December 1955 to January 1967
Indian Air Force
IU-683 - c/n 79 - a V.723 series Viscount
Order placed by the Indian Air Force for two V.700 series aircraft in VIP configuration.
The 1st was this V.723.
Production Aircraft No. 80 - the 80th production V.700 series Viscount built,
the 44th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 34th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.
Production Order No. F01/723. Sales Order No. 01/55B. Stock Order No. 31/22B.
28 March 1955
Fuselage assembly commenced.
Fuselage transported by road from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England to Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.
16 June 1955
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.
8 November 1955
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.
29 December 1955
Handed over to the Indian Air Force named as 'Pushpaka' fitted out with a 28 seat rear section and a 7 seat VIP front section that included a conference table.
5 January 1956
Noted still at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England prior to delivery.
17 January 1957
Noted at Safdarjung Airport, Delhi, India bringing President of Syria Shukri al-Quwatli during a State Visit accompanied by Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
Withdrawn from service and stored at Palam Airport, Dehli, India together with IU-684 (C/N 80).
27 January 1967
Sold to Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC).