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Viscount c/n 276

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 276
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)


Canada flag Canada

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

It first flew on Wednesday, 22 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 Ltd, and Transport Canada


Photo of Viscount c/n 276
Transport Canada


Canada flag Canada

Its final owner/operator was
Transport Canada as CF-THP.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Air Canada and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada on the 4 December 1973.

Sold to Beaver Enterprises Ltd 30 April 1974. Acquired by Transport Canada - Materiel Management Department for disposal on the 1 May 1984. Broken up for scrap in August 1984.


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

Country of Registration Canada

January 1958 to June 1964

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-THP - c/n 276 - 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 eighteenth one built.

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

Production Order No. F18/757. Sales Order No. F18/76B. Stock Order No……...

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

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

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

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

29 January 1958
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '634'.

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

30 January 1958
Departed from Keflavik Airport, Iceland to Bluie West 8 (BW8) Airfield, Sondre Stromfjord, Western Greenland (804 nautical miles), Sept-Îles Airport (Seven Islands), Province of Quebec, Canada (1,116 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-THP

Country of Registration Canada

June 1964 to April 1974

Air Canada

CF-THP - c/n 276 - 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 '634'.

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

4 December 1973
Withdrawn from service and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

Total time 33,626 hours and 35,328 total landings.

30 April 1974
Sold to Beaver Enterprises Ltd.


Photo of Beaver Enterprises Ltd Viscount CF-THP

Country of Registration Canada

April 1974 to May 1984

Beaver Enterprises Ltd

CF-THP - c/n 276 - 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.

June 1977
Noted still stored and now sitting back on its tail.

1 May 1984
Acquired by Transport Canada - Materiel Management Department for disposal.


Photo of Transport Canada Viscount CF-THP

Country of Registration Canada

May 1984 to August 1984

Transport Canada

CF-THP - c/n 276 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

1 May 1984
Acquired from Beaver Enterprises Ltd by the Transport Canada - Materiel Management Department for disposal. It was then advertised in the Winnipeg Free Press for tender applications to be considered for the scrapping of the outer shell of this Viscount and also that of CF-THN (C/N 274).

31 July 1984
Tender applications closed at 2 PM local time for the scrapping of the outer shell of this Viscount and also that of CF-THN (C/N 274).

1 August 1984
Remains of this Viscount and also CF-THN (C/N 274) were sold for scrap. The successful tender applicant is currently not known.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.

August 1984
Broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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