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Viscount c/n 56

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Below are the 18 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 56 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.

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGS
April 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '611'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in April 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft in front is CF-TGR (C/N 54) with CF-TGT (C/N 57), CF-TGU (C/N 58) and the forward fuselage section of CF-TGV (C/N 59) behind.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2436X2 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGS
October 1956

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '611'. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in October 1956.

Photo source - Jim Bruce collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGS
October 1956

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '611'. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in October 1956.

The word 'Viscount' has now been added to the tail.

Photo source - Jim Bruce collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGS
October 1956

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '611'. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in October 1956.

Photo source - Jim Bruce collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGS
October 1956

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '611'. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in October 1956.

Note that two of the No.1 propeller blades are curled but the other two are straight!

Photo source - Jim Bruce collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGS
October 1956

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '611'. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in October 1956 and shows a closeup of the Rotol Propeller and the Dunlop Air Intake Cowling.

Both of these had electrically heated elements to prevent a buildup of ice from forming.

Note the erosion of the covering on the metal petals on the leading edge of the blades.

The Prop Spinner was not heated.

A lot of pilots preferred black painted Cowlings as this allowed them to easily see any ice buildup.

The fuselage skin in line with the Propellers was strengthened to prevent damage from lumps of ice that was often flung off at a high velocity if the anti-icing system was switched on late.

Photo source - Jim Bruce collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGS
April 1957

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '611'. Taken at an unknown location circa April 1957.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGS
June 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '611'. Taken at an unknown location in June 1958 with the top of the fuselage now painted white as well as the tail.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGS
July 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '611'. Taken at Sudbury Airport, Ontario, Canada in July 1958.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGS
April 1961

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '611'. Taken at Calgary Airport, Alberta, Canada in April 1961.

There is 'temporary' feel about this view, so perhaps they were in the middle of an airport reconstruction period. CF-TGI (C/N 40) is taxiing behind.

Photo source - Rod Digney

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGS
November 1963

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '611'. Taken at Dorval International Airport, Province of Quebec, Canada 9 November 1963.

Photo Ref FRP047

Photo source - Fred Prior collection

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Air Canada
CF-TGS
June 1968

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '611'. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1968.

Photo source - Ron Corrin collection

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Air Canada
CF-TGS
May 1969

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '611'. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 21 May 1969.

It is undergoing modification work and wing spar replacement with Field Aircraft Services Ltd as the Air Canada maintenance facility at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada was too busy to cope with the amount of work required to the fleet at that time.

CF-THS (C/N 279) also came over a month later.

Photo source - Fred Barnes

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Air Canada
CF-TGS
June 1969

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '611'. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 19 June 1969 being prepared for its journey home.

It had returned to the UK for modification work and wing spar replacement by Field Aircraft Services Ltd as the Air Canada maintenance facility at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada was too busy to cope with the amount of work required to the fleet at that time.

Photo Ref V308

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Air Canada
CF-TGS
June 1969

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '611'. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 19 June 1969 being prepared for its journey home.

It had returned to the UK for modification work and wing spar replacement by Field Aircraft Services Ltd as the Air Canada maintenance facility at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada was too busy to cope with the amount of work required to the fleet at that time.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Air Canada
CF-TGS
July 1969

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '611'. Taken arriving at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in July 1969.

The building to the left in the background is one of the old TCA operations facilities.

Photo Ref CSL2148

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Air Canada
CF-TGS
June 1972

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '611'. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada circa June 1972 and robbed of all useful parts, particularly the Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

It was taken away for scrapping in June 1973. Photo Ref FRP048

Photo source - Fred Prior collection

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Chisick Metals Ltd
CF-TGS
August 1973

Purchased from Air Canada for metal salvage. Taken at Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada in August 1973 stacked up awaiting the final scrapping process at a local smelting plant.

There are at least six Viscounts in this pile but it is impossible to say which is which.

Photo Ref FRP035

Photo source - Fred Prior collection

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