Friday, December 30, 2011

Another year comes to an end...

Hello everyone...firstly, I'd like to thank our blog viewers and contributors very much! Remember, without you, there really wouldn't be a blog!! Secondly, I assure everyone that posts ARE coming. Alas, as stated in an earlier posting, I'm awaiting approval/authorization from recent contributors to allow their stories to be added, along with photos, before I can proceed. Unfortunately, this has been a long process and it would be my hope, with the new year, these postings can go forward.
Also, I'll be instituting a new 'copyrighting' system for photos that are added to the blog. As I've said before, we're still experiencing 'theft' of our photos from the blog, copied and placed on Ebay for someones own personal, monetary gain. Tacky...I'll say again, tacky move on this individuals part. Hence, this new system will allow for secure photo posting on the blog to discontinue the unauthorized use of OUR photos. (Much like the system that Scott at uses).
Also, I encourage all our viewers to take a look at the links provided on the right hand side of the front page. These 'friends of the blog' are in business for themselves, provide wonderful products and are NOT a part of the blog, nor give us any monetary support as a result of their links. I've done business with all three listed, myself, and have always been pleased with their products, services and friendship. :)
Now, most importantly, everyone, please have a wonderful New Year and be sure to check back from time to time for updates...and, as always, PLEASE write in if you have something to share, say or perhaps have a question about. I'm here to help!!
Peder, aka, Convairkid

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Eventually....there'll be more

Hello everyone, I want to thank you for your patience in this 2 month period since I last posted. Updates are STILL in the works. Like I mentioned before, I'm awaiting 'approval' for certain posts to be granted, along with permission to use photos. It's a long process and I appreciate everyone hanging in there with me!

Along the lines of photos, I see that the use of our photos from this blog are still being added to Ebay for sale by a certain individual. It still amazes me how tacky this move is on this individuals part. Go ahead and see for yourselves on a search in Ebay under 'North Central' and even 'Wisconsin Central.' Alas, any further additions of photos to this blog will be tagged with copyright notices to stop this person from continuing to profit from our own photos and the hard work in obtaining them and sharing them with the blog readers. In that end, I believe I'll finally feel confident that the practice of this individual will cease...and we can move on. Thank you again!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

MSP Show reminder...

Hello everyone! I just wanted to 'get the word out' again about the upcoming MSP Airliner's Collectible Show this coming Saturday, October 15th from 9am to 4pm. I've attached the flyer as well and it can be viewed in larger form by clicking on it. Hope to see/meet you there!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

'Spamming' and false emails

Hello everyone! I just wanted to share some recent developments I've had with the blog, as well as my own email...
I find it VERY difficult to believe, in today's World, (or maybe I don't!) that a simple email claiming knowledge, requests or information about North Central, Republic, Hughes Airwest (the airline list goes on) where I attempt to reply to that email goes 'unheard' or comes back as 'undeliverable.' Believe me, I'm one that can spot SPAM or 'crap' emails like anyone else, but the ones I've received are so believable and real looking, who wouldn't respond to them??? Alas, this posting.

So far I've been affected 3 times in the past 30 days with 3 different emails and, to date, there's been no hacking of the blog, nor my personal information. I just wanted to share with everyone IN CASE they receive something as well...sometimes things are too good to be true...and, in most all cases, they are. :) Peder

Monday, September 12, 2011

MSP Show announced

Hello everyone, I wanted to get this notice out as soon as possible. I only found out about it today in fact! Alas, another MSP Airline Colletible Show has been slated for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15h from 9am to 4pm at the Holiday Inn Crown Plaza in Eagan, Minnesota. The hotel's located on the South side of the airport (across the river) and is about a 5 minute drive from the airport. I'm adding the show's flyer for more information. Thank you!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

America, 10 Years Later

Hello everyone, I thought it fitting as a historian, as well as an American, to create this posting in the remembrance of the 10 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01.
In the 10 years since the attacks, America, as well as The World, has changed in numerous ways. Life as we knew it, changed. Air travel as we knew it, changed. We as Americans, changed. I think we can all agree with that.
To the passengers and crews of American 11, American 77, United 175 and United 93; we will never forget you! To the countless people affected in the World Trade Center, The Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, we will never forget you!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Time doesn't fade memories...

