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Viscount c/n 9

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 9
British European Airways Corporation (BEA)


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This V.701 series Viscount was built for
British European Airways Corporation (BEA) as G-AMOA

It first flew on Friday, 27 March 1953 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 505 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Channel Airways, British Eagle International Airlines Ltd and Cambrian Airways


Photo of Viscount c/n 9
J S Shackleton Ltd


England flag England

Its final owner/operator was
J S Shackleton Ltd as G-AMOA.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond economic repair during a heavy landing at Lulsgate Airport, Bristol, England 19 January 1970.

The remains were purchased by J S Shackleton Ltd in 1971, broken up into sections and moved by road to their yard at Siddal for final processing.


Operational record
Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount G-AMOA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1952 to March 1953

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-AMOA - c/n 9 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

August 1949
Discussions concluded between Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd and British European Airways Corporation (BEA) regarding the specification for the V.701 aircraft.

Accommodation for 47 passengers at a gross weight of 53,000 lbs was specified with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 505 engines.

3 August 1950
Order placed by British European Airways Corporation (BEA) for 20 V.701 aircraft which was later increased to 26.

23 May 1952
Registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.

This was the 5th V.701 Viscount ordered by British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

Production Aircraft No. 6 - the 6th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 5th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 6th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F05/701. Sales Order No. F05/84A. Stock Order No. F06/10B.

3 June 1952
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

7 July 1952
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

17 March 1953
Engine ground running commenced.

23 March 1953
Registration to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd cancelled.

27 March 1953
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying.

28 March 1953
Registered to British European Airways Corporation (BEA).


Photo of British European Airways Corporation (BEA) Viscount G-AMOA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1953 to December 1963

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AMOA - c/n 9 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

28 March 1953
Registered to British European Airways Corporation (BEA), Keyline House, Ruislip, Middlesex.

16 April 1953
Certificate of Airworthiness issued.

17 April 1953
Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A George Vancouver'.

It was fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 505 engines.

The cabin was fitted out with a 47 seat all-tourist class layout.

28 July 1953
Set up a new route record of 121:53 minutes between London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England and Kastrup Airport, Copenhagen, Denmark averaging 299.5 mph.

It was flown by Captain R F Noden.

14 September 1953
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

15 October 1953
Ferried to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for modification work.

31 October 1953
Returned to BEA at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

26 May 1954
Ferried to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for modification work.

4 June 1954
Returned to BEA at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

12 December 1954
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England due a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

1954 to 1962
The original ‘cutlass’ design propeller blades were gradually replaced by new symmetrical ‘needle’ blade propeller sets.

From photographic evidence, both propeller types were fitted to Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3, Mark 505 and Mark 506 engines and many V.701 aircraft flew with an ‘intermix’ of both types of propeller blades.

12 February 1955
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights.

27 February 1955
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights.

15 March 1955
Ferried to Marshall's at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for modification work.

8 April 1955
Returned to BEA at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

17 April 1955
Operated the first Viscount scheduled service from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England to Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

May 1955 to December 1956
All BEA V.701 aircraft were gradually retrofitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines which were upgraded using modified Mark 505 engines.

Aircraft are known to have flown with an ‘intermix’ of both engine marks between these dates.

When completely retro-fitted with Mark 506 engines, the V.701A designation was applied to these aircraft although this has not been seen widely used or quoted.

14 December 1955
The starboard main undercarriage leg broke due to a torsional overload when the pilot turned off the runway too sharply at Renfrew Airport, Glasgow, Scotland. This led to the collapse of the aircraft, curled propeller blades and shockload damage to the Rolls-Royce Dart engines. There was heavy snow at the time.

Collapsed undercarriage at Renfrew Airport, Glasgow, Scotland.
Collapsed undercarriage
at Renfrew Airport

After local repairs including replacement engines and propellers it was ferried from Renfrew Airport, Glasgow, Scotland to Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for further repair work with Marshall's.

29 March 1956
Returned to BEA at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

2 March 1957
Ferried to Marshall's at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for modification work with Marshall's.

1 May 1957
Returned to BEA at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

7 October 1957
Operated the first Viscount service from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England to Prague Airport, Czechoslovakia flown by Captain Sandison.

1 February 1958
Ferried to Marshall's at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for wing spar modification work.

