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Viscount history

Discover the history of the Viscount with film, video, contemporary reports from the pages of Flight Magazine, our newsletters, and aircraft operational records and photos from our database.

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

Viscount photos by owner or operator

TCA - Trans-Canada Air Lines Viscount c/n 40 CF-TGI
TCA - Trans-Canada Air Lines

Photos for most 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 all the photos that we have on file illustrating the operational history of the Viscount with each owner or operator.

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)

Featured owner or operator

Photo of Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) Viscount VH-TVA c/n 44
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VH-TVA - Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) - October 1954 to October 1954

Delivered new to TAA - Trans - Australia Airlines named as 'John Batman'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in June 1954 on the production line before the windows were fitted. Here a group of happy workers pose for the camera. (Photo Ref KSB31231) Does anyone recognise a relative? If so, send us the details to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Keystone Press Agency Ltd

Aircraft Summary

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

This aircraft c/n 44, a V.720, was built for Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) as VH-TVA and first flew on Sunday, 29 August 1954 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Its final owner/operator was Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) as VH-TVA.

Its fate:-

Destroyed after crashing during a three engine take off while training at Mangalore Airport, Victoria, Australia 31 October 1954.

The aircraft crashed and burnt approximately one-third of a mile west of the airport.

The cause of the accident was an error of judgement on the part of the pilot-in-command in that he took the aircraft into the air at a speed below the minimum control speed, following loss of directional control during the ground run.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 44 VH-TVA
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) Viscount fleet list and photos
Australia issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Keystone Press Agency Ltd

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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