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Viscount c/n 98

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 98
Central African Airways (CAA)


Rhodesia flag Rhodesia

This V.748D series Viscount was built for
Central African Airways (CAA) as VP-YNA

It first flew on Wednesday, 28 March 1956 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Air Rhodesia, Air Malawi, Zambia Airways, Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia and Air Zimbabwe


Photo of Viscount c/n 98
National Aviation Museum of Zimbabwe


Zimbabwe flag Zimbabwe

Its final owner/operator was
National Aviation Museum of Zimbabwe as Z-YNA.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Air Zimbabwe 31 May 1985 and stored at Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe.

Ferried to Thornhill Air Force Base 6 August 1986. It was then transferred by road to the National Aviation Museum in the centre of Gweru, Midlands Province, Zimbabwe for display. The adjoining Military Museum has on display several military aircraft types.


Operational record
Photo of Central African Airways (CAA) Viscount VP-YNA

Country of Registration Rhodesia

April 1956 to January 1968

Central African Airways (CAA)

VP-YNA - c/n 98 - a V.748D series Viscount
Rhodesia registered

August 1954
An order was placed by Central African Airways (CAA) for five V.748 Viscounts powered by Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines and a 47 seat high-density cabin.

Stock Order No. F46/27B

They were fitted with de Havilland propellers which was the first application to a production Viscount.

28 March 1956
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Godfrey Martin Huggins
Godfrey Martin Huggins

24 April 1956
Handed over to Central African Airways (CAA) representative Mr I C M Hepburn by George Edwards in a ceremony at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England with the High Commissioner for the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyassaland Sir Gilbert Rennie also in attendance.

It then departed on delivery named as 'R M A Malvern'.

Shortly before Godfrey Martin Huggins retired as Prime Minister of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland in 1956 he became a life peer and was then known as The Right Honourable First Viscount Malvern of Rhodesia and Bexley. He was the longest serving Prime Minister in the British Commonwealth, at that time. He was also the only one to serve under four Monarchs in British Commonwealth history (George V, Edward VIII, George VI, and Elizabeth II). He later became Sir Godfrey Huggins and died in Southern Rhodesia 8 May 1971 aged 87.

25 April 1956
Arrived at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

This was before the airport buildings were finished or the airport formally commisioned as the old Belvedere Airport wasn't suitable for Viscount operations due to the runway length.

June 1956
Entered service on various African routes. The Salisbury terminal building and airport was not formerly opened until 5 February 1957, so the CAA Viscount operations were conducted using a hangar to process passengers and baggage.

Painted in the Central African Airways (CAA) 'white top' livery.
Central African Airways (CAA)
'White Top' livery

20 July 1956
Services commenced from Jan Smuts Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa to London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

circa May 1957
Weather radar installed by Marshall's at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England.

circa 1959
Painted in the CAA 'white top' livery with the R M A prefix removed from the aircrafts' name.

1 October 1960
Operated the final Viscount service from Salisbury International Airport, Rhodesia to London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England via Northern Rhodesia, Uganda, the Sudan, Libya, Malta and Italy.

1964 - January 1968
Operated as Central African Airways (CAA), Air Malawi, Air Rhodesia and Zambia Airways.

At this time the Central African Airways (CAA) Viscounts were fitted with removable nameplates that were easily fitted to both sides of the rear fuselage. An ingenious quick release system held these nameplates in place as they were regularly changed over to suit the next departure schedule.

1 January 1968
Transferred to Air Rhodesia due to a corporate name change.


Photo of Air Malawi Viscount VP-YNA

Country of Registration Rhodesia

January 1964 to January 1968

Air Malawi

VP-YNA - c/n 98 - a V.748D series Viscount
Rhodesia registered

1964 - January 1968
Owned by Central African Airways (CAA) and operated as Central African Airways (CAA), Air Malawi, Air Rhodesia and Zambia Airways.

At this time the Central African Airways (CAA) Viscounts were fitted with removable nameplates that were easily fitted to both sides of the rear fuselage.

An ingenious quick release system held these nameplates in place as they were regularly changed over to suit the next departure schedule.


Photo of Air Rhodesia Viscount VP-YNA

Country of Registration Rhodesia

January 1964 to January 1968

Air Rhodesia

VP-YNA - c/n 98 - a V.748D series Viscount
Rhodesia registered

1964 - January 1968
Owned by Central African Airways (CAA) and operated as Central African Airways (CAA), Air Malawi, Air Rhodesia and Zambia Airways.

At this time the CAA Viscounts were fitted with removable nameplates that were easily fitted to both sides of the rear fuselage.

An ingenious quick release system held these nameplates in place as they were regularly changed over to suit the next departure schedule.

1 June 1966
Central African Airways (CAA) celebrated their 20th anniversary and a special set of four stamps was issued featuring the de Havilland Dragon Rapide, Douglas DC3, Vickers Viscount and the BAC One-Eleven.

