On 13 October 1954 at 3.30 pm, Trans-Australia Airlines' Series 720 Vickers Viscount VH-TVA John Batman landed at Essendon Airport, after a delivery flight of 12,080 statute miles from England across 7 days.

This delivery flight marked the beginning of a new era in aviation for this continent, because not only did it bring to Australia its first turboprop airliner, but the Viscount was also the first large British airliner to be delivered to Australia for twenty years.

It was another step along the road for Essendon based TAA, who had planned for three years to introduce this aircraft to Australia. This aircraft was only the fourth definite customer Vickers had for the Viscount across the world, and its performance and reception more than justified the faith evinced in the aircraft by Mr J L Watkins, TAA’s director of engineering.

Tell us
your story

We'd love to hear your memories and past experiences of our Airport.

We'll be sharing your stories throughout the centenary year across the Essendon Fields website, social media and other channels.

Submit Your Story