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Viscount c/n 50

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Below are the 25 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 50 together with either the actual date that the photo was taken or an estimate of that date based on clues such as the livery worn or other background information.

1

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
October 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 22 October 1954 on the production line in the Erecting Shop. The aircraft on the right is CF-TGN (C/N 51).

Vickers Photo Ref MP1486X1 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
November 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa November 1954 on the production line in the Erecting Shop in the livery paint detail area with CF-TGL (C/N 43) on the left.

Vickers Photo Ref MP1695 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

3

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
December 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa December 1954 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft in front is CF-TGL (C/N 43) and the ones behind are CF-TGN (C/N 51), CF-TGO (C/N 52), CF-TGP (C/N 53), CF-TGQ (C/N 54) and CF-TGR (C/N 55).

The gap from C/N 44 to C/N 49 were built earlier for Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA).

Photo source - Adrian M Balch collection

4

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
January 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa January 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft in front is CF-TGL (C/N 43) and the ones behind are CF-TGN (C/N 51), CF-TGO (C/N 52), CF-TGP (C/N 53), CF-TGQ (C/N 54) and CF-TGR (C/N 55).

The gap from C/N 44 to C/N 49 were built earlier for Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA).

Vickers Photo Ref MP2021 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
January 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa January 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft in front is CF-TGL (C/N 43) and the one behind is CF-TGN (C/N 51).

Note the Rotol propeller spinners on the stillage.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2021X1 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

6

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
March 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in March 1955 during the test flight phase.

Note the Percival Prince in the right rear background.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
June 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken during a publicity flight circa June 1955.

This was the first TCA Viscount to have the word 'Viscount' applied to the tail by TCA after delivery.

Photo source - Air Canada Family Network

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
April 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken at Bagotville Airport, Province of Quebec, Canada in April 1958 now repainted in the 'white top' livery.

Photo source - Louis M Pedneau

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
June 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken arriving at Edmonton City Centre Airport, Alberta, Canada circa June 1959.

Photo source - Gordon French

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
June 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken at Edmonton City Centre Airport, Alberta, Canada circa June 1959.

Photo source - Gordon French

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
June 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken at Edmonton City Centre Airport, Alberta, Canada circa June 1959.

Photo source - Gordon French

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
June 1960

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada circa June 1960.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
February 1962

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada 9 February 1962.

After departing from Toronto on a flight to Ottawa the flight crew discovered that there was a malfunction to the port main undercarriage.

Captain C P 'Chuck' Kenworthy elected to divert to Montreal where there were more facilities and landed with the starboard and nosewheel legs down and locked.

Note the curled port propellers resulting in shockload damage to the Dart engines.

The damage to the airframe was minimal.

La Presse Montreal Press Cutting

Photo source - Alain St-Pierre

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
February 1962

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada 9 February 1962.

After departing from Toronto on a flight to Ottawa the flight crew discovered that there was a malfunction to the port main undercarriage.

Captain C P 'Chuck' Kenworthy elected to divert to Montreal where there were more facilities and landed with the starboard and nosewheel legs down and locked.

Note the curled port propellers resulting in shockload damage to the Dart engines.

The damage to the airframe was minimal.

Photo Ref TCA358679

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
February 1962

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada 9 February 1962.

After departing from Toronto on a flight to Ottawa the flight crew discovered that there was a malfunction to the port main undercarriage.

Captain C P 'Chuck' Kenworthy elected to divert to Montreal where there were more facilities and landed with the starboard and nosewheel legs down and locked.

Note the curled port propellers resulting in shockload damage to the Dart engines.

The damage to the airframe was minimal.

The boards have been placed to give some protection to the maintenance crew as they try and assess the condition of the aircraft.

Photo Ref TCA358686

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
February 1962

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada 9 February 1962.

After departing from Toronto on a flight to Ottawa the flight crew discovered that there was a malfunction to the port main undercarriage.

Captain C P 'Chuck' Kenworthy elected to divert to Montreal where there were more facilities and landed with the starboard and nosewheel legs down and locked.

Note the curled port propellers resulting in shockload damage to the Dart engines.

The damage to the airframe was minimal.

La Presse Montreal Press Cutting

Photo source - Alain St-Pierre

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
February 1962

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada 9 February 1962.

After the emergency landing due to an undercarriage leg problem this photo shows Captain C P 'Chuck' Kenworthy together with his Co-pilot Don A Stanger and stewardesses Cynthia Davis and Shirley Bostock.

Captain Kenworthy was hailed as a hero in bringing the plane down safely but looks somewhat bemused by all the publicity.

La Presse Montreal Photo

Photo source - Alain St-Pierre

18

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM
September 1963

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'.

Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 30 September 1963.

Photo Ref FRP040

Photo source - Fred Prior collection

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Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)
F-BMCH
March 1964

Purchased from William C Wold Associates. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 20 March 1964 in the basic Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) livery.

It arrived in the morning using an Air France callsign and departed in the evening to Orly Airport, Paris, France using an Air Inter callsign.

Note that there are no seats in the cabin.

The stopover at Gatwick was probably due to the flight crew running out of hours.

It seems strange that the aircraft was parked on a pier stand during this period.

Photo source - Bob Cooper

20

Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)
F-BMCH
May 1964

Purchased from William C Wold Associates. Taken at Orly Airport, Paris, France in May 1964 in the Air Inter hangar where it was being prepared to enter service, with a Nord 262 in the foreground.

Note the different position and style of the registration compared to later photos.

Photo source - Alan Beardmore collection

21

Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)
F-BMCH
May 1964

Purchased from William C Wold Associates. Taken at Haute-Garonne Airport, Toulouse, France 21 May 1964.

Note the different position and style of the registration compared to the later photos.

Photo source - Jennifer M Gradidge collection

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Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)
F-BMCH
June 1964

Purchased from William C Wold Associates. Taken at Orly Airport, Paris, France in June 1964.

Note the normal style of the registration compared to the slightly earlier photo.

Photo source - Graham Hyslop

23

Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)
F-BMCH
June 1969

Purchased from William C Wold Associates. Taken departing from Bron Airport, Lyon, France in June 1969.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

24

Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)
F-BMCH
October 1972

Purchased from William C Wold Associates. A scene of total devastation at the crash site 4 KM from Noirétable, Mount Pic du Picon, Southern France 28 October 1972, the day after the accident.

This view shows the broken rear fuselage section.

Amazingly, 8 passengers survived the crash.

Photo source - Crash-Aerien.Aero

25

Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)
F-BMCH
October 1972

Purchased from William C Wold Associates. A scene of total devastation at the crash site 4 KM from Noirétable, Mount Pic du Picon, Southern France 28 October 1972, the day after the accident.

This view shows a group of Gendarmes searching through the wreckage with torches looking for personal effects.

In the foreground is a suitcase that has burst open on impact.

Amazingly, 8 passengers survived the crash.

AFP - Agence France-Presse Photo Ref 19.24.

AFP is the oldest news agency in the world having been founded in 1835.

Photo source - Chris Michell collection

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