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Viscount c/n 40

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 40
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)


Canada flag Canada

This V.724 series Viscount was built for
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) as CF-TGI

It first flew on Wednesday, 13 October 1954 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Transair (Canada) Ltd, Air Canada, Ewell K Nold (Junior), Jerry V Christensen, Twenty Two Sierra November Inc and Walter L Cole


Photo of Viscount c/n 40
Pima Air and Space Museum


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
Pima Air and Space Museum as N22SN.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Walter L Cole and stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

Donated to the Pima Air Museum, Tucson, Arizona, USA and moved by road from Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA 11 August 1991.


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

Country of Registration Canada

December 1954 to March 1963

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-TGI - c/n 40 - a V.724 series Viscount
Canada registered

November 1952
An order was placed by Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) for fifteen Type V.724 aircraft at a total cost of Can$11,500,000. This was the first one built.

Production Aircraft No. 39 - the 39th production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 31th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 25th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.
Weybridge, Surrey, England

Production Order No. F01/724. Sales Order No. 01/51B. Stock Order No. 05/21B.

23 February 1954
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.
Weybridge, Surrey, England

1 May 1954
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

13 October 1954
First flight from Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying as the runway at Weybridge was too short for a completed aircraft to takeoff.

8 December 1954
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '601'. It was flown by Vickers pilot Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce and TCA Flight Superintendent Captain George Lothian with George Edwards on board. Other crew members were Mr D L Jones and Mr D Wood (Navigators) and Mr E Walker and Mr E Day (Engineers).

The aircraft was delayed overnight at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland due to radio problems.

9 December 1954
Departed from Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland to Keflavik Airport, Iceland, making the 743 nautical mile journey in 2 hr 28 min. Here, gale force winds caused a further delay of two days.

11 December 1954
Departed from Keflavik Airport to Bluie West One (BW-1) Airfield, Narsarsuaq (or Narsarssuak) Airport, Southern Greenland (804 nautical miles), Bluie West One Airfield to Goose Bay Airport, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada (672 nautical miles) and Goose Bay Airport to Dorval Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada (810 nautical miles). The airfield at BW-1 was built during WWII to assist the transfer of military aircraft from North America to Europe and was opened in January 1942.

David Carter illustration of Trans-Canada Air Lines Viscount CF-TGI

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


12 December 1954
Arrived at Dorval Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada from Goose Bay.

This was the first Viscount delivered to a North American operator.

13 December 1954
Departed from Dorval Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada to Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada which was the main TCA maintenance base for the Viscount. It was initially used to train the technical staff and to try out some of the new equipment such as the staging system specially designed for the Viscount.

The cabin seating was installed in Canada, as the seats used by TCA were of American manufacture.
However, there is a photo of this aircraft taken by Vickers of the aircraft at Weybridge with a complete interior, so perhaps this aircraft was a one-off trial fit of the American seats, or a slave set of Vickers seats were used to allow a photo to be taken.

The cabin was fitted out with 40 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 DC3 that it replaced on some routes.

23 February 1955
Operated a pre-inaugural service from Malton Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Idlewild Airport, New York, USA carrying members of the press in 99 minutes compared to the 120 minutes previously taken by the Rolls-Royce Merlin powered Canadair DC-4M-2 North Star.

March 1955
Demonstrated to US operators at Idlewild Airport, New York, USA by flying to Dorval Airport, Montreal and Malton Airport, Toronto, Canada. This was on behalf of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) Viscount Routes in 1955. Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) Viscount Routes in 1955

July 1956
Cabin changed to a two class 44 seat arrangement.

Painted in the Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) 'White Top' livery.
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
'White Top' livery

circa 1957
Painted in the Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) 'White Top' livery when a suitable maintenance period became available.

1 January 1958
Cabin changed to a high density single class 54 seat arrangement that resulted in five abreast with three seats on the starboard side of the isle. By using modern materials the empty weight of the aircraft was actually 10 lbs less than the 44 seat arrangement. A 58 seat and 66 seat arrangement had also been considered but rejected in favour of 54 seats.

3 January 1963
Ferried to Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada and withdrawn from service.

20 March 1963
Leased to Transair (Canada) Ltd of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


Photo of Transair (Canada) Ltd Viscount CF-TGI

Country of Registration Canada

March 1963 to January 1971

Transair (Canada) Ltd

CF-TGI - c/n 40 - a V.724 series Viscount
Canada registered

20 March 1963
Leased from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) for one dollar per year as a government subsidy with Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) / Air Canada maintaining it.

