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Viscount c/n 436

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 436
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)


Australia flag Australia

This V.816 series Viscount was built for
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) as VH-TVS

It first flew on Tuesday, 1 September 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
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, Iranian Government, Iran National Airlines Corporation, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Alda Corporation, Jetair Australia / Jet Airlines Australia, Brins Finance Corporation, Gates Aviation Turbine Propeller Sales, Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO), Royal Swazi National Airways, Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC), Dan-Air London and Air Zimbabwe


Photo of Viscount c/n 436
Flying Pot Restaurant


Zimbabwe flag Zimbabwe

Its final owner/operator was
Flying Pot Restaurant as Z-WGB.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Air Zimbabwe and stored at Harare Airport, Zimbabwe in December 1990. Noted in derelict condition in June 1996.

Dismantled and moved to Chegutu, Zimbabwe circa March 1997, 70km southwest of Harare next to the main road to Kadoma and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe for use as a Bar/Restaurant together with Viscount Z-WGC (C/N 446). The port wing was not refitted. Painted in a red and white livery circa 1999. Still visible on Google Earth 18 July 2021 despite the rumours over the years that it was soon to be scrapped.


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

Country of Registration Australia

January 1959 to January 1961

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)

VH-TVS - c/n 436 - a V.816 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-TVS.

1956
This was the fourth of four V.816 Viscount ordered by Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA).

The sale to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named as 'George Evans' was not completed.

1 September 1959
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 525 engines.

It had an extra small sized window at the rear of the cabin on both sides.

Sadly, this was the last Viscount to be built at the Hurn facility.

January 1961
Converted to V.839 standard for the Iranian Government.


Photo of Iranian Government Viscount EP-MRS

Country of Registration Iran

January 1961 to March 1963

Iranian Government

EP-MRS - c/n 436 - a V.816 series Viscount
Iran registered

January 1961
Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd and converted from a V.816 to a V.839.

The conversion included the fitment of extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks and integral front 'airsteps'.

6 January 1961
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England after conversion.

13 May 1961
Arrived at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England to clear customs.

15 May 1961
Departed from Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England to Frankfurt, West Germany on delivery to Tehran, Iran.

15 May 1961
Arrived at Tehran Airport, Iran on delivery to the Iranian Government for VIP use by the Shahanshah of Iran.

1 May 1962
Seen at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands bringing the Shah of Iran to a gathering of Heads of State to help Queen Juliana and Prince Berhard celebrate their silver wedding anniversary.

13 May 1962
Seen at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England still fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

March 1963
Leased to Iran National Airlines Corporation.


Photo of Iran National Airlines Corporation (Iranair) Viscount EP-MRS

Country of Registration Iran

March 1963 to September 1964

Iran National Airlines Corporation (Iranair)

EP-MRS - c/n 436 - a V.816 series Viscount
Iran registered

Queen Juliana of Netherlands arriving at Tehran, Iran.
Queen Juliana of Netherlands
arriving at Tehran

March 1963
Leased from the Iranian Government.

circa 1963
Noted at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa June 1963 undergoing maintenance with Marshall's.

July 1963
Aircraft used by Queen Juliana of Netherlands for a visit to Iran in July 1963.

1964
Returned to the Iranian Government.


Photo of Iranian Government Viscount EP-MRS

Country of Registration Iran

September 1964 to September 1964

Iranian Government

EP-MRS - c/n 436 - a V.816 series Viscount
Iran registered

circa September 1964
Returned from Iran National Airlines Corporation lease.

29 September 1964
Sold to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).


Photo of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Viscount A6-436

Country of Registration Australia

September 1964 to December 1969

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)

A6-436 - c/n 436 - a V.816 series Viscount
Australia registered

29 September 1964
Purchased from the Iranian Government to supplement the hard pressed Convair Metropolitans and Douglas Dakotas of 34 Squadron RAAF - Royal Australian Air Force.

1 October 1964
Departed from Wisley Aifield, Surrey, England where the aircraft had been refurbished by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. The ferry flights went south across Europe, Africa and from India transited through Hong Kong, Okinawa and Guam. The aircraft was flown by 34 Squadron RAAF Commanding Officer Wing Commander Addison MVO AFC and his crew.

