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Viscount c/n 330

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 330
Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI)


Italy flag Italy

This V.785D series Viscount was built for
Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI) as I-LOTT

It first flew on Friday, 19 July 1957 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 330
Alitalia


Italy flag Italy

Its final owner/operator was
Alitalia as I-LOTT.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Alitalia at Ciampino Airport, Rome, Italy in December 1969. Noted being robbed of all useful pare parts 25 July 1972. Some of these were sold to Aerolineas Taxi Aereo Opita (TAO) including both wings, which were used to repair Viscount HK-1057 (C/N 118) after an accident. Fuselage noted lying on its belly 3 October 1972. Subsequently broken up for scrap.


Operational record
Photo of Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI) Viscount I-LOTT

Country of Registration Italy

July 1957 to October 1957

Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI)

I-LOTT - c/n 330 - a V.785D series Viscount
Italy registered

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

28 July 1957
Delivered to Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI).

1 October 1957
Transferred to Alitalia due to a corporate merger.


Photo of Alitalia Viscount I-LOTT

Country of Registration Italy

October 1957 to June 1973

Alitalia

I-LOTT - c/n 330 - a V.785D series Viscount
Italy registered

1 October 1957
Transferred from Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI) due to a corporate merger.

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

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

4 September 1960
Noted at Zaventum Airport, Brussels, Belgium.

Painted in the Alitalia ‘Flag Tail‘ livery.
Alitalia
‘Flag Tail‘ livery

circa 1962
Repainted in the Alitalia ‘Flag Tail‘ livery.

18 December 1969
Withdrawn from service and stored at Ciampino Airport, Rome, Italy.

Total time 27,387 hours and 23,062 total landings.

25 July 1972
Noted being robbed of all useful spares which were then sold to Aerolineas Taxi Aereo Opita (TAO) to support their other Viscounts.

This included both outer wings which were fitted to HK-1057 (C/N 118) following an accident 25 October 1971.

3 October 1972
Fuselage still noted in existence.

circa June 1973
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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