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Viscount c/n 97

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 97
Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd


Australia flag Australia

This V.747 series Viscount was built for
Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd as VH-BAT

It first flew on Thursday, 15 September 1955 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
ANSETT-ANA and MacRobertson-Miller Airlines (MMA)


Photo of Viscount c/n 97
Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd


Australia flag Australia

Its final owner/operator was
Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd as VH-RMO.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by ANSETT-ANA and stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in December 1968.

Painted in a blue and white version of the ANSETT-ANA livery in April 1968 for a possible sale to Pan Indonesian.

Registration cancelled 26 March 1970 as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use.

Scrapping commenced in July 1972 with the hulk finally being taken away for reprocessing 25 October 1976.


Operational record
Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount G-ANXV

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1954 to October 1955

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-ANXV - c/n 97 - a V.747 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

18 June 1954
Ordered by Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd.

21 December 1954
Registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.

December 1955
This was the 1st V.747 ordered by Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd.

Production Aircraft No. 73 - the 73rd production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 37th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 32nd Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F01/747. Sales Order No. 01/66B. Stock Order No. 46/22B.

15 March 1955
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

11 May 1955
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

15 September 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.

27 September 1955
Certificate of Airworthiness issued for a 40 seat cabin configuration.

28 September 1955
Departed on delivery to Australia in Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd livery with UK registration and Captain Young in command.

4 October 1955
Arrived at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

19 October 1955
Registration to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd cancelled as aircraft sold abroad.

21 October 1955
Re-registered VH-BAT for Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd.


Photo of Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd Viscount VH-BAT

Country of Registration Australia

October 1955 to September 1958

Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd

VH-BAT - c/n 97 - a V.747 series Viscount
Australia registered

21 October 1955
Re-registered from G-ANXV for Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd and named as 'R.M.A. Warrel'.

David Carter illustration of Butler Air Transport V.747 Viscount c/n 97 VH-BAT

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


4 November 1955
Entered service from Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales to Coolangatta Airport, Queensland, Australia on a restricted basis due to flight manual issues with the Australian Airworthiness Authorities.

16 November 1955
Entered unrestricted regular scheduled service from Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales to Dubbo Airport, New South Wales, Australia.

Operational problems were experienced with a number of New South Wales country airstrips pavements cracking. The Viscount was replaced by Airspeed Ambassadors on a number of country routes.

12 December 1955
Operated the inaugural service from Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales to Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Cabin seating increased from 40 to 47 seats.

September 1958
Ownership transferred to Ansett Transport Industries due to a corporate merger for operation by ANSETT - ANA.


Photo of ANSETT-ANA Viscount VH-BAT

Country of Registration Australia

September 1958 to May 1963

ANSETT-ANA

VH-BAT - c/n 97 - a V.747 series Viscount
Australia registered

September 1958
Transferred from Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd due to a corporate merger.

Cabin seating increased from 47 to 48 seats.

October 1958
Offered for sale with VH-BUT (C/N 145) as the first second-hand Viscounts but were not sold.

Returned to service with ANSETT-ANA.

Painted in the ANSETT-ANA 'Two Striped Fin' livery.
ANSETT-ANA
'Two Striped Fin' livery

circa 1960
Painted in the ANSETT-ANA 'Two Striped Fin' livery.

May 1963
Re-registered VH-RMO.


Photo of ANSETT-ANA Viscount VH-RMO

Country of Registration Australia

May 1963 to April 1968

ANSETT-ANA

VH-RMO - c/n 97 - a V.747 series Viscount
Australia registered

May 1963
Re-registered from VH-BAT.

11 December 1967
Damaged at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

18 April 1968
Leased to MMA - MacRobertson-Miller Airlines.


Photo of MacRobertson-Miller Airlines (MMA) Viscount VH-RMO

Country of Registration Australia

April 1968 to September 1968

MacRobertson-Miller Airlines (MMA)

VH-RMO - c/n 97 - a V.747 series Viscount
Australia registered

18 April 1968
Leased from ANSETT-ANA and named as 'R.M.A. Oakover' with MMA 'Jetstream Service' titles.

David Carter illustration of MacRobertson-Miller Airlines V.747 Viscount c/n 97 VH-RMO

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


25 April 1968
Entered service with MMA - MacRobertson-Miller Airlines.

8 September 1968
Returned to Ansett-ANA.


Photo of ANSETT-ANA Viscount VH-RMO

Country of Registration Australia

September 1968 to December 1969

ANSETT-ANA

VH-RMO - c/n 97 - a V.747 series Viscount
Australia registered

8 September 1968
Returned from MMA - MacRobertson Miller Airlines lease and repainted in full ANSETT-ANA livery.

31 December 1968
Withdrawn from service and stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Total time 29,064 hours and 24,441 total landings.

April 1969
Overhauled and repainted in a blue and white version of the ANSETT-ANA livery for an anticipated sale to Pan Indonesian. The sale was not completed and it remained stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

18 December 1969
Transferred and registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd.


Photo of Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd Viscount VH-RMO

Country of Registration Australia

December 1969 to October 1976

Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd

VH-RMO - c/n 97 - a V.747 series Viscount
Australia registered

18 December 1969
Transferred from Ansett-ANA and registered but the aircraft remained stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

26 March 1970
Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use.

Scrapping commenced including recovery of any useful spares in July 1972.
Scrapped at Essendon Airport,
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

July 1972
Scrapping commenced including recovery of any useful spares.

25 October 1976
Hulk remains finally taken away for reprocessing.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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