VICKERS 756D VISCOUNT VH-TVJ
MSN 148

(Nose section only)

 

 

QAM thanks David Bussey for funding the acquisition of this exhibit.

 


14JUN56
  First flown at Hurn.
22JUN56
  Delivered to Trans-Australia Airlines as VH-TVJ "John Forrest".
26JUN56
  Arrived Essendon on delivery flight ex UK.
12JUL56
  Entered service with TAA on eastern routes ex Melbourne. Overnighted Brisbane 12/13 July.
19DEC57
  Damaged in a collision with a hangar at Launceston.
01APR58
 

Struck machinery after running off the runway at Eagle Farm, Brisbane. The aircraft was out of service for approximately three weeks for repairs. The incident was reported in The Courier-Mail, Brisbane of 2 April 1958 as follows:

EAGLE FARM ALERT AS AIRLINER HITS BIG MACHINE

A T.A.A. Viscount shot off the end of the runway in an uncontrollable skid after it landed at Brisbane Airport yesterday. It ploughed 150 yards SIDEWAYS through swampy ground and crashed into a heavy steel bitumen-spreading machine. Airport fire engines dashed to the plane but it did not catch fire - and none of the 43 passengers and crew on board was injured. They escaped through emergency hatches in the sides of the aircraft.

Andy to fore

As they did so an engineer, Andy Logan, crawled into the three-feet high space between the aircraft's belly and the ground to force open an emergency hatch to disconnect batteries still pumping fuel to the turning engines. The crash impact was not sufficient to start automatic gear which immediately disconnects electrical circuits as a fire safeguard. Logan was one of a number of engineers who ran from the nearby T.A.A. maintenance hangar with hand fire extinguishers as the crash siren from the airport control tower screamed its warning.

Brakes fail

The aircraft, the John Forrest, with passengers from Melbourne and Sydney, went into the skid when its brakes failed as it landed in light rain on the eastern end of the field at 4.24pm. The crash into the bitumen-spreader spun the big plane around but it stopped the skid 50 yards from a six- feet deep gully.

The wrecked spreader;

  • Tore a jagged two-foot hole in the aluminium skin under the aircraft's nose.
  • Smashed the nosewheel upwards until it was almost parallel with the ground.
  • Crumpled the port side wheels.

The spreader was being used in the construction of a new runway at the drome.

Big furrow

The tricycle undercarriage of the aircraft gouged furrows a foot deep through the marshy ground before it stopped. The passengers climbed down the gangways and crossed the marshy ground to a bus which took them the 300 yards to the T.A.A. terminal. The crew were - Captain W.F. Harris of Arnold Street, Holland Park; First Officer A. Philp of Main Street, Kangaroo Point; Hostesses N. Isles of Kensington, Sydney and J. Vickers of Brisbane. Extent of the damage to the £350,000 aircraft will not be known until this morning.

View a newspaper image of the accident.

   

Another newspaper reported the event under the headline;
VISCOUNT HURTLES OFF RUNWAY IN GIANT SKID.

    These cuttings were kindly supplied by Chris Davidson who was a passenger on the aircraft at age twelve.
NOV64
  Re-named "Ernest Giles".
02OCT68
  Last flight (2 hours) ex Brisbane. Withdrawn from service at Eagle Farm, Brisbane. Total Time 28,961 hours. Total landings 20,502.
13MAR70
  Moved into the TAA hangar at Eagle Farm where it was stripped of useful parts and TAA markings.
17MAR70
  Stripping complete.
MAY70
  Scrapped by Non-Ferral Pty Ltd on the grassed area adjacent to Ford plant and to east of TAA hangars at Eagle Farm. Nose section sold to Les Arthur at Toowoomba for $800.00.
c86
  On 8th November 1994 Les Arthur advised that he sold the aircraft "about 8 years ago to Eddie Matthews for $300-350.00".
    Sold by Eddie Matthews to the Gold Coast War Museum at Mudgeeraba and painted in spurious Navy colour scheme.
09OCT93
  Purchased by QAM from the Gold Coast War Museum.
27OCT93
  Trucked from Mudgeeraba to Caloundra.
    The nose section is displayed with the nosewheel partially retracted to lower the centre of gravity and sill height.

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

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Vickers Viscount

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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
6
04JAN19
Added two images of the aircraft being prepared for scrapping thanks to Graham Bowden.
Image 1 Image 2
5
17OCT16
Added two images of the nose section at the Gold Coast War Museum thanks to Bob Livingstone.
Image 1 Image 2
4
22APR16
Added a newspaper account of the incident at Brisbane on 01APR58 thanks to Chris Davidson.
3
09JAN13
Added an image of VH-TVJ at Essendon in 1968 thanks to Peter Gates.
2
16JAN11
Added an image of VH-TVJ at Essendon in 1958 thanks to John R Seeetten and his son Peter.
1
02JAN02
Original issue