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Viscount c/n 219

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Below are the 61 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 219 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-THB
January 1957

Delivered tnew o Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '620'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in January 1957 prior to delivery.

This one and CF-THA (C/N 218) were the last TCA Viscounts built without a weather radar nose.

Photo Ref V1137

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '620'. Taken at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada circa September 1959 in the later ' white top' livery.

It is about to depart from one of the 'aeroquay' gates.

Photo source - British Columbia Aviation Museum collection

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

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '620'. Taken at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada 28 June 1963.

Photo Ref FRP060

Photo source - Fred H Prior collection

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Air Canada
CF-THB
June 1965

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '620'. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1965 with the ground engineer signalling to the Captain that everything is ready to start the number 4 (starboard outer) Rolls-Royce Dart engine.

Note the ground power unit (GPU) at the rear and the cable connection under the fuselage belly.

Photo Ref FRP034 / Air Canada Photo Ref 65-6705

Photo source - Fred H Prior collection

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Air Canada
CF-THB
June 1967

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '620'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1 June 1967.

Note the 'Canada Centennial 1867 - 1967' logo behind the rear door opening.

Photo source - Ken Fielding

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Air Canada
CF-THB
June 1969

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '620'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada in June 1969.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Air Canada
CF-THB
June 1971

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '620'. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1971.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Beaver Enterprises Ltd
CF-THB
May 1974

Purchased from Air Canada. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada circa May 1974 with the winter snow still lingering on.

Note that both the inner Dart engines have been removed and the nacelles blanked off which suggests that the aircraft was still considered fit for sale and return to service.

However, not long afterwards the aircraft was dismantled and moved by road to Teulon, Manitoba, Canada.

The aircraft behind is CF-TIB (C/N 310).

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
April 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada in April 1982.

The Cavalry has arrived!

Don, family and friends have arrived to begin the dismantling process before the long road transfer to Garland.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
April 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada in April 1982.

A view of the cabin as previously used by Ray Gilson as part of his restaurant facility.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
April 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada in April 1982.

Having cleared out the cabin to reduce the towing load the aircraft tipped back on its tail.

Luckily, no harm to anyone.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
April 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada in April 1982.

Work now begins on removing the rudder and then the tail to allow for the road transfer under bridges.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
April 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada in April 1982.

It is now back on its nosewheel, presumably with a bit of temporary ballast back in the front of the cabin.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
April 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada in April1982.

The man himself, Don Fyk, suitably armed with a Snap-On pry bar, ready to tackle any stubborn part that comes his way.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
April 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada in April 1982.

Many hands make light work.

Here the team are removing the screws that hold the aerodynamic fairings covering the joint between the inner wings and the fuselage.

They then tackled the job of removing the inner wings, once the fuselage had been supported.

At this stage they received technical advice from Air Canada Inspector Mike Kubinec.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
April 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada in April 1982.

The aerodynamic fairings covering the joints between the wings and the fuselage have now been removed.

So now it is time to safely support the fuselage before tackling the tricky task of removing the bolts securing the inner wings.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
April 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada in April 1982.

The port inner wing complete with both engine nacelles has now been separated from the fuselage

Note that the tail has already been removed but is not covered in this photo sequence.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
April 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada in April 1982.

It is now time to remove the starboard wing.

The stability of the fuselage is now critical as once the starboard inner wing is separated there will be no other method to support it.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
April 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada in April 1982.

The tricky task of removing the bolts securing the starboard inner wing has begun, under the guidance of Air Canada Inspector Mike Kubinec.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
April 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada in April 1982.

With all the securing bolts now removed the starboard inner wing is now ready to come away from the fuselage.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
April 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada in April 1982.

The starboard inner wing has now been removed from the fuselage.

Don made good use of the equipment he had available on his farm at Garland or available locally.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
April 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada in April 1982.

The major dismantling work has now been safely completed.

Now everything has to be loaded and secured ready for the long road journey ahead.

In the background you can see the other Viscount belonging to Ray Gilson.

This is CF-THF (C/N 223) that was soon to be sold to Barney Lamm and was dismantled and moved to Gimli, Manitoba in July 1982.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
April 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada in April 1982.

The major dismantling work has now been safely completed.

Now everything has to be loaded and secured ready for the long road journey ahead.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
May 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada 3 May 1982.

The fuselage is now on the move out of the field to allow it to be coupled up to Don's truck before the long journey to Garland.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
May 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada 3 May 1982.

The fuselage is now on the move out of the field to allow it to be coupled up to Don's truck before the long journey to Garland.

All the trucks seen here were used to move the sections of the Viscount or to provide excort support.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
May 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada 3 May 1982.

A good view of the 'dolly' wheels used to carry the main load of the fuselage.

Additional chains are now being added and a coupling made to Don's truck to allow it to be towed on the highway.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
May 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada 3 May 1982.

Don's truck is now loaded with Viscount parts before it is coupled up to the Viscount fuselage.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
May 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada 4 May 1982.

The Viscount fuselage is now coupled up to Don's truck, ready for the 370 km (230 mile) journey which took about 12 hours to complete with a police escort and frequent stops.

