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Viscount c/n 141

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 141
Braathens S.A.F.E. Airtransport A/S


Norway flag Norway

This V.742D series Viscount was built for
Braathens S.A.F.E. Airtransport A/S as LN-SUN

It first flew on Tuesday, 24 July 1956 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 141
Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB)


Brasil flag Brasil

Its final owner/operator was
Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB) as C-90 2100.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond economic repair at Santos Dumont Airport, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil during a landing with a faulty starboard undercarriage leg 8 December 1967.
There were no injuries to the 18 on board which included the President of Brasil, General Artur Costa de Silva.
Robbed of all useful spares and broken up for scrap.


Operational record
Photo of Braathens S.A.F.E. Airtransport A/S Viscount LN-SUN

Country of Registration Norway

July 1956 to October 1956

Braathens S.A.F.E. Airtransport A/S

LN-SUN - c/n 141 - a V.742D series Viscount
Norway registered

September 1954
One aircraft was ordered by Braathens S.A.F.E. Airtransport A/S

S. A. F. E. stood for South American and Far East. A long way from Norway!

24 July 1956
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Late July 1956
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England undergoing the training of Braathens flight crews under instruction from a Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S Captain.

The sale to Braathens S.A.F.E. Airtransport A/S was not completed.

This was because Braathens could not get their route licences approved by the Norwegian Airworthiness Authority.

1 October 1956
Sold by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd to the Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB).


Photo of Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB) Viscount FAB 2100

Country of Registration Brasil

October 1956 to October 1958

Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB)

FAB 2100 - c/n 141 - a V.742D series Viscount
Brasil registered

1 October 1956
Purchased from Vickers Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd retaining the Braathens Type V.742D designation.

Issued with Brasilian military serial number FAB 2100.

Painted in Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB) livery.
Painted in
Forca Aérea Brasileira livery

18 October 1956
Noted at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in a basic white livery with Brasilian military serial FAB-2100 applied. Note the hyphen added in error.

Painted in full Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB) livery. Note that the Brasilian military serial FAB 2100 no longer has the hyphen.

7 November 1956
Handed over in a ceremony at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

It was then ferried to Tollerton Airfield, Nottinghamshire, England where Field Aircraft Services Ltd installed a luxury VIP interior which had a 22 seat cabin, separate sleeping quarters, and a radio operator's compartment.

January 1957
Noted at Croydon Airport, Surrey, England visiting Field Aircraft Services Ltd after its return from Tollerton Airfield, Nottinghamshire, England where a VIP interior had just been installed by the same company.

18 January 1957
Noted back at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

1 February 1957
Departed fom Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on delivery to the Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB). It now had extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks fitted.

28 August 1958
Departed from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England at 11:05 on a ferry flight to Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England flown under contract by Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell (1 hr 25 min). It was going there for maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

At 16:10 Brian took the aircraft for a local air test (50 min) and then returned to Wymeswold.

1 October 1958
Brasilian military serial number changed to C-90 2100. C-90 was the type designation issued by the FAB for the Viscount.


Photo of Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB) Viscount C-90 2100

Country of Registration Brasil

October 1958 to December 1967

Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB)

C-90 2100 - c/n 141 - a V.742D series Viscount
Brasil registered

1 October 1958
Brasilian military serial number changed from FAB 2100 and designated as the Presidential aircraft named as 'Presidencia da Republica'. C-90 was the type designation issued by the Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB) for the Viscount.

Total time 407 hours.

21 May 1961
Arrived at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England at 15:03 local time on an official Presidential visit to the UK Government.

26 May 1961
Departed from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England at 10:41 local time on completion of the official visit. It probably then went to other European countries before returning to Brasil.

8 December 1967
Damaged beyond economic repair at Santos Dumont Airport, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil during a landing with a faulty starboard undercarriage leg.

The crew had already declared an emergency as the starboard undercarriage leg would not fully extend. The starboard wing scraped along the runway and caught fire.

There were no injuries to the 18 on board which included the President of Brasil, General Artur Costa de Silva.

Total time 2,823 hours and 1,659 total landings.

Robbed of all useful spares and broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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