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Viscount c/n 17

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 17
British European Airways Corporation (BEA)


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

It first flew on Friday, 26 June 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, Starways Ltd, Cambrian Airways, Northeast Airlines (UK), British Airways (BA) and Lambton Airways


Photo of Viscount c/n 17
Saltwell Park


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Its final owner/operator was
Saltwell Park as G-AMOE.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Northeast Airlines (UK) at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England in 1973 and used for cabin crew training.

Preserved at Lampton Pleasure Park from April 1977 and at Saltwell Park from 1982.

Broken up for scrap in March 1993.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1952 to June 1953

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-AMOE - c/n 17 - 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 9th V.701 Viscount ordered by British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

Production Aircraft No. 11 - the 11th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 14th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 11th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F09/701. Sales Order No. 09/84A. Stock Order No. 14/10B.

29 December 1952
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

2 February 1953
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

19 June 1953
Registration to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd cancelled.

22 June 1953
Engine ground running commenced.

25 June 1953
Registered to British European Airways Corporation (BEA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1953 to March 1964

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AMOE - c/n 17 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

25 June 1953
Re-registered to British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

26 June 1953
First flight from Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying as the runway at Weybridge was too short for a completed aircraft to takeoff.

8 July 1953
Certificate of Airworthiness issued.

13 July 1953
Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A Sir Edward Parry'.

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

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

1954 to c1961
The original ‘cutlass’ design propeller blades were gradually replaced by new symmetrical ‘paddle’ 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.

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.

27 January 1957
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England after a London Airport weather diversion. The passengers were transferred to London by coach.

March - April 1957
To Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for flap modifications.

6 December 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England after a London Airport weather diversion. The passengers were transferred to London by coach.

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 plaque on the forward cabin bulkhead.

2 April 1959
Operated the first Viscount service from Gibraltar to Tangier, Morocco, which was operated on behalf of Gibraltar Airways, flown by Captain J Cooper.

13 March 1964
Registration to BEA cancelled.

13 March 1964
Sold to Channel Airways.

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



Photo of Channel Airways Viscount G-AMOE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1964 to March 1964

Channel Airways

G-AMOE - c/n 17 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

13 March 1964
Purchased from British European Airways (BEA) and registered to Channel Airways.

16 March 1964
Delivered from London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

26 March 1964
Leased to British Eagle International Airlines Ltd in their livery.


Photo of British Eagle International Airlines Ltd Viscount G-AMOE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1964 to June 1964

British Eagle International Airlines Ltd

G-AMOE - c/n 17 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

26 March 1964
Leased from Channel Airways and delivered to London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England in full livery named as 'City of Manchester'.

1964
Sub-leased to Starways.

December 1964
Returned to Channel Airways.


Photo of Starways Ltd Viscount G-AMOE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1964 to December 1964

Starways Ltd

G-AMOE - c/n 17 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1964
Sub-leased from British Eagle International Airlines Ltd.

Operated in British Eagle livery with Starways titles still named as 'City of Manchester'.

December 1964
Returned to Channel Airways.


Photo of Channel Airways Viscount G-AMOE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1964 to January 1965

Channel Airways

G-AMOE - c/n 17 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

December 1964
Returned from British Eagle International Airlines Ltd lease.

20 January 1965
Registration to Channel Airways cancelled.

20 January 1965
Sold to Cambrian Airways.


Photo of Cambrian Airways Viscount G-AMOE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1965 to January 1972

Cambrian Airways

G-AMOE - c/n 17 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

20 January 1965
Purchased from Channel Airways.

20 January 1965
Delivered from BKS Air Transport Ltd at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England to Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for overhaul by Marshalls and the fitting of integral front 'airsteps'.

12 February 1965
Registered to Cambrian Airways.

19 February 1965
Delivered from Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England to Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales via Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

Involved in a ground collision at Speke, Liverpool, England 15 July 1966.
Hit the terminal building at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England

15 July 1966
Involved in a ground collision with the terminal building (Gate 2) at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England. The date is often reported as 15 July 1967 which is incorrect.

The aircraft had been having hydraulic problems and had supposedly been ‘fixed’. It was being ground tested by two engineers when the hydraulics failed again, resulting in a loss of nosewheel steering and brakes. The aircraft clipped Aer Lingus Viscount EI-AKO (C/N 421) before slamming into the terminal building having already demolished two sets of British Eagle passenger steps and a baggage trolley.

The nose undercarriage leg was pushed backwards and both starboard propellers were curled, resulting in shockload damage to the Rolls-Royce Dart engines. The starboard upper fuselage behind the cockpit and one cabin window were punctured by flying debris.

1 November 1966
Repaired and returned to service.

circa 1969
Painted in the Cambrian Airways 'BAS - British Air Services' livery.

Painted in the Cambrian Airways 'Blue Tail' livery.
Cambrian Airways
'Blue Tail' livery

circa 1970
Painted in the Cambrian Airways 'Blue Tail' livery.

6 January 1972
Transferred to Northeast Airlines.


Photo of Northeast Airlines (UK) Viscount G-AMOE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1972 to April 1974

Northeast Airlines (UK)

G-AMOE - c/n 17 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

6 January 1972
Transferred from Cambrian Airways and withdrawn from service at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England.

Total time 28,803 hours and 24,429 total landings.

February 1972
Fuselage and stub wings but minus the tail noted painted up in Northeast livery and being used as a cabin trainer.

3 September 1973
Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from service.

1 April 1974
Asset transferred to British Airways (BA) due to a corporate merger.


Photo of British Airways (BA) Viscount G-AMOE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1974 to April 1977

British Airways (BA)

G-AMOE - c/n 17 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 April 1974
Asset transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger and continued to be used as a cabin trainer painted up in BA livery.

August 1976
Rear fuselage and tail section from Viscount G-AOHJ (C/N 159) transferred to this forward fuselage.

April 1977
Sold to Lambton Pleasure Park.

FURTHER READING: Books about British Airways (BA)



Photo of Lambton Airways Viscount G-WHIZ *

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1977 to January 1982

Lambton Airways

G-WHIZ * - c/n 17 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

April 1977
Remains purchased from British Airways (BA). Northeast Airlines had merged into British Airways (BA) in 1974.

Put on display in the grounds of Lambton Castle, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England. Painted up with 'Lambton Airways' titles and fictitious registration G-WHIZ minus wings and using the tail section from Viscount c/n 159 G-AOHJ. This fictitious registration was also applied to C/N 75.

1982
Fuselage moved to Saltwell Park, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, England.


Photo of Saltwell Park Viscount G-AMOE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1982 to March 1993

Saltwell Park

G-AMOE - c/n 17 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1982
Fuselage moved from Lambton Pleasure Park, Lambton Castle, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England and marked up as 'Saltwell Airways'.

March 1993
Broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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