Hello everyone! I'm pleased to be adding a new posting to the blog today, and it's a good one!!
Not long ago, Scott, over at forwarded me an email he'd received from a former North Central Stewardess that was wondering if someone would be interested in items that she had. I immediately responded...

Sandy Hoksch was a Stewardess with North Central from 1968 to 1970 when she decided to move onto other ventures in life. Even so, Sandy retained all of her original pins, wings, employee handbooks, blankets, copies of The Northliner, her uniform and even her liquor cabinet key for the aircraft for the past 41 years! Sadly, her original North Central issued Stewardess Hat didn't survive the years and, as she put it, it 'disintegrated.' Nonetheless, Sandy wanted these items to go somewhere where others could appreciate them and I'm happy she well I'm sure you are! Enjoy...:)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Collector friends...

Hello everyone, I just wanted to share how wonderful it is to have like minded friends in the collector World. This point is made in the recent visit of my friend, and fellow North Central collector, Steve from MKT (Mankato, MN).
Having lunch with Steve, we chatted it up about what's happening in collecting, Ebay, collector shows and the general histories of airlines and aircraft. Always good to 'chew the fat' about these subjects!
I was also able to have Steve over to the house to view some of my personal collection and share any extra things I had with him. See, to me, collecting is not about hoarding, nor about the 'it's all mine' mentality. To me, it's a way to share with others who have the same interests and passions that I do. I've met other collectors of the same frame of mind, and I've met the other side as well. I guess, to each their own, but for me, I'm content with my choice...:)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

DC-9 Cockpit Restoration Project

Hello everyone, THANK YOU for sticking with me, and this blog, during the long hiatus in postings. I'm still working out information, 'blessings' and approval of future postings. Alas, I've received some new information today I wanted to pass along to our viewers...

I received an email along with a website link today regarding the restoration of a former North Central DC-9 cockpit. Aircraft N962N, '912', began life with North Central Airlines in May 1969 and was finally retired to Arizona in 2005. The aircraft was broken up in 2008 and hence, this project began. This looks like a great and fun venture in restoration!

Perry Van Veen is heading up the venture and is looking for interested parties in the project (not limited) to include stories of the aircraft, actual restoration work, parts, you name it! Here is the projects website and I hope you'll all take a look...many photos, history of the aircraft, etc. ENJOY!!!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Retro designs and updates

Hello everyone, First of all, please excuse the lack of postings lately! I'm still working out details in posting a few new stories as well as photos, awaiting authorizations and copyright information.
As we all know, photos placed on this blog are for your own personal use and enjoyment and not for copying to use for personal monetary gain. Unfortunately, that has occurred in the past (and currently as well) and we're looking at options to minimize this very tacky and unfortunate use of the photos provided on this blog.
Alas, I was just forwarded this wonderful collage of retro jets, created by Andre Bourgeois ( all rights reserved ) by our good friend and blog contributor, Arron Propsom. ENJOY!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Gemini NCA Convair 580's

Yes, they're out!! With a batch of 500 units, Gemini has already announced that the NCA Convair 580's are SOLD OUT. I knew it would happen. Alas, I do know of some distributors that still have some in stock, so if you're still looking for one or more of these great models, contact me and I'll send you a list of distributors that still have them in stock.

As a result of the release, one of our blog readers, Keith Wilson of Jonesboro, Georgia sent in these photos of his Convairs to share with us. Thanks Keith!

Also, it must be stated that these photos are the personal works and property of Keith Wilson and any reproduction or copying for sale of said photos is prohibited.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

More windmills

Good morning! Ted Wagner recently sent in these photos of another project he's been working on; Wisconsin Central L-10A's! It appears that Ted is going to create the entire NCA Fleet! Fine detail!! Thanks for sharing with us Ted...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring ORD Show 2011

Hello! It's that time of year again for the ORD Airliner's Show, coming up Saturday the 30th of April. Not sure if I'm attending as of yet (?) but please enjoy! It's a nice get together of airline collectors as well as former employees swapping stories and goods. Take care!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A 'new' hangar

Talk about being in the doghouse...:) Thanks to Ted Wagner for sending this in!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Manistee Airport Part Two

