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Newsletter
April 2016

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The Robert W. Arnold Interview


Dear Member

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Canada

This month we are featuring Vickers Viscount Network Canadian researcher Robert W Arnold of Winnipeg, Canada and his work with The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada V.757 series Viscount CF-THS.

Robert gives us a fascinating insight into the restoration of this Viscount that had been operated by TCA – Trans-Canada Air Lines and later Air Canada. Robert is one of many volunteers at the museum and has dedicated his time to working on the Viscount.

Taken in October 1984 shortly before a visit from Queen Elizabeth II. She spoke to Robert during the tour but not about the Viscount.

Taken in October 1984 shortly before a visit from Queen Elizabeth II
She spoke to Robert during the tour but not about the Viscount

Very much the ‘Lucky Viscount’ CF-THS has been hangared following her retirement to the museum in 1982 when she was purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Since then she has received countless hours of voluntary TLC. When the restoration/refurbishment is complete CF-THS will be a truly immaculate Viscount and the only one in the world in Air Canada livery. CF-THS is unique and possibly the only preserved Viscount in the world capable of being returned to flight - something we would clearly love to see however we realise that it will probably never happen.

Introduction by Clive Worboys

Robert pointing out how the ‘clam-shell’ doors open to expose the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engine for maintenance.

Robert pointing out how the ‘clam-shell’ doors open to expose
the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engine for maintenance

Robert W Arnold

October and November 2015 were very busy. After years of neglect, and with approval from the Chief of Restoration, it was decided that I would take on the task of sprucing up the flight deck of CF-THS. The entire cockpit area had years of accumulated dust and dirt along with many well-worn surfaces that desperately needed attention. What I thought would be a rather simple task, turned out to be anything but.

Years of wear and tear on the flight deck of CF-THS taken before work had begun.

Years of wear and tear on the flight deck of CF-THS taken before work had begun

To accomplish this I started by removing the two sliding seats. This allowed me to reach the many cracks and crevices that would require attention. Cleaning and touching up the many wear marks on the black instrument panels and the pedestal went quite easily. However cleaning and touching up the paint work around the rest of the cockpit area was going to be a bit of a challenge. Finding paint of the correct colour to match the special blends that were used by TCA - Trans-Canada Air Lines, now Air Canada, was not going to be easy. The floor was also an issue as it had a unique red colour that I found was next to impossible to match, and was well worn. It was at this point I made the decision to only clean the floor leaving it the way it was. After a closer inspection, I noticed the grey paint on the walls around the cockpit was still in a fairly good shape, so again, I decided it was best to only clean it and leave it as it was.

Robert reassembles one of the chairs.

Robert reassembles one of the chairs

The chairs however were a different story. After years of constant use and abuse both were found to be in a sad shape and in need of major attention. The only way to do this was to remove them from the cockpit and completely take them apart. This would take me the better part of the next two months, working on them two days a week, three to five hours a day. Removing the spring-loaded up and down slider system was the biggest challenge. I documented and photographed all the bits and pieces to ease reassembly. Once apart the removal of the old chipped and battered paint turned out to be a time consuming job, but once done repainting with a close matching paint went quite easy.

First Officer's chair now reinstalled.

First Officer's chair now reinstalled

For the moment the flight deck is complete apart from finding replacement fabric for the Pilot's and First Officer's chairs. The next project on my list for CF-THS is the galley which also needs some TLC.

The completed instrument panels and chairs now permanently in place.

The completed instrument panels and chairs now permanently in place
‘637’ refers to the fleet number used by TCA- Trans-Canada Air Lines and Air Canada.

‘637’ refers to the fleet number used by TCA- Trans-Canada Air Lines and Air Canada

‘Shutting Down History – The last flight of Viscount CF-THS’ by regular Vickers Viscount Network contributor Jim Griffiths is a fascinating story and well worth a read. Click on this link to go to the ‘Vintage Wings of Canada’ website to read the story.

Shutting Down History – The last flight of Viscount CF-THS’


Robert supplied most of the photos in the story including the sunset cover picture. Robert knows Viscount Captains Gerry Norberg and Jim Griffiths and says they are both characters and great to hang out with.

This photo taken on the 15 March 2016 shows that the cowlings are now closed as the museum prepares to paint the hangar floor. 
                    Alongside the Viscount are Bristol Freighter CF-WAE and Junkers JU-52-1M CF-ARM.

