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Viscount c/n 196

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 196
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)


India flag India

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

It first flew on Wednesday, 6 November 1957 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 196
Lane Xang Airlines


Laos flag Laos

Its final owner/operator was
Lane Xang Airlines as XW-PNG.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Lane Xang Airlines and stored at Bangkok Airport, Thailand in 1984.

Broken up for scrap after spares recovery circa 1992.


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

Country of Registration India

November 1957 to December 1974

Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)

VT-DII - c/n 196 - a V.768D series Viscount
India registered

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

This was the 5th and final aircraft delivered to IAC.

Production Aircraft No. 227 - the 227th production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 185th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 182nd Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F05/768. Sales Order No. F05/86B. Stock Order No. F27/32B.

4 June 1957
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

18 July 1957
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

6 November 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

21 November 1957
Acceptance test flight successfully carried out under contract by Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell which lasted for 1 hour 20 minutes.

21 November 1957
Ferried to London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England by Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell which lasted for 45 minutes.

…….November 1957
Arrived at Safdarjung Airport, Delhi, India on delivery to Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) named as 'Assam' in 44 seat configuration.

The name was not carried externally.

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

13, 15, 17, 18 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 'Madhya Pradesh'.

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Withdrawn from service and stored at Palam Airport, Delhi, India.

17 March 1972
Noted painted in an experimental camouflage paint livery during the Indo-Pakistan war.

31 December 1974
Sold to Lane Xang Airlines.


Photo of Lane Xang Airlines Viscount XW-PNG

Country of Registration Laos

December 1974 to September 1992

Lane Xang Airlines

XW-PNG - c/n 196 - a V.768D series Viscount
Laos registered

31 December 1974
Purchased from Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC).

1984
Withdrawn from service and stored at Bangkok Airport, Thailand.

circa 1992

Broken up for scrap after spares recovery.
The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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