Good morning! I'm happy to be adding more photos today, provided to us by Ted Wagner, of the Manistee Airport in Michigan. These were photos that were taken by the local newspaper when North Central Airline's was beginning service to the area. Enjoy!
Please remember, these photos are not to be copied for monetary gain and all rights are reserved.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Manistee Airport Part One

Good morning! I'm happy to be adding some photos that Ted Wagner provided for us today. These come from the Manistee County Historical Society and show the beginnings of North Central's air service to the Manistee County Blacker Airport in Michigan. Enjoy these great moments from history!
Please keep in mind, all rights are reserved on these photos and they are not to be copied for monetary gain.
Part Two coming shortly...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Gemini NCA Convair 580

Hello everyone! I'm sure some of you have been wondering 'when are those North Central Convair 580's being released by Gemini Jets?' Yes, it has finally been announced that the 1:200 scale NCA 580's are to be released April 15th. So, for those of you that preordered them through a distrubutor, or are looking for them through another source, keep April 15th in mind!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

'Fun to reminisce...' Part Two

Hello again! I'm pleased to add another posting to the blog this evening, and that being 'Part Two' in Ted's story. I had hinted in Part One about his interesting hobby and we'll get to that now!
Ted, in his spare time, is an inventor. In that end, he's added modifications to motor scooters, along with creating an amphibious motorcycle! Alas, he's also created a 'windmill' of sorts that I believe all will like to look at; A North Central Convair 580, which has been hand made with wood, hand painted, and has counter rotating props. As a result of seeing this great little invention, I've personally ordered a couple for myself from Ted. I liked the idea and the fact that Ted hand creates each airplane himself! Ted will even add a specific 'N' number if one so desires.

In that end, I wanted to get the word out to our blog viewers of these great little items. Well, I shouldn't say TOO little as the wingspan of each Convair is 22 inches. If anyone is interested in contacting Ted about placing an order for one, or more, please contact me directly and I'll put you in touch with him. Talking with Ted further, each Convair would be $40 plus $12 shipping. Again, these are hand made and take a little time to create!

Thanks for all who continue to support the blog and the memories of North Central Airlines!

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

'Fun to reminisce...' Part One

Hello everyone! I'm pleased to add another story today, from one of our blog viewers that wrote in to me recently. Ted Wagner shared his story with us, along with an interesting hobby that we'll get to later! (It must be stated that this story, along with it's pictorial contents, are under copyright and cannot be used for external use or personal monetary gain).

'Every year, about this time, I get the NCA Convair itch. I cannot even put a solid reason on my interest in North Central or the Convair 580 other than this; Every year when I was a boy, my great grandma, Cecelia, would fly down for a visit on NCA or RCA on the earnings she made making afghans. She would stay with us for a week and pick blueberries. She'd always by on NCA/RCA, and always hand carried her 60 pounds of blueberries on the plane, with no help, even into her 80's.

As a boy in the 70's and 80's, one of my fondest memories was going to the Kent County (now Gerald Ford) Airport in Grand Rapids to watch great grandma land and to take her home. Back then, GRR only had NCA, and maybe USAir or United Commuter, so the Convairs were the most frequent traffic seen. Now I gotta say, as a boy, I wanted to see jets! I remember being so disappointed when great grandma showed up in a propeller plane, and so happy when the DC-9 would pull up to the terminal. One one occasion, the flight crew even let me board with her to see the plane . Once, when she checked in, a pilot gave me a set of silver Republic kiddie wings. I kept these until last year until my 2 year old decided to pluck them from the headliner of my car and deposited them down my heater vent! (This has since been replaced by another set of wings).

North Central became Republic, the planes changed colors, I got older and great grandma got too old to visit. My Dad would take us out to the airport very often and we would sit on the hood of the car, a '73 Satellite, which we had for 14 years, and watch the planes land at the public viewing area. Lots of good memories-GRR's first Northwest Orient airplane, including an NWA 747, and Ronald Reagan in Air Force One for the dedication of the Gerald R. Ford Museum. Cheap entertainment for us kids, but it worked!

