Canada Airlines would need a suitable aircraft for use on both North Atlantic and domestic routes after hostilities ended. the Canadian government selected the Douglas DC-4 and a license was granted for its manufacture in Canada. This ‘north of the border’ variant differed from the standard DC-4 in being powered by Rolls-Royce Merlin engines and having a pressurized fuselage.
>Trans Canada Airways began operating DC-4Ms on its transatlantic routes in early 1947, domestic services following.
>Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) C-54Ms were used extensively in the Korean War.
>British Argonauts, purchased as an interim type, BOAC’s C-4s were given the class name Argonaut and primarily employed on routes between London, Africa and the Far East.
>A BOAC Argonaut, Atalanta, has a special place in British history; it was the aircraft which carried the newly-crowned Queen Elizabeth II to South Africa in 1952.
From: “Civil Aircraft Passenger and Utility Aircraft: A Century of Innovation”… General Editor:im Winchester