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Photo of Central African Airways (CAA) Viscount VP-YNC
Rhodesia flag


VP-YNC - Central African Airways (CAA) - June 1956 to January 1968

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named as 'R M A Mlanje'. Taken at Kumalo Airport, Bulawayo, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland 17 June 1957 carrying out a dress rehearsal for a planned visit by the Queen Mother in early July as part of a Royal Tour of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. VP-YNE (C/N 102) actually carried the Queen Mother. Kumalo Airport (locally spelt Khumalo) which was built during WW II was not normally suitable for a Viscount but with a light load on board this was made possible for this occasion.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

Aircraft Summary

Photo of Central African Airways (CAA) Viscount VP-YNC
Central African Airways (CAA)

This aircraft c/n 100, a V.748D, was built for Central African Airways (CAA) as VP-YNC and first flew on Thursday, 24 May 1956 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Air Malawi, Air Rhodesia, Zambia Airways and Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia

Its final owner/operator was Air Zimbabwe as VP-YNC.

Its fate:-

Withdrawn from service by Air Zimbabwe and stored at Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in October 1983.

May have been re-registered Z-YNC on paper but this was never applied to the aircraft.

Broken up for scrap in March 1985.

A few recognisable parts were still noted lying around in November 1985.

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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