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Viscount c/n 414

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 414
ANSETT-ANA


Australia flag Australia

This V.832 series Viscount was built for
ANSETT-ANA as VH-RMG

It first flew on Monday, 23 February 1959 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)


Photo of Viscount c/n 414
Mandala Airlines


Indonesia flag Indonesia

Its final owner/operator was
Mandala Airlines as PK-RVP.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia in October 1994. Not broken up for scrap until circa April 2004.


Operational record
Photo of ANSETT-ANA Viscount VH-RMG

Country of Registration Australia

March 1959 to April 1970

ANSETT-ANA

VH-RMG - c/n 414 - a V.832 series Viscount
Australia registered

23 July 1958
An order for four aircraft was placed by Ansett-ANA. ANA stands for Australian National Airways.

23 February 1959
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

10 March 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England during the test flight period.

12 March 1959
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) issued and aircraft handed over to Ansett-ANA at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England.

It was fitted with integral front 'airsteps' and had a rear lounge which was not occupied during the takeoff or landing phases.

14 March 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England departing on delivery to Australia.

Vickers pilot Peter Marsh accompanied the ANSETT-ANA crew on the delivery of this aircraft as he was scheduled to carry out crew training while in Australia.

circa 17 March 1959
Noted at Zamboango Airport, Mindanao, Southern Philippines during the delivery to Australia. This was a routine refuelling stop.

Originally configured with 52 seats, this was later changed to 63 seats. At this time the rear lounge was removed.

9 January 1960
During an approach to Cairns Airport, Queensland, Australia the flight crew forgot to adjust the engine high pressure fuel cocks to allow the propeller locks to withdraw and achieve the ground fine pitch angle as they throttled back on touchdown.

As a consequence all four Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 525 engines were burnt out and seized during the landing run.

There were no reported injuries to the 31 passengers and 4 crew on board.

Replacement engines were fitted and the aircraft returned to service.

6 July 1961
Total time 6,107:34 hours.

23 May 1962
Total time 8,225:18 hours.

V832 De Luxe Ansett-ANA titles painted on the tail.
V832 De Luxe Ansett-ANA
titles painted on the tail

circa 1963
V832 De Luxe ANSETT-ANA titles painted on the tail.

7 September 1963
Total time 11,238:51 hours.

The nose undercarriage leg collapsed on landing at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
The nose leg collapsed on
landing at Eagle Farm Airport

6 January 1967
After landing at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on runway 22 on flight 103 from Townsville at 11:25 local time the aircraft failed to slow down, started to skid sideways and ran off the end of the runway which resulted in the collapse of the nose undercarriage leg as it dug into the soft ground.

All four propellers sustained some curling resulting in shockload damage to the Rolls-Royce Dart engines with some deformation of the No.1 and No.2 engine nacelles.

The No.2 propeller freely rotated indicating a failure of the internal driveshaft from the turbine.

There was substantial damage to the nose undercarriage area and the lower forward fuselage skin was penetrated.

All four propellers were found to be in the flight-fine pitch position rather than the ground-fine pitch position as indicated by the paint mark on the propeller hubs and there was also evidence in the cockpit that the lever was still in the flight-fine pitch position.

Both pilots accepted that they had forgotten to select ground-fine pitch after landing which was a contributory factor as it did not give them any propeller disc braking action and the wet and slippery runway prevented full control under wheel braking.

The aircraft was being flown by Captain J A Farell with C F J Denaro as First Officer with Stewardesses Miss S R Evans and Miss R Gowland in the cabin.

There were no injuries to the 54 passengers or 4 crew on board but one female passsenger was taken away by ambulance as she had become ill during the flight.

Repaired locally and returned to service.

Viscount II Ansett-ANA titles painted on the tail.
Viscount II Ansett-ANA
titles painted on the tail

circa 1968
Viscount II Ansett-ANA titles painted on the tail'.

August 1969
Withdrawn from service and stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

13 February 1970
Current Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) expired.

1 April 1970
Sold to Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT).


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

Country of Registration Australia

April 1970 to April 1970

Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)

VH-RMG - c/n 414 - a V.832 series Viscount
Australia registered

1 April 1970
Purchased from ANSETT-ANA.

8 April 1970
Delivered to Songshan Airport, Taipei, Taiwan from Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia still carrying the Australian registration.

13 April 1970
Registered B-2015 for Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)


Photo of Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) Viscount B-2015

Country of Registration Taiwan

April 1970 to May 1976

Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)

B-2015 - c/n 414 - a V.832 series Viscount
Taiwan registered

13 April 1970
Registered B-2015 for Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)

Registered address: - No.36 Kuan Chien Road, Taipei, Taiwan.

24 July 1972
Total time 27,561:02 hours and 22,711 total landings.

18 October 1974
Total time 30,551:37 hours and 27,576 total landings.

23 May 1975
Total time 31,588:22 hours and 28,377 total landings.

5 April 1976
Total time 32,434:17 hours and 29,607 total landings.

4 May 1976
Sold to Mandala Airlines and registration cancelled.


Photo of Mandala Airlines Viscount PK-RVP

Country of Registration Indonesia

May 1976 to April 2004

Mandala Airlines

PK-RVP - c/n 414 - a V.832 series Viscount
Indonesia registered

4 May 1976
Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) and named as 'Christina Martha Tiahahu Nona Atz'.

Later renamed as 'Airlangga'.

Painted in the Mandala 'Logo tail' livery.
Painted in the Mandala
'Logo tail' livery

27 June 1977
Total time 35,249:26 and 30,837 total landings.

31 March 1979
Total time 36,038:02 and 31,553 total landings.

19 December 1980
Total time 37,664:00 and 32,978 total landings.

circa 1982
Painted in the Mandala 'Logo tail' livery.

29 May 1983
Total time 40,087:43 and 34,116 total landings.

12 August 1984
Total time 41,607:32 and 35,557 total landings.

October 1994
Withdrawn from service and stored at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia.

July 2002
Noted in derelict condition.

circa April 2004
Broken up for scrap.


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