VH-TVC. Vickers Viscount 720. c/n 46.
This was the third of six Viscounts ordered new by Trans Australia Airlines - August 19, 1952
Built at the Vickers-Armstrong Hurn factory
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TVC - June 22, 1954
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne
First flown - November 17, 1954
Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) Airport on completion of the delivery flight - December 08 , 1954
Aircraft was named 'John Oxley'
Operated first revenue service - December 23, 1954
Converted to '720C' standard during its early career
Set a speed record between Melbourne (Essendon) - Canberra of 56 minutes (Captain F. Ball) - February 01, 1955
Set a speed record between Brisbane - Mackay of 124 minutes (Captain J. Benton) - July 16, 1955
Set a speed record between Mackay - Townsville of 56 minutes (Captain J. Benton) - July 16, 1955
Set a speed record between Brisbane - Melbourne (Essendon) of 184 minutes (Captain J. Benton) - July 16, 1955
Set a speed record between Cairns - Townsville of 38 minutes (Captain J. Benton) - July 17, 1955
Set a speed record between Melbourne (Essendon) - Brisbane of 152 minutes (Captain P. Wilson) - August 10, 1955
Set a speed record between Launceston - Melbourne of 48 minutes (Captain D. Winch) - December 23, 1955
Set a speed record between Adelaide - Sydney of 107 minutes (Captain R. M. Hirst) - April 13, 1956
Set a speed record between Adelaide - Melbourne of 61 minutes (Captain L. Hughes) - August 09, 1956
Dry-leased to Ansett-ANA as part of the cross-charter agreement - March 07, 1960
This aircraft was leased to Ansett-ANA at the rate of 160 pounds 18 shillings per day
The aircraft was not registered to Ansett-ANA
During this lease the aircraft was operated in the standard Ansett-ANA livery in a 48 seat configuration
Aircraft was destroyed when it broke-up in flight and crashed into Botany Bay, Sydney - November 30, 1961
Killed were Captain S. A. Lindsay; F/O B. A. Costello; Hostesses A. M. Keldie, R. Hardy and 11 passengers
The aircraft was operating the Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Canberra service as AN325
Crash was attributed to the aircraft experiencing gust loads in excess of design limits, resulting in wing and tail failure
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 30, 1961
Aircraft had flown 16,942 hours with 12,010 cycle
To view the Accident Investigation Report please click 'HERE'
VH-TVC. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - in the original livery at the Hurn Factory, September 1954.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0129-477.)
VH-TVC. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Oxley' in the original livery at an unknown location, circa 1956.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0129-176.)
VH-TVC. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'John Oxley' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1956.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0129-140.)