22 January 2020
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Established 2005
Vickers Viscount Network
A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount

Owner or operator Viscount fleet lists

BEA - British European Airways Viscount c/n 152 G-AOJC
BEA - British European
Airways Corporation

Records for all owner or operators are available

Over 570 owners and operators have been involved with the Viscount. Some like Capital Airlines (USA) and BEA - British European Airways Corporation operated many while others like Air Anglia operated only one.

Viscounts operated by large airlines who had their aircraft for many years will have painted them in several different versions of their livery.

Owner or operator

Displayed will be the fleet list for the selected owner or operator together with each aircrafts history sorted by the date that the aircraft joined the fleet. NOTE: Some aircraft may have entered the fleet several times and possibly with a different registration.

Featured Aircraft - c/n 434 - VH-TVQ

Photo of Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) Viscount VH-TVQ c/n 434
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VH-TVQ - Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) - June 1959 to February 1971

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'McDouall Stuart'. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in June 1959 shortly before delivery. A nice view of the No.1 Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 525 engine and nacelle 'petal' cowlings. Vickers Photo Ref MP10350 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

Aircraft Summary

Photo of Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) Viscount VH-TVQ
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)

This aircraft c/n 434, a V.816, was built for Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) as VH-TVQ and first flew on Monday, 8 June 1959 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Consolidated Aviation Holding Pty Ltd, Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) and Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA)

Its final owner/operator was Mandala Airlines as PK-RVU.

Its fate:-

Crashed into Mount Lalaboy, Maluku Island, Indonesia on the 24 July 1992 at 16:30 (local time) at an altitude of 2,300 feet during an aborted instrument approach to Pattimura Airport, Ambon in a heavy rainstrorm, 16km from the runway. The aircraft was circling the area waiting for the weather to improve.

The service had originated from Jakarta, Indonesia via several other islands. The last stop was at Hasanudin Airport, Ujung Pandang. All 7 crew and 63 passengers on board were sadly killed.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 434 VH-TVQ
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) Viscount fleet list and photos
Australia issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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