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Viscount c/n 269

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 269
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)


Canada flag Canada

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

It first flew on Sunday, 12 May 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 269
Goulet Enterprises


Canada flag Canada

Its final owner/operator was
Goulet Enterprises as CF-THH.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 30 September 1968.

Remains purchased by Goulet Enterprises for metal salvage in June 1970.

It was then dismantled and transferred by road to their property at Saint Malo, Manitoba, Canada.

Complete fuselage section less the tail and also the starboard outer wing section noted there in July 1977. These are presumed as eventually scrapped. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


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

Country of Registration Canada

May 1957 to June 1964

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-THH - c/n 269 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

September 1955
An order was placed by Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) for a third batch of eleven Type V.757 aircraft as a follow on from the previous Type V.724 and V.757 orders.

This was the eleventh one built.

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

Production Order No. F11/757. Sales Order No. F11/76B. Stock Order No……...

12 May 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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

15 May 1957
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out Instrument Landing System (ILS) approaches.

16 May 1957
Aircraft passed off by TCA inspectors as completed and ready for delivery.

18 May 1957
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '626'.

After refuelling at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland it then flew on to Keflavik Airport, Iceland (743 nautical miles) where it stopped overnight.

19 May 1957
Departed from Keflavik Airport, Iceland to Goose Bay Airport, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada (1,323 nautical miles), Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada (810 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.

Only the main undercarriage legs came down.

5 January 1963
During a service from Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada at 07:00 on flight number 50 to Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Captain Laurie Paxton and First Officer Joe Prime noticed during the approach to their next stop at Fort William Airport, Ontario, Canada that there was a problem with the nose undercarriage leg.

The crew elected to return to Winnipeg where only the main undercarriage legs came down. They made an emergency landing on runway 18 with subsequent damage to the nose area and curled propeller blades that resulted in shockloading to the Rolls-Royce Dart engine propshaft, bearings and casings.

There were no reported injuries to the 28 passengers and 4 crew on board.

There were two other known instances of this happening to TCA with one on exactly the same flight but nine months later to Viscount CF-TGU (C/N 58).

Repaired and returned to service.

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


Photo of Air Canada Viscount CF-THH

Country of Registration Canada

June 1964 to June 1970

Air Canada

CF-THH - c/n 269 - 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 '626'.

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

30 September 1968
Withdrawn from service and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

Total time 26,390 hours and 25,992 total landings.

It was then robbed of all useful parts.

April 1970
Registration cancelled.

June 1970
Remains sold to Goulet Enterprises of Saint Malo, Manitoba, Canada for metal salvage.


Photo of Goulet Enterprises Viscount CF-THH

Country of Registration Canada

June 1970 to July 1970

Goulet Enterprises

CF-THH - c/n 269 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

June 1970
Remains purchased from Air Canada for metal salvage.

Dismantled at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada and transferred by road to Saint Malo, Manitoba, Canada, which is 44 miles (71 km) south of Winnipeg.

The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

circa July 1977
Complete fuselage less the tail and also the starboard outer wing section noted at Saint Malo, Manitoba, Canada. All the cockpit instruments had been removed.

The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

These are presumed as eventually scrapped. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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