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Viscount c/n 223

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Below are the 14 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 223 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-THF
March 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '624'. Taken departing from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in March 1959 on a test flight.

It is now in the later 'white top' livery.

It had returned to Vickers for modification work.

Vickers Photo Ref MP9908 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '624'. Taken departing from Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada 28 June 1963.

Photo Ref FRP064

Photo source - Fred Prior collection

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Air Canada
CF-THF
February 1966

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '624'. Taken landing at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada in February 1966.

Photo Ref FRP066

Photo source - Fred Prior collection

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Air Canada
CF-THF
February 1966

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '624'. Taken at Dorval Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada in February 1966.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Air Canada
CF-THF
April 1974

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '624'. Taken at Uplands Airport, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in April 1974.

Photo source - Rod Digney

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Air Canada
CF-THF
April 1974

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '624'. Taken at Uplands Airport, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in April 1974.

Photo source - Rod Digney

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Ray Gilson
CF-THF
April 1977

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken stored at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada circa April 1977.

It had been moved by road from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in April 1974 and put on display outside Ray's restaurant together with CF-THB (C/N 219), which can be seen in the background.

It was moved on by road to Gimli, Manitoba, Canada in July 1982 and was eventually scrapped there circa 1992, eighteen years after it was withdrawn from service!

Photo Ref FRP038

Photo source - Fred Prior collection

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Ray Gilson
CF-THF
July 1983

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken stored at Gimli Airport, Manitoba, Canada 25 July 1983 marked up with bogus registration 'B-LAMM' and 'Ontario Central' titles.

The registration represents the owners name and Ontario Central was his airline, but this aircraft was never officially registered to him.

Note the Air Canada Boeing 767 C-GAUN which made an emergency landing two days earlier after running out of fuel. Visit Aviation Safety Network for a full report on this remarkable incident captioned as the 'Gimli Glider'.

Photo Ref CN3148

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Barney Lamm
CF-THF
June 1984

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken stored at Gimli Airport, Manitoba, Canada in June 1985 marked up with bogus registration 'B-LAMM' and 'Ontario Central' titles.

The registration represents the owners name and Ontario Central was his airline, but this aircraft was never officially registered to him.

It was moved from Sigvalik, Manitoba, a boating community near Lake Winnipeg and is now outside the Ontario Central maintenance hangar.

Photo Ref NN17

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Barney Lamm
CF-THF
June 1985

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken stored at Gimli Airport, Manitoba, Canada in June 1985 marked up with bogus registration 'B-LAMM' and 'Ontario Central' titles.

The registration represents the owners name and Ontario Central was his airline, but this aircraft was never officially registered to him.

It has now been moved away from the Ontario Central maintenance hangar.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Barney Lamm
CF-THF
September 1985

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken stored at Gimli Airport, Manitoba, Canada in September 1985 marked up with bogus registration 'B-LAMM' and 'Ontario Central' titles.

The registration represents the owners name and Ontario Central was his airline, but this aircraft was never officially registered to him.

The aircraft just visible on the left is ex CAF Douglas C-47 CF-BKQ.

Photo Ref BAPCN1831

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Barney Lamm
CF-THF
October 1985

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken stored at Gimli Airport, Manitoba, Canada in October 1985 marked up with bogus registration 'B-LAMM' and 'Ontario Central' titles.

The registration represents the owners name and Ontario Central was his airline, but this aircraft was never officially registered to him.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Barney Lamm
CF-THF
June 1986

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken stored at Gimli Airport, Manitoba, Canada in October 1985 marked up with bogus registration 'B-LAMM' and 'Ontario Central' titles.

The registration represents the owners name and Ontario Central was his airline, but this aircraft was never officially registered to him.

The hangars in the far left are on the main ramp and were once occupied by Saunders Aircraft.

Ex Air Canada Viscount CF-THS (C/N 279) was temporarily stored inside one of them in 1982 / 1983 and the tail had to be removed as the hangar roof was very low.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Barney Lamm
CF-THF
October 1991

Purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken stored at Gimli Airport, Manitoba, Canada in October 1991 marked up with bogus registration 'B-LAMM' and 'Ontario Central' titles.

The registration represents the owners name and Ontario Central was his airline, but this aircraft was never officially registered to him.

The rudder has now been removed.

Does anyone know when it was finally broken up?

Photo Ref CSL2741

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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