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Viscount c/n 24

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 24
British European Airways Corporation (BEA)


England flag England

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

It first flew on Saturday, 21 November 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 24
Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV)


Venezuela flag Venezuela

Its final owner/operator was
Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) as YV-C-AMB.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) and stored at Simón Bolívar International Airport, Maiquetia, Vargas, Caracas, Venezuela in December 1975.

Noted being used for cabin crew training in October 1979.

Noted minus engines, outer wings and tail 8 October 1980.

Final fate unknown but presumed scrapped. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1952 to November 1953

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-AMOK - c/n 24 - 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 16th V.701 Viscount ordered by British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

Production Aircraft No. 21 - the 21st production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 23rd Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 21st Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F16/701. Sales Order No. F16/84A. Stock Order No. F21/10B.

22 June 1953
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

13 August 1953
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

3 November 1953
Registration to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd cancelled.

9 November 1953
Registered to British European Airways Corporation (BEA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1953 to April 1963

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AMOK - c/n 24 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

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

12 November 1953
Engine ground running commenced.

21 November 1953
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

8 December 1953
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) issued.

22 December 1953
Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'.

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

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

Badly damaged during a takeoff from London Airport
Badly damaged at
London Airport

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.

16 January 1955
Crashed during a takeoff from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England while departing to Ciampino Airport, Rome, Italy, Ellinikon Airport, Athens, Greece and Yeşilköy Airport, Istanbul, Turkey.

The flight crew accidentally turned onto disused runway 03 instead of runway 15R in poor visibility.

During the takeoff run it collided with a barrier of steel girders and a Taylor Woodrow workmen's hut which tore off the port engines. Both main undercarriage assemblies punched their way through the wing upper skin.

The Captain and one passenger were injured.

Luckily it was a Sunday or there would have probably been contract workers in the area otherwise.

Of the original passengers, 22 out of 25 continued on a later replacement flight.

The Captain was blamed for the accident in the ensuing court case.

Fitted with experimental integral front airsteps.
Fitted with experimental
integral front airsteps

The damaged airframe was moved to a maintenance area, still lying on its belly and with the BEA titles painted out.

It was later transported to Marshalls at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for major repairs.

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.

September 1956
Returned to service after major repairs by Marshall's.

October 1958
Converted by Marshall's at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England to V.701X standard with a two flight crew operation and a 60/63 seat high density configuration which involved the fitment of an additional cabin window on each side. There was a small window on the port side and a standard size window on the starboard side. This was the first BEA Viscount to be converted.

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. This took some of the fleet into the early 1960s before this was accomplished.

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

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

31 March 1959
BEA annual report quotes a total time of 4,712 hours.

May 1959
Fitted with experimental integral front 'airsteps' by Marshall's of Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England but this was not adopted across the fleet.

15 December 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England due to a London Airport weather diversion.

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.

Rolled out at Heathrow Airport, London, England as G-AMOK.
Rolled out at Heathrow,
London, England as G-AMOK

29 March 1963
Rolled out from the BEA facility at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in full LAV livery with the UK registration at the top of the tail.

1 April 1963
Sold to Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV).

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



Photo of Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) Viscount YV-C-AMB

Country of Registration Venezuela

April 1963 to January 1980

Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV)

YV-C-AMB - c/n 24 - a V.701 series Viscount
Venezuela registered

1 April 1963
Purchased from British European Airways (BEA).

An acceptance flight to Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England was carried out and then it returned to London Airport (Heathrow).

2 April 1963
UK registration cancelled as aircraft sold abroad.

3 April 1963
Departed from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England at 10:58 (local) to Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland, arriving at 13:15 (local).

5 April 1963
Departed from Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland on the long delivery journey to Venezuela.

Re-painted in a later 'Aeropostal' livery and now named as 'Murachi'.

circa August 1967
Noted at Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England undergoing maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd .

October 1967
Returned to Venezuela after maintenance via Stornoway, Scotland and Reykjavik, Iceland.

26 July 1969
Noted at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England outside the new Field Aircraft Services Ltd facility.

16 August 1969
Noted at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England still undergoing maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd at their new facility.

October 1969
Returned to Venezuela after maintenance via Stornoway, Scotland and Reykjavik, Iceland.

Date unknown
Registration YV-10C allotted but not taken up.

December 1975
Withdrawn from service and stored at Simón Bolívar International Airport, Maiquetia, Vargas, Caracas, Venezuela.

14 October 1979
Noted being used for cabin crew training.

8 October 1980
Noted still stored at Simón Bolívar International Airport, Maiquetia, Vargas, Caracas, Venezuela minus engines, outer wings and tail.

Date unknown
Finally scrapped.


Photo of Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) Viscount YV-10C

Country of Registration Venezuela

January 1980 to

Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV)

YV-10C - c/n 24 - a V.701 series Viscount
Venezuela registered

Date unknown
Registration YV-10C allotted but not taken up.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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