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Viscount c/n 387

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 387
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)


Canada flag Canada

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

It first flew on Thursday, 16 April 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 387
Tony Hammerling


Canada flag Canada

Its final owner/operator was
Tony Hammerling as CF-TIG.

Its fate:-
Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd by Tony Hammerling 1 April 1976 and transferred to Summerland Amusement Park, north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Noted with Air Jamaica crudely painted on the upper fuselage. Broken up for scrap in July 1983.


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

Country of Registration Canada

May 1959 to June 1964

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-TIG - c/n 387 - 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 sixth and final one built.

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

Production Order No. F36/757. Sales Order No. F36/76B. Stock Order No……...

16 April 1959
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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

20 April 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out multiple ILS approaches and overshoots. .

21 April 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out multiple ILS approaches and overshoots. .

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

1 May 1958
Aircraft passed off by TCA inspectors as completed and ready for delivery.

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

2 May 1959
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '651'.

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) where it stopped overnight.

BW8 was built during WWII to assist the transfer of military aircraft from North America to Europe and was opened in October 1941.

3 May 1959
Departed from Bluie West 8 (BW8) Airfield, Sondre Stromfjord, Western Greenland to Goose Bay Airport, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada (872 nautical miles), Dorval Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada (810 nautical miles).

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-TIG

Country of Registration Canada

June 1964 to April 1974

Air Canada

CF-TIG - c/n 387 - 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 '651'.

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

1 March 1973
Withdrawn from service and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

30 April 1974
Sold to Beaver Enterprises Ltd.


Photo of Beaver Enterprises Ltd Viscount CF-TIG

Country of Registration Canada

April 1974 to April 1976

Beaver Enterprises Ltd

CF-TIG - c/n 387 - 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

It was then robbed of all useful parts.

1 April 1976
Remains sold to Tony Hammerling.


Photo of Tony Hammerling Viscount CF-TIG

Country of Registration Canada

April 1976 to July 1983

Tony Hammerling

CF-TIG - c/n 387 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

1 April 1976
Remains purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd and transferred by road to Summerland Amusement Park, north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Several homes lost their power supply for a while.

The trip was full of incidents with the aircraft getting stuck in the snow and on a rail crossing and causing damage to several hydro poles. A section of one outer wing was hacked off to make it easier to manoeuvre around obstacles. Several homes lost their power supply for a while which probably wasn't very popular in the middle of winter!

Crossing a wooden bridge across a river was carried out with the aircraft jacked u.

Crossing a wooden bridge across a river was carried out with the aircraft jacked up to allow the starboard main undercarriage to hang over the edge.

26 April 1980
Noted being used as a hot dog stall at the Summerland Amusement Park, north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Noted at the Golden Acres Camp and Trailer Park, Brookside Boulevard, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

4 July 1982
Reported at the Golden Acres Camp and Trailer Park, Brookside Boulevard, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada but this is at the same location as the Summerland Amusement Park.

Broken up for scrap in July 1983.

Noted with 'Air Jamaica' crudely painted on the upper fuselage.

July 1983
Broken up for scrap.


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