VISCOUNTS KLM’S FIRST TURBOPROPS

Bob O’Brien tells the story of the Vickers Viscounts serving with KLM – the first airline in mainland Europe to operate the 800 series version.

Viscount 803 PH-VIE taxies onto stand at Paris Le Bourget in 1962.
Bob O’Brien Collection

The Vickers Viscount was an outstanding success, its groundbreaking turboprop engine afforded greater speed over piston engined aircraft while its smoothness in flight and large windows proved popular with passengers.

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