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Viscount c/n 87

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 87
Misrair - Egyptian Airlines


Egypt flag Egypt

This V.739 series Viscount was built for
Misrair - Egyptian Airlines as SU-AIE

It first flew on Thursday, 12 January 1956 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
United Arab Airlines (UAA) and Air France


Photo of Viscount c/n 87
British Eagle International Airlines Ltd


England flag England

Its final owner/operator was
British Eagle International Airlines Ltd as G-ATDU.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in September 1968 and subsequently broken up for scrap in April 1969 after the removal of all useful parts.


Operational record
Photo of Misrair - Egyptian Airlines Viscount SU-AIE

Country of Registration Egypt

January 1956 to August 1960

Misrair - Egyptian Airlines

SU-AIE - c/n 87 - a V.739 series Viscount
Egypt registered

Mid 1950s
This was the 3rd V.739 ordered by Misrair - Egyptian Airlines.

Production Aircraft No. 91 - the 91st production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 52nd Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 57th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F03/739. Sales Order No. F03/59B. Stock Order No. F36/22B.

26 May 1955
Fuselage assembly commenced.

14 August 1955
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

12 January 1956
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

27 January 1956
Delivered to Misrair - Egyptian Airlines.

August 1960
Transferred to United Arab Airlines (UAA) due to a corporate name change.


Photo of United Arab Airlines (UAA) Viscount SU-AIE

Country of Registration Egypt

August 1960 to May 1965

United Arab Airlines (UAA)

SU-AIE - c/n 87 - a V.739 series Viscount
Egypt registered

August 1960
Transferred from Misrair - Egyptian Airlines due to a operator name change when Misrair merged with Syrian Arab Airlines.

circa June 1964
Seen at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England undergoing maintenance with Marshall's.

14 May 1965
Sold to British Eagle International Airlines Ltd.


Photo of British Eagle International Airlines Ltd Viscount G-ATDU

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1965 to March 1968

British Eagle International Airlines Ltd

G-ATDU - c/n 87 - a V.739 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

14 May 1965
Purchased from United Arab Airlines (UAA) and named as 'City of Liverpool'.

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

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

4 May 1967
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a Heathrow Airport weather diversion.

31 March 1968
Leased to Air France.


Photo of Air France Viscount G-ATDU

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1968 to September 1968

Air France

G-ATDU - c/n 87 - a V.739 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

31 March 1968
Leased from British Eagle International Airlines Ltd. and based at Barcelona, Spain. The Chief Engineer was George Taylor.

September 1968
Returned to British Eagle International Airlines Ltd.


Photo of British Eagle International Airlines Ltd Viscount G-ATDU

Country of Registration United Kingdom

September 1968 to April 1969

British Eagle International Airlines Ltd

G-ATDU - c/n 87 - a V.739 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

September 1968
Returned from Air France lease, repainted in full livery and again named as 'City of Liverpool'.

6 November 1968
Withdrawn from service and stored at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England after British Eagle International Airlines Ltd ceased operations.

Total time 24,125 hours and 15,468 landings.

April 1969
Broken up for scrap after removal of all useful parts.

10 July 1969
Registration cancelled.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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