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Viscount c/n 144

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Below are the 24 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 144 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-TGZ
May 1956

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '618'. Taken departing from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 12 May 1956 on delivery to Canada.

The cabin is empty as this was fitted out by TCA and their suppliers including seats manufactured in America.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

2

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGZ
July 1956

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '618'. Taken at Midway Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA circa July 1956.

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

Photo source - Pat Bukiri collection

3

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

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '618'. Taken at Yarmouth Airport, Nova Scotia, Canada circa June 1960 with a large group of Sea Scouts about to board the aircraft for a flight to Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada for a summer camp.

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

Does anyone know the actual date?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.

Photo source - Bob Brooks

4

Beaver Enterprises Ltd
CF-TGZ
June 1961

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '618'. Taken at Yarmouth Airport, Nova Scotia, Canada in June 1961.

Does anyone know anything about this group of people?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.

Photo source - Bob Brooks

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGZ
June 1963

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '618'. Taken at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada 28 June 1963 with a KLM Douglas DC-8 behind.

Photo Ref FRP055

Photo source - Fred Prior collection

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Air Canada
CF-TGZ
September 1966

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '618'. Taken at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada in September 1966.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

7

Air Canada
CF-TGZ
July 1968

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '618'. Taken at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada in July 1968 with an Air Canada Vickers Vanguard in the background.

Photo Ref FRP056

Photo source - Fred Prior collection

8

Beaver Enterprises Ltd
CF-TGZ
March 1977

Purchased from Air Canada. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in March 1977 in ex Air Canada livery.

The Douglas DC-3 behind belongs to Aero Trades.

Note the Cessna nestled between the two banks of snow.

Photo Ref RSG-14

Photo source - Robert S Grant collection

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Beaver Enterprises Ltd
CF-TGZ
June 1977

Purchased from Air Canada. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in June 1977 in ex Air Canada livery.

The aircraft to the left is CF-THY (C/N 307) and the one to the right is CF-TIB (C/N 310).

The forward fuselage section lying on the ground is CF-THC (C/N 220).

Landing in the background is Ilford Riverton Consolidated Canso C-GFFC.

Photo Ref CSL-1183

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Beaver Enterprises Ltd
CF-TGZ
August 1977

Purchased from Air Canada. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada circa August 1977 in ex Air Canada livery.

Photo source - David Dickins

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Beaver Enterprises Ltd
CF-TGZ
February 1979

Purchased from Air Canada. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in February 1979, now minus its propellers.

The aircraft behind is CF-THZ (C/N 308) which also belonged to Beaver Enterprises.

The hangar in the background is now the Western Canada Aviation Museum where another Beaver Enterprises Viscount CF-THS (C/N 279) is on display in Air Canada livery.

Photo Ref CSL-2931

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

12

Beaver Enterprises Ltd
CF-TGZ
July 1980

Purchased from Air Canada. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in July 1980 minus its propellers.

The building behind was used by TCA / Air Canada for their operations.

On the lower level was the baggage handling department and a ground crew rest area and on the upper level there was a flight despatch department and a weather centre / communications e.g. teletype.

The building now forms part of the Western Canada Aviation Museum (WCAM) reception area.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

13

Grupo Madero S.A. Inc
CF-TGZ
May 1983

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken stored in the long grass at South Padre Island International Airport, Brownsville, Texas, USA circa May 1983.

The faded Canadian registration was only visible from certain angles.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

14

Grupo Madero S.A. Inc
N3832S
May 1987

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd and re-registered from CF-TGZ. Taken stored in the grass at South Padre Island International Airport, Brownsville, Texas, USA 23 May 1987.

The faded Canadian registration was still visible from certain angles and the US 'N' registration was never applied to the aircraft.

Photo source - Danny Grew

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Grupo Madero S.A. Inc
N3832S
September 1988

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd and re-registered from CF-TGZ. Taken stored in the grass at South Padre Island International Airport, Brownsville, Texas, USA 5 September 1988.

The faded Canadian registration was still visible from certain angles and the US 'N' registration was never applied to the aircraft.

Photo source - Paul J Hooper

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Confederate Air Force
N3832S
September 1997

Purchased from Grupo Madero S.A. Taken stored in the grass at South Padre Island International Airport, Brownsville, Texas, USA circa September 1997.

Photo source - Kevin Evans

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Commemorative Air Force
N3832S
June 2006

Purchased from Grupo Madero S.A. Taken stored in the grass at South Padre Island International Airport, Brownsville, Texas, USA circa June 2006 hiding behind two Douglas DC-3.

The faded Canadian registration was still visible from certain angles and the US 'N' registration was never applied to the aircraft.

All three aircraft are in need of some tender loving care!

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

18

Commemorative Air Force
N3832S
March 2008

Purchased from Grupo Madero S.A. Taken stored at South Padre Island International Airport, Brownsville, Texas, USA 7 March 2008.

The following month it was used to train rescue crews in a simulated crash scene.

The faded Canadian registration was still visible from certain angles and the US 'N' registration was never applied to the aircraft.

Photo source - Kenneth Meegan

19

Brownsville Airport Emergency Services
N3832S
July 2012

Transferred from the Commemorative Air Force for non-destructive training by the emergency services. Taken stored at South Padre Island International Airport, Brownsville, Texas, USA 10 July 2012.

At least two cabin windows have now been removed, probably to release some of the summer heat.

It is also sinking into the soft ground, would could be a problem if it ever has to be towed to a new position.

The faded Canadian registration was still visible from certain angles and the US 'N' registration was never applied to the aircraft.

Photo source - Michael L Kersten

20

Brownsville Airport Emergency Services
N3832S
March 2014

Transferred from the Commemorative Air Force for non-destructive use by emergency crews for training purposes. Taken stored at South Padre Island International Airport, Brownsville, Texas, USA 25 March 2014.

The US 'N' registration was never applied to the aircraft.

The weather radar nose cone has now been removed.

Photo source - Trevor Bartlett

21

Brownsville Airport Emergency Services
N3832S
December 2014

Transferred from the Commemorative Air Force for non-destructive use by emergency crews for training purposes. Taken stored at South Padre Island International Airport, Brownsville, Texas, USA 28 December 2014.

The US 'N' registration was never applied to the aircraft.

Photo source - Kevin Perry

22

Brownsville Airport Emergency Services
N3832S
October 2015

Transferred from the Commemorative Air Force for non-destructive training by the emergency services. Taken stored at South Padre Island International Airport, Brownsville, Texas, USA 3 October 2015.

The US 'N' registration was never applied to the aircraft.

Photo source - Steve O'Brien

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Brownsville Airport Emergency Services
N3832S
November 2016

Transferred from the Commemorative Air Force for non-destructive training by the emergency services. Taken stored at South Padre Island International Airport, Brownsville, Texas, USA 21 November 2016.

The US 'N' registration was never applied to the aircraft.

Photo source - Steve O'Brien

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Brownsville Airport Emergency Services
N3832S
February 2019

Transferred from the Commemorative Air Force for non-destructive training by the emergency services. Taken stored at South Padre Island International Airport, Brownsville, Texas, USA 16 February 2019.

The US 'N' registration was never applied to the aircraft.

Photo source - Mark Prange

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