DescriptionThe Vickers Viscount was a British medium-range turboprop airliner first flown in 1948 by Vickers-Armstrongs.
The Viscount was a four engined, turbo-prop airliner, initially designed to carry 32 passengers, but development resulted in the final Model 810 carrying up to 75 passengers. The Viscount was well received by the public for its cabin conditions, which included pressurisation, reductions in vibration and noise, and panoramic windows. It became one of the most successful and profitable of the first post-war transport aircraft; 445 Viscounts were built for a range of international customers, including in North America.
In Australia, the Viscount was operated by TAA, Butler Air Transport (an airline servicing NSW and Qld country towns, and acquired by Australian National Airways, which was in turn taken over by Ansetts to form Ansett-ANA). Two Viscounts were also operated by the RAAF No. 34 VIP Squadron.
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- 2 pilots + cabin crew, 75 passengers
- 85 ft 8 in (26.11 m)
- 93 ft 8 in (28.55 m)
- 26 ft 9 in (8.15 m)
- Wing Area:
- 963 sq ft (89.5 m2)
- Empty Weight:
- 41,276 lb (18,722 kg)
- 67,500 lb (30,617 kg)
- 4 × Rolls-Royce Dart Mk 525 turboprop, 1,990 hp (1,484 kW) each
- Maximum speed: 352 mph (566 km/h; 306 kn)
- 1,380 mi (1,199 nmi; 2,221 km)