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Viscount c/n 250

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 250
Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S


Norway flag Norway

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

It first flew on Saturday, 13 April 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 Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)


Photo of Viscount c/n 250
Huns Air Pvt Ltd


India flag India

Its final owner/operator was
Huns Air Pvt Ltd as VT-DOE.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Palam Airport, Delhi, India in 1980. Subsequently broken up for scrap. The date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


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

Country of Registration Norway

April 1957 to January 1958

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S

LN-FOH - c/n 250 - a V.779D series Viscount
Norway registered

circa 1956
This was the 2nd V.779 and the 4th V.700 series Viscount ordered by Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.

Production Aircraft No. 189 - the 189th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 140th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 144th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F02/779. Sales Order No. F02/82B. Stock Order No. F21/36B.

8 November 1956
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

12 December 1956
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

13 April 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

25 April 1957
Delivered to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S with 'Fred Olsen Lines' titles.

December 1957
Noted at London Airport (Heathrow) now repainted in an Austrian Airlines (AUA) livery but still carrying the Norwegian registration.

1 January 1958
Leased to Austrian Airlines (AUA).


Photo of Austrian Airlines (AUA) Viscount OE-LAB

Country of Registration Austria

January 1958 to November 1959

Austrian Airlines (AUA)

OE-LAB - c/n 250 - a V.779D series Viscount
Austria registered

1 January 1958
Leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S in full AUA livery.

1 November 1959
Returned to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.


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

Country of Registration Norway

November 1959 to March 1960

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S

LN-FOH - c/n 250 - a V.779D series Viscount
Norway registered

1 November 1959
Returned from Austrian Airlines (AUA) lease.

1 November 1959
Ferried to Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for maintenance with Marshall's.

11 November 1959
Departed from Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England after maintenance. Where to?

26 March 1960
Leased to British European Airways (BEA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1960 to March 1961

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-APZP - c/n 250 - a V.779D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

26 March 1960
Leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S in full BEA livery.

This was to replace Viscount G-AMNY (C/N 6) which was written off after it collided with the control tower at Luqa Airport, Malta 5 January 1960.

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.

18 December 1960
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

1 March 1961
Returned to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.

Total time flown by BEA was 1,427 hours.

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



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

Country of Registration Norway

March 1961 to January 1962

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S

LN-FOH - c/n 250 - a V.779D series Viscount
Norway registered

1 March 1961
Returned from British European Airways (BEA) lease.

31 March 1961
Total time 5,513 hours.

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


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

Country of Registration India

January 1962 to November 1974

Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)

VT-DOE - c/n 250 - a V.779D series Viscount
India registered

29 January 1962
Purchased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S and named as 'Uttar Pradesh'.

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

16 November 1974
Sold to Huns Air Pvt Ltd.


Photo of Huns Air Pvt Ltd Viscount VT-DOE

Country of Registration India

November 1974 to January 1980

Huns Air Pvt Ltd

VT-DOE - c/n 250 - a V.779D series Viscount
India registered

16 November 1974
Purchased from Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC).

Painted in the Huns Air Pvt Ltd 'Red and Yellow' livery.
Huns Air Pvt Ltd
'Red and Yellow' livery

circa 1975
Painted in the Huns Air Pvt Ltd 'Red and Yellow' livery.

1980
Withdrawn from service and stored at Palam Airport, Delhi, India.

Broken up for scrap. 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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