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Viscount c/n 194

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 194
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)


India flag India

This V.768D series Viscount was built for
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) as VT-DIG

It first flew on Friday, 11 October 1957 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 194
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)


India flag India

Its final owner/operator was
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) as VT-DIG.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) and stored at Palam Airport, Delhi, India 9 February 1971.

Broken up for scrap circa 1971.


Operational record
Photo of Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) Viscount VT-DIG

Country of Registration India

October 1957 to February 1971

Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)

VT-DIG - c/n 194 - a V.768D series Viscount
India registered

1955
An order for five V.768D were placed by Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC).

This was the 3rd aircraft delivered to IAC.

Production Aircraft No. 222 - the 222nd production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 179th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 177th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F03/768. Sales Order No. F03/86B. Stock Order No. F25/32B.

11 May 1957
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

19 June 1957
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

29 September 1957
First engine runs.

11 October 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

24 October 1957
Noted at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England parked outside the Hunting-Clan maintenance facility.

1 November 1957
First noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out IAC crew training and ILS approaches.

It was there on most days during the month under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

29 November 1957
Last noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out IAC crew training and ILS approaches.

circa December 1957
Arrived at Safdarjung Airport, Delhi, India on delivery to Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) named as 'Maharashtrah' in 44 seat configuration.
The date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

The name was not carried externally.

It had English titles on the port side of the fuselage and Hindi script on the starboard side.

11, 12, 14 February 1958
Noted at Safdarjung Airport, Delhi, India carrying out crew training flights under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

circa June 1970
Repainted in a new livery and renamed as 'Bengal'.

9 February 1971
Withdrawn from service and stored at Palam Airport, Delhi, India.

Total time 29,908 hours.

circa 1971
Broken up for scrap.
The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


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