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Viscount c/n 294

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 294
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)


India flag India

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

It first flew on Tuesday, 8 April 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Lane Xang Airlines, Sorya Airlines and Air Lao


Photo of Viscount c/n 294
J D Melvin Company


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
J D Melvin Company as RDPL3-4016.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Bangkok, Thailand. Sold to J D Melvin Company and registered as N92622 4 September 1981 and subsequently broken up for scrap.


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

Country of Registration India

April 1958 to November 1974

Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)

VT-DJA - c/n 294 - a V.768D series Viscount
India registered

8 April 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

21 April 1958
Handed over to Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) named as 'Andra Pradesh'.

The name was not carried externally.

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

It was then ferried to Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

22, 23, 24, 26 April 1958
Noted at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England carrying out crew training flights under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

28, 29 April 1958
Noted at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

30 April 1958
Noted at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England carrying out crew training flights under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

1, 2, 3, 5, 6 May 1958
Noted at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England carrying out crew training flights under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

9, 10, 12 May 1958
Noted at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 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 'Punjab'.

November 1974
Sold to Lane Xang Airlines of Vientiane, Laos.


Photo of Lane Xang Airlines Viscount XW-TFX

Country of Registration Laos

November 1974 to September 1975

Lane Xang Airlines

XW-TFX - c/n 294 - a V.768D series Viscount
Laos registered

November 1974
Purchased from Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC).

12 April 1975
Crashed at Phnom-Penh Airport, Cambodia. 4 killed.

Returned to service after repairs.

September 1975
Sold to Sorya Airlines.


Photo of Sorya Airlines Viscount XU-LAM

Country of Registration Cambodia

September 1975 to January 1977

Sorya Airlines

XU-LAM - c/n 294 - a V.768D series Viscount
Cambodia registered

September 1975
Purchased from Lane Xang Airlines. The airline name is written in Khmer, which is the official language of Cambodia.

1977
Sold to Air Lao.


Photo of Air Lao Viscount RDPL.3-4016

Country of Registration Laos

January 1977 to September 1981

Air Lao

RDPL.3-4016 - c/n 294 - a V.768D series Viscount
Laos registered

1977
Purchased from Sorya Airlines.

The actual date is not known

circa 1981
Withdrawn from service and stored at Bangkok, Thailand.

The actual date is not known

4 September 1981
Sold to J D Melvin Company.


Photo of J D Melvin Company Viscount N92622

Country of Registration United States

September 1981 to December 1981

J D Melvin Company

N92622 - c/n 294 - a V.768D series Viscount
United States registered

4 September 1981
Purchased from Air Lao.

J D Melvin Company are registered as a scrap metal company based in Glendale, California.

It remained stored at Bangkok, Thailand.

It is not known if the US registration was actually applied to the aircraft.

Subsequently broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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