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Viscount c/n 20

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 20
British European Airways Corporation (BEA)


England flag England

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

It first flew on Thursday, 3 September 1953 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 505 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Cambrian Airways, Air France and J Shackleton Ltd


Photo of Viscount c/n 20
Cambrian Airways


Wales flag Wales

Its final owner/operator was
Cambrian Airways as G-AMNZ.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Cambrian Airways and stored at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales in June 1971.

Sold to J S Shackleton Ltd for metal salvage in October 1971.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1952 to March 1953

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-AMOG * - c/n 20 - 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 11th V.701 Viscount ordered by British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

Production Aircraft No. 15 - the 15th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 17th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 15th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F11/701. Sales Order No. F11/84A. Stock Order No. F17/10B.

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

18 March 1953
Registration to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd cancelled and later used on C/N 7.


Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount G-AMNZ *

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1953 to July 1953

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-AMNZ * - c/n 20 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

18 March 1953
Registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd from G-AMOG which was then used on C/N 7.

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

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

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


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1953 to June 1963

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AMNZ * - c/n 20 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

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

28 August 1953
Engine ground running commenced.

3 September 1953
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

24 September 1953
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) issued.

3 October 1953
Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A James Cook'.

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

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

It was to have been fitted with extra fuel tanks to participate in the London to New Zealand Air Race. However BEA could not release the aircraft from service so Viscount G-AMAV (C/N 3) was borrowed for the event from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. The registration ending in 'NZ' would have been appropriate.

16 November 1953
Operated the first Viscount 'Ulster Flyer' service from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England to Nutts Corner Airport, Belfast, Northern Ireland with Captains E W Lowden and C G Klimcke.

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.

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

circa November 1954
Returned to BEA at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

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.

31 January 1956
During a flight from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England to Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands a near miss was reported with a USAF Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star near Ijmuiden, Netherlands.

27 October 1956
Ferried to Field Aircraft Services Ltd at Tollerton Airfield, Nottinghamshire, England for modification work.

11 December 1956
Returned to BEA at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

12 November 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England due to a London Airport weather diversion.

18 May 1957
Ferried to Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for modification work with Marshall's.

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

2 February 1958
Ferried to Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England for wing spar modification work with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

18 June 1958
Returned to BEA at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

Painted in the new BEA 'Red Square' livery'.
BEA 'Red Square' livery'

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.

20 March 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights.

5 June 1960
Operated the first Viscount service from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England to Alghero Airport, Sardinia, Italy and Luqa Airport, Malta under the command of Captain R P Priest.

6 September 1960
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a Ringway Airport, Manchester weather diversion.

January 1961
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.

26 June 1963
Sold to Cambrian Airways.

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



Photo of Cambrian Airways Viscount G-AMNZ *

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1963 to June 1967

Cambrian Airways

G-AMNZ * - c/n 20 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

Purchased from British European Airways.

26 June 1963
Purchased from British European Airways (BEA) and ferried from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England to Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for repair work with Marshall's.

3 July 1963
Delivered from Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England to Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales in fully Cambrian Airways livery.

20 January 1964
Operated the first scheduled Cambrian Airways Viscount service from Speke Airport, Liverpool, England to London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England competing with British Eagle Airways.

31 January 1966
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

30 June 1967
Leased to Air France in their livery.


Photo of Air France Viscount G-AMNZ *

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1967 to May 1968

Air France

G-AMNZ * - c/n 20 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

30 June 1967
Leased from Cambrian Airways in full Air France livery.

December 1967
Noted back at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England undergoing maintenance with Cambrian Airways.

May 1968
Returned to Cambrian Airways / British Air Services.


Photo of Cambrian Airways Viscount G-AMNZ *

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1968 to October 1971

Cambrian Airways

G-AMNZ * - c/n 20 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

May 1968
Returned from Air France lease.

June 1968
Noted at Shannon Airport, County Clare, Ireland operating a charter still in full Air France livery.

16 November 1968
Noted at Heathrow Airport, London, England on a scheduled Cambrian service still in full Air France livery.

Returned from Air France lease.

January 1969
Noted back in Cambrian Airways livery with 'British Air Services' main titles.

7 February 1969
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a Heathrow Airport weather diversion.

10 December 1969
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a Heathrow Airport weather diversion.

8 January 1970
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a Heathrow Airport weather diversion.

September 1970
Noted with a dark blue tail replacing the lighter blue version.

5 June 1971
Withdrawn from service and stored at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales.

Total time 30,831 hours and 24,163 total landings.

23 September 1971
Certificate of Airworthiness expired.

5 October 1971
Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use.

October 1971
Sold to J S Shackleton Ltd for metal salvage.


Photo of J S Shackleton Ltd Viscount G-AMNZ *

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1971 to October 1971

J S Shackleton Ltd

G-AMNZ * - c/n 20 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

October 1971
Purchased from Cambrian Airways and broken up into sections at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 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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