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Viscount c/n 38

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 38
Air France


France flag France

This V.708 series Viscount was built for
Air France as F-BGNU

It first flew on Monday, 5 July 1954 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 505 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Air Viet Nam, Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures) and Aéro-Club de Mulhouse


Photo of Viscount c/n 38
Auto und Technik Museum


Germany flag Germany

Its final owner/operator was
Auto und Technik Museum as F-BGNU.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Air Inter and stored at Orly Airport, Paris, France 21 January 1975.

Moved to Habsheim Airfield, Alsace, France and used by Aéro-Club de Mulhouse 26 March 1976.

Noted with 'Fred Air' titles circa 1979.

Transferred to Auto und Technik Museum, Sinsheim, Germany circa June 1985 and placed on display mounted on poles in Air Inter livery with 'Museum Airlines' titles circa April 1986.

Repainted in an Air Inter style livery with Air France titles in May 2002.


Operational record
Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNU

Country of Registration France

July 1954 to January 1961

Air France

F-BGNU - c/n 38 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

March 1951
An order was placed by Air France for twelve Type 700 aircraft. This was the eleventh V.708 built.

Production Aircraft No. 35 - the 35th production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 5th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 11th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F11/708. Sales Order No. 11/85A. Stock Order No. 03/21B.

25 January 1954
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

10 March 1954
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

5 July 1954
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

David Carter illustration of Air France V.708 Viscount c/n 38 F-BGNU

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


28 July 1954
Delivered to Air France.

1954 to c1959
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.708 aircraft flew with an ‘intermix’ of both types of propeller blades.

Capacity later increased from 48 seats to 63 seats.

6 January 1961
Leased to Air Viet Nam.


Photo of Air Viet Nam Viscount F-BGNU

Country of Registration France

January 1961 to January 1963

Air Viet Nam

F-BGNU - c/n 38 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

6 January 1961
Leased from Air France in basic Air France livery. The titles used are the local spelling of Vietnam. It had 'Hang Khong Viet Nam' titles on the starboard side.

Titled 'Hang Khong Viet Nam' starboard side.
Hang Khong Viet Nam

Titled 'Hang Khong Viet Nam' on the starboard side and 'Air Viet Nam' on the port side.

Titled 'Air Viet Nam' starboard side.
Air Viet Nam

July 1962
Noted with a revised tail livery.

January 1963
Returned to Air France.


Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNU

Country of Registration France

January 1963 to January 1963

Air France

F-BGNU - c/n 38 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

January 1963
Returned from Air Viet Nam lease.

22 January 1963
Sold to Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures).


Photo of Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures) Viscount F-BGNU

Country of Registration France

January 1963 to March 1976

Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)

F-BGNU - c/n 38 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

22 January 1963
Purchased from Air France.

2 June 1970
Noted at Middelkirke Airport, Ostend, Belgium on a training flight.

3 June 1970
Noted at Middelkirke Airport, Ostend, Belgium on a training flight.

21 January 1975
Withdrawn from service and stored at Orly Airport, Paris, France.

Total time 30,309 hours and 24,602 total landings.

26 March 1976
Donated to Aéro-Club de Mulhouse at Habsheim Airfield, Alsace, France and used as a clubhouse.


Photo of Aéro-Club de Mulhouse Viscount F-BGNU

Country of Registration France

March 1976 to June 1985

Aéro-Club de Mulhouse

F-BGNU - c/n 38 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

26 March 1976
Donated by Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures) to Aéro-Club de Mulhouse at Habsheim Airfield, Alsace, France and used as a clubhouse.

It was still in Air Inter livery less titles

Noted with 'Fred Air' titles.
'Fred Air' titles

circa 1979
Noted with 'Fred Air' titles, date not known.

12 June 1981
Noted with the 'Fred Air' titles removed.

circa June 1985
Transferred to Auto und Technik Museum, Sinsheim, Germany.

Date to be confirmed.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Auto und Technik Museum Viscount F-BGNU

Country of Registration France

June 1985 to

Auto und Technik Museum

F-BGNU - c/n 38 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

circa June 1985
Transferred from the Aéro-Club de Mulhouse at Habsheim, Alsace, France where it had been used as a clubhouse.

Date to be confirmed.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

circa April 1986
Placed on display mounted on poles in a basic Air Inter livery with 'Museum Airlines' titles.

Repainted in a Air Inter style livery with 'Air France' titles.
'Air France' titles

May 2002
Repainted in a Air Inter style livery with 'Air France' titles.

The interior has been cleared to allow people to walk through to view the cockpit.
Walk way to the cockpit

The interior has been cleared to allow people to walk through to view the cockpit.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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