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Viscount c/n 19

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 19
British European Airways Corporation (BEA)


England flag England

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

It first flew on Thursday, 23 July 1953 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 505 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
British European Airways Corporation (BEA)


Photo of Viscount c/n 19
Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)


Brasil flag Brasil

Its final owner/operator was
Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) as PP-SRM.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond ecomonic repair after overrunning the runway at Santos Dumont Airport, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 2 November 1966. Subsequently broken up for scrap.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1952 to June 1953

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-AMOF - c/n 19 - 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 10th V.701 Viscount ordered by British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

Production Aircraft No. 13 - the 13th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 16th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 13th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F10/701. Sales Order No. F10/84A. Stock Order No. F16/10B.

10 February 1953
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

16 March 1953
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

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


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1953 to August 1962

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AMOF - c/n 19 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

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

17 July 1953
Engine ground running commenced.

23 July 1953
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

5 August 1953
Certificate of Airworthiness issued.

8 August 1953
Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A Sir Martin Frobisher'.

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

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

10 January 1954
Operated the first Viscount service from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England to Son Sant Joan Airport, Palma, Mallorca, Spain non-stop with 45 passengers, flown by Captain A J Holderness.

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.

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.

Appears in the Alfred Hitchcock remake of the film 'The Man Who Knew Too Much'.
On the steps are James 'Jimmy' Stewart and Doris Day

1956
This aircraft appeared in the Alfred Hitchcock remake of the film 'The Man Who Knew Too Much'. The films cast included Jimmy Stewart, Doris Day and Daniel Gélin.

When the aircraft arrives at London Airport it taxies to the BEA maintenance area where Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day come down the rear steps pretending that they are outside the terminal building. The film is still available on DVD.

15 December 1957
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

15 January 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) 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.

27 April 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England carrying out multiple ILS approaches and overshoots.

3 May 1960
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

16 October 1961
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

circa June 1962
Offered for sale for £110,000.

30 August 1962
Sold to Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) along with nine other V.701 from the fleet.

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



Photo of Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) Viscount PP-SRM

Country of Registration Brasil

August 1962 to December 1966

Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)

PP-SRM - c/n 19 - a V.701 series Viscount
Brasil registered

30 August 1962
Purchased from British European Airways (BEA) along with nine other V.701 from the fleet.

These were obtained instead of an uncompleted order for new Handley Page HPR.7 Dart Heralds due to production delays and were used to replace the Saab Scanias.

23 March 1963
Departed on delivery from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England together with Viscount PP-SRL (C/N 22) in full VASP livery.

23 March 1963
UK registration cancelled as aircraft sold abroad.

2 November 1966
Damaged beyond economic repair after overrunning the runway on landing at Santos Dumont Airport, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

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

Total time 22,478 hours and 16,509 total landings.

Broken up for scrap after the removal of all useful parts.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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