Viscount V.816 VH-TVR
The Vickers Viscount was the first modern postwar turboprop airliner to
enter service in Australia, its arrival signalled the beginning of the
end of the piston engined airliner in Australia.
flown in 1948, the Vickers Viscount was designed by Vickers in the UK in
response to the
Brabazon Committee’s recommendations on post-war airliner
requirements. The prototype first
flew on 16 July 1948, and 444 were produced before production ceased in
four Rolls Royce Dart turbo-prop engines, the Viscount was widely used
in Australia by TAA, Ansett, Butler Air Transport, MacRobertson Miller
Airlines and the RAAF.
Seating was usually provided for 47 passengers.
Following a series of accidents, the early Series 700 Viscounts
were grounded in Australia, although the later 800 series continued to
The Viscount was a dominant force in the Australian domestic airline
industry, competing against DC3, DC4 and DC-6B airliners, a total of 31
civil Viscounts flew with Australian Airlines from 1954 to 1970, at the
time of placing its Viscount order, TAA became only the fourth airline
in the world to purchase a non piston engined airliner.
The RAAF purchased two V.816 Viscounts for VIP use in 1964,as A6-435 and
Museum’s Viscount was built in 1958 as a V.818 and was delivered to the Cuban
National Airline, CUBANA, as CU-T622 in August 1959.
During its Cuban service the Viscount is thought to have acted
occasionally as the personal transport of Cuban Dictator, Fidel Castro. Following delicate negotiations, the Viscount was purchased
by TAA in 1961 and flown to Australia where it was registered VH-TVR and
named “John Murray” as a converted V.816 Viscount.
was retired in February 1970 and was donated to the Museum by TAA in
VH-TVR is the sole remaining Viscount in Australia and one of 23
preserved world wide.
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about the worlds first turbo-prop airliner, and on other preserved
1990HP Rolls Royce Darts
85 feet 8 inches
( 26.13 m)
93 feet 11
26 feet 9
( 8.16 m)
43,200 pounds (empty)
( 19,613 kg)
72,500 pounds (loaded)
( 32,915 kg)
( 571 kph)
( 2051 km)
27,000 feet ( 8235 m)