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Viscount c/n 278

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 278
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

Canada flag Canada

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

It first flew on Monday, 17 February 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

Photo of Viscount c/n 278
Beaver Enterprises Ltd

Canada flag Canada

Its final owner/operator was
Beaver Enterprises Ltd as C-FTHR.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Air Canada and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 12 March 1971. Sold to Beaver Enterprises Ltd 30 April 1974. Broken up for scrap. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

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

Country of Registration Canada

February 1958 to June 1964

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-THR - c/n 278 - 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 757 aircraft as a follow on from the previous Type 724 and Type 757 orders.

This was the twentieth one built.

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

Production Order No. F20/757. Sales Order No. F20/76B. Stock Order No………

17 February 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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

20 February 1958
Aircraft passed off by TCA inspectors as completed and ready for delivery.

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

27 February 1958
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '636'.

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

28 February 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) where it stopped overnight.

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

29 February 1958
Departed from Goose Bay Airport, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada to 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.

31 August 1960
Total time 6,661 hours and 5,617 total landings.

Philadelphia Airport, Pennsylvania, USA.

circa June 1961
A large group of golfers from the London Hunt & Country Club, London, Ontario, Canada chartered this Viscount in order to play golf in the USA. They flew from London, Ontario to Philadelphia Airport, Pennsylvania, USA and transferred by road to the Pine Valley Golf Club at 1 East Atlantic Avenue, New Jersey, USA.

This group also chartered a TCA Viscount to travel to Agusta, Georgia, USA in order to see the Masters tournament. The identity of that Viscount or the date is not known.

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

Photo of Air Canada Viscount CF-THR

Country of Registration Canada

June 1964 to April 1974

Air Canada

CF-THR - c/n 278 - 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 '636'.

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

12 March 1971
Withdrawn from service and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

Total time 28,960 hours and 29,621 total landings.

30 April 1974
Sold to Beaver Enterprises Ltd.

Photo of Beaver Enterprises Ltd Viscount CF-THR

Country of Registration Canada

April 1974 to July 1975

Beaver Enterprises Ltd

CF-THR - c/n 278 - 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.

Broken up for scrap.
The actual date is not known.
Details please to information please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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