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Viscount c/n 41

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 41
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)


Canada flag Canada

This V.724 series Viscount was built for
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) as CF-TGJ

It first flew on Friday, 24 December 1954 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Air Transport Leasing Corporation, William C Wold & Associates, Maverick Equipment Company, Kenneth Copeland Evangelistic Association, Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association, Ronald J Clark, Go Transportation Inc, Skytrek Inc, Jadepoint USA, Chase Manhattan Bank, Bill Walker & Associates and Turbo Aire Holdings Inc


Photo of Viscount c/n 41
Guila Air


Zaire flag Zaire

Its final owner/operator was
Guila Air as 9Q-CGA.

Its fate:-
Converted to an executive V.744 series Viscount by Timmins Aviation in 1963.

Sold by Turbo Aire Holdings Inc to Guila Air in February 1993. Departed from Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona to the Republic of Zaire in March 1993 but the journey took three months due to technical problems en-route. Noted stored intact in very poor condition at Tshikapa Airport, Democratic Republic of the Congo in June 2000. In November 2017 it was noted still intact lying in long grass but now with all the cabin windows removed. The interior and cockpit has been totally stripped of all useful parts by locals. Still visible on Google Earth 24 October 2020 with the port engine nacelles now removed.


Operational record
Photo of Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) Viscount CF-TGJ

Country of Registration Canada

January 1955 to June 1964

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-TGJ - c/n 41 - a V.724 series Viscount
Canada registered

November 1952
An order was placed by Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) for fifteen Type V.724 aircraft at a total cost of Can$11,500,000. This was the second one built.

Production Aircraft No. 46 - the 46th production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 32nd Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 26th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F02/724. Sales Order No. F02/51B. Stock Order No. F06/21B.

13 April 1954
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

7 June 1954
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

24 December 1954
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

It was fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying.

28 January 1955
Aircraft passed off by TCA inspectors as completed and ready for delivery.

30 January 1955
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '602'.

After refuelling at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland it then flew on to Keflavik Airport, Iceland (743 nautical miles) where it stopped overnight.

31 January 1955
Departed from Keflavik Airport, Iceland to Bluie West One (BW1) Airfield, Narsarsuaq, Southern Greenland (804 nautical miles), Goose Bay Airport, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada (672 nautical miles), Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada (810 nautical miles).

BW1 was built during WWII to assist the transfer of military aircraft from North America to Europe and was opened in January 1942.

The aircraft then went to Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

The cabin was fitted out with 40 seats which was a reduction from the original 48 seat specification and provided more leg room.

This was heavily marketed and resulted in a high load factor compared to the 18 seat Douglas DC-3 that it replaced on some routes.

21 March 1955
TCA issued technical instruction V-05.04-1/1 to apply the word 'Viscount' to the tail section in 8.5 inch high red letters edged in white at the first opportunity.

This aircraft had the word 'Viscount' on the tail in an unusual position lower down on the tail, but it was soon moved to the standard position higher up.

16 May 1955
After a training flight the undercarriage collapsed on landing back at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

The aircraft had taken off from Runway 18 with the No.1 propeller feathered. There were three pilots on board, and once airborne the undercarriage was retracted but it stayed in the down position.

The undercarriage was cycled but nothing changed. The visual indicators and the three green lights showed that the undercarriage was safely locked down.

On landing with the No.1 propeller still feathered the undercarriage slowly retracted resulting in damage to the lower fuselage and the propellers and shockload damage to the Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

The No.2 propeller actually detached from the aircraft when it made contact with the runway.

The cause of the initial failure to retract the undercarriage was not determined, but the collapse on landing was due to the undercarriage select lever being left in the 'up' position.

Repaired and returned to service.

2 June 1955
TCA issued technical instruction V-31.02-2/5 to apply the word 'Viscount' to the inside of the passenger loading door in 4 inch high red letters edged in white at the first opportunity.

8 August 1955
Operated the first Viscount service from Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada to Idlewild Airport, New York, USA, under the command of Captain A Hollinsworth. This was a three times a day service.

July 1956
Cabin interior changed to a two class 44 seat arrangement.

10 July 1957
TCA issued instructions that all Viscounts would be repainted in a 'White Top' livery when a suitable maintenance period became available.

3 July 1958
Scheduled to enter the Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada TCA maintenance facility for the replacement of the life expired wing lower inner spar boom at approximately 6080 landings for this component. This usually took 28 days to complete.

7 January 1963
Withdrawn from service and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

Total time 17,757 hours and 14,427 total landings.

30 September 1963
Noted being towed out of storage still in basic TCA livery but with the titles painted out on the fuselage.

Shortly afterwards it was ferried to Timmins Aviation Ltd at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada for conversion to Model V.744 standard to comply with FAA regulations. A set of expanding type integral front 'airsteps' was also fitted. This work was carried out under technical instructions from TCA.

Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines fitted at that time were: - No.1 S/N 3335 TSN 11977.35, TSO 0, No.2 S/N 3311 TSN 8343.21, TSO 328.33, No.3 S/N 3259 TSN 14317.38, TSO 0, No.4 S/N 3248 TSN 10496.16, TSO 0

25 April 1964
TCA removed this aircraft from their fleet inventory ready for disposal.

3 June 1964
Test flown by Timmins Aviation Ltd as a V.744 from Dorval Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.

15 June 1964
Sold to Air Transport Leasing Corporation.


Photo of Air Transport Leasing Corporation Viscount N117H

Country of Registration United States

June 1964 to June 1964

Air Transport Leasing Corporation

N117H - c/n 41 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

15 June 1964
Purchased from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) after conversion by Timmins Aviation Ltd to V.744 standard.

