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A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount
   

Viscount c/n 373

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 373
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)


Australia flag Australia

This V.756D series Viscount was built for
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) as VH-TVM

It first flew on Saturday, 14 June 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 373
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)


Australia flag Australia

Its final owner/operator was
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) as VH-TVM.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 17 June 1967. A proposed sale to Botswana National Airways (BNA) as A2-ZEK in June 1968 was not completed. Broken up for scrap in June 1970. Was this aircraft sold to Sims Metals for processing? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Operational record
Photo of Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) Viscount VH-TVM

Country of Registration Australia

July 1958 to June 1968

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)

VH-TVM - c/n 373 - a V.756D series Viscount
Australia registered

22 June 1954
Registration to Australian National Airlines Commission trading as Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) reserved on the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TVM.

May 1956
This was the sixth V.756 Viscount ordered by Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA).

Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) 'Orange tail' livery

14 June 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

4 July 1958
Delivered to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named as 'John Fawkner' fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines.

2 January 1959
Noted at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia bringing actress Eva Gardner and actor Gregory Peck to participate in the movie 'On the Beach'.

David Carter illustration of Trans-Australia Airlines Viscount VH-TVM

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


Delivered to Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) named as 'John Fawkner'

circa 1962
Weather radar was installed as a result of the accident to VH-TVC (C/N 46) and a subsequent Australian Airworthiness Directive.

17 June 1967
Withdrawn from service and stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

June 1968
A proposed sale to Botswana National Airways (BNA) as A2-ZEK was not completed


Photo of Botswana National Airways (BNA) Viscount A2-ZEK

Country of Registration Botswana

June 1968 to June 1968

Botswana National Airways (BNA)

A2-ZEK - c/n 373 - a V.756D series Viscount
Botswana registered

June 1968
A proposed sale by Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) to Botswana National Airways (BNA) as A2-ZEK was not completed.


Photo of Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) Viscount VH-TVM

Country of Registration Australia

June 1968 to June 1970

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)

VH-TVM - c/n 373 - a V.756D series Viscount
Australia registered

June 1968
A proposed sale to Botswana National Airways (BNA) as A2-ZEK was not completed.

March 1969
Noted with three of its Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed.

11 April 1970
Noted having the TAA titles and logo overpainted prior to scrapping.

June 1970
Broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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