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Viscount c/n 80

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 80
Indian Air Force


India flag India

This V.730 series Viscount was built for
Indian Air Force as IU-684

It first flew on Wednesday, 14 December 1955 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 80
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)


India flag India

Its final owner/operator was
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) as VT-DWJ.

Its fate:-
Registered to Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) and named as 'Kerala' 30 January 1967.

Noted stored at Palam Airport, Delhi, India still in its Indian Air Force livery in 1968.

Officially withdrawn from service 13 October 1973.

Broken up at Palam Airport, Delhi, India in December 1973.


Operational record
Photo of Indian Air Force Viscount IU-684

Country of Registration India

January 1956 to January 1967

Indian Air Force

IU-684 - c/n 80 - a V.730 series Viscount
India registered

November 1953
Order placed by the Indian Air Force for two V.700 series aircraft in VIP configuration.
The 2nd was this V.730.

Production Aircraft No. 85 - the 85th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 38th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 34th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F01/730. Sales Order No. F01/56B. Stock Order No. F30/22B.

14 May 1955
Fuselage assembly commenced.

16 August 1955
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

14 December 1955
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying.

13 January 1956
Delivered to Indian Air Force named as 'Raj Humsa' fitted out with a 10 seat VIP rear section, with separate sleeping quarters and lounge area.

March 1956
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

June - July 1956
Returned to Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for performance checks of the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines.

November 1957
Returned to Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for performance checks of the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines.

Fitted with Radar.
Fitted with Radar

April 1960
Operated a flight from Rangoon Airport, Burma to Palam Airport, Delhi Airport, India with the Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai and his entourage on board.

20 May 1964
Noted at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland undergoing maintenance work with Scottish Aviation Ltd (SAL).

1966
Noted at RAF Muharraq, Bahrain during its return to India after maintenance with Scottish Aviation Ltd (SAL).

1966
Withdrawn from use and stored at Palam Airport, Dehli, India together with Viscount IU-683 (C/N 79).

27 January 1967
Sold to Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC).


Photo of Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) Viscount VT-DWJ

Country of Registration India

January 1967 to December 1973

Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)

VT-DWJ - c/n 80 - a V.730 series Viscount
India registered

27 January 1967
Purchased from the Indian Air Force.

30 January 1967
Registered to Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) and named as 'Kerala'.

1968
Noted stored at Palam Airport, Delhi, India still in its Indian Air Force livery.

circa June 1972
Noted at Palam Airport, Dehli, India painted up in full IAC livery.

When did it enter service with IAC? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

13 October 1973
Officially withdrawn from service at Palam Airport, Dehli, India.

December 1973
Broken up for scrap at Palam Airport, Dehli, India.

Total time 10,895 hours and 11,261 total landings.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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