VH-TVP. Vickers Viscount 816. c/n 433.

 

Built at the Vickers-Armstrong Hurn factory for Trans Australia Airlines

First flown - May 08, 1959

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TVP - May 23, 1959

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Arrived at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport on completion of the delivery flight - May 29, 1959

Ferry crew: Captains J. Benton, B. K. Fuller, A. Aydon; Navigators D. M. Wilson, D. V. McLean;

Aircraft was named 'John Gould'

Operated first revenue service - June 04, 1959

Operated last passenger revenue service Canberra - Melbourne (Essendon) as TN473 - August 18, 1970

This was the last Vickers Viscount passenger service to be flown in Australia

Operated final service with T.A.A. as a freighter Hobart - Melbourne (Essendon) - August 28, 1970

Was damaged when the port wing was struck by a low loader at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - August 28, 1970

Plans to continue using this Viscount as a freighter were then shelved

It was repaired but did not re-enter company service

Sold to Consolidated Aviation Holdings Pty Ltd, Sydney - April 03, 1971

Sold to Australian Aircraft Sales Pty Ltd, Sydney - April 03, 1971

Sold to Far Eastern Air Transport - April 1971

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 05, 1971

Entered onto the Taiwanese Aircraft Register as B-2025 - ?

Leased to Air Vietnam - March 29, 1973 - March 1974

Sold to Mandala Airlines, Indonesia - August 1976

Entered onto the Indonesian Aircraft Register as PK-RVS - ?

Aircraft was named 'Avatara'

Was withdrawn from service and stored at Jakarta - April 1993

Aircraft was scrapped at Jakarta

 

VH-TVP. TAA Trans- Australia Airlines - 'John Gould' in the original 'dayglow' livery at Hurn Airport, May 1959.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0129-072.)

VH-TVP. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Gould' in the revised 'dayglow' livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0129-189.)

VH-TVP. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Gould' in the revised 'dayglow' livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0129-146.)

VH-TVP. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Gould' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 0129-316.)

VH-TVP. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Gould' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 0129-315.)

VH-TVP. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Gould' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 1966.

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VH-TVP. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Gould' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 1967.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0129-454.)

VH-TVP. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Gould' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 13, 1967.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0129-039.)

VH-TVP. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Gould' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 13, 1967.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0129-040.)

VH-TVP. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Gould' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 13, 1967.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0129-041.)

VH-TVP. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Gould' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0129-445.)

VH-TVP. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Gould' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 22, 1969.

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VH-TVP. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Gould' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 22, 1969.

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VH-TVP. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Gould' in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 20, 1970.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0129-073.)

VH-TVP. TAA The Nation's Jetline - 'John Gould' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0129-446.)

VH-TVP. TAA - in the basic livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, February 1971.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0129-203.)

B-2025. Far Eastern Air Transport - in the standard livery at Taipei Airport, November 1977.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0129-281.)

PK-RVS. Mandala Airlines - 'Avatara' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, June 1983.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0129-074.)

PK-RVS. Mandala Airlines - 'Avatara' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, August 1986.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0129-100.)