Saturday, April 13, 2013

Beloved Boeing

Beloved Boeing

I have a love for historical fiction, but the only history in this piece is the photographs.  The account below is totally fictionalized based on an idea that popped in my head as I looked at the photo of the dog.  It just evolved from there.

Beloved Boeing

Makes Last Flight

  Prince Rupert, May 1947

                Boeing, the “Air Mail Dog” made his last flight over Prince Rupert on Monday.  According to Alexander McCandish, Boeing, the trusted canine friend of the Canada Post aviator never missed a mail delivery flight in fifteen years.  Mr. McCandish reported that his faithful dog was his alarm clock making sure he was awake to deliver the mail to the outer islands near Prince Rupert.  Alex and Boeing flew in a biplane through most weather except on strong windy days.  Mr. McCandish said, “Boeing always knew when we were near each landing strip as he would start to bark incessantly.  He was befriended by everyone along our route.”  Recently Boeing’s picture appeared in most major Canadian newspapers in an article about how he successfully saved the day racing across the tarmac in pursuit of a letter that was caught by the wind.  Somehow Boeing knew the mail must go through!


Brian Kasstle said...

John your so good. When I received this in the mail I thought it was all true!

john said...


tgarrett said...

You got me- I assumed it was all true- you are good- you just may have to allow more time for writing! I like this variation.

Roberta Warshaw said...

Great tale!

john said...

Thanks Terry and Roberta and Brian, too.....it is almost an April Fool's!

Cathy Farrell said...

John, this is just delightful! More Boeing!

anonymous said...

Good fun!

hula-la said...

This is fantastic! I love that Boeing is a fan of mail...and now he and you have FAN MAIL!

Great stuff. Perhaps Boeing can take a journey stateside! I am going to dig out my old AirMail paper ephemera, with some old postage stamps for a project in his honor! I have a ton if anyone is interested!

Keep up the good work!


john said...

You ae so sweet! I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Michele R. Unger said...

GREAT story! I loved seeing it here and on the tag you included in the round robin journal project. It has the ring of truth, you know. If this did not happen, it should have!

Fun today. Thanks for sharing all your creativity. You are inspiring.


Mary C. Nasser said...

Just found your blog and these mixed-media map works are fantastic!!
Love the way you integrate a variety of images into a unified work!
All the best,
Mixed-Media Map Art