Scouting + Simple Treasures | Rural Alberta Aircraft

by on October 22, 2014

Since I was close to the area a few days ago on a scouting job, I had to pop over to make sure she was still there … A couple months ago, a theft poorly disguised as vandalism occurred at her resting spot, robbing this wonderful beast of some vital parts. I believe the investigation is still ongoing …

After being satisfied just to be able to see the 737 once again, and since my two preferred shooting areas of choice were unavailable, I quickly found an alternative spot – just close enough where I could take a better look, lift up the ol’ Canon 1DM3 and 70-200mm ƒ2.8 and bang off a couple of frames. Nothing too exciting, but I was just happy to be there, as it’s been about 4 months. I quietly observed and enjoyed the sight …

Funny enough, a curious chap had seen me leaning against my car gazing at her, and came over to inquire what on earth I was hunting. He saw the camo on the gear and perhaps from afar, it looked like I was sporting something a little more serious than an aging Canon body and lens, but I assured him I was merely doing my own thing and I hope I wasn’t in his way, to which he replied just to keep my pretty face put, but maybe move the car a few feet to make way for the trucks. Easy enough, eh?


The retired Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) Boeing 737-200 C-GIPW (Fleet #745) now rests in a field, having flown for the last time on November 29th, 2013.


I’ll hold off posting the other images (read: snapshots, ugh) from that morning as the light was rather dull. Guess I’ll have to go back there again when I’m not actually scouting…and keep going back…again…and again. Ha! As someone who enjoys aviation and spent countless weekend hours at the YYC airport plane gazing and even more hours watching hundreds of incoming flights from my office window, I think I could watch this damn thing all day long…even at rest.

See you in the field!





Photographer. Podcaster on hiatus. Edmonton Oilers lovah. Cinematic Star Wars fan. Fond of wildlife conservation, animal rescue orgs, and all things Johnny Cash. Gen X. 

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