Weather radar nose noted installed. The date of installation is not yet known and may date back to the latter part of the TCA operation period. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Painted in the Transair (Canada) Ltd. 'Red Stripe' livery.
Transair (Canada) Ltd
'Red Stripe' livery

circa 1966
Painted in the Transair (Canada) Ltd. 'Red Stripe' livery.

Operated in central Canada on mainline scheduled services and charters with 48 first class seats and was affectionately referred to as 'Tiggy' by Transair (Canada) Ltd staff.

Painted in the Transair (Canada) Ltd. 'red and gold' livery.
Transair (Canada) Ltd
'red and gold' livery

circa 1968
Painted in the Transair (Canada) Ltd. 'red and gold' livery.

Painted in the Transair (Canada) Ltd. 'Yellow and Brown' livery.
Transair (Canada) Ltd
'Yellow and Brown'' livery

circa 1970
Painted in the Transair (Canada) Ltd. 'Yellow and Brown' livery to match their newly delivered Boeing 737.

January 1971
Returned to Air Canada.

Note:
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) had changed its name to Air Canada 1 June 1964.


Photo of Air Canada Viscount CF-TGI

Country of Registration Canada

January 1971 to September 1973

Air Canada

CF-TGI - c/n 40 - a V.724 series Viscount
Canada registered

January 1971
Returned from Transair (Canada) Ltd lease and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

Total time 31,802 hours and 32,580 total landings.

25 September 1973
Sold to Ewell K Nold Jr of 1104 Augusta Drive, Houston, Texas, USA.


Photo of Ewell K Nold Jr Viscount CF-TGI

Country of Registration Canada

September 1973 to February 1974

Ewell K Nold Jr

CF-TGI - c/n 40 - a V.724 series Viscount
Canada registered

25 September 1973
Purchased from Air Canada.

Aircraft modified to comply with FAA regulations as a Model 744D.

19 February 1974
Re-registered N22SN.


Photo of Ewell K Nold Jr Viscount N22SN

Country of Registration United States

February 1974 to April 1976

Ewell K Nold Jr

N22SN - c/n 40 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

19 February 1974
Re-registered from CF-TGI.

1974
Noted at Hobby Field, Houston, Texas, USA with a fictitious registration applied (see VP-ABD below). Why? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

15 April 1976
Sold to Jerry V Christensen of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.


Photo of Ewell K Nold Jr Viscount VP-ABD

Country of Registration United States

February 1974 to February 1974

Ewell K Nold Jr

VP-ABD - c/n 40 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

1974
Noted at Hobby Field, Houston, Texas, USA with fictitious registration applied. Why? Information please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Jerry V Christensen Viscount N22SN

Country of Registration United States

April 1976 to April 1981

Jerry V Christensen

N22SN - c/n 40 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

15 April 1976
Purchased from Ewell K Nold Jr.

April 1981
Leased to Twenty Two Sierra November Inc of Olympia, Washington State, USA.


Photo of Twenty Two Sierra November Inc Viscount N22SN

Country of Registration United States

April 1981 to December 1981

Twenty Two Sierra November Inc

N22SN - c/n 40 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

April 1981
Leased from Jerry V Christensen.

December 1981
Returned to Jerry V Christensen.


Photo of Jerry V Christensen Viscount N22SN

Country of Registration United States

December 1981 to October 1984

Jerry V Christensen

N22SN - c/n 40 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

December 1981
Returned from Twenty Two Sierra November Inc lease.

October 1984
Sold to Walter L Cole.


Photo of Walter L Cole Viscount N22SN

Country of Registration United States

October 1984 to August 1991

Walter L Cole

N22SN - c/n 40 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

October 1984
Purchased from Jerry V Christensen.

Withdrawn from use and stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

11 August 1991
Donated to The Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona, USA and moved by road from Tucson International Airport.


Photo of Pima Air and Space Museum Viscount N22SN

Country of Registration United States

August 1991 to

Pima Air and Space Museum

N22SN - c/n 40 - a V.724 series Viscount
United States registered

11 August 1991
Donated by Walter and Dennese Cole and moved by road from Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

As the first Viscount to be delivered to North America for Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) and the first turbine airliner this aircraft should really be repainted in its TCA livery and ideally returned to Canada for display in the National Museum instead of CF-THI (C/N 270).

30 October 1991
Registration cancelled.

10 May 2012
A special request to view the interior was granted to Ron Rhodes and his wife with the kind assistance of James Stemm and Andrew Boehly who both work at the museum. Despite the extreme heat crumbling the foam padding, the interior was in remarkably good condition and still in its standard airline seating configuration including a 'Transair' poster on the door. It took a while to open the forward door which had not been opened for decades.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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