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Viscount c/n 304

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Below are the 24 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 304 together with either the actual date that the photo was taken or an estimate of that date based on clues such as the livery worn or other background information.

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-THV
June 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '640'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada circa June 1958.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-THV
June 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '640'. Taken at Dorval Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada in June 1959.

Such a relaxed atmosphere compared to modern high-security times.

Photo source - Howard Cooper

3

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-THV
October 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '640'. Taken at Naval Air Station Glenview, Chicago, Illinois, USA 11 October 1959.

After failing to persuade the port main undercarriage leg to extend the aircraft was belly landed on a carpet of foam.

A US Navy photographer has caught the aircraft as it slowly sinks towards the runway.

Russell was the First Officer on the aircraft.

Photo source - Russell Kellythorne collection

4

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-THV
October 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '640'. Taken at Naval Air Station Glenview, Chicago, Illinois, USA 11 October 1959.

After failing to persuade the port main undercarriage leg to extend the aircraft was belly landed on a carpet of foam.

A US Navy photographer has caught the precise moment that the four propellers started to curl and the flaps began to scrape along the runway.

Louise Swan as she was then was one of two Stewardesses on board and obtained a set of photos from the Navy as a lasting momento.

Photo source - Louise Perlt collection

5

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-THV
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '640'. Taken at Naval Air Station Glenview, Chicago, Illinois, USA 11 October 1959 after an emergency belly landing due to an undercarriage malfunction.

Glenview was chosen as Midway was very busy and this incident would have caused a major disruption there.

Photo Ref C-144154

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

6

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-THV
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '640'. Taken at Naval Air Station Glenview, Chicago, Illinois, USA 11 October 1959 after an emergency belly landing due to an undercarriage malfunction.

Glenview was chosen as Midway was very busy and this incident would have caused a major disruption there.

This view clearly shows the curled propeller blades which would have resulted in shockload damage to the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines.

Typical damage can be distorted shafts, brinelled bearings, chipped gears and cracked casings within the Reduction Gearbox module.

Louise Swan as she was then was one of two Stewardesses on board and obtained a set of photos from the Navy as a lasting momento.

Photo source - Louise Perlt collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-THV
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '640'. Taken at Naval Air Station Glenview, Chicago, Illinois, USA 11 October 1959 after an emergency belly landing due to an undercarriage malfunction.

Glenview was chosen as Midway was very busy and this incident would have caused a major disruption there.

This view clearly shows the curled propeller blades which would have resulted in shockload damage to the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines.

Typical damage can be distorted shafts, brinelled bearings, chipped gears and cracked casings within the Reduction Gearbox module.

Louise Swan as she was then was one of two Stewardesses on board and obtained a set of photos from the Navy as a lasting momento.

Photo source - Louise Perlt collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-THV
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '640'. Taken at Naval Air Station Glenview, Chicago, Illinois, USA 11 October 1959 after an emergency belly landing due to an undercarriage malfunction.

Glenview was chosen as Midway was very busy and this incident would have caused a major disruption there.

This view clearly shows the curled propeller blades which would have resulted in shockload damage to the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines.

Typical damage can be distorted shafts, brinelled bearings, chipped gears and cracked casings within the Reduction Gearbox module.

Photo Ref C-144157

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-THV
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '640'. Taken at Naval Air Station Glenview, Chicago, Illinois, USA 11 October 1959 after an emergency belly landing due to an undercarriage malfunction.

Glenview was chosen as Midway was very busy and this incident would have caused a major disruption there.

This view clearly shows the curled propeller blades which would have resulted in shockload damage to the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines.

Typical damage can be distorted shafts, brinelled bearings, chipped gears and cracked casings within the Reduction Gearbox module.

Russell was the First Officer on the aircraft.

Photo source - Russell Kellythorne collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-THV
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '640'. Taken at Naval Air Station Glenview, Chicago, Illinois, USA 11 October 1959 after an emergency belly landing due to an undercarriage malfunction.

Glenview was chosen as Midway was very busy and this incident would have caused a major disruption there.

Russell was the First Officer on the aircraft.

Photo source - Russell Kellythorne collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-THV
October 1959

Delivered to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '640'. Taken at Naval Air Station Glenview, Chicago, Illinois, USA 11 October 1959 after an emergency belly landing due to an undercarriage malfunction.

Glenview was chosen as Midway was very busy and this incident would have caused a major disruption there. Note the skid marks which showed that the aircraft slewed to the right as the propellers made contact with the runway.

Russell was the First Officer on the aircraft.

Photo source - Russell Kellythorne collection

12

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-THV
December 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '640'. Taken at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada 22 December 1959 shortly after being struck by an ESSO fuel bowser.

The overboard fuel dump pipe on the trailing edge of the wing has punctured the laminated windscreen with other damage caused by contact with the flaps.

TCA Photo Ref 4195

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

13

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-THV
December 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '640'. Taken at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada 22 December 1959 shortly after being struck by an ESSO fuel bowser.

Note the broken overboard fuel dump pipe on the trailing edge of the wing which has punctured the bowser's laminated windscreen with other damage caused by contact with the cab. TCA Photo Ref 4193

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

14

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-THV
December 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '640'. Taken at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada 22 December 1959 shortly after being struck by an ESSO fuel bowser.

Note the broken overboard fuel dump pipe on the trailing edge of the wing which has punctured the bowser's laminated windscreen with other damage caused by contact with the cab. TCA Photo Ref 4196

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

15

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-THV
January 1964

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '640'. Taken at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada 12 January 1964.

Photo Ref FRP017

Photo source - Fred Prior collection

16

Air Canada
CF-THV
June 1969

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '640'. Taken at Malton, Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada in June 1969.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

17

Air Canada
CF-THV
June 1969

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '640'. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1969.

Photo source - Benoit De Mulder collection

18

Air Canada
CF-THV
July 1970

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '640'. Taken at Chapeskie Field, London, Ontario, Canada in July 1970.

Photo source - Gary Vincent

19

Air Canada
CF-THV
July 1971

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '640'. Taken at Malton, Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada in July 1971.

Photo source - Allan Gray

20

Air Canada
CF-THV
April 1972

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '640'. Taken departing from Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada circa April 1972.

Photo source - Jean-Pierre Bonin

21

Beaver Enterprises Ltd
CF-THV
July 1975

Purchased from Air Canada. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in July 1975 amongst others from the fleet.

The registrations have now all been removed but luckily not the fleet numbers.

CF-TIE (C/N 385) is behind and CF-THT (C/N 302) and CF-THX (C/N 306) are in front.

Behind (L to R) are CF-TIG (C/N 387), CF-THU (C/N 303) and CF-THG (C/N 224).

Photo Ref KDO-113U

Photo source - Keith Olson

22

Zaire Aero Service
9Q-CKB
October 1978

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in October 1978 in ex Air Canada livery, shortly after its arrival from Canada.

Photo source - John H Mounce collection

23

Zaire Aero Service
9Q-CKB
October 1978

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in October 1978 in ex Air Canada livery with 9Q-CPD (C/N 303) and 9Q-CKS (C/N 307) behind.

Photo source - David Jones

24

Zaire Aero Service
9Q-CKB
October 1981

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken stored at N'dolo Airport, Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire in October 1981 minus its Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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