As I have the dreaded 4-0 staring me in the face, I guess these are some of the memories with any substance to them. What I wouldn't give to hear that low drone of the Allison turboprops roaring to full power for a takeoff! I had no idea of the history of these planes back then, but I do now, largely thanks to sites like yours. I remember the last Convair 580 I ever saw. My family was on vacation in 1987, heading for Duluth, Minnesota. We passed a little airport in Pellston, Michigan and there was a NWA Convair at the terminal. I was so excited! I couldn't believe NWA was using them.

I hope this wasn't too much rambling, but it was sure fun to reminisce!'

I want to THANK Ted for writing in and sharing these memories with us! It's memories and stories like these that keep our blog alive, along with recalling the 'great, old days' of North Central along the Convair 580's.
Please be sure to check in with the blog in the next few days for PART TWO, regarding Ted's interesting'll want to see and read about this!

Friday, March 4, 2011


Hello everyone, I've been alerted by Scott, the owner and operator of that he's moving the site to a new server, so, the site will be down for a few days (in case people were looking for it). Thank you!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

'The Old Days'

Hello everyone, After a long hiatus, as well as a few trips, it's time to post again!
In hopes of hearing more from our blog viewers, I wrote a few months ago about sending in your stories, comments, memories and what have you. In that end, I've received ONE response...hey, I'm happy! Today, I'll be posting that message for all to see. It's about days long gone by, and the time and service North Central employees took to answer communications by kids, and adults alike, and what their outcomes were...enjoy!

My great thanks to DAVE SWANSON for sending these in...without our viewers and contributors, we'd be nothing!


"My fascination with aviation began on the old terminal ramp in Grand Rapids, Michigan standing behind the chain-link with my mom as we waited for my father to return from work trips. He always returned aboard the Vickers Viscounts that UAL operated from the old GRR airport in the early ‘60s. North Central and Lake Central then also served GRR, both with DC-3s.

When I was a 10 year-old Cub Scout, one of the challenges our Den Mother had for us “old timers” was to write 3 letters to 3 different people who we did not know with the hope of receiving a reply from one. Being one of the lucky ones, I got responses from all of my letters. The first one went to LBJ. The next letter went all the way to England for the last Captain of the Queen Mary. And, the last one was for the man in charge of the NCA station at Grand Rapids.

Soon after, our mailman delivered a large manila envelope addressed to me that contained a very cool DC-9-32 ground maintenance manual, a North Central Airlines employment pamphlet, and an invitation from NCA’s senior station agent at GRR…

My mom and I were treated to a very cordial tour of the NCA facility at GRR by Senior Station Agent Dan Legner. He generously gave us some time out of his workday to show us NCA operations at GRR, including a walk on the ramp! To a kid hooked on all things flying, our visit was a blast! It was hard, then, to imagine that one could work on and around such aircraft and get paid money for it, too! Something I knew, deep-down inside, was that going to “work at the airport” was what I wanted for me when I grew-up…

42 years later and 33 years into my career as an ATC, I can reflect back on so many of the fun aviation things I’ve been lucky enough to do. I have flown many trips in air carrier cockpits as an additional observing crewman in lots of types including Republic Convairs and DC-9s. I have been assigned to work OSH Tower and FLD Tower during the EAA’s AirVenture gatherings. And, once, I was privileged to go behind the scenes for a real good look at NCA."

Dave Swanson,
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Hello everyone, Just a quick note to let you know updates will be coming...they are just taking more time than I thought! Stay tuned...

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Our New Year

Good morning everyone...and Happy New Year! This new year marks the 5th Anniversary of our blog and I'm happy to say we're still here!! With your encouragement, stories, photos and enthusiasm, we've been able to 'spread the word' about North Central Airlines. With Herman's rich history and the wonderful people that created Herman, worked for Herman, flew on Herman, there's more than enough out there to share with our readers, followers and, dare I say, 'worshippers?' :)

In that end, I wish to ask our readers to submit more stories, histories, photos, knowledge and thoughts with us again this year. I can't do this alone...I need your inputs! Over the past 5 years, we've had some wonderful submissions for the blog and I wish to continue in that fashion...but only if YOU share with us. We need more employee histories, stories, memories, photos, you name it...we're open!

Thank you ALL again for a great and fulfilling 5 years...and I hope for many more to come! Peder, aka Convaircrazy