5 July 1958
Returned to BEA at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

12 November 1958
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due a London Airport weather diversion.

17 February 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

March 1959
A new BEA 'Red Square' livery was adopted and aircraft were repainted during the early 1960s when they next went in for overhaul.

Sadly, after repainting, the aircraft no longer carried a name including the nameplate on the forward cabin bulkhead.

10 March 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England carrying out ILS approaches and overshoots.

It had arrived from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England and later returned to London Airport (Heathrow).

31 December 1959
Converted from 40/47 seats to 60/63 seats in a new 'high density' configuration.

This modification also entailed the installation of an 11th standard size window on the rear starboard side and a small window behind the rear entrance door on the port side.

Collided with the tail of a BEA Douglas DC-3 Pionair.
Collided with a
Douglas DC3 Pionair

15 April 1960
Collided with the tail of BEA Douglas DC-3 Pionair G-AGHS at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England. The brakes had failed during an engine power run.

Repaired locally.

13 May 1960
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) renewed.

14 May 1960
Returned to London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

2 October 1963
Ferried to Stansted Airport, Essex, England for temporary storage pending a sale.

At some point it was ferried back to London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

6 December 1963
Sold to Channel Airways.

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



Photo of Channel Airways Viscount G-AMOA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1963 to November 1964

Channel Airways

G-AMOA - c/n 9 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

6 December 1963
Purchased from British European Airways (BEA).

23 December 1963
Registration for British European Airways (BEA) cancelled.

3 January 1964
Delivered to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

21 February 1964
Registered to Channel Airways.

26 March 1964
Entered service from Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England to Zestienhoven Airport, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

4 November 1964
Leased to British Eagle International Airlines Ltd.


Photo of British Eagle International Airlines Ltd Viscount G-AMOA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1964 to March 1965

British Eagle International Airlines Ltd

G-AMOA - c/n 9 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

4 November 1964
Leased from Channel Airways and delivered to Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in British Eagle livery and named as 'City of Newcastle'.

4 March 1965
Returned to Channel Airways.


Photo of Channel Airways Viscount G-AMOA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1965 to January 1966

Channel Airways

G-AMOA - c/n 9 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

4 March 1965
Returned from British Eagle International Airlines Ltd lease.

Delivered from Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in British Eagle International Airlines livery minus titles.

1 January 1966
Final Channel Airways service from Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace Region, France to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England before being sold.

4 January 1966
Sold to Cambrian Airways.


Photo of Cambrian Airways Viscount G-AMOA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1966 to May 1971

Cambrian Airways

G-AMOA - c/n 9 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

4 January 1966
Purchased from Channel Airways.

10 January 1966
Ferried to Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for overhaul by Marshalls.

18 January 1966
Registered to Cambrian Airways.

9 March 1966
Delivered to Cambrian Airways from Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England to Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales.

November 1967
Cambrian Airways became a wholly owned subsidiary of BAS - British Air Services and the name was added to the aircraft in small lettering.

Painted in the Cambrian Airways 'White Cabin' livery.
Cambrian Airways
'white cabin' livery

circa 1968
Painted in the Cambrian Airways 'white cabin' livery.

Painted in the Cambrian Airways livery with 'British Air Services' main titles.
Cambrian Airways
'British Air Services' livery

31 October 1968
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a Cardiff Airport weather diversion. The passengers were transferred to Cardiff by coach.

November 1968
Noted repainted in the Cambrian Airways livery with 'British Air Services' main titles.

19 January 1970
Damaged beyond economic repair during a heavy landing at Lulsgate Airport, Bristol, England.

The landing was assisted by Ground Radar due to poor visibility, turbulence and 20 knot cross winds which were contributing factors.

There were no reported injuries to the 59 passengers and 4 crew on board.

6 May 1971
Registration cancelled as aircraft written off.

Total time 26,537 hours and 21,026 total landings.

1971
Remains sold to J S Shackleton Ltd for metal salvage.


Photo of J S Shackleton Ltd Viscount G-AMOA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1971 to January 1971

J S Shackleton Ltd

G-AMOA - c/n 9 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1971
Remains purchased from Cambrian Airways and broken up into sections at Lulgate Airport, Bristol, England and moved by road to their yard at Siddal, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, England for final processing.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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