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Viscount c/n 57

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 57
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)


Canada flag Canada

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

It first flew on Thursday, 21 July 1955 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Air Canada


Photo of Viscount c/n 57
Goulet Enterprises


Canada flag Canada

Its final owner/operator was
Goulet Enterprises as CF-TGT.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Air Canada and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 6 January 1969.

Remains purchased by Goulet Enterprises for metal salvage in June 1970.

It was then dismantled and transferred to their property at Saint Malo, Manitoba, Canada.

Wing centre section complete with inner engine nacelles noted there in July 1977.


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

Country of Registration Canada

August 1955 to June 1964

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-TGT - c/n 57 - 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 twelfth one built.

Production Aircraft No. 68 - the 68th production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 34th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 37th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F12/724. Sales Order No. F12/51B. Stock Order No. F06/22B.

18 December 1954
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

7 March 1955
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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.

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.

21 July 1955
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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

4 August 1955
Aircraft passed off by TCA inspectors as completed and ready for delivery.

The word 'Viscount' had not been added to the tail at this stage.

It then departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '612'.

It was flown by Captain Marsh with Leslie Worsdell in the co-pilot's seat.

Leslie worked for Marshall's of Cambridge as a test pilot and they were often called upon to help out with the delivery of Viscounts and Leslie recorded the following events: -

After arriving at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland they stopped overnight.

5 August 1955
Departed from Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland to Keflavik Airport, Iceland (743 nautical miles) where they again refuelled.

They then set off for Bluie West One (BW1) Airfield at Narsarsuaq, Southern Greenland but when they arrived they found that the area was completely covered in cloud and they were unable to make radio contact with the local air traffic control and so they had no choice but to return to Keflavik Airport, Iceland.

They remained there for four days while waiting for the weather to improve.

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

9 August 1955
Departed from Kevlavik Airport, Iceland for another attempt at reaching Bluie West One (BW1) Airfield at Narsarsuaq, Southern Greenland having been given a favourable weather forecast but again found the area to be covered in cloud and were advised by air traffic control that the cloud base was well below the 1,250 feet minimum so they decided to divert to Bluie West 8 (BW8) Airfield, Sondre Stromfjord, Western Greenland (880 nautical miles) which was further west and right at the limit of their fuel range with no opportunity to divert.

When they arrived they found that the weather there was also close to their landing minimum so they descended slowly at 300 feet per minute with the option of landing at the Airfield or making a forced landing somewhere close by. Luckily they broke cloud and managed to land safely.

After their arrival they checked the fuel tanks and found only about 150 gallons available. They stopped here overnight.

BW8 was built during WWII to assist the transfer of military aircraft from North America to Europe and was opened in October 1941.

10 August 1955
Departed from Bluie West Eight (BW8) Airfield, Kangerlussuaq, Western Greenland to Goose Bay Airport, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada (872 nautical miles), Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada (810 nautical miles).

The cabin seating was installed in Canada, as the seats used by TCA were of American manufacture.

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.

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.

21 November 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 6420 landings for this component. This usually took 28 days to complete.

1 June 1964
Transferred to Air Canada due to a corporate name change.


Photo of Air Canada Viscount CF-TGT

Country of Registration Canada

June 1964 to June 1970

Air Canada

CF-TGT - c/n 57 - a V.724 series Viscount
Canada registered

1 June 1964
Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '612'.

It took several years to repaint the fleet in Air Canada livery.

17 December 1966
Shortly after departing from Edmonton City Centre Airport, Alberta, Canada on a service to Saskatoon Airport, Saskatchewan, Canada the No.3 propeller and the Rolls-Royce Dart Reduction Gearbox module separated from the nacelle.

A fire broke out in the engine nacelle which was quickly extinguished and the aircraft dumped fuel and returned for an unevenful landing.

There were no reported injuries to the 37 passengers and 3 crew on board.

The engine failure was caused by the rupture of the LP Compressor Impeller due to cyclic fatigue.

Repaired and returned to service.

6 January 1969
Withdrawn from service and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

Total time 30,723 hours and 28,796 total landings.

It was then robbed of all useful parts.

June 1970
Remains sold to Goulet Enterprises of Saint Malo, Manitoba, Canada for metal salvage.


Photo of Goulet Enterprises Viscount CF-TGT

Country of Registration Canada

June 1970 to July 1970

Goulet Enterprises

CF-TGT - c/n 57 - a V.724 series Viscount
Canada registered

June 1970
Remains purchased from Air Canada for metal salvage.

Dismantled at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada and transferred to Saint Malo, Manitoba, Canada, which is 44 miles (71 km) south of Winnipeg.

The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

circa July 1977
Wing centre section complete with inner engine nacelles noted at Saint Malo, Manitoba, Canada.


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