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Viscount c/n 386

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Below are the 30 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 386 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-TIF
November 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '650'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 24 November 1958 with the completed fuselage undergoing pressure testing.

All the windows and other apertures have been blanked off ready for the air supply to be pumped in through the large hose at the front.

The pressure was raised above the normal operating range to ensure that everything was safe when it went into service.

Occasionally there were some panel failures with explosive results.

Better now than when it was in the air. 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

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TIF
January 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '650'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in January 1959 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft in front are: - VH-RMH (C/N 415) Ansett-ANA, G-APNE (C/N 403) Airwork Ltd, VH-RMG (C/N 414) Ansett-ANA and G-APND (C/N 402) Airwork Ltd. Lindsay was sent over by Ansett to oversee the construction of VH-RMG and flew home on it.

This line-up demonstrates the mix of C/N found in one line of aircraft being built.

Photo source - Lindsay Wise via Maurice Austin

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TIF
July 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '650'. Taken at Dorval Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada in July 1959 under the tail of Vanguard G-APEA, the first one for British European Airways (BEA). Delivery of this Vanguard was delayed so that Vickers-Armstrongs could demonstrate it to Trans-Canada Airlines (TCA) in Canada.

Seen here in the original BEA livery.

When eventually delivered to BEA in 1961 it was painted in their new 'Red Square' livery.

Photo source - Nigel Wemyss via Colville Wemyss

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TIF
December 1963

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '650'. Taken departing from Quebec City Airport, Province of Quebec, Canada 21 December 1963.

Photo Ref FRP030

Photo source - Fred Prior collection

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Air Canada
CF-TIF
April 1965

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '650'. Taken at Edmonton City Centre Airport, Alberta, Canada in April 1965 by Rod during a field trip for aeronautical engineering students from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology which was in Calgary, Alberta.

It is still operating in full TCA livery.

Photo Ref RD-41.

Photo source - Rod Digney

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Air Canada
CF-TIF
April 1965

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '650'. Taken at Edmonton City Centre Airport, Alberta, Canada in April 1965 by Rod during a field trip for aeronautical engineering students from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology which was in Calgary, Alberta.

Photo Ref RD-42.

Photo source - Rod Digney

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Air Canada
CF-TIF
April 1965

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '650'. Taken at Edmonton City Centre Airport, Alberta, Canada in April 1965 by Rod during a field trip for aeronautical engineering students from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology which was in Calgary, Alberta.

Photo Ref RD-43.

Photo source - Rod Digney

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Air Canada
CF-TIF
April 1966

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '650'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2 April 1966.

It is still operating in full TCA livery.

Photo source - Mike Ody collection via George Trussel

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Air Canada
CF-TIF
June 1969

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '650'. Taken at Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada in June 1969, now in the Air Canada livery.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Air Canada
CF-TIF
March 1971

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '650'. Taken at John F Kennedy Airport, New York, USA 24 March 1971.

Photo source - George W Hamlin

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Beaver Enterprises Ltd
CF-TIF
September 1974

Purchased from Air Canada. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in September 1974.

The basic Air Canada livery has been modified with the additional dark blue stripe to the cheatline ready for a possible sale.

Behind it can be seen CF-THZ (C/N 308), CF-THU (C/N 303) and CF-THP (C/N 276).

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Alidair
CF-TIF
March 1976

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 7 March 1976 shortly after it arrived from Canada still in the modified ex Air Canada livery.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Alidair
CF-TIF
March 1976

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 13 March 1976.

Photo source - Peter Fothergill

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Alidair
CF-TIF
May 1976

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in May 1976 still in the modified ex Air Canada livery.

The aircraft is parked near the British Midland Airways (BMA) maintenance hangar.

Photo source - George Stringer

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Alidair
CF-TIF
May 1976

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in May 1976 still in the modified ex Air Canada livery.

The Viscounts in the background are G-APPX (C/N 73) ex Air International, now fitted with an ex Air Inter tail and G-ATUE (C/N 357) ex Channel Airways.

Photo source - George Stringer

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Alidair
CF-TIF
January 1977

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in January 1977 still in the modified ex Air Canada livery.

Photo source - Steve Barnes

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Alidair
CF-TIF
January 1977

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in January 1977 still in the modified ex Air Canada livery.

Photo source - Alan Haynes

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Alidair
CF-TIF
October 1977

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 22 October 1977 after a basic white repaint pending a sale.

Photo source - Mick Bajcar

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Alidair
CF-TIF
February 1978

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in February 1978 pending a sale.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Alidair
CF-TIF
March 1978

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in March 1978 pending a sale.

Photo source - Peter Fothergill

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Alidair
CF-TIF
April 1978

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 3 April 1978 pending a sale.

Photo source - Mick Bajcar

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Alidair
CF-TIF
April 1978

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in April 1978 now undergoing maintenance pending a sale.

Photo source - Dietrich Eggert collection

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Alidair
CF-TIF
May 1978

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in May 1978 pending a sale.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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Zaire Aero Service
9Q-CPY
September 1978

Purchased from Alidair. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in September 1978 now repainted in a smart Zaire Aero Service livery.

Photo source - Dick Gilbert

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Zaire Aero Service
9Q-CPY
September 1978

Purchased from Alidair. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in September 1978 now repainted in a smart Zaire Aero Service livery.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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Zaire Aero Service
9Q-CPY
September 1978

Purchased from Alidair. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in September 1978 while being prepared by Alidair for the ferry flight to the Republic of Zaire.

All four Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines are now running in preparation for a test flight.

Photo source - Alex Burton

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Zaire Aero Service
9Q-CPY
September 1978

Purchased from Alidair. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in September 1978 while being prepared by Alidair for the ferry flight to the Republic of Zaire.

All four Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines are now running in preparation for a test flight.

Photo source - Alex Burton

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Zaire Aero Service
9Q-CPY
October 1978

Purchased from Alidair. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, England 2 October 1978 looking very smart in her new livery, two days before she departed on delivery to the Republic of Zaire.

Photo source - Leslie Snelleman

29

Zairean Airlines
9Q-CPY
June 1995

Purchased from Zaire Aero Service. Taken stored at Ndolo Airport, Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire 2 June 1995 with all four propellers and the starboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed.

Photo source - Michel Anciaux (Ecuador Aviation Photography)

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Zairean Airlines
9Q-CPY
June 1995

Purchased from Zaire Aero Service. Taken stored at Ndolo Airport, Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire 2 June 1995 with all four propellers and the starboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed.

Photo source - Michel Anciaux (Ecuador Aviation Photography)

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