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Viscount c/n 60

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 60
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

Canada flag Canada

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

It first flew on Tuesday, 7 February 1956 at Weybridge, Surrey, 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 60
Chisick Metals Ltd

Canada flag Canada

Its final owner/operator was
Chisick Metals Ltd as CF-TGW.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Air Canada and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 29 May 1970.

Purchased by Chisick Metals Ltd for metal salvage June 1973.

Broken up for scrap circa July 1973. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

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

Country of Registration Canada

February 1956 to June 1964

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-TGW - c/n 60 - a V.724 series Viscount
Canada registered

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

Production Aircraft No. 95 - the 95st production Type 700 series Viscount built,
was the 61st Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 35th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F15/724. Sales Order No. F15/51B. Stock Order No. F09/22B.

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.

2 September 1955
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

October 1955
Fuselage transported by road from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England to Weybridge, Surrey, England.

3 November 1955
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

7 February 1956
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.

13 February 1956
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.

15 February 1956
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '615'.

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

16 February 1956
Departed from Keflavik Airport, Iceland to Bluie West One (BW1) Airfield, Narsarsuaq, Southern Greenland (804 nautical miles), Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada (1482 nautical miles). They must have had a very strong tailwind to miss out Goose Bay!

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

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.

31 August 1960
Total time 11,862 hours and 9,561 total landings.

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

Photo of Air Canada Viscount CF-TGW

Country of Registration Canada

June 1964 to June 1973

Air Canada

CF-TGW - c/n 60 - a V.724 series Viscount
Canada registered

1 June 1964
Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to name change retaining fleet number '615'.

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

16 September 1968
The starboard main undercarriage leg struck runway approach lights after taking off from Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada resulting in damage to the brake hoses.

It landed safely without any further incident.

29 May 1970
Withdrawn from service and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

Total time 31,791 hours and 30,997 total landings.

31 May 1970
Taken off the Air Canada fleet.

It was then gradually robbed of all useful parts.

June 1973
Remains sold to Chisick Metals Ltd of Logan Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for metal salvage.

Photo of Chisick Metals Ltd Viscount CF-TGW

Country of Registration Canada

June 1973 to August 1973

Chisick Metals Ltd

CF-TGW - c/n 60 - a V.724 series Viscount
Canada registered

June 1973
Remains purchased from Air Canada for metal salvage.

circa July 1973
Broken up for scrap at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

circa August 1973
Fuselage noted stacked up in a metal smelting yard at Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada awaiting processing along with several others including CF-TGS (C/N 56), CF-TGU (C/N 58), CF-TGV (C/N 59) and CF-TIA (C/N 309). More details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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