Ansett-ANA Vickers Viscount 832 VH-RMG
Part of the Resident Inspector's duties involved overseeing the construction of each aircraft. The photo below shows a Viscount fuselage undergoing a pressure test at Hurn in 1959.
In the event, the Viscount proved successful in Ansett-ANA service, operating alongside the Electras that were also ordered and together forming the mainstay of domestic services until the introduction of the Boeing 727 and Douglas DC-9 from 1964. The Viscount 832s were not the first Viscounts in Ansett-ANA service, two earlier V.700s having been acquired with the take-over of Butler Air Transport in February 1958. In March 1960, Ansett-ANA also took over three Viscount V.720s from a reluctant TAA as part of the 'Two Airline Policy' fleet-balancing arrangements in exchange for two DC-6Bs. This controversial arrangement gave the Ansett-ANA fleet a considerable boost.
(Photos: Lindsay Wise collection)
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