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Viscount c/n 251

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 251
Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S


Norway flag Norway

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

It first flew on Tuesday, 7 May 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), Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) and Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)


Photo of Viscount c/n 251
Huns Air Pvt Ltd


India flag India

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

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Santa Cruz Airport, Bombay, India in 1980 after the accident to Viscount VT-DJC (C/N 296). Semi-derelict remains still noted stored in January 1986. Subsequently broken up for scrap.


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

Country of Registration Norway

May 1957 to January 1958

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S

LN-FOI - c/n 251 - a V.779D series Viscount
Norway registered

circa 1956
This was the 3rd V.779 and the 5th V.700 series Viscount ordered by Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.

Production Aircraft No. 193 - the 193rd production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 145th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 148th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F03/779. Sales Order No. F03/82B. Stock Order No. F22/36B.

First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.
First flight 7 May 1957

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

10 January 1957
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

7 May 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

28 May 1957
Delivered to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S trading as Fred Olsen Lines.

1 January 1958
Leased to Austrian Airlines (AUA).


Photo of Austrian Airlines (AUA) Viscount OE-LAC

Country of Registration Austria

January 1958 to April 1960

Austrian Airlines (AUA)

OE-LAC - c/n 251 - a V.779D series Viscount
Austria registered

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

Painted in Austrian Airlines (AUA) livery.
Austrian Airlines (AUA) livery

It was ferried from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England to Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for repainting in full AUA livery by Marshall's.

It was still carrying registration LN-FOI under the wings.

April 1958
Noted at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in full Austrian Airlines (AUA) livery.

7 December 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

12 January 1959
Arrived at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for maintenance with Marshall's.

12 November 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

20 March 1960
Arrived at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for maintenance with Marshall's.

1 April 1960
Returned to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.


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

Country of Registration Norway

April 1960 to November 1960

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S

LN-FOI - c/n 251 - a V.779D series Viscount
Norway registered

1 April 1960
Returned from Austrian Airlines (AUA) lease.

8 April 1960
Noted at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in Fred Olsen livery.

16 April 1960
Arrived at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England from Torp Airport, Sandefjord, Norway and departed to Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

6 May 1960
Noted at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales.

It had brought in a replacement ship's crew.

2 June 1960
Arrived at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England from Southend Airport, Essex and departed to Torp Airport, Sandefjord, Norway.

25 June 1960
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England.

November 1960
Leased to Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS).


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

Country of Registration Norway

November 1960 to January 1961

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)

LN-FOI - c/n 251 - a V.779D series Viscount
Norway registered

November 1960
Leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.

It was repainted in full SAS livery at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England by Marshall's.

This was surprising, as the lease period was so short, so perhaps it was initially intended to be much longer.

January 1961
Returned to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.


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

Country of Registration Norway

January 1961 to January 1962

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S

LN-FOI - c/n 251 - a V.779D series Viscount
Norway registered

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

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


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

Country of Registration India

January 1962 to December 1978

Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)

VT-DOH - c/n 251 - a V.779D series Viscount
India registered

Painted in the Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) 'Red Tail' Livery.
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)
'Red Tail' Livery.

21 January 1962
Purchased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S and named as 'Andhra Praddesh'.

24 January 1962
Norwegian registration cancelled.

circa June 1970
Repainted in a new ivery but retaining the name 'Andhra Praddesh'.

Stored at Palam Airport, Delhi, India.
Stored at Palam Airport,
Delhi, India

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

9 December 1978
Sold to Huns Air Pvt Ltd.


Photo of Huns Air Pvt Ltd Viscount VT-DOH

Country of Registration India

December 1978 to January 1986

Huns Air Pvt Ltd

VT-DOH - c/n 251 - a V.779D series Viscount
India registered

9 December 1978
Purchased from Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) with fleet identity 'SS2'.

1980
Withdrawn from service and stored at Santa Cruz Airport, Bombay, India after the accident to Viscount VT-DJC (C/N 296).

January 1982
Noted in a hangar being robbed of all useful spares. The import duty on spare parts doubled the cost of buying parts from outside of India so the sourcing of parts from a nominated aircraft was the only cost effective way of operating the remaining aircraft in the fleet.

January 1986
Semi-derelict remains still noted stored at Santa Cruz Airport, Bombay, 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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