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Viscount c/n 385

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 385
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)


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

It first flew on Tuesday, 10 March 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 and Beaver Enterprises Ltd


Photo of Viscount c/n 385
Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)


Canada flag Canada

Its final owner/operator was
Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM) as CF-TIE.

Its fate:-
Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd by Keith Olson and Dennis Carter who were founding members of the Western Canada Aviation Museum for CAN $10,000.00 in July 1975 for preservation at the museum. The cabin interior was destroyed by fire at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada by vandals 12 April 1980. Preservation plans were abandoned and Viscount CF-THS (C/N 279) was purchased as a replacement. Robbed of all useful parts to assist in the restoration of CF-THS or sold off to other Viscount operators such as Filair. Broken up for scrap in July / August 1989.


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

Country of Registration Canada

March 1959 to June 1964

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-TIE - c/n 385 - 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 fourth one built.

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

Production Order No. F34/757. Sales Order No. F34/76B. Stock Order No……...

10 March 1959
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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

13 March 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England carrying out a single ILS approach and overshoot.

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

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

20 March 1959
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '649'.

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), 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.

15 June 1960
Operated the first service from the new terminal building at Uplands Airport, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

It operated flight 303 to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This was TCA's 7,747th day of operation out of Uplands Airport and has been included on the TCA route map since 1 April 1939.

The new terminal building cost CAN$55 million and was due to open in 1959 but a celebratory flypast in 1958 by a USAF Lockheed F-104 starfighter jet created a sonic boom which shattered most of the glass windows and caused some structural damage too. This cost an additional $300,000 to fix.

30 June 1960
The new Ottawa terminal building was formally opened by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.

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


Photo of Air Canada Viscount CF-TIE

Country of Registration Canada

June 1964 to April 1974

Air Canada

CF-TIE - c/n 385 - 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 '649'.

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

28 April 1973
Operated the last Air Canada Viscount service flights before retirement with Captain Bolitho in command as follows: -

Departed Vancouver, BC at 20:35 and arrived at Victoria, BC 20:52.

Departed Victoria, BC at 21:32 and arrived at Vancouver, BC 21:44.

Departed Vancouver, BC at 22:20 and arrived at Victoria, BC 22:36.

Departed Victoria, BC at 23:02 and arrived at Vancouver, BC 23:14.

29 April 1973
Ferried from Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia, departing at 00:03, arriving at Calgary Airport, Alberta 02:41 and departing 03:17 and arriving at Regina Airport, Saskatchewan 05:47 and departing at 06:11 and arriving at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada at 07:23. The aircraft was flown by Captain Justice and his crew. The aircraft was then withdrawn from service and stored.

Total time 28,335 hours and 30,318 total landings.

30 April 1974
Sold to Beaver Enterprises Ltd.


Photo of Beaver Enterprises Ltd Viscount CF-TIE

Country of Registration Canada

April 1974 to July 1975

Beaver Enterprises Ltd

CF-TIE - c/n 385 - 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

circa July 1975
Sold to two members of the Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM) for CAN $10,000.00.


Photo of Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM) Viscount CF-TIE

Country of Registration Canada

July 1975 to August 1989

Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)

CF-TIE - c/n 385 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

circa July 1975
Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd by Keith Olson and Dennis Carter for CAN $10,000.00. They were founding members of the Western Canada Aviation Museum (WCAM).

August 1975
It was moved over to the military ramp at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada until the museum building was ready to accept it. It was then parked on the grass still within the military area.

At some point it was moved back to the civil side of the airport. Does anyone know the date it was moved? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

12 April 1980
Cabin interior destroyed by fire which was caused by vandals breaking in.

Ironically, if it had stayed over on the military side it would not have been vandalised.

Preservation plans for this aircraft were then abandoned. CF-THS (C/N 279) was purchased as a replacement.

July 1985
Useful parts removed by members of the WCAM - Western Canada Aviation Museum to assist in the restoration of Viscount CF-THS (C/N 279). Other parts were sold off to other Viscount operators including Filair in Zaire who purchased the propellers. Some other parts still remain in store at the WCAM reserve collection facility at St Andrews Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

Broken up for scrap July/Aug 1989.

26 July 1989
Scrapping of the aircraft commenced.


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