VP-YNA Vickers 748 Viscount
VP-YNA seen here in this
oft-published shot, was the first of five Viscounts purchased in 1956.
Several more "previously owned"
machines were added later. In 1965 CAA was dissolved and
produced three separate airlines: Air Rhodesia, Air Malawi and
Zambian Airways (heaven forbid
now they were independent, the three countries could agree on something
as democratic as,
say, the Scandinavian Airlines set-up). Thus this Viscount passed
to Air Rhodesia, although it did,
wind up with Air Malawi in 1968 as 7Q-YDT. And that's another
thing......why did ICAO,
their infinite wisdom, have to resort to number-letter combos for the
"emerging" nations? There
were plenty of two letter combos available without resorting to that.
And it's not even as if the
number is significant of the continent, either. Africa's run the
gamut of 3,5,6,7 and 9, while
Botswana's is A2. Where did that
come from? Turns out Zimbabwe uses "Z-". Why not "ZM-"
to be in line
with the rest of the world's nomenclature? Looks like ICAO
has about as much
enforcement power as the United nations.