Inspired by a love of travel, Linda Meckling became a flight attendant with Air Canada in 1966. After four weeks of training in Montreal, she was flying coast to coast and, later, overseas. Linda embraced the glamourous lifestyle of a 1960s globetrotter in the era of company-mandated beauty products and girdles. Linda saw many changes in air travel through her 37-year career. She shared her impressions of a flight attendant’s life with the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada in March 2014. Since her retirement, Linda Meckling has returned to live in her home town, Winnipeg.
The Vickers Viscount was initially ordered by Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA, later Air Canada) in November 1952, making TCA the first airline in North America to operate turboprop-powered planes. Vickers eventually sold 147 Viscounts (one-third of its production run) in North America. TCA’s fleet eventually grew to 51 airplanes which were used on short-haul routes. The Viscounts turboprop engines were favoured for their speed, quietness and lack of vibration.
The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada’s Viscount entered service with TCA on scheduled flights between Montreal and Winnipeg in February 1958. It operated from TCA’s Winnipeg hangar (now the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada) until May 1971, and found its permanent home at the Aviation Museum in 1984.