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Viscount c/n 384

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 384
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)


Canada flag Canada

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

It first flew on Wednesday, 25 February 1959 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, Sarcee Travel Club, United Aircraft of Canada, Ecole Nationale d'Aerotechnique (ENA) and Fondation Aerovision Quebec (FAQ)


Photo of Viscount c/n 384
Institut de Protection Contre les Incendies du Québec (IPIQ)


Canada flag Canada

Its final owner/operator was
Institut de Protection Contre les Incendies du Québec (IPIQ) as C-FTID-X.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service at St Hubert Airfield, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada circa July 1989. Fondation Aerovision Quebec (FAQ) acquired the aircraft from Ecole Nationale d'Aerotechnique (ENA) in October 1989 and used it for film work. Having sat outside since 1996 it has slowly deteriorated externally although the interior is still relatively good. Noted with false US registration 'N6225C' and 'Sphinx Air' titles in May 1999. Since 2008 the existence of this aircraft has been under threat. Transferred to Institut de Protection Contre les Incendies du Québec (IPIQ) at Laval, Province of Quebec, Canada for fire fighting training use in September 2011, initially still marked as 'N6225C'. Still noted in existence in June 2019.


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

Country of Registration Canada

March 1959 to June 1964

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-TID - c/n 384 - 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 third one built.

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

Production Order No. F33/757. Sales Order No. F33/76B. Stock Order No……...

25 February 1959
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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

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

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

8 March 1959
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '648'.

After refuelling at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland it continued on to Keflavik Airport, Iceland (742 nautical miles) where it was refuelled and stopped for six hours.

9 March 1959
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-TID

Country of Registration Canada

June 1964 to October 1971

Air Canada

CF-TID - c/n 384 - 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 '648'.

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

October 1971
Leased to The Sarcee Club.


Photo of Sarcee Club Viscount CF-TID

Country of Registration Canada

October 1971 to June 1972

Sarcee Club

CF-TID - c/n 384 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

October 1971
Leased from Air Canada.

19 October 1971
Noted at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in a modified Air Canada livery with The Sarcee Club tail logo and titles.

24 October 1971
Noted at Calgary Airport, Alberta, Canada, which was the home base of The Sarcee Club.

It was proposed as a private travel club but the aircraft was never operated by them and remained inactive until its return.

June 1972
Returned to Air Canada.


Photo of Air Canada Viscount CF-TID

Country of Registration Canada

June 1972 to November 1972

Air Canada

CF-TID - c/n 384 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

June 1972
Returned from The Sarcee Club lease and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

27 November 1972
Sold to United Aircraft of Canada who were the parent group for Pratt & Whitney Canada Ltd.


Photo of United Aircraft of Canada Viscount CF-TID

Country of Registration Canada

November 1972 to January 1974

United Aircraft of Canada

CF-TID - c/n 384 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

27 November 1972
Purchased from Air Canada.

December 1972
Noted ground running its engines at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada prior to the transfer to Downsview Airfield, Ontario, Canada for the conversion work needed to carry a test engine in the nose.

Used as flying test bed for the Pratt and Whitney of Canada PT-6A and PW100 Series turboprop engines fitted in the nose.
Pratt and Whitney of Canada
flying test bed

circa January 1974
Re-registered C-FTID-X.


Photo of United Aircraft of Canada Viscount C-FTID-X

Country of Registration Canada

January 1974 to October 1989

United Aircraft of Canada

C-FTID-X - c/n 384 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

circa January 1974
Re-registered from CF-TID.

Used as flying test bed initially for the Pratt and Whitney Canada PT-6A-50 engine for the DHC-7 aircraft and later for the PW100 Series turboprop which was fitted to the DHC-8, ATR-42 and ATR-72 and also the Bae ATP. Both engine types were fitted in the nose.

