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Viscount c/n 93

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 93
Airwork London Ltd


England flag England

This V.755D series Viscount was built for
Airwork London Ltd as CU-T605

It first flew on Saturday, 16 June 1956 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd, Cunard Eagle Airways Ltd, British Eagle International Airlines Ltd and Invicta Airways Ltd


Photo of Viscount c/n 93
British Midland Airways (BMA)


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Its final owner/operator was
British Midland Airways (BMA) as G-AOCC.

Its fate:-
Aircraft found to have wing structure corrosion during the early stages of an overhaul in March 1969.

Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 21 April 1969.

Broken up for scrap after spares recovery circa August 1970.


Operational record
Photo of Airwork London Ltd Viscount G-AOCC

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1955 to December 1955

Airwork London Ltd

G-AOCC - c/n 93 - a V.755D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

17 May 1955
Registered to Airwork London Ltd but not taken up as BOAC objected to their proposed 'Colonial Coach' overseas routes as unfair competition.

December 1955
Sold to Compania Cubana de Aviacion S.A. during construction retaining the Airwork London Ltd model designation V.755D.

4 January 1956
UK registration cancelled as aircraft sold abroad.


Photo of Compania Cubana de Aviación S.A. Viscount CU-T605

Country of Registration Cuba

December 1955 to January 1961

Compania Cubana de Aviación S.A.

CU-T605 - c/n 93 - a V.755D series Viscount
Cuba registered

December 1955
This was the 3rd V.755 ordered by Compania Cubana de Aviación S.A. and was purchased from Airwork Ltd during construction retaining the Airwork London Ltd model designation V.755D.

Production Aircraft No. 127 - the 127th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 42nd Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 40th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F03/755. Sales Order No. 03/72B. Stock Order No. 40/27B.

21 December 1955
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

10 February 1956
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

16 June 1956
First flight from Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying as the runway at Weybridge was too short for a completed aircraft to takeoff.

20 June 1956
Delivered to Compania Cubana de Aviación S.A. at Rancho-Boyeros Airport, Havana, Cuba and entered service to replace the Douglas DC4 services to the USA and Canada.

1 January 1961
Sold to Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd.


Photo of Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd Viscount VR-BBM

Country of Registration Bermuda

January 1961 to September 1962

Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd

VR-BBM - c/n 93 - a V.755D series Viscount
Bermuda registered

1 January 1961
Purchased from Compania Cubana de Aviación S.A.

14 May 1962
The aircraft was flown from Bermuda to the Eagle Airways base at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England for a major maintenance check. The 6 hour 5 minute sector flown from Gander Airport, Newfoundland, Canada to Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland was non-stop and without having extra fuel tanks installed in the cabin.

The Captain considered that this was a record and the flight was checked out by the ARB to confirm that there would have been enough fuel on board to divert to an alternative airfield on its arrival at Prestwick. It appears that other aircraft that crossed the Atlantic had extra fuel tanks installed in the cabin.

3 September 1962
Transferred to Cunard Eagle Airways Ltd.


Photo of Cunard Eagle Airways Ltd Viscount G-AOCC

Country of Registration United Kingdom

September 1962 to September 1963

Cunard Eagle Airways Ltd

G-AOCC - c/n 93 - a V.755D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

3 September 1962
Transferred from Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd within the Eagle group.

12 October 1962
UK Certificate of Airworthiness issued after re-painting and modification work to bring it up to British Board of Trade standards.

16 September 1963
Transferred to British Eagle International Airlines Ltd due to a corporate name change.


Photo of British Eagle International Airlines Ltd Viscount G-AOCC

Country of Registration United Kingdom

September 1963 to January 1968

British Eagle International Airlines Ltd

G-AOCC - c/n 93 - a V.755D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

16 September 1963
Transferred from Cunard Eagle Airways Ltd due to a corporate name change and named as 'City of Belfast'.

Reportedly later re-named as 'City of Edinburgh'. Date not known and there is no photographic evidence. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

21 August 1964
Noted at Benina Airport, near Benghazi, Libya operating a trooping charter flight from RAF El Adem, near Tobruk, Libya with the next stop at Luqa Airport, Malta on its way back to the UK.

1 November 1967
Registration cancelled as aircraft sold.

12 January 1968
Sold to Invicta Airways Ltd.


Photo of Invicta Airways Ltd Viscount G-AOCC

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1968 to February 1969

Invicta Airways Ltd

G-AOCC - c/n 93 - a V.755D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

12 January 1968
Purchased from British Eagle International Airlines Ltd and named as 'Sylt'.

1 February 1968
Delivered to Manston Airport, Kent, England.

March 1968
Noted with the name 'Sylt' in yellow lettering on a black background on the lower forward fuselage.

June 1968
Noted with the name 'Sylt' in black lettering on a yellow background on the lower forward fuselage.

July 1968
Noted with the name 'Sylt' in white lettering on the red cheatline under the cockpit windows.

13 January 1969
Ferried from Manston Airport, Kent, England to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

4 February 1969
Transferred to British Midland Airways (BMA) due to a corporate merger and the registration to Invicta Airways Ltd was cancelled.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1969 to August 1970

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-AOCC - c/n 93 - a V.755D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

4 February 1969
Transferred from Invicta Airways Ltd due to a corporate merger.

March 1969
Aircraft inspected during the early stages of an overhaul and found to have major wing structure corrosion.

The Certificate of Airworthiness was still valid until 11 September 1969 but was now revoked.

21 April 1969
Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

Total time 23,331 hours and 17,907 total landings.

circa August 1970
Broken up for scrap after spares recovery.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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