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Viscount c/n 319

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 319
Compania Cubana de Aviación S.A.


Cuba flag Cuba

This V.818 series Viscount was built for
Compania Cubana de Aviación S.A. as CU-T623

It first flew on Thursday, 25 June 1959 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Ansett-ANA, Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd, Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT), Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA) and Asia Aviation Services


Photo of Viscount c/n 319
Tien Yuan Tziuj Airlines


Taiwan flag Taiwan

Its final owner/operator was
Tien Yuan Tziuj Airlines as PK-MVK.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Asia Aviation Services and stored at Siaogang Airport, Kaohsiung, Taiwan in February 1983.
Dismantled and moved by road to an amusement park near Touliu, Yunlin County, Taiwan circa February 1987 and given ficticious 'Tien Yuan Tziuj Airlines' titles.
Subsequently removed and broken up for scrap, circa 2008. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Operational record
Photo of Compania Cubana de Aviación S.A. Viscount CU-T623

Country of Registration Cuba

August 1959 to February 1962

Compania Cubana de Aviación S.A.

CU-T623 - c/n 319 - a V.818 series Viscount
Cuba registered

25 June 1959
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

24 July 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out Instrument Landing System (ILS) approaches.

30 July 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out Instrument Landing System (ILS) approaches.

David Carter illustration of Compania Cubana de Aviación S.A. Viscount CU-T623

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


20 August 1959
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on delivery to Compania Cubana de Aviación S.A. using call sign 'CU-N623' which was not carried on the aircraft.

The titles on the aircraft were shortened to Cubana de Aviación and the cabin configuration was 52 seats.

21/22 August 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England during the delivery to Rancho-Boyeros Airport, Havana, Cuba.

February 1962
Sold to Ansett-ANA via a broker.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Ansett-ANA Viscount VH-RML

Country of Registration Australia

February 1962 to November 1969

Ansett-ANA

VH-RML - c/n 319 - a V.818 series Viscount
Australia registered

February 1962
Purchased from Compania Cubana de Aviación S.A. via a broker.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

The hand over of this aircraft was delayed until March 1962 due to the late arrival of the replacement Soviet built aircraft. The hand over was originally scheduled to take place at Rancho-Boyeros Airport, Havana, Cuba which couldn't be agreed and then Miami International Airport, Florida, USA which was also not possible for politcal reasons, so Nassau Airport, Bahamas became the third choice.

Ansett-ANA representatives including senior lawyer Theo Moss and the ferry crew had arrived in Nassau in February and had to wait there for nearly a month having already spent some time in Miami, Florida, USA.

8 March 1962
Registered to Ansett-ANA.

ANA stands for Australian National Airways.

Ferried from Havana to Nassau Airport, Bahamas where it was officially handed over to Ansett-ANA and the legal paperwork completed. The ferry Captain was Jack Ellis, who had previously flown with Ansett.

One of the Cuban ferry crew defected in Nassau and claimed political asylum with the Bahamian authorities which put the Ansett-ANA representatives in an awkward situation for a time.

11 March 1962
Departed Nassau, Bahamas on delivery via Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada - Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada - Sondrestrom Air Force Base (Bluie West), Greenland - Keflavik, Iceland - Heathrow, London, England - Rome, Italy - Ellinikon, Athens, Greece - Damascus, Syria - Bahrain, Persian Gulf - Karachi, Pakistan - Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India - Calcutta, India - Bangkok, Thailand - Saigon, Vietnam - Zamboanga, Philippines - Biak, Dutch East Indies (now part of Indonesia) - Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia - Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.

The Ansett delivery crew consisted of Captains Kenneth (Ken) Ashmead, Donald (Don) McKinley and Edward (Ted) Smith, Navigator William (Bill) C Kennedy and Engineer Ray Hudson.

The original delivery route from Nassau was planned to Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada but due to strong headwinds the route was changed to Moncton, New Brunswick and then Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. They arrived at Goose Bay Airport during a heavy snow storm and landed with the assistance of a GCA (Ground Control Approach) provided by the Royal Canadian Air Force.

During the refuelling operation at Keflavik Airport, Iceland there was a problem with one of the wing fuel bladder bags leaking due to a faulty connection which required temporary repairs and enough fuel to reach London so that the problem could be properly resolved.

13 March 1962
Arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, England where the defective fuel bladder bag was removed and sent to the manufacturer for repairs.

The arrival at Heathrow Airport, London, England was eventful as the radio communication button jammed on which cut out all radio transmissions from the control tower for a while until the fault was noted.

16 March 1962
Departed Heathrow Airport, London, England after successful repairs to the defective wing fuel bladder bag.

Syrian Air Force Mig fighters were scrambled during their flight over Syria and Royal Thai Air Force North American F-100 Super Sabres were scrambled during their flight over Thailand.

The weather radar failed while they were flying over New Guinea.

