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Viscount c/n 445

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 445
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd


England flag England

This V.828 series Viscount was built for
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd as JA8203

It first flew on Thursday, 24 August 1961 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
All Nippon Airways (ANA)


Photo of Viscount c/n 445
Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA)


Indonesia flag Indonesia

Its final owner/operator was
Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA) as PK-MVG.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia circa July 1989. Last noted 4 December 1997 and subsequently broken up for scrap circa 1998. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Operational record
Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount G-ARKZ

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1961 to September 1961

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-ARKZ - c/n 445 - a V.828 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

April 1960
Order placed by All Nippon Airways (ANA) initially for three aircraft, followed by two further batches of three.

This is the third one in the first batch.

23 March 1961
Registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.

24 August 1961
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

28 August 1961
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England carrying out a single ILS approach and overshoot.

2 September 1961
UK Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) issued.

2 September 1961
Departed on delivery to All Nippon Airways (ANA) fitted with integral front 'airsteps'.

The ANA titles were not applied until it arrived in Japan.


Photo of All Nippon Airways (ANA) Viscount JA8203

Country of Registration Japan

September 1961 to September 1970

All Nippon Airways (ANA)

JA8203 - c/n 445 - a V.828 series Viscount
Japan registered

2 September 1961
Departed on delivery to All Nippon Airways (ANA) fitted with integral front 'airsteps'.

All Nippon Airways titles in Japanese and the local registration were applied after delivery.

All Nippon Airways titles were later applied in English.

7 September 1961
UK registration cancelled as aircraft exported.

All Nippon Airways titles were later applied in English.

24 September 1970
Sold to Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA).


Photo of Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA) Viscount PK-MVU

Country of Registration Indonesia

September 1970 to September 1970

Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA)

PK-MVU - c/n 445 - a V.828 series Viscount
Indonesia registered

24 September 1970
Purchased from All Nippon Airways (ANA).

It was originally allocated registration PK-MVU but for some reason this was not taken up and it was delivered registered as PK-MVG.


Photo of Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA) Viscount PK-MVG

Country of Registration Indonesia

September 1970 to December 1998

Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA)

PK-MVG - c/n 445 - a V.828 series Viscount
Indonesia registered

24 September 1970
Purchased from All Nippon Airways (ANA) and named as 'Ganeca'. Merpati means Dove (or Pigeon) in Malay and Nusantara means 'of the Indonesian Islands'

It was originally allocated registration PK-MVU but for some reason this was not taken up.

4 November 1970
Total time 17,774:31 hours.

17 September 1974
Total time 22,247 hours and 18,292 total landings.

23 April 1977
Total time 25,707 hours and 20,155 total landings.

Since the last figures in September 1974 the aircraft has flown 3460 hours and 1863 landings which means an average flight time of 1.85 hours and an average monthly utilisation of 108 hours which would be the minimum utilisation as there would be periods when it was grounded for scheduled maintenance.

25 February 1981
Departed from Jakarta, Indonesia to Manila, Philippines in its way to Taiwan for maintenance. This sector took 8 hours and 17 minutes with 3 landings.

26 February 1981
Arrived at Taipei,Taiwan for overhaul and repaint in a later livery before Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) renewal with Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT).

This sector took 3 hours and 20 minutes with 2 landings.

20 April 1981
Air tested after overhaul with Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) which lasted for 30 mintes.

20 April 1981
Departed from Taipei,Taiwan to Manila, Philippines in its way back to Merpati. This sector took 3 hours and 17 minutes with 2 landings.

21 April 1981
Arrived at Jakarta, Indonesia from Manila, Philippines in its way back to Merpati. This sector took 6 hours and 11 minutes with 3 landings.

16 April 1984
Noted renamed as ' Siberut' which is one of the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia.

11 January 1985
Overran after landing at Medan Airport, Maluku Island, Indonesia.

During the approach the hydraulics failed and the pilot elected to land on the grass to the right of the runway to assist in the stopping of the aircraft which resulted in the collapse of the port undercarriage leg and damage to the port propellers and shockloading of the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 525F engines.

There were no serious injuries to the 5 crew and 13 passengers on board.

Repaired and returned to service.

circa July 1989
Withdrawn from service and stored at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia.
The actual date is not known.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

29 July 1989
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) expired.

April 1992
Noted still stored but now minus its Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

4 December 1997
Last noted still stored.

circa 1998
Broken up for scrap.
The actual date is not known.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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