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Viscount c/n 148

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 148
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)


Australia flag Australia

This V.756D series Viscount was built for
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) as VH-TVJ

It first flew on Thursday, 14 June 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
Nonferral (Queensland) Pty Ltd, Farm & Agricultural Dispsals, Jensen Metals, Jim Aspromourgus and the Gold Coast Military Museum


Photo of Viscount c/n 148
Queensland Air Museum (QAM)


Australia flag Australia

Its final owner/operator was
Queensland Air Museum (QAM) as VH-TVJ.

Its fate:-
Last revenue flight to Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and withdrawn from use by Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and placed in open store 10 October 1968. Moved into a hangar at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 13 March 1970 and stripped of all useful parts and deletion of Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) markings. Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use 13 May 1970.

Remains sold to Nonferral (Queensland) Pty Ltd circa May 1970. Remains broken up for scrap except for the forward fuselage section which was saved. Forward fuselage section sold to Farm & Agricultural Disposals in June 1970. This was sold to Jensen Metals 1 January 1986 and to Jim Aspromourgus circa April 1989, Gold Coast Military Museum circa January 1990, and to QAM - Queensland Air Museum 9 October 1993 and put on display. Painted in TAA-Trans-Australia Airlines 'White Tail' livery in October 2010. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the museum closed to the general public until further notice 23 March 2020.


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

Country of Registration Australia

June 1956 to May 1970

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)

VH-TVJ - c/n 148 - a V.756D series Viscount
Australia registered

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

April 1955
This was the third V.756 Viscount ordered by Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA).

Production Aircraft No. 125 - the 125th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 81st Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 86th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F03/756. Sales Order No. F03/74B. Stock Order No. F42/22B.

10 January 1956
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

29 February 1956
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

14 June 1956
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

22 June 1956
Handed over to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named as 'John Forrest' at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England and then departed on delivery fitted with Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines.

26 June 1956
Arrived at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

12 July 1956
Entered service from Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and on to the eastern routes the following day after an overnight stop at Brisbane.

Fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks for use on the Trans-Australia flights. These were later removed.

19 December 1957
Damaged after a collision with a hangar at Launceston Airport, Tasmania, Australia. Repaired locally.

1 April 1958
After landing at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Australia the first officer selected the propeller ground fine pitch position and started to apply foot braking. Neither seemed to be slowing the aircraft down so the handbrake was applied, again with little effect.

The Captain took over and selected 47 degrees of flap. As he could see that they were going to over-run the end of the runway with about 600 feet left to run he steered the aircraft off to the right towards a clear area.

When the aircraft was on the grass it became uncontrollable and slid sideways. It headed towards a bitumen spreader which was parked 320 feet to the right of the active runway centre-line.

The aircraft was still moving at about 50 knots and collided with the machinery resulting in a spin of 45 degrees with the nose section of the aircraft resting on the spreader.

The cause of the accident was a malfunction in the propeller pitch control electrical circuit.

There were no reported injuries to the 38 passengers or 5 crew on board.

Repaired and returned to service approximately three weeks later.

circa 1959
Painted in the Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) later 'Orange Tail' livery.

Painted in the Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) 'White Tail' livery.
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
'White Tail' livery

circa 1961
Painted in the Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) 'White Tail' livery.

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

26 February 1964
Fuselage skin damaged after being struck by the wingtip of TAA Viscount VH-TVG (C/N 84) at Parafield Airport, Adelaide, South Australia.

circa June 1964
Noted at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England undergoing maintenance with Marshall's without a name. The actual date is not known. Was this as a result of the damage incurred at Adelaire? (see above). Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.

May 1966
Noted renamed as 'Ernest Giles'.

2 October 1968
Made a farewell enthusiast flight from Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia which lasted for two and a half hours.

10 October 1968
Last revenue flight to Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and withdrawn from use and placed in open store.

Total time 28,961 hours and 20,502 total landings.

13 March 1970
Moved into a hangar at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and stripped of all useful parts and deletion of TAA markings.

17 March 1970
Parts recovery complete.

13 May 1970
Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use.

circa May 1970 (actual date not known)
Remains sold to Nonferral (Queensland) Pty Ltd for $800.00.


Photo of Nonferral (Queensland) Pty Ltd Viscount VH-TVJ

Country of Registration Australia

May 1970 to June 1970

Nonferral (Queensland) Pty Ltd

VH-TVJ - c/n 148 - a V.756D series Viscount
Australia registered

circa May 1970 (actual date not known)
Remains purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) for $800.00.

June 1970
Remains broken up for scrap in a grassed area adjacent to the Ford plant and to the east of the Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) hangars at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, except for the forward fuselage section which was saved.

June 1970
Forward fuselage section sold to Les Arthur of Farm & Agricultural Disposals, Toowoomba, Queensland for $350.00.


Photo of Farm & Agricultural Disposals Viscount VH-TVJ

Country of Registration Australia

June 1970 to January 1986

Farm & Agricultural Disposals

VH-TVJ - c/n 148 - a V.756D series Viscount
Australia registered

June 1970
Forward fuselage section purchased from Nonferral (Queensland) Pty Ltd. for $350.00 and moved to Les Arthur's property at Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.

1 January 1986 (date to be confirmed)
Forward fuselage section sold to Eddie Matthews of Jensen Metals and moved to his property at Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.


Photo of Jensen Metals Viscount VH-TVJ

Country of Registration Australia

January 1986 to April 1989

Jensen Metals

VH-TVJ - c/n 148 - a V.756D series Viscount
Australia registered

1 January 1986 (date to be confirmed)
Forward fuselage section purchased from Les Arthur of Farm & Agricultural Disposals.

1 April 1989 (date to be confirmed)
Forward fuselage section sold to Jim Aspromourgus of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.


Photo of Jim Aspromourgus Viscount VH-TVJ

Country of Registration Australia

April 1989 to January 1990

Jim Aspromourgus

VH-TVJ - c/n 148 - a V.756D series Viscount
Australia registered

1 April 1989 (date to be confirmed)
Forward fuselage section purchased from Eddie Matthews of Jensen Metals, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.

1 January 1990 (date to be confirmed)
Forward fuselage section sold to Gold Coast Military Museum at Mudgeeraba, Queensland, Australia.


Photo of Gold Coast Military Museum Viscount VH-TVJ

Country of Registration Australia

January 1990 to October 1993

Gold Coast Military Museum

VH-TVJ - c/n 148 - a V.756D series Viscount
Australia registered

1 January 1990 (date to be confirmed)
Forward fuselage section purchased from Jim Aspromourgus and put on display at Mudgeeraba, Queensland, Australia and painted up in a spurious Navy livery.

9 October 1993
Forward fuselage section sold to QAM - Queensland Air Museum at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia.


Photo of Queensland Air Museum (QAM) Viscount VH-TVJ

Country of Registration Australia

October 1993 to

Queensland Air Museum (QAM)

VH-TVJ - c/n 148 - a V.756D series Viscount
Australia registered

9 October 1993
Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum.

27 October 1993
Moved by truck from Mudgeeraba, Queensland to Caloundra, Queensland, Australia.

Repainted in its former TAA-Trans-Australia Airlines 'White Tail' livery.
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
'White Tail' livery

October 2010
Noted re-painted in its former TAA-Trans-Australia Airlines 'White Tail' livery. The cockpit area is also well on the way to being fully restored.

The cockpit area is also well on the way to being fully restored.
Restored cockpit

QAM - Queensland Air Museum - website


23 March 2020
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the museum closed to the general public until further notice.


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