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Viscount c/n 221

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 221
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)


Canada flag Canada

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

It first flew on Saturday, 16 February 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


Photo of Viscount c/n 221
Ray Wiklund


Canada flag Canada

Its final owner/operator was
Ray Wiklund as CF-THD.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in June 1969 and gradually robbed of all useful spares. Remains sold to R Wiklund for metal salvage in September 1971. Broken up for scrap circa November 1971. The actual scrap date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


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

Country of Registration Canada

February 1957 to June 1964

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-THD - c/n 221 - 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 seventh one built.

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

Production Order No. F07/757. Sales Order No. F07/76B. Stock Order No. F02/32B.

16 February 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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

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

26 February 1957
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '622'.

After arriving at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland they refuelled and stopped overnight.

27 February 1957
Departed from Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland to Keflavik Airport, Iceland (743 nautical miles) where they again refuelled and continued on to Bluie West 8 (BW8) Airfield, Sondre Stromfjord, Western Greenland (880 nautical miles).

BW8 was built during WWII to assist the transfer of military aircraft from North America to Europe and was opened in October 1941.

They then departed to Goose Bay Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada but had to return to Bluie West 8 (BW8) Airfield for some reason where they stopped overnight.

28 February 1957
Departed from Bluie West 8 (BW8) Airfield, Sondre Stromfjord, Western Greenland, Frobisher Bay Airport, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada (486 nautical miles), Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada (1,110 nautical miles).

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.

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-THD

Country of Registration Canada

June 1964 to September 1971

Air Canada

CF-THD - c/n 221 - 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 '622'.

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

16 June 1969
Withdrawn from service and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

Total time 28,355 hours and 27,934 total landings.

It was then robbed of all useful parts including the Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

September 1971
Remains sold to Ray Wiklund of Charleswood, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for metal salvage.


Photo of Ray Wiklund Viscount CF-THD

Country of Registration Canada

September 1971 to November 1971

Ray Wiklund

CF-THD - c/n 221 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

September 1971
Remains purchased from Air Canada for metal salvage.

circa November 1971
Broken up for scrap at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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