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Viscount c/n 306

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 306
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)


Canada flag Canada

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

It first flew on Sunday, 13 April 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 306
United Aircraft of Canada


Canada flag Canada

Its final owner/operator was
United Aircraft of Canada as C-FTHX.

Its fate:-
Purchased by United Aircraft of Canada who were the parent group for Pratt & Whitney Canada Ltd from Beaver Enterprises Ltd in January 1977 as a spares source to support C-FTID-X (C/N 384) but it remained stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada. Remains broken up for scrap circa September 1975. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


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

Country of Registration Canada

April 1958 to June 1964

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-THX - c/n 306 - 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 seventh one built.

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

Production Order No. F27/757. Sales Order No. F27/76B. Stock Order No……...

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

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

15 April 1958
Aircraft passed off by TCA inspectors as completed and ready for delivery.

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

18 April 1958
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '642'.

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

19 April 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-THX

Country of Registration Canada

June 1964 to April 1974

Air Canada

CF-THX - c/n 306 - 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 '642'.

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

16 April 1971
Overhauled by Air Canada. This was the last Viscount to be overhauled under their Fleet Overhaul Program. Subsequent heavy maintenance work on the Viscount fleet was undertaken under contract by CAE.

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Withdrawn from service and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

Total time 33,495 hours and 35,593 total landings.

30 April 1974
Sold to Beaver Enterprises Ltd.


Photo of Beaver Enterprises Ltd Viscount CF-THX

Country of Registration Canada

April 1974 to January 1977

Beaver Enterprises Ltd

CF-THX - c/n 306 - 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 230KA 3741 hours remaining out of a TBO (overhaul life) of 9,000 hours

No.2 TCA S/N 61A 203K 1220 hours remaining out of a TBO (overhaul life) of 9,000 hours

No.3 TCA S/N 61A 49KA 474 hours remaining out of a TBO (overhaul life) of 9,000 hours

No.4 TCA S/N 61A 138KA 1329 hours remaining out of a TBO (overhaul life) of 9,000 hours

September 1975
The port outer wing was noted lying on the ground near CF-THC (C/N 220) which was in the process of being scrapped and shredded by Goulet Enterprises.

circa January 1977
Sold to United Aircraft of Canada who were the parent group for Pratt & Whitney Canada Ltd. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of United Aircraft of Canada Viscount CF-THX

Country of Registration Canada

January 1977 to

United Aircraft of Canada

CF-THX - c/n 306 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

1977
Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd and used as a spares source to support Viscount C-FTID-X (C/N 384).

The aircraft remained stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

circa 1978
Remains broken up for scrap. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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