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A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount

Viscount c/n 459

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 459
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

England flag England

This V.828 series Viscount was built for
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd as JA8210

It first flew on Wednesday, 19 December 1962 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 459
Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA)

Indonesia flag Indonesia

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

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia in October 1989. Broken up for scrap in November 1992.

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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1962 to February 1963

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-ASBR - c/n 459 - a V.828 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

April 1960
Order placed by All Nippon Airways (ANA) as a Type 828, initially for three aircraft, followed by two further batches of three.

This is the third one in the third batch.

4 July 1962
Registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.

19 December 1962
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

1 February 1963
UK Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) issued.

3 February 1963
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 JA8210

Country of Registration Japan

February 1963 to March 1970

All Nippon Airways (ANA)

JA8210 - c/n 459 - a V.828 series Viscount
Japan registered

3 February 1963
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.

8 February 1963
UK registration cancelled as aircraft exported.

March 1970
Sold to Merpati Nusantara Airlines.

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

Country of Registration Indonesia

March 1970 to November 1992

Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA)

PK-MVM - c/n 459 - a V.828 series Viscount
Indonesia registered

March 1970
Purchased from All Nippon Airways (ANA) and named as 'Merauke' which is one of the most easternmost towns in the Merauke Regency, Papua Province. Merpati means Dove (or Pigeon) in Malay and Nusantara means 'of the Indonesian Islands'

Later re-named as 'Lombok' which is an Indonesian Island in the Lesser Sunda chain.

17 September 1974
Total time 21,604 hours and 16,585 total landings.

25 April 1977
Total time 24,987 hours and 18,511 total landings.

17 August 1979
Total time 28,464:17 hours and 20,596 total landings.

4 October 1982
Noted at Taipei, Taiwan undergoing maintenance with Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT).

8 October 1982
Departed from Taipei, Taiwan to Manila, Philippines on its return to Merpati. This sector took 3 hours and 3 minutes with 2 landings.

8 October 1982
Arrived at Jakarta, Indonesia from Manila, Philippines on its return to Merpati. This sector took 6 hours and 17 minutes with 3 landings.

June 1983
Noted in a 'Brown and Orange' livery.

Painted in the Merpati Nusantara Airlines ‘Brown & Orange‘ livery.
Merpati Nusantara Airlines
‘Brown & Orange‘ livery

June 1987
Noted in a 'Turquoise Tail' livery.

Painted in the Merpati Nusantara Airlines ‘White Fuselage‘ livery.
Merpati Nusantara Airlines
‘White Fuselage‘ livery

March 1989
Withdrawn from service and stored at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia.

October 1989
Noted still stored but now minus its Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

November 1992
Broken up for scrap.

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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