This photo taken on the 15 March 2016 shows that the cowlings are now closed as the museum
prepares to paint the hangar floor. Alongside the Viscount are Bristol Freighter
CF-WAE and Junkers JU-52-1M CF-ARM

In his personal Viscount collection Robert has a rare 1:24 scale ‘White Top’ TCA - Trans-Canada Air Lines cutaway Viscount model. This model was made for TCA by Westway Models of Great Britain in early 1957 and reflected the new livery and the updated interior of their Viscount fleet. Previous models of this size and vintage usually reflected the TCA earlier ‘Silver’ all bare-metal finish.

Rare 1:24 scale ‘White Top’ TCA - Trans-Canada Air Lines cutaway Viscount model.

Rare 1:24 scale ‘White Top’ TCA - Trans-Canada Air Lines cutaway Viscount model

Robert W. Arnold, Vickers Viscount Network Canadian Researcher and Historian, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Many thanks to Robert for this insight into the restoration of CF-THS. Congratulations and well done to him on all his hard work so far and we look forward to hearing his next update.


Other news

Fred Barnes has posted this photo of British Eagle International Airlines V.755D series Viscount G-AOCC taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England on the 19 June 1967. Fred walked across from the BEA maintenance area during his lunch break to take the photo.

British Eagle International Airlines Viscount G-AOCC.

British Eagle International Airlines Viscount G-AOCC

G-AOCC was transferred to British Eagle International Airlines from Starways Ltd. in May 1964. On the 21 August 1964 it was noted at Benina Airport, near Benghazi, Libya operating a trooping charter flight from RAF El Adem, near Tobruk, Libya with the next stop at Luqa Airport, Malta on its way back to the UK. On the 12 January 1968 British Eagle International Airlines sold G-AOCC to Invicta Airways Ltd.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 93 G-AOCC


BAF - British Air Ferries Viscount G-AOHM.

BAF - British Air Ferries Viscount G-AOHM

Colin S Carr has posted this photo of BAF - British Air Ferries V.802 series Viscount G-AOHM taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland on the 1 February 1993. G-AOHM had been returned from a Manx Airlines lease on the 11 April 1990 still named 'Viscount Sir George Edwards'. On the 1 April 1993 it was transferred to BWA - British World Airlines due to a corporate name change.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 162 G-AOHM


The 2016 Vickers Viscount Network Event

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England

As confirmed in the February newsletter, the next Vickers Viscount Network Event will take place at the Midland Air Museum, (MAM), next to Coventry Airport on Sunday, 25th September 2016.

Some of you may remember or even attended the most recent Vickers Viscount Network event which took place at MAM in 2013. If you are interested in attending, helping on the day or even giving a presentation, please email the Network by clicking on the button below.

Email the Vickers Viscount Network - Information@VickersViscount.net



There is limited capacity, so we do need to get as accurate number of attendees as soon as possible. There is no charge for the event, only the museums general admission entry fee will be needed to be paid. The event is open to both members and none members, and their friends and families.

The 2013 event was a great success so we hope to build on that. MAM is home to many notable aircraft, and of course of most interest to members of the Vickers Viscount Network is the ex Air France and Air Inter V.708 series Viscount F-BGNR. For more information about the museum visit theit website by clicking on the button below.

Midland Air Museum website



Look out for more details about the event in forthcoming newsletters, on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and of course on our main website.

MAM - Midland Air Museum V.708 series Viscount F-BGNR - Malcolm Lambert

MAM - Midland Air Museum V.708 series Viscount F-BGNR - Malcolm Lambert

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We hope that you still enjoy looking at Viscount photos and reading Viscount related stories, and we are keen to hear any feedback that you may have, please send us comments by email or post them on our Facebook page.

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We thank you for your continued support and look forward to hearing from you with your Viscount stories and photos in 2016. All the best

Claire Worboys


Newsletter editorial and production team

Claire Worboys - Marketing and PR Manager, England.
Clive Worboys - Reporter, England.
Geoff Blampied - Website and Newsletter Production, Norwich, England

Although every endeavour is made to find an answer to questions, please appreciate that the team here at the Vickers Viscount Network are all unpaid volunteers who fit this work in with their daytime jobs and chores around home. Any opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the Vickers Viscount Network or the newsletter editors and production team.




Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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