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A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount
   

Viscount c/n 451

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 451
Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)


China flag China

This V.843 series Viscount was built for
Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) as 402

It first flew on Thursday, 14 March 1963 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


Photo of Viscount c/n 451
Bouraq Indonesia Airlines


Indonesia flag Indonesia

Its final owner/operator was
Bouraq Indonesia Airlines as PK-IVZ.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia in August 1993. Broken up for scrap circa June 2003.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1962 to July 1963

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-ASDP - c/n 451 - a V.843 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

December 1961
An unexpected order was placed by Machimpex, a Chinese Government import / export organisation, on behalf of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for six aircraft.

The US Government were unhappy with the acceptance of this order and would not allow any US manufactured equipment to be installed on these aircraft.

8 November 1962
Due to the political nature of this order the aircraft was initially registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.

14 March 1963
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

26 June 1963
UK Certificate of Airworthiness issued.

At some point the aircraft was transferred to Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England prior to delivery.
The actual date is not known.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

6 July 1963
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on delivery to CAAC with a British flight crew.

The aircraft was painted white with a polished metal lower half of the fuselage.

14 July 1963
Departed from Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong on the final part of the delivery using the callsign '84301'.

16 July 1963
Arrived at Beijing, China on delivery to Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

16 July 1963
UK registration cancelled as aircraft exported.


Photo of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) Viscount 402

Country of Registration China

July 1963 to July 1974

Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)

402 - c/n 451 - a V.843 series Viscount
China registered

16 July 1963
Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd after delivery and registered as 402.

circa July 1974
Re-registered as B-402.
The actual date is not known.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) Viscount B-402

Country of Registration China

July 1974 to April 1983

Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)

B-402 - c/n 451 - a V.843 series Viscount
China registered

circa July 1974
Re-registered from 402.
The actual date is not known.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

David Carter illustration of Civil Aviation Administration of China Viscount B-402

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


14 April 1983
Sold to Bouraq Indonesia Airlines.


Photo of Bouraq Indonesia Airlines Viscount RP-C792

Country of Registration Philippines

April 1983 to August 1983

Bouraq Indonesia Airlines

RP-C792 - c/n 451 - a V.843 series Viscount
Philippines registered

14 April 1983
Purchased from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

The sale was brokered through Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO).

29 May 1983
Delivered to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia using a Philippine registration. Why? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

25 August 1983
Re-registered PK-IVZ.


Photo of Bouraq Indonesia Airlines Viscount PK-IVZ

Country of Registration Indonesia

August 1983 to June 2003

Bouraq Indonesia Airlines

PK-IVZ - c/n 451 - a V.843 series Viscount
Indonesia registered

25 August 1983
Re-registered from RP-C792.

22 March 1987
After landing at Sepinggan Airport, Balikpapan, Kalimantan, Indonesia the nose undercarriage leg collapsed and the aircraft veered off the runway.

Repaired and returned to service.

7 June 1988
Whilst taxying at Menado International Airport, North Sulawesi, Indonesia it struck a CASA 212-200 belonging to Merpati Nusantara Airlines.

Repaired and returned to service.

6 November 1992
Total time 28,559 hours and 19,570 total landings.

circa August 1993
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

March 2000
Noted in very poor condition decaying rapidly from the high humidity and heavy rainfalls.

circa June 2003
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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