Note that the nose undercarriage wheels were used for the road journey.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
May 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. A press cutting photo of the convoy on Highway 6 travelling from Teulon, Manitoba, Canada to Garland, Manitoba, Canada 4 May 1982.

Don's truck is towing the fuselage on dolley wheels with the wings, tail, etc following on behind, towed by Don's brother Ben Fyk assisted by his father Steve Fyk and Brother-in-Law Eugene Pilat.

The 370 km (230 mile) journey took about 12 hours to complete with a police escort.


Photo source - Winnipeg Free Press

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
May 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 4 May 1982.

The Viscount fuselage has now arrived and Don's tractor has taken over the task of moving it into position in one of his farm fields.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
May 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 4 May 1982.

The Viscount fuselage has now arrived and Don's tractor has taken over the task of moving it into position in one of his farm fields.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
May 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 5 May 1982.

The Viscount inner wings are now being made ready to offload.

The soft ground was not ideal but the trucks dealt with it.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
May 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 5 May 1982.

The Viscount inner wings are now being made ready to offload.

The soft ground was not ideal but the trucks dealt with it.

The fuselage can be seen in the background.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
May 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 5 May 1982.

The Viscount inner wings are now being offloaded with the aid of an excavator.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
May 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 5 May 1982.

The Viscount fuelage is now ready to receive the starboard inner wing, completed with engine nacelles.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
May 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 5 May 1982.

The starboard inner wing and engine nacelles is now in position complete with the main undercarriage leg for support.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
May 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 6 May 1982.

The starboard outer wing is now being made ready to be fitted to the inner wing section, with Don overseeing everything.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
May 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 10 May 1982.

The aircraft re-assembly is now complete and a set of temporary steps has been installed.

Well done Don and Co!!!

Now for a bit of landscaping!!!

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
December 1982

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada in December 1982.

The permanent steps up to the forward cabin door have now been constructed with Don looking suitably satisfied with the efforts of him and his team in getting the Viscount home and ready for use.

Photo source - Don Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
February 1989

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada in February 1989.

Note the mains cable connected through the rear lower fuselage.

Photo Ref CSL-1205

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
April 2007

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 7 April 2007 with a wooden staging giving access to the forward door.

Note the mains cable connected through the rear lower fuselage.

Photo source - Michael Eggleston

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
February 2010

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 26 February 2010.

Note the mains cable connected through the rear lower fuselage.

Photo source - Bob Braun

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
June 2010

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada circa June 2010.

Apparently the paint on the other side of the fuselage has worn down to the old TCA livery in places.

Photo source - Bob George

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
June 2013

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada circa June 2013 with Don standing by the aircraft.

Photo source - Reid Dickie

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
June 2013

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada circa June 2013 with a view of the port wing and empty engine nacelles taken from the wooden staging.

Photo source - Reid Dickie

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
June 2013

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada circa June 2013 with a view of the port fuselage taken from the wooden staging.

Photo source - Reid Dickie

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
October 2015

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 12 October 2015.

Note the mains cable connected through the rear lower fuselage.

Photo source - Brad Hogg

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Anastasia Fyk
CF-THB
June 2019

Transferred from father Don Fyk. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada in June 2019.

A view of the remains of the cockpit.

Photo source - Anastasia Fyk

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Don Fyk
CF-THB
June 2019

Transferred from father Don Fyk. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada in June 2019.

A view of the cabin looking towards the rear.

Photo source - Anastasia Fyk

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Anastasia Fyk
CF-THB
May 2020

Transferred from father Don Fyk. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 25 May 2020.

Note the mains cable connected through the rear lower fuselage.

Photo source - Mark Kohut

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Anastasia Fyk
CF-THB
May 2020

Transferred from father Don Fyk. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 25 May 2020.

Note the mains cable connected through the rear lower fuselage.

Photo source - Mark Kohut

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Anastasia Fyk
CF-THB
June 2020

Transferred from father Don Fyk. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada in June 2020.

A view of the cabin looking towards the rear.

It is now being refurbished to be used as an artist's studio and residency.

Photo source - Anastasia Fyk

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Anastasia Fyk
CF-THB
July 2022

Transferred from father Don Fyk. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 14 July 2022.

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Anastasia Fyk
CF-THB
July 2022

Transferred from father Don Fyk. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 14 July 2022.

Note the ghosted 'Air Canada' titles.

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Anastasia Fyk
CF-THB
July 2022

Transferred from father Don Fyk. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 14 July 2022.

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Anastasia Fyk
CF-THB
July 2022

Transferred from father Don Fyk. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 14 July 2022.

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Anastasia Fyk
CF-THB
July 2022

Transferred from father Don Fyk. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 14 July 2022.

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Anastasia Fyk
CF-THB
July 2022

Transferred from father Don Fyk. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 14 July 2022.

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Anastasia Fyk
CF-THB
July 2022

Transferred from father Don Fyk. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 14 July 2022.

An unusual view of the hydraulics / water filtration cabinet.

The long handle on the lower left was used to pump down the undercarriage in an emergency.

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Anastasia Fyk
CF-THB
July 2022

Transferred from father Don Fyk. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 14 July 2022.

A nice view of the cosy lounge / studio.

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Anastasia Fyk
CF-THB
July 2022

Transferred from father Don Fyk. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada 15 July 2022.

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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