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Viscount c/n 143

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Below are the 18 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 143 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-TGY
December 1955

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, Enland in December 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft behind has not yet been identified but it is certainly not for TCA as the fuselage top half has been painted white.

Vickers Photo Ref MP12019 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

2

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGY
June 1957

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1957.

It now has the word 'Viscount' on the tail.

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

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

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at Calgary Airport, Alberta, Canada in June 1958.

The aircraft has now been repainted with a white top to the fuselage.

Photo source - Rod Digney

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

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 9 June 1959 about to depart from a very busy ramp area in front of the terminal building surrounded by older piston powered airliners.

Photo source - Jim Bruce collection

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

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in June 1959 inside the TCA maintenance facility.

Photo Ref 6153

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGY
September 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at Idlewild Airport, New York, USA in September 1959, a month before it was written off in a landing accident.

A nice ramp view which looks pretty crowded but there is still room for the Viscount to taxy forward for departure.

Two United Air Lines Douglas DC-7 and a National Airlines Lockheed L-188 Electra surround the Viscount with two Transocean Boeing 377 Stratocruisers in the far right background.

Photo source - Bruce Williams

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGY
September 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at Idlewild Airport, New York, USA in September 1959, a month before it was written off in a landing accident.

A nice ramp view which looks pretty crowded but there is still room for the Viscount to taxy forward for departure. A United Air Lines Douglas DC-7 and a National Airlines Lockheed L-188 Electra can be seen.

Just one month later it crash landed on approach to Malton, Toronto, Canada.

Photo source - Bruce Williams

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGY
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 4 October 1959 the day after it struck a water reservoir embankment on approach in very poor weather.

Amazingly there were no serious injuries amongst the 34 passengers and 4 crew members.

Photo source - Terry Baker

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGY
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 4 October 1959 the day after it struck a water reservoir embankment on approach in very poor weather.

The photograph was taken by Vino DeCarli who was on the plane when it crash landed and returned the following day to record the aftermath.

The AVRO hangar in the background was where the ill-fated Arrow was built.

Photo source - Vino DeCarli via Bob Crane

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGY
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 4 October 1959 the day after it struck a water reservoir embankment on approach in very poor weather.

The photograph was taken by Vino DeCarli who was on the plane when it crash landed and returned the following day to record the aftermath.

The fuselage has broke open above the wing and the tail section has also broken away.

Luckily there was no post-crash fire.

Photo source - Vino DeCarli via Bob Crane

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGY
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 4 October 1959 the day after it struck a water reservoir embankment on approach in very poor weather.

The photograph was taken by Vino, who was on the plane when it crash landed and returned the following day to record the aftermath.

Photo source - Vino DeCarli via Bob Crane

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGY
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 4 October 1959 the day after it struck a water reservoir embankment on approach in very poor weather.

The photograph was taken by Vino, who was on the plane when it crash landed and returned the following day to record the aftermath.

Here, an excavator is bringing in other parts that were spread over a wide area.

Photo source - Vino DeCarli via Bob Crane

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGY
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 4 October 1959 the day after it struck a water reservoir embankment on approach in very poor weather.

The photograph was taken by Vino, who was on the plane when it crash landed and returned the following day to record the aftermath.

Here, a crane is bringing a Dart engine and nacelle from the reservoir area, where it broke off.

Photo source - Vino DeCarli via Bob Crane

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGY
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 4 October 1959 the day after it struck a water reservoir embankment on approach in very poor weather.

The photograph was taken by Vino, who was on the plane when it crash landed and returned the following day to record the aftermath.

This view shows debris on the other side of the public road.

Photo source - Vino DeCarli via Bob Crane

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGY
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 4 October 1959 the day after it struck a water reservoir embankment on approach in very poor weather.

The photograph was taken by Vino, who was on the plane when it crash landed and returned the following day to record the aftermath.

This view shows debris on the other side of the public road which includes a mangled Rotol propeller.

No doubt the road was busier than usual that day.

Photo source - Vino DeCarli via Bob Crane

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGY
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 4 October 1959 the day after it struck a water reservoir embankment on approach in very poor weather.

The photograph was taken by Vino, who was on the plane when it crash landed and returned the following day to record the aftermath.

This view clearly shows the point of impact made by the undercarriage legs and where the engine nacelles broke away.

Note the amber warning lamp on the pole denoting a ground area to avoid during the approach.

Red lamps were used on higher obstructions.

Photo source - Vino DeCarli via Bob Crane

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGY
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 4 October 1959 the day after it struck a water reservoir embankment on approach in very poor weather.

The photograph was taken by Vino, who was on the plane when it crash landed and returned the following day to record the aftermath.

This view shows the pumping station near the point of impact with another mangled Rotol propeller nearby.

Photo source - Vino DeCarli via Bob Crane

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGY
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '617'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 4 October 1959 the day after it struck a water reservoir embankment on approach in very poor weather.

The photograph was taken by Vino, who was on the plane when it crash landed and returned the following day to record the aftermath.

This view shows the other side of the water reservoir with a TCA baggage truck and trailer unit collecting small pieces of debris.

Clearly visible is the wheels from the nose undercarriage unit and also another amber warning lamp on a pole.

Photo source - Vino DeCarli via Bob Crane

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