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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 and Ray Gilson


Photo of Viscount c/n 219
Don Fyk


Canada flag Canada

Its final owner/operator was
Don 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Withdrawn from service and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.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 circa March 1982 and moved by road to Garland, Manitoba, Canada 4 May 1982 and used for domestic purposes. Noted still in existence in October 2015.


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

1955
An order was placed by Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) for thirty six Type V.757 aircraft as a follow on from the previous V.724 order. This was the fifth one built.

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

29 January 1957
Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '620'.

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

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
Wing tip damaged after contact with CF-THW (C/N 305) which was being towed at Malton, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

23 March 1974
Withdrawn from service and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

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 March 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.

circa March 1982
Sold to Don Fyk of Garland, Manitoba, Canada for CAN$700.00. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Don Fyk Viscount CF-THB

Country of Registration Canada

March 1982 to

Don Fyk

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

circa March 1982
Remains purchased from Ray Gilson for CAN$700.00. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

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 and Uncle, which took about 12 hours.

After re-assembly the bare cabin was converted into a lounge / dining room complete with mains electrical power for about CAN$2,000.00.

January 1986
Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use.

2007
Noted externally in the same condition as when it arrived. It has a wooden staging up to the port front door and a mains power supply to the interior.

Traces of the original TCA livery could be seen on the starboard side. The owner was hoping to obtain propellers from Arizona to make the aircraft look more complete but has no plans to replace the missing engines. He would also like to clean it up and re-paint the exterior.

October 2015
Noted still in existence in much the same condition. The surrounding grass is kept neatly mown.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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