June 1949 to July 1959
Ministry of Supply
VX217 - c/n 2 - a V.663 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered
8 June 1949
Civil registration cancelled as it was not applied to the aircraft and a military serial allocated in order to carry out flight trials for the development of the Vickers Valiant.
15 March 1950
First flight from the grass runway at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England piloted by Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce.
Delivered to Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials and operated from Seighford Airfield, Staffordshire, England.
SBAC show at
Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England
Exhibited at the SBAC (Society of British Aircraft Contructors) air show at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England including flying demonstrations by Vickers Test Pilot Brian Trubshaw.
Leased to Boulton Paul Aircraft Ltd and operated from Defford Airfield, Worcestershire, England on electrically powered flying control trials.
Leased to Louis Newmark Ltd for trials.
Leased to Decca Navigator Company.
Returned to Ministry of Supply at Seighford Airfield, Staffordshire, England.
31 December 1958
Damaged beyond repair by fire due to a hydraulic failure in a wheel bay at Seighford Airfield, Staffordshire, England. The aircraft was declared as written off as the wing main spar was burnt through.
Total time of 110 hours 15 minutes.
8 July 1959
After the removal of all useful parts the remains sold to International Alloys Ltd for metal recovery.