VH-TVC. Vickers Viscount 720. c/n 46.


Third 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-TVC - June 22, 1954

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

First flown - November 17, 1954

Arrived Melbourne's Essendon Airport at conclusion of delivery flight - December 8 , 1954

Aircraft was named 'John Oxley'

Operated its first revenue service - December 23, 1954

Converted to '720C' standard during its early career

Set a speed record between Melbourne-Canberra of 56 minutes (Capt F. Ball) - February 1, 1955

Set a speed record between Brisbane-Mackay of 124 minutes (Capt J. Benton) - July 16, 1955

Set a speed record between Mackay-Townsville of 56 minutes (Capt J. Benton) - July 16, 1955

Set a speed record between Brisbane-Melbourne of 184 minutes (Capt J. Benton) - July 16, 1955

Set a speed record between Cairns-Townsville of 38 minutes (Capt J. Benton) - July 17, 1955

Set a speed record between Melbourne-Brisbane of 152 minutes (Capt P. Wilson) - August 10, 1955

Set a speed record between Launceston-Melbourne of 48 minutes (Capt D. Winch) - December 23, 1955

Set a speed record between Adelaide-Sydney of 107 minutes (Capt R.M. Hirst) - April 13, 1956

Set a speed record between Adelaide-Melbourne of 61 minutes (Capt L. Hughes) - August 9, 1956

Dry-leased to Ansett-ANA as part of the cross-charter agreement - March 7, 1960

Leased at rate of 160 pounds 18 shillings per day

Was not registered to Ansett-ANA

During this lease the aircraft was operated in full Ansett-ANA livery in a 48 seat configuration

Aircraft destroyed when it broke-up in flight and crashed into Botany Bay, Sydney - November 30, 1961

Killed were Capt S.A. Lindsay; F/O B.A. Costello; Hostesses A.M. Keldie, R. Hardy & 11 passengers

Aircraft was operating flight AN325 Sydney-Canberra

Crash attributed to aircraft experiencing gust loads in excess of design limits, resulting in wing & tail failure

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 30, 1961

Aircraft had flown 16,942 hours with 12,010 cycles


VH-TVC. Trans Australia Airlines - in the original 'silver tail' livery, location & date unknown.

VH-TVC. Trans Australia Airlines - in the original 'silver tail' livery at Sydney Airport, June 1956.