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Viscount c/n 300

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 300
Philippine Air Lines (PAL)


Philippines flag Philippines

This V.784D series Viscount was built for
Philippine Air Lines (PAL) as PI-C770

It first flew on Wednesday, 1 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
Falconair Charter AB, Malmö Aero and Skyline Sweden


Photo of Viscount c/n 300
Arlanda Airport Fire Service


Sweden flag Sweden

Its final owner/operator was
Arlanda Airport Fire Service as SE-CNL.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Skyline Sweden and stored at Sturup Airport, Malmö, Sweden in October 1972.

Robbed of all useful spares and dismantled into moveable sections in October 1972 and moved by road to Arlanda Airport, Stockholm, Sweden for fire practice duty. Noted still in Falconair livery and marked up as 'Emergency Training' with false registration and minus its Rolls-Royce Dart engines in November 1979.

Broken up for scrap in May 2012.


Operational record
Photo of Philippine Air Lines (PAL) Viscount PI-C770

Country of Registration Philippines

May 1957 to April 1967

Philippine Air Lines (PAL)

PI-C770 - c/n 300 - a V.784D series Viscount
Philippines registered

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

David Carter illustration of Philippine Air Lines Viscount PI-C770

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


Painted in the PAL - Philippine Air Lines 'Blue and Red Tail' livery.
PAL - Philippine Air Lines
'Blue and Red Tail' livery

14 May 1957
Handed over to Philippine Air Lines (PAL) in a ceremony held at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England. Those in attendance from PAL were Mr James Earl, Captain Leoni des Yap, Miss Rosario Manendez and Luis Dallegas together with Philippine Ambassador Leon Ma Guerrero and Vickers deputy Managing Director Mr T Gammon.

It was fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks prior to delivery.

20 November 1957
On a service from Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong and on approach at 18:35 to Manila Airport, Philippines the flight crew noticed that the nose undercarriage leg warning light was showing unsafe. They aborted the landing and circled around while they cycled the undercarriage several times but the nose leg refused to drop.

A landing was eventually made on runway 06 at 20:00 resulting in substantial damage to the lower part of the forward fuselage and also shockload damage to the propellers and Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

There were no reported injuries to the 28 passengers and 4 crew on board.

A trunnion (part number 74426-25) had failed due to a manufacturing defect.

Repaired and returned to service.

March 1958
Noted with the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks now removed.

January 1960
Noted with the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks refitted.

circa 1965
Painted in the PAL - Philippine Air Lines 'Blue and Red Tail' livery. The extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed again.

17 April 1967
Sold to Falconair Charter AB.


Photo of Falconair Charter AB Viscount PI-C770

Country of Registration Philippines

April 1967 to April 1967

Falconair Charter AB

PI-C770 - c/n 300 - a V.784D series Viscount
Philippines registered

17 April 1967
Purchased from PAL - Philippine Air Lines and delivered to Bulltofta Airport, Malmo, Sweden via Kloten Airport, Zurich, Switzerland in full Falconair livery but retaining the Philippine registration.

19 April 1967
Registered to Falconair Sweden AB.


Photo of Falconair Charter AB Viscount SE-CNL

Country of Registration Sweden

April 1967 to March 1971

Falconair Charter AB

SE-CNL - c/n 300 - a V.784D series Viscount
Sweden registered

19 April 1967
Re-registered to Falconair Charter AB.

25 May 1967
First service for Falconair to Helsinki, Finland and Geneva, Switzerland.

22 March 1971
Sold to Malmö Aero.


Photo of Malmö Aero Viscount SE-CNL

Country of Registration Sweden

March 1971 to August 1971

Malmö Aero

SE-CNL - c/n 300 - a V.784D series Viscount
Sweden registered

22 March 1971
Purchased from Falconair Charter AB.

20 August 1971
Title transferred to Skyline Sweden. Malmö Aero were part of the same group.


Photo of Skyline Sweden Viscount SE-CNL

Country of Registration Sweden

August 1971 to October 1972

Skyline Sweden

SE-CNL - c/n 300 - a V.784D series Viscount
Sweden registered

20 August 1971
Title transferred from Malmö Aero who were part of the same group.

October 1972
Withdrawn from service and stored at Sturup Airport, Malmö, Sweden and robbed of all useful spares.

October 1972
Dismantled into four moveable sections.

30 October 1972
Moved by road to Arlanda Airport, Stockholm, Sweden for fire practice duty.


Photo of Arlanda Airport Fire Service Viscount SE-CNL

Country of Registration Sweden

October 1972 to

Arlanda Airport Fire Service

SE-CNL - c/n 300 - a V.784D series Viscount
Sweden registered

30 October 1972
Moved by road from Sturup Airport, Malmo, Sweden for fire practice duty after reassembly.

Painted in Falconair livery and marked up as 'Emergency Training'.
Marked up as
'Emergency Training

November 1979
Noted in Falconair livery and marked up as 'Emergency Training' with false registration and minus engines.

June 2010
Visible on Google Earth.

May 2012
Broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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