NetLetter reader, Jack Stephens, sent us a few pictures of the first Vickers Viscount delivered to TCA that we inserted into NL # 1349. The aircraft is now preserved at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, Arizona under registration N22SN.
Fin # 601 was delivered to TCA under registration CF-TGI in December of 1954. When I began doing research of the Viscount fleet I was pleasantly surprised to find a short film produced by the National Film Board of Canada on YouTube. “Routine Flight” was part of the “On the Spot” series that aired on the CBC in 1953 and 1954.
In this very informative documentary, narrator, Liston Mcllhagga, interviews TCA personnel at the Winnipeg Maintenance Base shortly after delivery of CF-TGI while it is being prepared to enter scheduled service. He is treated to a test flight on the aircraft to end the film.
The introduction of the turboprop powered Vickers Viscount would significantly change the Canadian airline industry and I find it fascinating that it was covered so well in the early days of the Canadian television industry. Thankfully, both the aircraft and the film have been preserved.
Click the image below to enjoy the film.