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Viscount c/n 219

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 219
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)


Canada flag Canada

This V.757 series Viscount was built for
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) as CF-THB

It first flew on Friday, 18 January 1957 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, Beaver Enterprises Ltd, Ray Gilson and Don Fyk


Photo of Viscount c/n 219
Anastasia Fyk


Canada flag Canada

Its final owner/operator was
Anastasia Fyk as CF-THB.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada. Sold to Beaver Enterprises Ltd 30 April 1975. Purchased by Ray Gilson circa September 1975 and moved by road to Teulon, Manitoba, Canada for display outside a restaurant together with CF-THF (C/N 223). Purchased by Don Fyk 11 April 1982 and moved by road to Garland, Manitoba, Canada 4 May 1982 and used for domestic purposes. Ownership transferred to his daughter Anastasia in November 2018.


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

Country of Registration Canada

January 1957 to June 1964

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-THB - c/n 219 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

August 1954
An order was placed by Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) for an initial batch of seven Type V.757 aircraft as a follow on from the previous Type V.724 order.

This order was placed before they had received their first V.724!

This was the fifth one built.

The total order for V.757 aircraft reached thirty six in May 1957.

Production Order No. F05/757. Sales Order No. F05/76B. Stock Order No. F75/27B.

18 January 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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

22 January 1957
Aircraft passed off by TCA inspectors as completed and ready for delivery.

29 January 1957
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '620'.

The delivery route for this aircraft is not known.

1 February 1957
Arrived at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.

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

The cabin was fitted out with 44 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.

15 June 1956
Delivery flight Certificate of Registration and Airworthiness expired.

10 July 1957
TCA issued instructions that all Viscounts would be repainted in a 'White Top' livery when a suitable maintenance period became available.

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


Photo of Air Canada Viscount CF-THB

Country of Registration Canada

June 1964 to April 1974

Air Canada

CF-THB - c/n 219 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

1 June 1964
Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '620'.

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

David Carter illustration of Air Canada V.757 Viscount c/n 219 CF-THB

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


12 November 1969
The wing tip was damaged when CF-THW (C/N 305) was being towed past at Malton, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

23 March 1974
Ferried from Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada to Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada as flight number F003 by Captain Tim Smith and First Officer Jim Gregory and withdrawn from service.

It departed at 10:52 (local) and arrived at 12:27 (local) with a block time of 2 hours 35 minutes.

Total time 35,669 hours and 37,498 total landings.

30 April 1974
Sold to Beaver Enterprises Ltd.


Photo of Beaver Enterprises Ltd Viscount CF-THB

Country of Registration Canada

April 1974 to September 1975

Beaver Enterprises Ltd

CF-THB - c/n 219 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

30 April 1974
Purchased from Air Canada but the aircraft remained stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

A total of 24 aircraft were included in this sale.

United Aviation Services Ltd had some role in the processing of these Viscounts. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

The Rolls-Royce RDa3 Mark 506 engines installed were: -

No.1 TCA S/N 61A 142KA 3547 hours remaining out of a TBO (overhaul life) of 9,000 hours

No.2 TCA S/N 61A 125K 2494 hours remaining out of a TBO (overhaul life) of 9,000 hours

No.3 TCA S/N 61A 144K 2405 hours remaining out of a TBO (overhaul life) of 9,000 hours

No.4 TCA S/N 61A 67KA 1371 hours remaining out of a TBO (overhaul life) of 9,000 hours

It was gradually robbed of all useful parts including the engines and propellers. The cabin remained fairly intact as there was not much call for this elsewhere.

circa September 1975
Remains sold to Ray Gilson of Teulon, Manitoba, Canada. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Ray Gilson Viscount CF-THB

Country of Registration Canada

September 1975 to April 1982

Ray Gilson

CF-THB - c/n 219 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

circa September 1975
Remains purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

The remaining two Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines, S/N 3256 (TCA No. 61A138K) from the No.1 position and S/N 3091 (TCA No.1 61A76K) from the No.4 position and the cabin seating were removed and sold off.

After this, this aircraft and CF-THF (C/N 223) had the outer wings and tailplanes removed and were trucked by road to Teulon, Manitoba, Canada where they were put on display outside Ray's restaurant to attract customers. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.

11 April 1982
Sold to Don Fyk of Garland, Manitoba, Canada for CAN$700.00.


Photo of Don Fyk Viscount CF-THB

Country of Registration Canada

April 1982 to November 2018

Don Fyk

CF-THB - c/n 219 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

11 April 1982
Purchased from Ray Gilson for CAN$700.00.

4 May 1982
Transported by road from Teulon, Manitoba to Garland, Manitoba, Canada.

The journey with the fuselage towed on dolley wheels was behind Don's 2 ton truck and the wings and tail on other flatbed trucks driven by his Brother Ben Fyk and assisted by his future wife Esther, father Steve Fyk, Brother-in-Law Eugene Pilat and Air Canada Inspector Mike Kubenec, who provided the technical information during the dismantling phase.

The journey took about 12 hours.

5 May 1982
The aircraft re-assembly commenced on Don's 3 acre plot.

10 May 1982
The aircraft re-assembly was finally completed.

The bare cabin was converted into a lounge / dining room with a sleeping area at the rear complete with mains electrical power for about CAN$3,000.00.

Traces of the original TCA livery could be seen on the starboard side.

July 1982
A wooden staging and steps was constructed by Don and Eugene up to the port front door.

Don's sister Stephie and husband Eugene made the most use of it from this time.

January 1986
Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use.

2007
Noted externally in the same condition as when it arrived. It now has a wooden staging up to the port front door.

1 November 2018
Ownership transferred to Don's daughter Anastasia Fyk.


Photo of Anastasia Fyk Viscount CF-THB

Country of Registration Canada

November 2018 to January 1900

Anastasia Fyk

CF-THB - c/n 219 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

1 November 2018
Ownership transferred from her father Don Fyk.

June 1982
A new wooden staging and steps was constructed as the original had deteriorated beyond repair.

June 2020
Anastasia is in the process of converting the interior to become an artist's studio and residency.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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