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Viscount c/n 275

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 275
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)


Canada flag Canada

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

It first flew on Saturday, 18 January 1958 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


Photo of Viscount c/n 275
Goulet Enterprises


Canada flag Canada

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

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in January 1974. Sold to Beaver Enterprises Ltd 30 April 1974. Purchased by Goulet Enterprises in September 1975 and shredded and transported to their yard at Saint Malo, Manitoba, Canada. The starboard outer wing section with the registration visible was noted propped up in the middle of the airfield in March 1977. It was still there in July 1987! Does anyone know why this part was not scrapped along with the rest of the aircraft? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


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

Country of Registration Canada

January 1958 to June 1964

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-THO - c/n 275 - 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 seventeenth one built.

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

Production Order No. F17/757. Sales Order No. F17/76B. Stock Order No……...

18 January 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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

1 January 1958
Aircraft passed off by TCA inspectors as completed and ready for delivery.

It was painted in the later 'white top' livery.

24 January 1958
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '633'.

After refuelling at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland it stopped overnight.

25 January 1958
Departed from Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland to Keflavik Airport, Iceland (742 nautical miles), Bluie West 8 (BW8) Airfield, Sondre Stromfjord, Western Greenland (804 nautical miles), Goose Bay Airport, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada (872 nautical miles), Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada (810 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.

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.

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


Photo of Air Canada Viscount CF-THO

Country of Registration Canada

June 1964 to April 1974

Air Canada

CF-THO - c/n 275 - 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 '633'.

June 1965
Noted still operating in Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) livery. It took several years to repaint the fleet in Air Canada livery. The ground equipment such as Steps, Ground Power Unit, Tug, Baggage Trollies etc were all in Air Canada livery.

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

Total time 33,725 hours and 34,998 total landings.

30 April 1974
Sold to Beaver Enterprises Ltd.


Photo of Beaver Enterprises Ltd Viscount CF-THO

Country of Registration Canada

April 1974 to September 1975

Beaver Enterprises Ltd

CF-THO - c/n 275 - 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

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

September 1975
Remains sold to Goulet Enterprises for metal recovery.


Photo of Goulet Enterprises Viscount CF-THO

Country of Registration Canada

September 1975 to July 1987

Goulet Enterprises

CF-THO - c/n 275 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

September 1975
Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd.

It was scrapped on-site with the shredded remains transported to their yard at Saint Malo, Manitoba, Canada for final processing.

March 1977
The starboard outer wing section with the registration visible was subsequently noted propped up in the middle of the airfield.

July 1987
The starboard outer wing section with the registration visible was still there!


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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