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Viscount c/n 299

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 299
Iranian Government

Iran flag Iran

This V.782D series Viscount was built for
Iranian Government as EP-AHC

It first flew on Wednesday, 30 April 1958 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.

During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
United Iranian Airlines

Photo of Viscount c/n 299
United Iranian Airlines

Iran flag Iran

Its final owner/operator was
United Iranian Airlines as EP-AHC.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond economic repair after a heavy landing at Isfahan Airport, Iran 15 February 1965. The aircraft was written off and subsequently broken up for scrap.

Operational record
Photo of Iranian Government Viscount EP-AHC

Country of Registration Iran

May 1958 to April 1960

Iranian Government

EP-AHC - c/n 299 - a V.782D series Viscount
Iran registered

19 March 1956
An order was placed by the Iranian Government for three Type 782D aircraft. Two for airline use and the third for use by the Shah of Persia.

30 April 1958
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying.

9 May 1958
Delivered to the Persian Government in a partial VIP configuration.

22 December 1959
Noted at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

23 January 1960
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England on its first visit.

circa April 1960
Transferred to United Iranian Airlines in full passenger configuration.

Photo of United Iranian Airlines Viscount EP-AHC

Country of Registration Iran

April 1960 to February 1962

United Iranian Airlines

EP-AHC - c/n 299 - a V.782D series Viscount
Iran registered

circa April 1960
Transferred from the Iranian Government in full passenger configuration.

circa September 1961
Seen at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in a revised livery undergoing maintenance with Marshalls without extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Seen at Teversham, Cambridge, England, undergoing maintenance with Marshalls.

24 February 1962
Transferred to Iran National Airlines Corporation (Iranair).

Photo of Iran National Airlines Corporation (Iranair) Viscount EP-AHC

Country of Registration Iran

February 1962 to February 1965

Iran National Airlines Corporation (Iranair)

EP-AHC - c/n 299 - a V.782D series Viscount
Iran registered

24 February 1962
Transferred from United Iranian Airlines.

5 August 1962
During a night approach to land at Abadan Airport, Iran the aircraft struck the end of an uncompleted section of the runway, which was unlit.

The aircraft made a safe landing and then flew the next sector to Tehran, Iran.

There were no reported injuries to the passengers and crew on board.

An inspection in Tehran revealed substantial damage, which was not detailed in the report, although it obviously didn't stop the aircraft from flying!

Winter 1962
Seen at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in Iranair livery undergoing post-accident repairs with Marshall's fitted with 'slipper' wing mounted external fuel tanks.

15 February 1965
Damaged beyond economic repair during a heavy landing by the Co-Pilot at Isfahan Airport, Iran.

The port main undercarriage leg collapsed and the aircraft then veered off the lefthand side of the runway.

There were no reported injuries to the passengers and crew on board.

Broken up for scrap after the removal of all useful parts. (exact date unknown).

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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