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

Viscount histories told by photos

Viscount c/n 447 had a long and varied career
Viscount c/n 447 had a
long and loyal career with Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Photos of 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 photos 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 photos that we have on file for that aircraft. However, the photo history may be incomplete, so any help you can give in completing it will be appreciated.

Featured aircraft - c/n 279 - CF-THS

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


CF-THS - Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM) - April 1984 to December 2014

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd, preserved and restored as CF-THS. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 29 May 2014.

This is the replica boarding pass which allowed you to attend the comedy play.

The flight number is the year represented in the play, i.e. 1979, with this session starting at 20:00.

There was one session at 19:00 and another at 21:00 which was repeated on Friday 30 May, again to full houses or cabins!

No smoking was allowed on board, which was certainly not the case in 1979, but Shawna did hand out free salted peanuts!

One of the ficticious passengers, a small child was supposedly allergic to peanuts.

Some of the other ficticious passengers included a highjacker, a nun and a newly married couple.

The rest of us joined in at appropriate moments including screaming!

I just couldn't stop laughing and missed a few of the punch lines! Shawna, can I have a transcript please?

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)


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. Completion is scheduled for late 2021 subject to COVID-19 restrictions.


History and photos of Viscount c/n 279 CF-THS
Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM) Viscount fleet list and photos
Canada issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)


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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