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Viscount history


Discover the history of the Viscount with film, video, contemporary reports from the pages of Flight Magazine, our newsletters, and aircraft operational records and photos from our database.


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Our 'Live Magazine' is used by members and non-members to share their Viscount photos and stories with fellow enthusiasts located throughout the world in real time.

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Our website contains over 20,000 pages of photos and information that can all be accessed from the menu at the top of every page. Here are a few to get you started.



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Established 2005
Vickers Viscount Network
A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount

About us

The Vickers Viscount Network is a world-wide organisation with free membership


The Vickers Viscount Network is a virtual museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount. It is a world-wide organisation with thousands of members based in over 21 countries, a following in over 89 countries, and has become the main focus for everyone who is interested in this ground breaking aircraft.




Trans-Australia Airlines V.816 Viscount c/n 433 VH-TVP


Founded by Geoff Blampied and Brian Burrage in 2005, the museum has grown to over 20,000 pages of information and photos detailing the life and times of each Viscount built. Our team of over 40 core members, all of whom are volunteers, are very friendly and knowledgeable in many genres of Viscount research. Many of them specialize in one area or another; however some like Brian Burrage, Ed Jones and Richard Stanton are very knowledgeable across the board. Others have specialized on a tighter genre like Jack Stephens and Robert Arnold who have specialised on the Canadian Viscounts, Peter Gates the Australian Viscounts, Peter Layne the New Zealand Viscounts, George Stringer the BMA - British Midland Airways and Alidair Viscounts, Julian Bourn the BEA - British European Airways and BA - British Airways Viscounts, Rory Kay the Capital Airlines and United Air Lines Viscounts, etc..

Several of the team contribute to the organisation in other ways too. Brian Burrage is our historian and photo archivist, Geoff Blampied is our webmaster and website designer, Peter Layne, Ed Jones and Simon Ellwood write, produce and distribute our newsletter, Nick Webb and David Carter prepare the Viscount illustrations used on the website, and Julian Bourn is our event organiser.

Western Canada Aviation Museum Viscount c/n 224 CF-THG
Viscount CF-THG

Many of the team also give up their time to look after Viscount airframes at museums around the world. Mark Pilkington works on Viscount VH-TVR at the Australian National Aviation Museum, Dave Peters on Viscount CF-THG at the British Columbia Aviation Museum in Canada, Robert Arnold on Viscount CF-THS at the Western Canada Aviation Museum, Denys Jones on Viscount ZK-BRF at the Ferrymead Aeronautical Society in New Zealand, Ian Brown on Viscount G-AMOG at the National Museum of Flight in Scotland, John Overhill on Viscount G-ALWF at the Duxford Aviation Society in England, John Woodhouse on Viscount G-APIM at the Brooklands Museum in England, and Mike Higgins on Viscount F-BGNR at the Midlands Air Museum also in England.

Most of the team have Skype – a way of having free chats over the internet - and everyone is welcome to join our friendly and informal discussions at our ‘Virtual Club Room' - please see our membership details for further information. Our website delivers over 1.2 million pages each year to over 89 countries.

The Vickers Viscount Network's team of volunteers needs help to complete this comprehensive work and will be grateful for anything that you are able to provide in the way of information and photos. Our ultimate aim is to have an image of every single aircraft in every livery that it operated, together with images showing significant moments in each aircrafts' life.


Photo of Deutsche Lufthansa AG Viscount D-ANIP before correction
Viscount c/n 341
before correction
Photo of Deutsche Lufthansa AG Viscount D-ANIP after correction
Viscount c/n 341
after correction



Any photograph, even a poor quality one, that shows a unique part of an aircrafts' history, is better than not having one at all. Our graphic systems can restore all but the worst image.

Our aim will probably never be totally fulfilled, but with your help it could come close.




For all correspondence please contact us at Information@VickersViscount.net



Our aim is to complete the history for each aircraft
both in information and photos

Below is an example of what we are trying to achieve


OE-LAG AUA - Austrian Airlines - February 1960 to May 1964

OE-LAG AUA - Austrian Airlines - February 1960 to August 1964

This V.837 Viscount c/n 438 was built for AUA - Austrian Airlines as OE-LAG and first flew on Wednesday, 17 February 1960 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.

In the summer of 1963 AUA - Austrian Airlines leased it to TABSO - Bulgarian Civil Air Transport, and in the summer of 1964 AUA - Austrian Airlines leased it to Austrian Air Transport.

Shackleton Aviation Ltd. purchased it in August 1964 and prepared it for sale to the Ministry of Technology for use by the RRE - Royal Radar & Signals Establishment.


RRE - Royal Radar & Signals Establishment Viscount c/n 438 XT575
RRE - Royal Radar & Signals Establishment
RRE - Royal Radar & Signals Establishment Viscount c/n 438 XT575
RRE - Royal Radar & Signals Establishment




Between October 1964 and April 1977 it was used by the RRE - Royal Radar & Signals Establishment at Pershore, Worcestershire, England where it was fitted with a large belly radome forward of the wing for Nimrod ASW electronic trials.

RAE - Royal Aircraft Establishment Viscount c/n 438 XT575
RAE - Royal Aircraft Establishment
RAE - Royal Aircraft Establishment Viscount c/n 438 XT575
RAE - Royal Aircraft Establishment


In April 1977 it was transferred to the RAE - Royal Aircraft Establishment at Thurleigh, Bedfordshire, England after the closure of Pershore, Worcestershire, England.

It was finally withdrawn from use and stored at Thurleigh, Bedfordshire, England in February 1991 with a total time of only 11,001 hours.


In April 1991 the RAE - Royal Aircraft Establishment was renamed DRA - Defence Research Agency.

It was sold at auction in London to International Turbine Service Inc. of Grapevine, near Dallas, Texas, USA on the 8 July 1993 for £166,750 specifically for the recovery of the Rolls-Royce Dart engines (four installed and two spares).


Hanningfield Metals Viscount c/n 438 XT575
Hanningfield Metals


The airframe was broken up into sections by Hanningfield Metals at Thurleigh, Bedfordshire, England in July 1993 and transferred to their yard at Stock, Essex, England.

In February 1994 the nose section was donated by International Turbine Service Inc. to 'Cockpits for Hire' at Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire, England, and in January 1996 was donated to the Brooklands Museum aviation collection, Weybridge, Surrey, England.


Brooklands Museum Viscount c/n 438 XT575

Brooklands Museum - 1996 to Current


Full history and photos of Viscount c/n 438




Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

The Vickers Viscount Network is always interested to hear from anyone who has information or photographs to help complete the story of the Viscount. If you can help please contact us at
Information@VickersViscount.net.


Click here for more details about the Vickers Viscount Network

This website has been designed, built and is maintained by Geoff Blampied, Norwich, Norfolk, England.