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Viscount c/n 247

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 247
Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S


Norway flag Norway

This V.779D series Viscount was built for
Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S as LN-FOM

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


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Austrian Airlines (AUA), British European Airways (BEA) and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)


Photo of Viscount c/n 247
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)


India flag India

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

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Palam Airport, Delhi, India in July 1971. Subsequently broken up for scrap.


Operational record
Photo of Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S Viscount LN-FOM

Country of Registration Norway

April 1957 to January 1958

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S

LN-FOM - c/n 247 - a V.779D series Viscount
Norway registered

circa 1956
This was the 1st V.779 and the 3rd V.700 series Viscount ordered by Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.

Production Aircraft No. 183 - the 183rd production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 135th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 138th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F01/779. Sales Order No. 01/82B. Stock Order No. 10/32B.

9 October 1956
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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

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

30 April 1957
Delivered to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.

1 January 1958
Leased to Austrian Airlines (AUA).


Photo of Austrian Airlines (AUA) Viscount OE-LAE

Country of Registration Austria

January 1958 to April 1960

Austrian Airlines (AUA)

OE-LAE - c/n 247 - a V.779D series Viscount
Austria registered

1 January 1958
Leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.

29 October 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England on a London Airport weather diversion. The passengers were transferred to London by coach.

April 1960
Returned to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.


Photo of Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S Viscount LN-FOM

Country of Registration Norway

April 1960 to June 1960

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S

LN-FOM - c/n 247 - a V.779D series Viscount
Norway registered

April 1960
Returned from Austrian Airlines (AUA) lease.

19 June 1960
Leased to British European Airways (BEA).


Photo of British European Airways Corporation (BEA) Viscount G-ARBW

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1960 to February 1961

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-ARBW - c/n 247 - a V.779D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

19 June 1960
Leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.

21 June 1960
Rolled out at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England after repainting in full BEA livery. The aircraft was not given a name due to the short lease period.

At this time BEA aircraft were being repainted in the new 'red square' livery, so it is strange that this aircraft was repainted in the original BEA 'red stripe' livery.

22 June 1960
Registered to British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

Total time flown by British European Airways Corporation (BEA) was 1,089 hours.

6 February 1961
Returned to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S after repainting in Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) livery.

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Photo of Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S Viscount LN-FOM

Country of Registration Norway

February 1961 to April 1961

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S

LN-FOM - c/n 247 - a V.779D series Viscount
Norway registered

6 February 1961
Returned from British European Airways (BEA) lease after repainting in Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) livery.

It was noted at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England in full Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) livery carrying both G-ARBW and LN-FOM registrations.

This allowed BEA to carry out an air-test after repainting.

31 March 1961
Total time 4,747 hours.

April 1961
Leased to Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS).


Photo of Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) Viscount LN-FOM

Country of Registration Norway

April 1961 to December 1961

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)

LN-FOM - c/n 247 - a V.779D series Viscount
Norway registered

April 1961
Leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.

December 1961
Returned to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.


Photo of Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S Viscount LN-FOM

Country of Registration Norway

December 1961 to January 1962

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S

LN-FOM - c/n 247 - a V.779D series Viscount
Norway registered

December 1961
Returned from Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) lease.

28 January 1962
Sold to Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC).


Photo of Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) Viscount VT-DOD

Country of Registration India

January 1962 to July 1971

Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)

VT-DOD - c/n 247 - a V.779D series Viscount
India registered

28 January 1962
Purchased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S and named as 'Madras'.

David Carter illustration of Indian Airlines Corporation V.779D Viscount c/n 247 VT-DOD

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


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

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

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


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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