This video is a tribute to the retirement WestJet's very last Boeing 737-200 aircraft on January 9, 2006. The company started operations in 1996 with just a few 737-200s and has grown to become Canada's second largest airline. Enjoy.
The Martin P6M SeaMaster, built by the Glenn L. Martin Company, was a 1950s strategic bomber flying boat for the United States Navy that almost entered service; production aircraft had been built and Navy crews were undergoing operational conversion, with a service entry about six months off, when the program was cancelled on August 21, 1959. Envisioned as a way to give the Navy a strategic nuclear force, the SeaMaster was eclipsed by the Polaris submarine launched ballistic missile. Due to the political situation at the Pentagon, the Navy promoted the P6M primarily as a high speed minelayer.
Calgary-based aviation videographer Anthony Hickey extensively filmed zip’s colourful 737s, and this 85 minute feature released by AirlineHobby.com DVDs presents an extensive round-up of zip’s Calgary flight activity. Professionally shot on film industry tripods, this DVD takes you up front and close to zip’s 737-200s with lots of push-backs from the gate, taxi sequences, take-offs, approaches, and landings filmed from many airside locations. Live ATC audio between the zip aircraft and the tower accompanies most of the footage. There is no cockpit footage in this DVD… just lots of exterior footage of zip Boeing 737 jet action!