22 March 1962
Arrived at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

24 May 1962
Flight tested after maintenance, modifications and a repaint in full Ansett-ANA livery.

27 May 1962
First entered service with Ansett-ANA.

Originally configured with 52 seats which was later increased to 63 seats.

18 April 1966
Made an emergency landing at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia with the nose undercarriage steering system inoperative.

The flight had originated from Mount Isa Airport, Queensland with a stop at Longreach Airport, Queensland.

During the takeoff from Longreach the nose undercarriage steering failed resulting in a heavy vibration but the crew maintained directional control and continued to Brisbane where they declared an emergency.

After a normal landing the front of the aircraft veered off the intersection of two runways onto the grass, again with heavy vibration and thick tyre smoke.

After coming to a halt everyone on board evacuated the aircraft down rear slides and also from the overwing emergency windows.

There were no reported injuries to the passengers and crew but the aircraft sustained serious damage due to excessive vibration, including the tailplane leading edges, instruments and the weather radar.

John McKnoulty was a passenger on the flight as part of a 'Cobb & Co' cricket tour and took some photos after he had evacuated the aircraft (see the photo section for this aircraft).

Repaired and returned to service.

25 November 1969
Title transferred to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty.


Photo of Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd Viscount VH-RML

Country of Registration Australia

November 1969 to May 1970

Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd

VH-RML - c/n 319 - a V.818 series Viscount
Australia registered

25 November 1969
Title transferred from Ansett-ANA.

5 December 1969
Operated its final ANSETT-ANA service AN45 from Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales to Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and withdrawn from service and stored.

Total time 22,719 hours.

18 May 1970
Sold to Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT). The sale was brokered through American Airline Sales via Consolidated Aviation Holdings Pty Ltd.


Photo of Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) Viscount VH-RML

Country of Registration Australia

May 1970 to May 1970

Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT)

VH-RML - c/n 319 - a V.818 series Viscount
Australia registered

18 May 1970
Purchased from Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd.

The sale was brokered through American Airline Sales via Consolidated Aviation Holdings Pty Ltd.

It then departed Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on delivery to Taipei Airport, Taiwan painted up in Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) livery without titles and with VH-RML applied.

Viscount VH-RMJ (C/N 417) was delivered at the same time.

The route taken was Adelaide, South Australia - Alice Springs, Northern Territory - Darwin, Northern Territory - Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia - Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - Manila, Philippines.

Captain D Mao of Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) and Navigator W C Kennedy of Ansett-ANA were amongst the ferry crew.

22 May 1970
Australian registration cancelled and re-registered B-2019.


Photo of Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) Viscount B-2019

Country of Registration Taiwan

May 1970 to April 1975

Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT)

B-2019 - c/n 319 - a V.818 series Viscount
Taiwan registered

25 May 1970
Re-registered from VH-RML.

2 April 1975
Registration cancelled.

3 April 1975
Leased to Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA).


Photo of Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA) Viscount PK-MVK

Country of Registration Indonesia

April 1975 to February 1983

Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA)

PK-MVK - c/n 319 - a V.818 series Viscount
Indonesia registered

3 April 1975
Leased from Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) and named as 'Nias' which is an island off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Merpati means Dove (or Pigeon) in Malay and Nusantara means 'the Indonesian Islands'

2 December 1976
The port propellers were damaged when they struck the ground during a bad weather landing at Ujang Pandang Airport, Indonesia. This resulted in shockloading of the two port Dart engines which would require a shop visit to determine the extent of the damage internally.

Repaired and returned to service.

21 April 1977
Total time 30,110 hours and 26,549 total landings.

February 1983
Returned to Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT).


Photo of Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) Viscount PK-MVK

Country of Registration Indonesia

February 1983 to February 1983

Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT)

PK-MVK - c/n 319 - a V.818 series Viscount
Indonesia registered

February 1983
Returned from lease to Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA).

February 1983
Sold to Asia Aviation Services.


Photo of Asia Aviation Services Viscount B-2019

Country of Registration Taiwan

February 1983 to February 1987

Asia Aviation Services

B-2019 - c/n 319 - a V.818 series Viscount
Taiwan registered

February 1983
Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) after its return from lease to Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA).

Reportedly re-registered from PK-MVK.

February 1983
Ferried to Siaogang Airport, Kaohsiung, Taiwan and stored.

circa February 1987
Dismantled and moved by road to an amusement park near Touliu, Yunlin County, Taiwan .
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Tien Yuan Tziuj Airlines Viscount B2019

Country of Registration Taiwan

February 1987 to December 2008

Tien Yuan Tziuj Airlines

B2019 - c/n 319 - a V.818 series Viscount
Taiwan registered

circa February 1987
Dismantled and moved by road to an amusement park near Touliu, Yunlin County, Taiwan.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Fictitiously marked as 'Tien Yuan Tziuj Airlines'.

2003
Noted in a semi-derelict condition
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

circa 2008
Dismantled and moved from the amusement park and broken up for scrap.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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