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Viscount c/n 73

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 73
BOAC Associated Companies Ltd


England flag England

This V.702 series Viscount was built for
BOAC Associated Companies Ltd as VP-TBM

It first flew on Tuesday, 6 September 1955 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 505 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
British West Indian Airways (BWIA), Kuwait Airways, Bahamas Airways, Field Aircraft Services Ltd, British Midland Airways (BMA), Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd, British Air Ferries (BAF), Air Anglia and Alfred James Spencer


Photo of Viscount c/n 73
Alidair


England flag England

Its final owner/operator was
Alidair as G-APPX.

Its fate:-
Purchased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd by Alidair for spares recovery 12 August 1975.

Tail unit transferred to Viscount F-BMCG (C/N 52) and noted with the old tail unit from Viscount F-BMCG (C/N 52) temporarily fitted 4 September 1975.

Remains broken up for scrap at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in August 1977.


Operational record
Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Ltd Viscount VP-TBM

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

January 1954 to October 1955

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

VP-TBM - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

circa January 1954
This was the 3rd V.702 ordered by BOAC Associated Companies Ltd for use by British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA).

Production Aircraft No. 72 - the 72nd production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 35th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 41st Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F03/702. Sales Order No. 03/53B. Stock Order No. 18/22B.

28 December 1954
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

18 March 1955
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

6 September 1955
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

23 September 1955
Handed over to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd.

24 September 1955
Ferried to London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

Radio equipment was then fitted by British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC).

11 October 1955
Dry leased to British West Indian Airways (BWIA) in a modified BOAC livery.


Photo of British West Indian Airways (BWIA) Viscount VP-TBM

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

October 1955 to November 1958

British West Indian Airways (BWIA)

VP-TBM - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

11 October 1955
Dry leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and departed from London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England on delivery.

13 November 1958
Returned to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England.


Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Ltd Viscount VP-TBM

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

November 1958 to November 1958

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

VP-TBM - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

13 November 1958
Returned from British West Indian Airways (BWIA) lease to London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

14 November 1958
Re-registered as G-APPX.


Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Ltd Viscount G-APPX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1958 to November 1958

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

G-APPX - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

14 November 1958
Re-registered from VP-TBM.

15 November 1958
UK Certificate of Airworthiness issued.

16 November 1958
Dry leased to Kuwait Airways.


Photo of Kuwait Airways Viscount G-APPX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1958 to March 1961

Kuwait Airways

G-APPX - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

16 November 1958
Dry leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd in an ex BOAC livery with Kuwait Airways titles and delivered from London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

9 August 1959
Noted at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England, presumably undergoing maintenance.

27 March 1961
Returned to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd.


Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Ltd Viscount G-APPX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1961 to April 1961

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

G-APPX - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

27 March 1961
Returned from Kuwait Airways lease to City of Birmingham Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England via Ciampino Airport, Rome, Italy.

28 March 1961
Ferried to Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England for overhaul by Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

6 April 1961
Sold to Bahamas Airways.


Photo of Bahamas Airways Viscount G-APPX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1961 to June 1961

Bahamas Airways

G-APPX - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

6 April 1961
Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and Bahamas Airways titles applied to the ex BOAC livery.

May 1961
Ferried to Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland for further work by Scottish Aviation Ltd.

2 June 1961
Departed from Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland on delivery to Nassau Airport, Bahamas with Captain Easey and four other crew members.

4 June 1961
Re-registered VP-BBV and UK registration cancelled as aircraft sold abroad.


Photo of Bahamas Airways Viscount VP-BBV

Country of Registration Bahamas

June 1961 to December 1968

Bahamas Airways

VP-BBV - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
Bahamas registered

4 June 1961
Re-registered from G-APPX.

27 November 1962
Noted at Heathrow Airport, London, England undergoing maintenance.

17 January 1963
Ferried to Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland for further work by Scottish Aviation Ltd.

19 April 1963
Noted on air tests after overhaul.

24 April 1963
Delivered back to Bahamas Airways via Keflavik Airport, Iceland.

13 March 1967
Noted at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland inbound from Keflavik Airport, Iceland for maintenance.

14 March 1967
Departed for Woodford Airfield, Lancashire, England to drop off a Bahamas Airways flight crew who were collecting a newly purchased Hawker Siddeley 748.

Arrived at Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England for overhaul by Field Aircraft Services Ltd.
Bahamas Airways
'Bahamas' livery

14 March 1967
Arrived at Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England for overhaul by Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Repainted in the Bahamas Airways 'Bahamas' livery.

27 May 1967
Delivered back to Bahamas Airways via Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland and Keflavik Airport, Iceland.

22 December 1968
Sold to Field Aircraft Services Ltd.


Photo of Field Aircraft Services Ltd Viscount VP-BBV

Country of Registration Bahamas

December 1968 to March 1969

Field Aircraft Services Ltd

VP-BBV - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
Bahamas registered

22 December 1968
Purchased from Bahamas Airways and ferried to Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England via Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland and East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

28 March 1969
Re-registered G-APPX.


Photo of Field Aircraft Services Ltd Viscount G-APPX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1969 to April 1969

Field Aircraft Services Ltd

G-APPX - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

28 March 1969
Re-registered from VP-BBV.

5 April 1969
Dry leased to British Midland Airways (BMA).


Photo of British Midland Airways (BMA) Viscount G-APPX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1969 to October 1969

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-APPX - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

5 April 1969
Dry leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd to replace Viscount G-AODG (C/N 77) that had crash landed 20 February 1969.

