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 REVIEW: Gemini200 Wardair Canada Boeing 747-211B C-GXRD "H.A. Doc Oakes"

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PostSubject: REVIEW: Gemini200 Wardair Canada Boeing 747-211B C-GXRD "H.A. Doc Oakes"   Thu Aug 10 2017, 21:56

Wardair Canada Boeing 747-211B
C-GXRD "H.A. Doc Oaks”. S/N 2157 Boeing Line Number 368
1/200 Scale

Originally JC Wings but revised to a Gemini200 July 2017 Release

Post Card of C-GXRD

Finally! A Wardair 747 in 1/200 Scale!

It has been almost 10 years since Inflight200 released their Wardair B727-100 CF-FUN and five years since their twin Wardair B707-320C models have been produced in 1/200 Scale. Gemini also made a Wardair DC-10-30 a few years ago. It was just a matter of time - and now we finally have Wardair's B747-200 available to add to the collection.

The Airline

In 1946 Maxwell W. Ward founded the Polaris Charter Company at Yellowknife, North West Territories. In 1952 the airline was formed as Wardair and operations began in June 1953 using a single engine De Havilland Canada Otter. In 1962 it entered the trans-atlantic charter market using leased DC-6Bs and changed its name to Wardair Canada Ltd. Ward purchased Canada's first Boeing Jetliner (a B727-100) in 1966 and added a pair of B707-320s shortly after. Wardair's first B747 arrived in 1973.

My Personal Connection

I have a personal connection with Wardair as my Father was a Navigator on the B727 and B707. One of his perks was a pass for immediate family which Mom and Dad used regularly for yearly Hawaii getaways and for visiting relatives in the U.K.

One fateful day, my Mother, sister, and I travelled from Vancouver to Edmonton on one of Wardair's 747s. It was back when Wardair was restricted from carrying passengers domestically - so the aircraft was being repositioned (empty) after the crew flew in from Hawaii. As a result the three of us were the only passengers on board. My Mom knew the Aircraft Captain, and the crew generously offerred me the chance to sit up front in the cockpit from departing Vancouver until being towed into the Hangar in Edmonton! That was it for me. No doubt that day had a lot to do with my seeking a career as a Pilot - first with the RCAF and later Air Canada.

The Model

Originally this was announced as a JC Wings release. However, since Gemini and JC Wings share the tooling (and since Gemini has released a Wardair DC-10 previously) it was switched to a Gemini product.

This is my first 747 that was not an Inflight200 product and I actually prefer the JC/Gemini version. The big difference is that the magnetic landing gear allows for both gear up and gear down display options compared to Inflight200.

Overall a fantastic model and one I can heartily recommend for Canadiana collectors.


Below: Seen with Inflight200's previously released B707-320.
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