10 October 1964
Arrived at RAAF Fairbairn, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia after the long delivery flights.

Configured to operate with three flight crew and up to 32 passengers in a VIP layout this aircraft became the flagship, along with A6-435, of 34 Squadron's VIP fleet.

David Carter illustration of Royal Australian Air Force V.839 Viscount c/n 436 A6-436

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


13 February 1965
Noted flying in formation with sister Viscount A6-435 (C/N 435) from Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to their home base at RAAF Fairbairn, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. Australia. A6-435 had taken a flight crew down to Melbourne to collect this Viscount which had just had a major overhaul with Ansett Airlines.

March / April 1965
Used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother during her official royal tour of Australia.

November 1966
Noted with the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks removed.

January 1967
Noted with the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks refitted.

March 1969
Withdrawn from service with under 5,000 total airframe hours.

August 1969
Put up for disposal by the Australian Department of Supply.

December 1969
Sold to the Alda Corporation.


Photo of Alda Corporation Viscount N40NB

Country of Registration United States

December 1969 to January 1970

Alda Corporation

N40NB - c/n 436 - a V.816 series Viscount
United States registered

December 1969
Purchased from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in the basic RAAF livery with all military markings painted out.

9 January 1970
Sold to Jetair Australia / Jet Airlines Australia.


Photo of Jetair Australia / Jet Airlines Australia Viscount VH-EQQ

Country of Registration Australia

January 1970 to September 1970

Jetair Australia / Jet Airlines Australia

VH-EQQ - c/n 436 - a V.816 series Viscount
Australia registered

9 January 1970
Purchased from the Alda Corporation still in the basic RAAF livery with all military markings painted out.

There was a government restriction on the import of aircraft of this size, so these two Viscounts were ideal.

The company was owned by Alexander Barton and his son Thomas. Together with investors it was intended to put this aircraft and VH-EQP (C/N 435) into service in competition with the two main carriers TAA and Ansett. This never happened and the company filed for bankruptcy.

September 1970
Noted at Paya Lebar Airbase, Singapore in painted out RAAF livery during the delivery from Australia to the USA.

16 September 1970
Arrived at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in painted out RAAF livery during the delivery from Australia to the USA.

19 September 1970
Departed from Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England to Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland during the delivery from Australia to the USA.

25 September 1970
Title transferred to Brins Finance Corporation.


Photo of Brins Finance Corporation Viscount VH-EQQ

Country of Registration Australia

September 1970 to September 1970

Brins Finance Corporation

VH-EQQ - c/n 436 - a V.816 series Viscount
Australia registered

25 September 1970
Title transferred from Jetair Australia / Jet Airlines Australia after that company filed for bankruptcy.

This was another company owned by Alexander Barton and his son Thomas.

It was still in the basic Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) livery with all military marking painted out.

25 September 1970
Sold to Gates Aviation Turbine Propeller Sales.


Photo of Gates Aviation Turbine Propeller Sales Viscount VH-EQQ

Country of Registration Australia

September 1970 to June 1971

Gates Aviation Turbine Propeller Sales

VH-EQQ - c/n 436 - a V.816 series Viscount
Australia registered

25 September 1970
Purchased from Brins Finance Corporation.

It was still in basic Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) livery with all military markings painted out.

18 October 1970
Noted at Stapleton Airport, Denver, Colorado, USA.

June 1971
Sold to the Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO).


Photo of Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO) Viscount 502

Country of Registration Oman

June 1971 to June 1978

Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO)

502 - c/n 436 - a V.816 series Viscount
Oman registered

June 1971
Purchased from Gates Aviation Turbine Propeller Sales.

18 August 1971
Noted at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in full AFSO livery with arabic serial ٥٠٢ (502) and still fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

It was departing on an airtest after an avionics upgrade by Airwork Ltd.

10 October 1972
Noted at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England while on maintenance with Airwork Ltd that included the fitting of a transponder system.

Total time 4,563:20 hours.

Noted at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England after retirement from the Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO).
East Midlands Airport,
Castle Donington,
Leicestershire, England

14 February 1978
Noted stored at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England after retirement from the Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO) service.

circa June 1978
Sold to Royal Swazi National Airways.