1 January 1968
Transferred to Air Rhodesia due to a corporate name change.


Photo of Zambia Airways Viscount VP-YNA

Country of Registration Rhodesia

April 1964 to January 1968

Zambia Airways

VP-YNA - c/n 98 - a V.748D series Viscount
Rhodesia registered

1964 - January 1968
Owned by Central African Airways (CAA) and operated as Central African Airways (CAA), Air Malawi, Air Rhodesia and Zambia Airways.

At this time the Central African Airways (CAA) Viscounts were fitted with removable nameplates that were easily fitted to both sides of the rear fuselage. An ingenious quick release system held these nameplates in place as they were regularly changed over to suit the next departure schedule.


Photo of Air Rhodesia Viscount VP-YNA

Country of Registration Rhodesia

January 1968 to January 1968

Air Rhodesia

VP-YNA - c/n 98 - a V.748D series Viscount
Rhodesia registered

1 January 1968
Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and immediately leased to Air Malawi in full livery.


Photo of Air Malawi Viscount 7Q-YDK

Country of Registration Malawi

January 1968 to June 1979

Air Malawi

7Q-YDK - c/n 98 - a V.748D series Viscount
Malawi registered

1 January 1968
Leased from Air Rhodesia in full livery.

June 1979
Returned to Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia.

David Carter illustration of Air Malawi Viscount 7Q-YDK

Viscount illustrations by David Carter



Photo of Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia Viscount VP-YNA

Country of Registration Zimbabwe Rhodesia

September 1979 to February 1980

Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia

VP-YNA - c/n 98 - a V.748D series Viscount
Zimbabwe Rhodesia registered

June 1979
Returned from Air Malawi lease and initially operated in Air Malawi livery.

February 1980
Transferred to Air Zimbabwe due to a country name change.


Photo of Air Zimbabwe Viscount VP-YNA

Country of Registration Rhodesia

February 1980 to October 1983

Air Zimbabwe

VP-YNA - c/n 98 - a V.748D series Viscount
Rhodesia registered

February 1980
Transferred from Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia due to a country name change.

Undertook maintenance and a full repaint to remove the low visibility livery at Harare, Zimbabwe.
Repainted at
Harare, Zimbabwe

1981
Undertook maintenance and a full repaint to remove the low visibility livery at Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe.

Belly landed at Kentucky Airport, Harare, Zimbabwe during a training flight. Repaired locally and returned to service.
Landed without the
undercarriage down

23 April 1982
Accidentally landed without the undercarriage down during a training sortie at Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe during a training flight. Damage to the airframe was relatively light but all four engines were shockloaded when the propellers struck the runway.

Repaired locally and returned to service.

October1983
Re-registered Z-YNA.


Photo of Air Zimbabwe Viscount Z-YNA

Country of Registration Zimbabwe

October 1983 to August 1986

Air Zimbabwe

Z-YNA - c/n 98 - a V.748D series Viscount
Zimbabwe registered

October1983
Re-registered from VP-YNA.

31 May 1985
Withdrawn from service and stored at Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe.

Air Zimbabwe maintained the aircraft in good condition so as to allow a final flight into preservation.

Total time 40,580 hours and 31,385 total landings.

6 August 1986
Donated to the National Aviation Museum at Gweru, Zimbabwe for display.


Photo of National Aviation Museum of Zimbabwe Viscount Z-YNA

Country of Registration Zimbabwe

August 1986 to January 1900

National Aviation Museum of Zimbabwe

Z-YNA - c/n 98 - a V.748D series Viscount
Zimbabwe registered

Displayed at the National Aviation Museum, Lobengula Avenue, Gwelo Park, Gweru, Midlands Province, Zimbabwe.
Cockpit open for viewing

6 August 1986
Ferried by an Air Zimbabwe crew from Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe to Thornhill Air Force Base, near Gweru, Midlands Province, Zimbabwe for display at the National Aviation Museum, Gwelo Park, Gweru. The city of Gweru was formerly known as Gwelo and is situated approximately halfway between Harare and Bulawayo.

The crew consisted of Captain Robin Thomas, First Officer Tony Baldwin, Maintenance Manager Charles Richardson, Quality Assurance Surveyor Anthony Bayford, Public Relations Officer Lovemore Manatsa and Public Relations Superintendent Giles Kulmba.

Also on the flight was Gerry Hoole who had worked for Air Zimbabwe as a Duty Manager but at the time of the delivery worked for British Airways as their local Customer Service Manager.

After the aircraft took off from Harare it circled the capital city two and a half times before heading off to its destination. During the city circuits a light aircraft flew alongside piloted by Peter Knobel, resulting in some air-to-air photography for the press representatives on board. It circled Gweru twice before landing at the airbase.

Off to Gweru, Zimbabwe.
Off to Gweru, Zimbabwe

After arrival the outer wings were temporarily removed to allow the aircraft to be towed into the city to the museum site.

The National Aviation Museum is located at Lobengula Avenue, Gwelo Park, Gweru, Midlands Province, Zimbabwe and has the Viscount within the National Aviation Museum. The adjoining Military Museum has on display several military aircraft types. Both sites are linked with a single entry charge.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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