The Vickers Viscount is the world’s first propeller-turbine (turbo-prop) airliner. Designed and built by Vickers-Armstrong Ltd. of Great Britain the first prototype rolled off the assembly line in July, 1948. The first production aircraft entered commercial service with British European Airways on August 20, 1952.
This aircraft, the 40th one built, was the first Viscount in North America. It was delivered to Trans-Canada Airlines and was registered as CF-TGI. At 9 AM on April 18, 1955 Viscount number 40 became the first turbine-powered aircraft to fly a commercial revenue service in both Canada and the United States when it departed Toronto, Canada for New York City with forty passengers.
By kjfitz @ 2007-11-22 11:34:23