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Viscount c/n 84

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 84
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)


Australia flag Australia

This V.720 series Viscount was built for
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) as VH-TVG

It first flew on Sunday, 8 January 1956 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 84
Sims Metal Ltd


Australia flag Australia

Its final owner/operator was
Sims Metal Ltd as VH-TVG.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in October 1967. It was then gradually robbed of all useful spares. Remains sold to Sims Metal Ltd in November 1969. Broken up into sections 18 December 1969 and moved to their yard at Brooklyn, Western Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


Operational record
Photo of Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) Viscount VH-TVG

Country of Registration Australia

January 1956 to November 1969

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)

VH-TVG - c/n 84 - a V.720 series Viscount
Australia registered

August 1955
This was the seventh V.720 Viscount ordered by Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) as a replacement for the loss of VH-TVA (C/N 44).

Production Aircraft No. 90 - the 90th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 56th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 56th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F01/720B. Sales Order No. F01/75B. Stock Order No. F20/22B.

22 June 1954
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission trading as Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) on the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TVG.

24 June 1955
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

8 September 1955
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

8 January 1956
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

22 January 1956
Delivered to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named as 'William Hovell' fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines

circa 1962
Weather radar was installed as a result of the accident to VH-TVC (C/N 46) and a subsequent Australian Airworthiness Directive.

October 1967
Withdrawn from service and stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

circa late 1967
A sale to Keegan Aviation was not completed.

It was then robbed of all useful spares including the Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

November 1969
Remains sold to Sims Metal Ltd.


Photo of Sims Metal Ltd Viscount VH-TVG

Country of Registration Australia

November 1969 to December 1969

Sims Metal Ltd

VH-TVG - c/n 84 - a V.720 series Viscount
Australia registered

November 1969
Remains purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) for metal salvage.

18 December 1969
Broken up into sections and moved to their yard at Brooklyn, Western Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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