29 November 2023
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Viscount Survivors


59 of the 444 Viscounts built survive as complete airframes or major components. Some are in very good condition and are looked after by museums while others are just wrecks. They can be found in 24 countries.

Viscount history


Discover the history of the Viscount with film, video, contemporary reports from the pages of Flight Magazine, our newsletters, and aircraft operational records and photos from our database.


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Established 2005
Vickers Viscount Network
A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount

Aircraft operational records

Viscount c/n 435 had a long and varied career
Viscount c/n 435 had a
long and varied career

Records for all 445 aircraft built are available


The story of each Viscount is as varied as the number of aircraft built. Some like c/n 248 G-AOXU and c/n 435 G-BFZL had long and varied careers. Others like c/n 84 VH-TVG and c/n 447 D-ANAF had loyal careers with only one owner. Some however had very short careers like c/n 337 AP-AJE that crashed after only 5 months service.

To retrieve an aircraft's operational record enter either its construction number (1-459) or one of the registrations it used during its life. Note that some registrations were allocated to more than one Viscount and are marked (*).


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Displayed will be all the information that we have on file for that aircraft. However the history may be incomplete, so any help you can give in completing it will be appreciated.

Featured aircraft - c/n 279 - C-FTHS

Photo of Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM) Viscount C-FTHS c/n 279
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Canada


C-FTHS - Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM) - September 1982 to April 1984

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd for preservation. Taken at Gimli Airport, Manitoba, Canada after its arrival from Winnipeg in late October 1982.

The tail is being removed to allow the aircraft to enter the low former Saunders Aircraft hangar in the background before the onset of winter.

Note the new format C-FTHS registration applied for the ferry flight from Winnipeg.

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection


Aircraft Summary

Photo of Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) Viscount CF-THS
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

This aircraft c/n 279, a V.757, was built for Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) as CF-THS and first flew on Monday, 27 January 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Air Canada, Beaver Enterprises Ltd, Zaire Aero Services and Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)

Its final owner/operator was Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada as CF-THS.

Its fate:-

Withdrawn from service by Air Canada and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 28 April 1974.

Sold to Beaver Enterprises Ltd 30 April 1974.

Proposed sale to Zaire Aero Services not completed but the Republic of Zaire registration was applied to the aircraft.

Sold to the Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM) in September 1982.

Ferried to Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba for preservation and display 17 September 1983.

The old style registration CF-THS is still listed on the Canadian Civil Register in the temporary category. Cabin fully refurbished by AirBase Services Inc 12 September 2017. This work was funded by Air Canada. Aircraft moved outside for a few hours before being relocated to a new position within the museum 3 October 2017. The museum closed 22 October 2018 with all exhibits being cleared out to makeway for the facility to become a modern maintenance facility. The Viscount will sadly be stored outside within the airport boundary and all steps will be taken to protect it from the harsh winter(s). The new museum facility, just within the airport boundary has now been finalised. Construction of a purpose built building started 1 May 2020. The Viscount was installed into the new museum 16 October 2021. It was moved back outside temporarily a few days later to allow for some smaller aircraft to be hung up on wires. The new museum opened to the general public on Saturday 21 May 2022.


History and photos of Viscount c/n 279 C-FTHS
Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM) Viscount fleet list and photos
Canada issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Robert W Arnold collection


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

The Vickers Viscount Network is always interested to hear from anyone who has information or photographs to help complete the story of the Viscount. If you can help please contact us at
Information@VickersViscount.net.


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