It was painted up in full BMA livery but without the 'BM' on the tail.

7 April 1969
Noted at Elmdon Airport, Birmingham, England carrying out ILS approaches as part of a crew training session.

11 April 1969
Entered British Midland Airways (BMA) service on the inaugural flight from Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England to Jersey Airport, Channel Islands.

Repainted in a later BMA livery.
British Midland Airways (BMA)
'BMA tail' livery

September 1969
Noted in a revised livery with BMA on the tail.

2 October 1969
Last British Midland Airways (BMA) service from Aldergrove Airport, Belfast, Northern Ireland to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

3 October 1969
Returned to Field Aircraft Services Ltd at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.


Photo of Field Aircraft Services Ltd Viscount G-APPX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1969 to July 1971

Field Aircraft Services Ltd

G-APPX - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

3 October 1969
Returned from British Midland Airways (BMA) lease to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England and stored with the BMA titles painted out.

August 1970
Noted inside the Field's hangar in preparation for an overhaul and repaint.

10 July 1971
Noted at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in full Air International livery.

16 July 1971
Dry leased to Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd.


Photo of Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd Viscount G-APPX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1971 to January 1972

Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd

G-APPX - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

16 July 1971
Dry leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd and named as 'Toniko' for operations from Stansted Airport, Essex, England.

17 July 1971
Noted crew training at Stansted Airport, Essex, England carrying out ILS approaches. Cambrian Airways were contracted to supply a training Captain.

19 July 1971
Noted back at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England for minor rectification work by Field Aircraft Services Ltd after snags were discovered during crew training.

24 July 1971
Noted crew training at Stansted Airport, Essex, England carrying out ILS approaches.

26 July 1971
Noted crew training at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England carrying out ILS approaches.

July 1971
Operated a proving flight to Riem Airport, Munich, West Germany.

11 August 1971
Noted crew training at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales carrying out ILS approaches.

12 August 1971
Operated a proving flight to Lohausen Airport, Düsseldorf, West Germany that was repeated the following week.

1 September 1971
Air Operators Certificate (AOC) issued to Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd.

4 September 1971
First revenue service operated from Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England to Schwechat Airport, Vienna, Austria and Rhein-Main Airport, Frankfurt, West Germany.

16 January 1972
Chartered to British Air Ferries (BAF).


Photo of British Air Ferries (BAF) Viscount G-APPX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1972 to January 1972

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-APPX - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

16 January 1972
Chartered from Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd for use on the British Air Ferries (BAF) Rochford, Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England to Middelkerke Airport, Ostend, Belgium service.

January 1972
Returned to Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd.


Photo of Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd Viscount G-APPX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1972 to January 1972

Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd

G-APPX - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

January 1972
Returned from British Air Ferries (BAF) charter.

20 January 1972
Chartered to Air Anglia.


Photo of Air Anglia Viscount G-APPX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1972 to January 1972

Air Anglia

G-APPX - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

20 January 1972
Chartered from Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd for oil rig support flights from Norwich Airport, Norfolk, England to Esbjerg Airport, Denmark.

30 January 1972
Returned to Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd.


Photo of Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd Viscount G-APPX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1972 to November 1972

Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd

G-APPX - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

30 January 1972
Returned from Air Anglia charter.

12 April 1972
Noted at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Switzerland operating a charter flight.

28 October 1972
Operated the last Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd service into Gatwick Airport, London, England where the aircraft was impounded by the BAA - British Airports Authority for unpaid landing fees.

21 November 1972
Returned to Field Aircraft Services Ltd.


Photo of Field Aircraft Services Ltd Viscount G-APPX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1972 to January 1973

Field Aircraft Services Ltd

G-APPX - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

21 November 1972
Returned from Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd lease to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England on three engines and stored.

Total time 23,372 hours.

30 January 1973
Sold to Alfred James Spencer.


Photo of Alfred James Spencer Viscount G-APPX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1973 to April 1974

Alfred James Spencer

G-APPX - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

30 January 1973
Purchased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd but the aircraft remained stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

31 March 1973
A sale to Nor-Air Ltd was not completed due to AOC problems. See Viscount G-BBDK (C/N 291).

9 April 1974
Sold to Field Aircraft Services Ltd.


Photo of Field Aircraft Services Ltd Viscount G-APPX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1974 to August 1975

Field Aircraft Services Ltd

G-APPX - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

9 April 1974
Purchased from Alfred James Spencer but the aircraft remained stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

12 August 1975
Sold to Alidair.


Photo of Alidair Viscount G-APPX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

August 1975 to August 1977

Alidair

G-APPX - c/n 73 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

12 August 1975
Purchased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd but the aircraft remained stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England

It was used for spares recovery and not officially registered to them. The tail unit was transferred to Viscount F-BMCG (C/N 52).

20 August 1975
Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use.

4 September 1975
Noted with the old tail unit from Viscount F-BMCG (C/N 52) temporarily fitted.

August 1977
Remains broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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