Used as flying test bed for the Pratt and Whitney Canada PT-6A and PW100 Series turboprop engines fitted in the nose.
United Aircraft of Canada
'Blue and White' livery

Re-painted in the United Aircraft of Canada 'Blue and White' livery.

circa July 1989
Withdrawn from service at St Hubert Airfield, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.

Registration cancelled.

October 1989
Donated to Ecole Nationale d'Aerotechnique (ENA).


Photo of Ecole Nationale d'Aerotechnique (ENA) Viscount C-FTID-X

Country of Registration Canada

October 1989 to January 1996

Ecole Nationale d'Aerotechnique (ENA)

C-FTID-X - c/n 384 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

October 1989
Donated by United Aircraft of Canada.

Title transferred to the Musee de l'Air et de l'Espace du Quebec (Quebec Air & Space Museum).

Date unknown. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Fondation Aerovision Quebec (FAQ) Viscount C-FTID-X

Country of Registration Canada

January 1996 to May 1999

Fondation Aerovision Quebec (FAQ)

C-FTID-X - c/n 384 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

1 January 1996
Transferred from Ecole Nationale d'Aerotechnique (ENA) still at St Hubert Airfield, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada. Date unknown. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Marked up with a bogus US registration 'N6225C' and 'Sphinx Air' titles for an unkown movie.
Painted up as 'Sphinx Air'
for a movie

Musee de l'Air et de l'Espace du Quebec (Quebec Air & Space Museum) operates under the name of Fondation Aerovision Quebec (FAQ).

The aircraft was displayed outside together with a Douglas DC3 and a Canso in a cinema compound, and was used from time to time as a film prop for a fee that usually includes the partial painting of the aircraft.

Unfortunately, the last time the Viscount was used the interior was partially destroyed. The film maker needed the interior to look like a WWII cargo plane so everything was stripped down to the structural members. This resulted in the destruction of the lining, luggage bins, and the removal of the partition between the cabin and the baggage compartment.

May 1999
Noted with nose engine equipment removed and marked up with a bogus US registration 'N6225C' and 'Sphinx Air' titles for an unkown movie.


Photo of Fondation Aerovision Quebec (FAQ) Viscount N6225C

Country of Registration United States

May 1999 to July 2011

Fondation Aerovision Quebec (FAQ)

N6225C - c/n 384 - a V.757 series Viscount
United States registered

May 1999
Noted marked up with a false US registration 'N6225C' and 'Sphinx Air' titles applied for an unkown movie.

December 2006
Fondation Aerovision Quebec (FAQ) confirmed that the aircraft collection will go under cover when a suitable hangar becomes available at St Hubert.

Late 2008
Notified by J E Laframboise of the Fondation Aerovision Quebec that C-FTID-X is in mortal danger, as it has to be moved from its current position at St Hubert and there is nowhere for it to go. They are reluctant to scrap it for the $0.25 per pound that they would receive and are trying to find a new home for her.

Noted still in existence August 2010.
August 2010

July 2011
Title transferred to Institut de Protection Contre les Incendies du Québec (IPIQ).


Photo of Institut de Protection Contre les Incendies du Québec (IPIQ) Viscount C-FTID-X

Country of Registration Canada

July 2011 to January 1900

Institut de Protection Contre les Incendies du Québec (IPIQ)

C-FTID-X - c/n 384 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

July 2011
Title transferred from Fondation Aerovision Quebec (FAQ).

It will be used as a training aid at a fire fighting college at 1740 Montée Masson, Chomedey, Laval, Province of Quebec, Canada which is to the northwest of Montreal.

August 2011
The aircraft was gradually dismantled into sections by a company called Casair.

29 August 2011
Fuselage moved by road to Laval, a distance of approximately 40 kilometres and involved negotiating two bridges. Other sections followed afterwards.

September 2011
Aircraft re-assembled at Laval.

At this stage it was still marked with the false US registration 'N6225C'

31 March 2014
Noted with the false US registration now painted out.

June 2019
Still noted in existence.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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