March 1954 to February 1960
EI-AFV - c/n 30 - a V.707 series Viscount
9 November 1951
This was the first of four V.707 ordered by Aer Lingus. At that time BEA held a 30% stake in the airline.
Production Aircraft No. 27 - the 27th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 1st Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 3rd Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.
Production Order No. F01/707. Sales Order No. 01/86A. Stock Order No. 09/21B.
15 June 1953
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.
16 September 1953
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.
14 January 1954
First engine runs.
30 January 1954
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.
7 March 1954
Delivered to Aer Lingus named as 'St Padraig' together with Viscount c/n 31 EI-AFW as their first Viscounts.
On delivery it was fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines with serial numbers 1164 and 1165 on the port side, and 1166 and 1167 on the starboard side.
Later renamed as 'St Garan' then as 'St Colmcille'.
Aer Lingus 'Green top' livery
23 July 1955
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.
Painted in the Aer Lingus 'Green top' livery that had a Winchester green cabin roof and an English green cockpit roof. The rudder was all white.
'Green/white top' livery
To Hurn, Bournemouth, Dorset, England for flap modifications. At this time the cockpit roof was painted white.
'Green/white top Viscount' livery
4 December 1957
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England after diverting from Heathrow Airport, London, England due to bad weather.
The word 'Viscount' was added to the cabin roof.
Withdrawn from service and ferried to Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for storage together with Viscounts EI-AFW (C/N 31) and EI-AGI (C/N 34). They were cared for by Marshall Ltd.
circa October 1959
Aer Lingus considered converting this aircraft and EI-AFW (C/N 31) and EI-AGI (C/N 34) to carry freight to replace their Douglas DC3 freight fleet, but nothing came of it.
Sold to Tradair Ltd.
FURTHER READING: Books about Aer Lingus