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Viscount c/n 431

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 431
Türk Hava Yollari - Turkish Airlines (THY)


Turkey flag Turkey

This V.794D series Viscount was built for
Türk Hava Yollari - Turkish Airlines (THY) as TC-SES

It first flew on Sunday, 12 October 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Türk Hava Kuvvetleri


Photo of Viscount c/n 431
Anadolu Universitesi - School of Civil Aviation


Turkey flag Turkey

Its final owner/operator was
Anadolu Universitesi - School of Civil Aviation as 431.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Etimesgut Air Base, Ankara, Turkey in 1990. Transferred to Hasan Polatkan Airport, Eskişehir, Turkey for use as a ground instructional aircraft by students from the nearby Anadolu Universitesi - School of Civil Aviation circa January 1999. Noted still in existence on Google Earth in September 2014. Noted replaced by a large tri-jet aircraft 8 March 2015. Does anyone know what happened to it? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Operational record
Photo of Türk Hava Yollari - Turkish Airlines (THY) Viscount TC-SES

Country of Registration Turkey

October 1958 to March 1971

Türk Hava Yollari - Turkish Airlines (THY)

TC-SES - c/n 431 - a V.794D series Viscount
Turkey registered

12 October 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

24 October 1958
Delivered to Türk Hava Yollari - Turkish Airlines (THY).

26 October 1964
Arrived at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England.

27 October 1964
Departed from Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England.

7 April 1970
A takeoff at Yeşilköy Airport, Istanbul, Turkey was abandoned for some reason and the aircraft ran off the end of the runway resulting in damage to the undercarriage, curled propellers and shockloaded Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

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

Repaired and returned to service.

12 March 1971
Transferred to Türk Hava Kuvvetleri (Turkish Air Force).


Photo of Türk Hava Kuvvetleri (Turkish Air Force) Viscount 431

Country of Registration Turkey

March 1971 to January 1999

Türk Hava Kuvvetleri (Turkish Air Force)

431 - c/n 431 - a V.794D series Viscount
Turkey registered

12 March 1971
Transferred from Türk Hava Yollari - Turkish Airlines (THY).

May 1977
Noted at Stansted Airport, Essex, England undegoing scheduled maintenance with Aviation Traders (Engineering) Ltd (ATEL).

September 1978
Noted at Stansted Airport, Essex, England undegoing scheduled maintenance with Aviation Traders (Engineering) Ltd (ATEL).

2 October 1983
Noted at Stansted Airport, Essex, England undergoing heavy maintenance with Aviation Traders (Engineering) Ltd (ATEL).

1990
Withdrawn from service and stored at Etimesgut Air Base, Ankara, Turkey.

circa January 1999
Transferred to Anadolu Airport, Eskisehir, Turkey for use as an instructional airframe by the nearby Anadolu Universitesi - School of Civil Aviation.


Photo of Anadolu Universitesi - School of Civil Aviation Viscount 431

Country of Registration Turkey

January 1999 to

Anadolu Universitesi - School of Civil Aviation

431 - c/n 431 - a V.794D series Viscount
Turkey registered

circa January 1999
Transferred from Türk Hava Kuvvetleri (Turkish Air Force) to Hasan Polatkan Airport, Eskişehir, Turkey for use as a ground instructional aircraft by students from the nearby Anadolu Universitesi - School of Civil Aviation.

2 September 2014
Noted still in existence on Google Earth.

8 March 2015
Noted replaced by a large tri-jet aircraft in the same position at the airport.

Does anyone know what happened to it? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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