Photo of Royal Swazi National Airways Viscount 3D-ACN

Country of Registration Swaziland

June 1978 to January 1979

Royal Swazi National Airways

3D-ACN - c/n 436 - a V.816 series Viscount
Swaziland registered

circa June 1978
Purchased from the Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO) and named as 'Ludvondvolo', which is a township in the Manzini District.

12 July 1978
Departed from Ringway Airport, Manchester, England to Matsapha International Airport, Swaziland on delivery in full livery.

January 1979
Sold to Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC).


Photo of Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC) Viscount G-BGLC

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1979 to April 1979

Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC)

G-BGLC - c/n 436 - a V.816 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

January 1979
Purchased from Royal Swazi National Airways.

19 March 1979
Re-registered to Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC) Ltd.

1 April 1979
Leased to Dan-Air London painted in their new livery.


Photo of Dan-Air London Viscount G-BGLC

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1979 to October 1980

Dan-Air London

G-BGLC - c/n 436 - a V.816 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 April 1979
Leased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC).

David Carter illustration of Dan-Air London Viscount G-BGLC

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


6 October 1980
Noted at Lulsgate, Bristol, England still in service with Dan-Air.

20 October 1980 Returned to Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC).


Photo of Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC) Viscount G-BGLC

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1980 to November 1980

Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC)

G-BGLC - c/n 436 - a V.816 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

20 October 1980 Returned from Dan-Air London lease.

1 November 1980 - date to be confirmed
Sold to Air Zimbabwe.


Photo of Air Zimbabwe Viscount VP-WGB

Country of Registration Rhodesia

November 1980 to October 1983

Air Zimbabwe

VP-WGB - c/n 436 - a V.816 series Viscount
Rhodesia registered

1 November 1980 - date to be confirmed
Purchased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC).

2 November 1980
Departed Ringway Airport, Manchester, England on delivery in ex Dan-Air London livery with registration VP-WGB applied.

October 1983
Re-registered Z-WGB.


Photo of Air Zimbabwe Viscount Z-WGB

Country of Registration Zimbabwe

October 1983 to March 1997

Air Zimbabwe

Z-WGB - c/n 436 - a V.816 series Viscount
Zimbabwe registered

October 1983
Re-registered from VP-WGB.

23 January 1985
Returned to service after an extended period in storage.

Total time 11,156:43 hours and 10,840 total landings.

17 October 1985
Total time 12,157:07 hours and 11,797 total landings.

18 October 1987
Total time 14,281:55 hours and 14,590 total landings.

28 December 1987
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) renewed.

5 December 1988
Total time 15,101:27 hours and 15,761 total landings.

Stored at Harare Airport, Zimbabwe.
Stored at Harare, Zimbabwe

November 1990
Withdrawn from service and stored at Harare Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe.

June 1996
Noted in a derelict condition.

circa March 1997
Dismantled and moved by road to Chegutu, Zimbawe, 70 km southwest from Harare for use as a bar/restaurant together with Viscount Z-WGC (C/N 446). The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Flying Pot Restaurant Viscount Z-WGB

Country of Registration Zimbabwe

March 1997 to

Flying Pot Restaurant

Z-WGB - c/n 436 - a V.816 series Viscount
Zimbabwe registered

circa March 1997
Transferred from Air Zimbabwe and dismantled and moved by road to Chegutu, Zimbabwe, 70 km southwest of Harare next to the main road to Kadoma and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe for use as a bar/restaurant together with Viscount Z-WGC (C/N 446). The port wing was not refitted. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Painted in Flying Pot Restaurant livery.
Flying Pot Restaurant livery

July 1997
Seen mounted on steel frames still in the ex Air Zimbabwe livery less titles together with Z-WGC (C/N 446) in the same condition.

October 1999
Noted painted up in 'Flying Pot Restaurant' red and white livery with a beer logo on the nose and fuselage.

The repaint date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

18 July 2021
Still visible on Google Earth (18 08' 15.97" S - 30 08' 29.76" E) despite the rumours over the years that it was soon to be scrapped.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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