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Viscount c/n 304

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 304
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)


Canada flag Canada

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

It first flew on Thursday, 13 March 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 and Beaver Enterprises Ltd


Photo of Viscount c/n 304
Zaire Aero Service


Zaire flag Zaire

Its final owner/operator was
Zaire Aero Service as 9Q-CKB.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Ndolo Airport, Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire in October 1981 minus its Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines. Subsequently broken up for scrap.


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

Country of Registration Canada

March 1958 to June 1964

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-THV - c/n 304 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

May 1957
An order was placed by Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) for a fifth batch of thirteen Type V.757 aircraft as a follow on from the previous Type V.724 and V.757 orders.

This was the twenty fifth one built.

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

Production Order No. F25/757. Sales Order No. F25/76B. Stock Order No……...

13 March 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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

17 March 1958
Aircraft passed off by TCA inspectors as completed and ready for delivery.

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

21 March 1958
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '640'.

After refuelling at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland it continued on 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.

22 March 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.

Made an emergency belly landing.
Made an emergency
belly landing

11 October 1959
During Flight 307-11 from Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada the aircraft suffered an undercarriage malfunction and made an emergency belly landing at Naval Air Station Glenview, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

After the undercarriage was selected at 15:20 (local) on approach to runway 27R at Midway Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA Captain Cyril (Cy) M Thomson, a wartime Spitfire pilot and First Officer Russell E (John) Kellythorne noticed that the port main safe green light was not illuminated. They aborted the landing, advised the tower of their difficulties and spent time away from the airport trying to cycle the undercarriage but with no change in their condition. A low flyby over Midway tower confirmed that the port undercarriage leg was not down and that the undercarriage doors were still closed. Capital Airlines ground engineers offered advice through the tower frequency but with no improvement. Whilst the aircraft was circling the cabin crew advised the passengers that it was due to heavy traffic at Midway, so as not to alarm anyone until it was really necessary.

Officials at Naval Air Station Glenview, who were notified of the situation offered to foam their 5091 feet runway 27 for a distance of 1500 feet, starting 500 feet from the easterly threshold which was gratefully accepted by the TCA crew. This prevented the Midway runway from being blocked as it was a busy airport compared to Glenview. The passengers were notifed by First Officer Kellythorne that an emergency landing would take place and everyone remained calm. They continued circling Glenview Naval Air Station and the passengers got a good view of the runway being foamed. All the overhead racks were emptied and the six emergency exit windows were removed at 1000 feet as the aircraft lined up for landing.

Navy fire tenders were immediately in attendance.
Navy fire tenders were
immediately in attendance

At 16:25 (local) Captain Thomson gently made his approach and put the aircraft down into the foam. Everything went smoothly, even when the propellers started to curl as they struck the runway and the aircraft descended onto its flaps and belly.

Navy fire tenders were immediately in attendance but there was no fire although the fire retardent methyl bromide foam gave off a very noxious smell.

Stewardesses Judy Kerr and Janine 'Dodie' Swan helped evacuate the 35 passengers which included one infant and there were no reported injuries. Naval buses and cars were waiting to take the passengers to their headquarters where a light buffet meal was served as well as a bar, for those who needed it. Friends and relatives were transferred from Midway and everyone departed at around 21:00 (local) after the recovery of their baggage and belongings.

The undercarriage malfunction was found to be as a result of a cracked up-lock lever.

Temporary repairs including replacement of the Rotol propellers allowed the aircraft to be ferried to Winnipeg, Manitoba for further repairs to allow it to return to service.

Port wing struck by an ESSO fuel tanker.
Port wing struck by
an ESSO fuel tanker

22 December 1959
Port wing struck by an ESSO fuel tanker at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada, damaging the control surfaces.

circa January 1960
Repaired and returned to service.

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


Photo of Air Canada Viscount CF-THV

Country of Registration Canada

June 1964 to April 1974

Air Canada

CF-THV - c/n 304 - 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 '640'.

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

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

30 April 1974
Sold to Beaver Enterprises Ltd.


Photo of Beaver Enterprises Ltd Viscount CF-THV

Country of Registration Canada

April 1974 to September 1978

Beaver Enterprises Ltd

CF-THV - c/n 304 - 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

The Rolls-Royce RDa3 Mark 506 engines installed were: -

No.1 TCA S/N 61A 209K 475 hours remaining out of a TBO (overhaul life) of 9,000 hours

No.2 TCA S/N 61A 13K 189 hours remaining out of a TBO (overhaul life) of 9,000 hours

No.3 TCA S/N 61A 161K 399 hours remaining out of a TBO (overhaul life) of 9,000 hours

No.4 TCA S/N 61A 177K 724 hours remaining out of a TBO (overhaul life) of 9,000 hours

September 1978
Sold to Zaire Aero Services.


Photo of Zaire Aero Service Viscount 9Q-CKB

Country of Registration Zaire

September 1978 to January 1982

Zaire Aero Service

9Q-CKB - c/n 304 - a V.757 series Viscount
Zaire registered

September 1978
Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd.

25 September 1978
Departed Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada on a series of ferry flights to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

Noted undergoing maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

19 October 1978
Departed from East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England on delivery to the Republic of Zaire together with 9Q-CPD (C/N 303).

October 1981
Noted stored at Ndolo Airport, Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire minus its Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines.

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


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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