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Viscount c/n 440

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 440
Austrian Airlines (AUA)


Austria flag Austria

This V.837 series Viscount was built for
Austrian Airlines (AUA) as OE-LAK

It first flew on Friday, 4 March 1960 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Austrian Air Transport, Shackleton Aviation Ltd, Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC), Lineas Aereas la Urraca (LAU), and Aerovias del Cesar (Aerocesar Colombia)


Photo of Viscount c/n 440
Aerovias del Cesar / Aerocesar Colombia


Colombia flag Colombia

Its final owner/operator was
Aerovias del Cesar / Aerocesar Colombia as HK-1412.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC) and stored at El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá, Colombia in January 1980.

Title transferred to Aerovias del Cesar (Aerocesar Colombia) due to a corporate name change but the aircraft remained stored at Eldorado, Bogotá, Colombia in TAC livery.

Offered for sale but it remained stored. No further sightings so presumed as scrapped.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Operational record
Photo of Austrian Airlines (AUA) Viscount OE-LAK

Country of Registration Austria

March 1960 to April 1970

Austrian Airlines (AUA)

OE-LAK - c/n 440 - a V.837 series Viscount
Austria registered

1959
Originally laid down for Ansett - ANA Airlines as a V.832 but the sale was not completed.

Re-designated as a generic V.810U by Vickers pending a sale.

Converted during final construction to V.837 standard for Austrian Airlines (AUA).

4 March 1960
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England. Some reports quote 3 March 1960.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying.

10 March 1960
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England carrying out a single ILS approach and overshoot.

12 March 1960
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out multiple ILS approaches and overshoots.

21 March 1960
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England to London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England during the delivery to Austrian Airlines (AUA).

It was fitted with integral front 'airsteps' and extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Named as 'Johann Strauss' after arrival in Austria.

The name was painted on the forward cabin door.

circa 1963
The name was repositioned on the lower forward fuselage after the introduction of a revised livery.

1 April 1970
Leased to Austrian Air Transport.


Photo of Austrian Air Transport Viscount OE-LAK

Country of Registration Austria

April 1970 to October 1970

Austrian Air Transport

OE-LAK - c/n 440 - a V.837 series Viscount
Austria registered

1 April 1970
Leased from Austrian Airlines (AUA). It remained in full Austrian Airlines (AUA) livery and replaced OE-IAM (C/N 442).

Austrian Air Transport was a subsidiary of Austrian Airlines (AUA) who held a 40% share.

1 September 1970
Returned to Austrian Airlines (AUA).


Photo of Austrian Airlines (AUA) Viscount OE-LAK

Country of Registration Austria

September 1970 to October 1971

Austrian Airlines (AUA)

OE-LAK - c/n 440 - a V.837 series Viscount
Austria registered

1 September 1970
Returned from Austrian Air Transport lease.

6 October 1971
Sold to Shackleton Aviation Ltd.


Photo of Shackleton Aviation Ltd Viscount OE-LAK

Country of Registration Austria

October 1971 to January 1972

Shackleton Aviation Ltd

OE-LAK - c/n 440 - a V.837 series Viscount
Austria registered

6 October 1971
Purchased from Austrian Airlines (AUA).

6 October 1971
Ferried to Baginton Airport, Coventry, England in AUA livery minus titles.

24 October 1971
Noted with the OE part of the registration painted out.

17 January 1972
Sold to Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC).


Photo of Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC) Viscount HK-1412

Country of Registration Colombia

January 1972 to March 1972

Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC)

HK-1412 - c/n 440 - a V.837 series Viscount
Colombia registered

1 January 1972
Purchased from Shackleton Aviation Ltd.

8 January 1972
Noted with the Colombian registration applied to the ex Austrian Airlines (AUA) livery.

18 January 1972
Noted at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland on delivery to Colombia still in the ex Austrian Airlines (AUA) livery minus titles with the Colombian registration applied.

circa March 1972
Leased to Lineas Aereas la Urraca (LAU) in full livery. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Lineas Aereas la Urraca (LAU) Viscount HK-1412

Country of Registration Colombia

March 1972 to September 1972

Lineas Aereas la Urraca (LAU)

HK-1412 - c/n 440 - a V.837 series Viscount
Colombia registered

circa March 1972
Leased from Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC) in full livery named as 'Yurupary'.

'Yurupary' is the lingua franca name for an Amazonian culture hero who established order in nature and society and taught men rules of ritual conduct.

circa September 1972
Returned to Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC).

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


Photo of Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC) Viscount HK-1412

Country of Registration Colombia

September 1972 to January 1980

Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC)

HK-1412 - c/n 440 - a V.837 series Viscount
Colombia registered

circa September 1972
Returned from Lineas Aereas la Urraca (LAU) lease. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

18 September 1972
Noted stored at Medellin, Colombia with all four Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed.

October 1972
Noted painted up in full TAC livery at Eldorado International Airport, Bogotá, Colombia but still awaiting replacement Dart engines.

November 1972
Returned to service in full TAC livery. The actual date is not known.

Painted in the TAC - Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda 'White Cabin' livery.
TAC - Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda 'White Cabin' livery

circa 1976
Painted in the Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC) 'White Cabin' livery.

February 1977
Noted at Eldorado International Airport, Bogotá, Colombia in the Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC) 'White Cabin' livery.

circa January 1980
Withdrawn from service and stored at Eldorado International Airport, Bogotá, Colombia.
The actual date is not known.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

January 1980
Title transferred to Aerovias del Cesar (Aerocesar Colombia) due to a corporate name change.
The actual date is not known.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Aerovias del Cesar / Aerocesar Colombia Viscount HK-1412

Country of Registration Colombia

January 1980 to

Aerovias del Cesar / Aerocesar Colombia

HK-1412 - c/n 440 - a V.837 series Viscount
Colombia registered

January 1980
Title transferred from Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC) due to a corporate name change but the aircraft remained stored at Eldorado International Airport, Bogotá, Colombia in TAC livery.

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

Offered for sale but it remained stored.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

No further sightings so presumed as scrapped.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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