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Viscount c/n 385

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Below are the 33 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 385 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-TIE
November 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '649'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 24 November 1958 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The fuselage behind is CF-TID (C/N 384) and the tail belongs to a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) V.815.

This photo was taken during a visit by TCA representatives who were checking on the progress of a number of aircraft under construction at the time.

TCA Photo

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

2

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TIE
April 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '649'. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in April 1959 a few weeks after its delivery with the Captain carrying out his pre-flight external checks.

Photo Ref 63-699

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

3

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TIE
April 1962

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '649'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada in April 1962.

The old hangars in the background are used by private and executive aircraft.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TIE
May 1963

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '649'. Taken at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada 28 May 1963 in the maintenance area with Vanguard CF-TKR behind.

Photo Ref FRP029

Photo source - Fred Prior collection

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Air Canada
CF-TIE
September 1968

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '649'. Taken at Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada in September 1968.

Photo source - Jean-Pierre Bonin

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Air Canada
CF-TIE
February 1971

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '649'. Taken at an unknown location in February 1971.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Air Canada
CF-TIE
April 1972

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '649'. Taken at an unknown location in April 1972.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Air Canada
CF-TIE
July 1972

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '649'. Taken at Thunder Bay Airport, Ontario, Canada in July 1972.

Photo Ref CSL-5757

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
August 1975

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in August 1975.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
August 1975

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in August 1975.

Note the hand painted 'Keep Off' 'Western Canada Air Museum' denoting its future preservation status.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
July 1975

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in July 1975, shortly after Keith and Dennis Carter purchased the aircraft for the museum.

Sadly it was not to be, as vandals destroyed the interior by fire a few years later and Beaver kindly supplied CF-THS (C/N 279) as a replacement.

Photo Ref KDO-114H

Photo source - Keith Olson

12

Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
August 1975

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in August 1975. After it was purchased it was moved over to the military ramp until the museum building was ready to accept it.

It is now being moved onto the grass using pierced steel planking (PSP).

At a later date it was moved back to the civil side of the airport.

Ironically, if it had stayed in the military area it would not have been fire damaged by vandals in April 1980.

Photo Ref CSL5530

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
February 1981

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. CF-THS (C/N 279) was purchased as a replacement. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in February 1981.

Note the evidence of smoke around the rear cabin door.

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
July 1981

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. CF-THS (C/N 279) was purchased as a replacement. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in July 1981.

Note the evidence of smoke around the rear cabin door.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
December 1982

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. CF-THS (C/N 279) was purchased as a replacement. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada December 1982 with CF-THN (C/N 274) and CF-THP (C/N 276) behind.

Photo Ref CN-1870

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
December 1983

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. CF-THS (C/N 279) was purchased as a replacement. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 18 December 1983 outside the old TCA maintenance hangar which now houses the museum's aircraft collection.

The No.4 Rolls-Royce Dart engine has now been removed.

It is being robbed of all useful spares by museum volunteers to assist in the restoration of their replacement Viscount.

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
July 1985

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in July 1985 after it had been robbed of all useful spares by museum volunteers to assist in the restoration of replacement Viscount CF-THS (C/N 279).

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
September 1985

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in September 1985 after it had been robbed of all useful spares by museum volunteers to assist in the restoration of replacement Viscount CF-THS (C/N 279).

Photo Ref CSL-3774

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
June 1986

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in June 1986 after it had been robbed of all useful spares by museum volunteers to assist in the restoration of replacement Viscount CF-THS (C/N 279).

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
August 1987

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. CF-THS (C/N 279) was purchased as a replacement. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in September 1985 after it had been robbed of all useful spares by museum volunteers to assist in the restoration of replacement Viscount CF-THS (C/N 279).

Robert is about to tow the aircraft forward so that the long grass can be mown by the airport authorities.

Photo Ref CSL-3776

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
September 1987

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. CF-THS (C/N 279) was purchased as a replacement. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in September 1987 after it had been robbed of all useful spares by museum volunteers to assist in the restoration of replacement Viscount CF-THS (C/N 279).

Robert is about to tow the aircraft forward so that the long grass can be mown by the airport authorities.

Note the soot stained rear cabin door and scorched paint from the previous fire damage.

Photo Ref CSL-3775

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

22

Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
May 1989

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. CF-THS (C/N 279) was purchased as a replacement. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 1 May 1989 awaiting scrapping after the removal of all useful parts.

Photo source - Paul J Hooper

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
July 1989

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. CF-THS (C/N 279) was purchased as a replacement. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 28 July 1989 whilst being scrapped.

Photo source - Paul Owen

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
July 1989

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. CF-THS (C/N 279) was purchased as a replacement. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 28 July 1989 while being scrapped.

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
July 1989

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. CF-THS (C/N 279) was purchased as a replacement. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 28 July 1989 while being scrapped. The nosewheel doors seen lying on the ground were saved by Robert and are still in his collection. Photo Ref CSL-3772

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
July 1989

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. CF-THS (C/N 279) was purchased as a replacement. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 29 July 1989 while being scrapped.

Photo Ref CSL-3765

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
July 1989

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. CF-THS (C/N 279) was purchased as a replacement. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 30 July 1989 while being scrapped.

Photo Ref CN-2044

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
July 1989

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. CF-THS (C/N 279) was purchased as a replacement. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 30 July 1989 while being scrapped.

Photo Ref CN-2042

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
July 1989

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. CF-THS (C/N 279) was purchased as a replacement. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 30 July 1989 whilst being scrapped.

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

30

Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
April 2013

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. These parts were retained by the Western Canada Aviation Museum (WCAM) for use in restoring CF-THS (C/N 279) but are now surplus to requirements and were photographed inside the museum reserve store at St Andrews Airport, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 23 April 2013.

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

31

Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
February 2015

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. During the scrapping of this aircraft in July 1989 Bob rescued both nose undercarriage doors and this one resides in his apartment where it was photographed 2 February 2015.

Standing it next to a standard door frame gives you a sense of scale.

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
May 2015

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. This Captain's instrument panel was removed from the aircraft before it was scrapped and remained stored at the museum until rescued by Robert for restoration 9 May 2015.

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-TIE
May 2015

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd but fire damaged by vandals. This Captain's instrument panel was removed from the aircraft before it was scrapped and remained stored at the museum until rescued by Robert for restoration 9 May 2015.

It has now had an initial clean to assess the work required.

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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