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Viscount c/n 252

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 252
Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S


Norway flag Norway

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

It first flew on Tuesday, 23 July 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) and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)


Photo of Viscount c/n 252
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)


India flag India

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

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Palam Airport, Delhi, India in March 1971 and subsequently broken up for scrap. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


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

Country of Registration Norway

August 1957 to January 1958

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S

LN-FOK - c/n 252 - a V.779D series Viscount
Norway registered

circa 1956
This was the 4th V.779 and the 6th V.700 series Viscount ordered by Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.

Production Aircraft No. 209 - the 209th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 165th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 164th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F04/779. Sales Order No. F04/82B. Stock Order No. F23/36B.

1 March 1957
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

26 April 1957
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

23 July 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

9 August 1957
Delivered to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.

1 January 1958
Leased to Austrian Airlines (AUA).


Photo of Austrian Airlines (AUA) Viscount OE-LAD

Country of Registration Austria

January 1958 to April 1960

Austrian Airlines (AUA)

OE-LAD - c/n 252 - a V.779D series Viscount
Austria registered

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

Initially it had the Austrian colours painted at the top of the tail which was clearly not acceptable to AUA.

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

31 March 1958
Operated the first AUA Viscount service from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England to Schwechat Airport, Vienna, Austria.

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

26 February 1960
Arrived at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for maintenance with Marshall's.

13 March 1960
Departed from Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England on a series of test flights after maintenance with Marshall's.

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


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

Country of Registration Norway

April 1960 to November 1960

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S

LN-FOK - c/n 252 - a V.779D series Viscount
Norway registered

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

Noted at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England with the Norwegian registration applied to the AUA livery.

early April 1960
Noted at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for a repaint in the Fred Olsen livery by Marshall's.

6 April 1960
Noted at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in Fred Olsen livery.

It had arrived from Kristiansand Airport, Kjevik, Norway.

13 April 1960
Noted at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England.

13 April 1960
Arrived at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England from Newcastle.

20 April 1960
Noted at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

14 May 1960
Noted at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England.

It had arrived from and returned to Torp Airport, Sandefjord, Norway.

21 July 1960
Noted at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England.

It had arrived from Oslo, Norway and returned to Bergen, Norway.

November 1960
Leased to Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), still in full Fred Olsen livery.


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

Country of Registration Norway

November 1960 to January 1961

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)

LN-FOK - c/n 252 - a V.779D series Viscount
Norway registered

November 1960
Leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S in full Fred Olsen livery.

January 1961
Returned to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.


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

Country of Registration Norway

January 1961 to January 1962

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S

LN-FOK - c/n 252 - a V.779D series Viscount
Norway registered

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

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


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

Country of Registration India

January 1962 to March 1971

Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)

VT-DOI - c/n 252 - a V.779D series Viscount
India registered

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

circa June 1970
Repainted in a new livery but retaining the name 'Madras'.

March 1971
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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