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Viscount c/n 310

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 310
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)


Canada flag Canada

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

It first flew on Thursday, 5 June 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, Zaire Aero Service, Air Cardinal, Air Charter Service and Scibe Airlift Zaire


Photo of Viscount c/n 310
Filair


Zaire flag Zaire

Its final owner/operator was
Filair as 9Q-CTS.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond repair during a landing accident at Tschikapa Airport, Republic of Zaire in 1988. Noted in derelict condition minus propellers and titles in April 1992. Broken up for scrap circa 1993. The date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net. The Viscount noted in existence at this location on Google Earth from 2004 is actually 9Q-CGA (C/N 41).


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

Country of Registration Canada

June 1958 to June 1964

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-TIB - c/n 310 - 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 thirty first one built.

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

Production Order No. F31/757. Sales Order No. F31/76B. Stock Order No……...

5 June 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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

10 June 1958
Aircraft passed off by TCA inspectors as completed and ready for delivery.

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

11 June 1958
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '646'.

After refuelling at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland it continued on to Keflavik Airport, Iceland (742 nautical miles) where it stopped overnight.

12 June 1958
Departed from Keflavik Airport, Iceland to 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-TIB

Country of Registration Canada

June 1964 to April 1974

Air Canada

CF-TIB - c/n 310 - 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 '646'.

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

9 October 1972
Withdrawn from service and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

Total time 30,745:36 hours.

30 April 1974
Sold to Beaver Enterprises Ltd.


Photo of Beaver Enterprises Ltd Viscount CF-TIB

Country of Registration Canada

April 1974 to August 1978

Beaver Enterprises Ltd

CF-TIB - c/n 310 - 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 166KA 2757 hours remaining out of a TBO (overhaul life) of 9,000 hours

No.2 TCA S/N 61A 208KA 2554 hours remaining out of a TBO (overhaul life) of 9,000 hours

No.3 TCA S/N 61A 244KA 914 hours remaining out of a TBO (overhaul life) of 9,000 hours

No.4 TCA S/N 61A 160K 2774 hours remaining out of a TBO (overhaul life) of 9,000 hours

18 May 1978
Ferried to Cartierville Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.

August 1978
Sold to Zaire Aero Service.


Photo of Zaire Aero Service Viscount 9Q-CPP

Country of Registration Zaire

August 1978 to August 1980

Zaire Aero Service

9Q-CPP - c/n 310 - a V.757 series Viscount
Zaire registered

August 1978
Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd.

December 1978
The Canadian registration was painted out and the Republic of Zaire registration applied.

November 1979
Noted stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada still in its Air Canada livery less titles.

August 1980
Repossessed by Beaver Enterprises Ltd after the sale to Zaire fell through.


Photo of Beaver Enterprises Ltd Viscount C-FTIB

Country of Registration Canada

August 1980 to August 1980

Beaver Enterprises Ltd

C-FTIB - c/n 310 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

August 1980
Repossessed from Zaire Aero Service after the sale fell through.

August 1980
Leased to Air Cardinal.


Photo of Air Cardinal Viscount C-FTIB

Country of Registration Canada

August 1980 to April 1981

Air Cardinal

C-FTIB - c/n 310 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

August 1980
Leased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd.

Air Cardinal titles and tail logo were applied to the basic Air Canada livery with black and white stripes running through the red cheatline.

November 1980
Noted at Dorval Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.

April 1981
Returned to Beaver Enterprises Ltd.


Photo of Beaver Enterprises Ltd Viscount C-FTIB

Country of Registration Canada

April 1981 to January 1986

Beaver Enterprises Ltd

C-FTIB - c/n 310 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

April 1981
Returned from Air Cardinal lease and stored at Lester Pearson Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada less titles.

18 September 1984
Noted now stored at Dorval Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.

January 1986
Sold to Air Charter Service (ACS).


Photo of Air Charter Service (ACS) Viscount 9Q-CTS

Country of Registration Zaire

January 1986 to January 1986

Air Charter Service (ACS)

9Q-CTS - c/n 310 - a V.757 series Viscount
Zaire registered

January 1986
Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd.

6 January 1986
First noted at Middelkerke Airport, Ostend, Belgium, still in the Air Cardinal livery less titles.

16 January 1986
Departed from Middelkerke Airport, Ostend, Belgium on delivery to the Republic of Zaire.

Reportedly named as 'Filon'.

January 1986
Sold to Scibe Airlift.


Photo of Scibe Airlift Zaire Viscount 9Q-CTS

Country of Registration Zaire

January 1986 to January 1987

Scibe Airlift Zaire

9Q-CTS - c/n 310 - a V.757 series Viscount
Zaire registered

January 1986
Purchased from Air Charter Service (ACS).

January 1987
Sold to Filair.


Photo of Filair Viscount 9Q-CTS

Country of Registration Zaire

January 1987 to December 1993

Filair

9Q-CTS - c/n 310 - a V.757 series Viscount
Zaire registered

January 1987
Purchased from Scibe Airlift Zaire.

The actual date is unknown. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

1988
Damaged beyond repair when the nose undercarriage was ripped off during a landing accident at Tshikapa Airport, Republic of Zaire. No fatalities.

The actual date is unknown. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

April 1992
Noted in derelict condition minus propellers and titles.

circa 1993
Broken up for scrap. The date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

The Viscount noted in existence at this location on Google Earth from 2004 is actually 9Q-CGA (C/N 41).


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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