VH-TVF. Vickers Viscount 720. c/n 49.


 

Last of six Viscounts ordered by Trans-Australia Airlines - August 19, 1952

Built at the Vickers-Armstrong Hurn factory

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TVF - June 22, 1954

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

First flown - January 30, 1955

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) at the conclusion of the delivery flight - April 02, 1955

Known ferry crew: Captain Morey; F/O James; Navigator Randall; Radio Operator Allan

Aircraft was named 'Ernest Giles'

Operated first revenue service - April 18, 1955

Converted to '720C' standard during its early career

Set a speed record Adelaide - Perth of 4 hours 27 minutes (Captain R. M. Green) - March 23, 1955

Set a speed record Adelaide - Melbourne (Essendon) of 62 minutes (Captain L. Thrift) - October 14, 1955

Set a speed record Sydney - Melbourne (Essendon) of 78 minutes (Captain T. B. Shaw) - August 23, 1957

Set a speed record Brisbane - Townsville of 137 minutes (Captain B. Fuller) - August 28, 1957

Set a speed record Launceston - Hobart of 19 minutes (Captain V. J. Glann) - August 30, 1957

Set a speed record Melbourne - Launceston of 45 minutes (Captain I. Black) - September 14, 1957

Set a speed record Cairns - Townsville of 37 minutes (Captain C. Howard) - September 19, 1957

Set a speed record Brisbane - Townsville of 122 minutes (Captain D. Lawrence) - October 21, 1957

Set a speed record Hobart - Sydney of 115 minutes (Captain R. Andrews) - February 22, 1958

Dry-leased to Ansett-ANA on cross-charter - March 06, 1960

Leased to Ansett for 160 pounds 18 shillings per day and configured to seat 48 First Class passengers

Returned to Trans Australia Airlines on the termination of the lease - September 26, 1966

Returned to service with Trans-Australia Airlines - October 12, 1966

Aircraft was renamed 'Peter Warburton'

Dry-leased to Ansett-ANA - January 18, 1967 to April 17, 1967

Operated in the basic T.A.A. livery with white tail and Ansett-ANA cabin roof titles

Withdrawn from T.A.A. service and placed in open storage at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - June 07, 1967

Sold to Keagan Aviation, England - September 21, 1967

Flown to Southend, England and placed in storage

Sold to Flight Spares Ltd - January 16, 1970

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 30, 1970

Stipped for parts and scrapped - February 1970

Had flown 28,748 hours / 20,936 cycles

 


 

VH-TVF. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - in the original livery at Melbourne Airport, July 1956.

VH-TVF. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - in the original livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1956.

VH-TVF. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - in the original ivery, locate and date unknown.

VH-TVF. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - in the original livery at Coolangatta Airport, August 1959.

 

VH-TVF. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, June 1964.

VH-TVF. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, December 1965.

 

VH-TVF. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, May 1966.

VH-TVF. Ansett-ANA - in the basic TAA livery at Sydney Airport, February 1967.

VH-TVF. Ansett-ANA - in the basic TAA livery at Sydney Airport, February 1967.

VH-TVF. Ansett-ANA - in the basic TAA livery at Sydney Airport, March 1967.

VH-TVF. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, April 1967.

VH-TVF. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the standard livery at Southend Airport, date unknown.

VH-TVF. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the standard livery at Southend Airport, August 1968.
VH-TVF. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the standard livery at Southend Airport, September 1968.