15 June 1964
Title transferred to William C Wold & Associates which was an afilliated company.


Photo of William C Wold & Associates Viscount N117H

Country of Registration United States

June 1964 to July 1965

William C Wold & Associates

N117H - c/n 41 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

15 June 1964
Title transferred from Air Transport Leasing Corporation which was an afilliated company.

This aircraft was reportedly going to be sold to Air Inter in France but the sale was not completed, however, other aircraft were sold to them.

William C Wold & Associates of New York claimed to be the world's largest broker of multi-engine aircraft.

6 July 1965
Sold to the Maverick Equipment Company.


Photo of Maverick Equipment Company Viscount N117H

Country of Registration United States

July 1965 to October 1976

Maverick Equipment Company

N117H - c/n 41 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

6 July 1965
Purchased from William C Wold & Associates.

27 October 1976
Sold to Kenneth Copeland Evangelistic Association.


Photo of Kenneth Copeland Evangelistic Association Viscount N117H

Country of Registration United States

October 1976 to January 1981

Kenneth Copeland Evangelistic Association

N117H - c/n 41 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

27 October 1976
Purchased from the Maverick Equipment Company.

Repainted circa 1977.
Repainted in a new livery

May 1977
Noted at Meacham Field, Fort Worth, Texas, USA repainted in a new livery.

15 January 1981
Sold to Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association.


Photo of Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association Viscount N117H

Country of Registration United States

January 1981 to May 1981

Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association

N117H - c/n 41 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

15 January 1981
Purchased from Kenneth Copeland Evangelistic Association.

May 1981
Re-registered N81RR.


Photo of Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association Viscount N81RR

Country of Registration United States

May 1981 to December 1981

Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association

N81RR - c/n 41 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

May 1981
Re-registered from N117H.

December 1981
Sold to Ronald J Clark.


Photo of Ronald J Clark Viscount N81RR

Country of Registration United States

December 1981 to December 1981

Ronald J Clark

N81RR - c/n 41 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

December 1981
Purchased from Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association.

December 1981
Transferred to Go Transportation Inc. Ronald J Clark was a partner in this company.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N81RR

Country of Registration United States

December 1981 to April 1982

Go Transportation Inc

N81RR - c/n 41 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

December 1981
Transferred from Ronald J Clark. Ronald J Clark was a partner in this company.

April 1982
Re-registered N240RC.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N240RC

Country of Registration United States

April 1982 to November 1985

Go Transportation Inc

N240RC - c/n 41 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

April 1982
Re-registered from N81RR.

Noted with 'Barry Manilow Paradise Tour' titles on the nose for a musc tour which ran from October 1984 through to January 1985.

November 1985
Leased to Skytrek Inc.


Photo of Skytrek Inc Viscount N240RC

Country of Registration United States

November 1985 to November 1986

Skytrek Inc

N240RC - c/n 41 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

November 1985
Leased from Go Transportation Inc.

20 August 1986
Noted back at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA, presumably undergoing maintenance.

November 1986
Returned to Go Transportation Inc.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N240RC

Country of Registration United States

November 1986 to June 1990

Go Transportation Inc

N240RC - c/n 41 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

November 1986
Returned from Skytrek Inc lease.

5 March 1989
Noted stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

June 1990
Repossessed by the Chase Manhattan Bank.


Photo of Chase Manhattan Bank Viscount N240RC

Country of Registration United States

June 1990 to June 1990

Chase Manhattan Bank

N240RC - c/n 41 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

June 1990
Repossessed from Go Transportation Inc.

June 1990
Sold to Bill Walker & Associates.


Photo of Bill Walker & Associates Viscount N240RC

Country of Registration United States

June 1990 to February 1992

Bill Walker & Associates

N240RC - c/n 41 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

June 1990
Purchased from the Chase Manhattan Bank.

circa September 1990
Noted at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

February 1992
Sold to Turbo Aire Holdings Inc.


Photo of Turbo Aire Holdings Inc Viscount N240RC

Country of Registration United States

February 1992 to February 1993

Turbo Aire Holdings Inc

N240RC - c/n 41 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

February 1992
Purchased from Bill Walker & Associates.

1 February 1993
Sold to Quila Air.


Photo of Guila Air Viscount 9Q-CGA

Country of Registration Zaire

February 1993 to December 2002

Guila Air

9Q-CGA - c/n 41 - a V.724 series Viscount
Zaire registered

1 February 1993
Purchased from Turbo Aire Holdings Inc.

5 March 1993
Departed on delivery from Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona to the Republic of Zaire.

It made an emergency landing at Ardmore with engine problems before moving on to Mena Airport, Arkansas, USA for repairs which took three months.

It eventually resumed its journey via Little Rock, Arkansas - Akron, Ohio, where it suffered a lightning strike - Bangor Maine, where it had radio and generator problems - Stephenville, Newfoundland & Labrador which was a precautionary landing - Gander, Newfoundland & Labrador where it suffered a cracked windscreen - Goose Bay, Newfoundland & Labrador where it had pressurisation problems - Narsarsuaq, Southern Greenland - Reykjavik, Iceland - Edinburgh, Scotland, Antwerp, Belgium - Luxembourg - Algiers, Algeria - Tamanrasset, Algeria - Douala, Cameroon.

12 June 1993
Arrived at Duerne Airport, Antwerp, Belgium from Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland.

For some reason it remained here for several days.

22 June 1993
Arrived at Ndjili International Airport, Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire. The total flying time was 44 hours 23 minutes over a period of three months.

circa June 2000
Noted stored intact in very poor condition at Tshikapa Airport, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

15 November 2017
Noted still intact lying in long grass but now with all the cabin windows removed.

The interior and cockpit have been totally stripped of all useful parts by locals.

24 October 2020
Still visible on Google Earth at 6°26'20"S 20°47'38"E with the port engine nacelles now removed.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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