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Viscount c/n 151

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 151
British European Airways Corporation (BEA)


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This V.802 series Viscount was built for
British European Airways Corporation (BEA) as G-AOJB

It first flew on Saturday, 29 September 1956 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
British Airways (BA)


Photo of Viscount c/n 151
Liverpool Airport Fire Service


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Its final owner/operator was
Liverpool Airport Fire Service as G-AOJB.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by British Airways (BA) at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England on the 27 March 1976. Ferried to Speke Airport, Liverpool, England for spares recovery 1 April 1976.

Donated to the Liverpool Airport Fire Service for fire service training as a hulk without engines, outer wings or fin, and painted in a basic BEA ‘Flying Union Jack’ livery with all titles painted out 19 October 1976. Burnt out hulk broken up for scrap in January 1989.


Operational record
Photo of British European Airways Corporation (BEA) Viscount G-AOHB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1956 to March 1956

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AOHB - c/n 151 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

February 1953
An order was placed for the first V.800 series Viscount which was specifically designed for British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

This was the 2nd V.802 ordered by British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

2 January 1956
Allocated registration G-AOHB for British European Airways Corporation (BEA) but not taken up, to avoid confusion with G-ANHB (C/N 62).

6 March 1956
Re-registered to British European Airways Corporation (BEA) as G-AOJB.

G-AOHB was finally used on a de Havilland DH114 Heron 2B.

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



Photo of British European Airways Corporation (BEA) Viscount G-AOJB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1956 to July 1973

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AOJB - c/n 151 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

6 March 1956
Re-registered to British European Airways Corporation (BEA) from G-AOHB.

Although the reason for this registration change is not known, it is likely to have been done to avoid conflict operationally with V.701 Viscount G-ANHB (C/N 62).

Production Aircraft No. 2 - the 2nd production V.800 series Viscount built,
was the 2nd V.800 Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 2nd V.800 Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F02/802. Sales Order No. F02/63B. Stock Order No. F02/26B.

7 March 1956
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

April 1956
Fuselage transported by road from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England to Weybridge, Surrey, England.

5 May 1956
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

29 September 1956
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying.

4 February 1957
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) issued.

6 February 1957
Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A Stephen Borough'.

2 March 1957
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England due to a London Airport weather diversion.

13 March 1957
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out ILS approaches.

18 January 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out ILS approaches.

28 February 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out ILS approaches.

March 1959
A new BEA 'Red Square' livery was adopted and aircraft were repainted during the early 1960s when they next went in for overhaul.

Sadly, after repainting, the aircraft no longer carried a name including the nameplate on the forward cabin bulkhead.

31 March 1959
BEA annual report quotes a total flying time of 4,252 hours.

Painted in the BEA ‘Red Square‘ livery.
BEA
‘Red Square‘ livery
Painted in the BEA ‘Flying Union Jack‘ livery.
BEA
‘Flying Union Jack‘ livery

23 April 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England carrying out multiple ILS approaches and overshoots.

15 December 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England due to a London Airport weather diversion.

1 April 1960
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England due to a London Airport weather diversion.

17 September 1960
After landing at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands the nose undercarriage leg collapsed.

This resulted in curl damage to all four propellers and shockload damage to the four Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines.

There were no reported injuries to the 71 passengers and 3 crew on board.

An investigation afterwards could find no fault with the undercarriage mechanical or hydraulic systems.

Repaired and returned to service.

24 June 1961
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

22 June 1965
Noted at Leeds / Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England operating UK services on behalf of BKS Air Transport Ltd.

4 July 1967
Total time 22,796:24 hours and 16,480 total landings.

29 October 1968
Total time 25,646:01 hours and 19,258 total landings.

10 January 1970
Struck a snow plough while taxiing at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland.

Repaired and returned to service.

31 March 1970
BEA annual report quotes an annual utilisation of 2,015 hours for the year March 1969 to March 1970.

This was the highest in that year for the BEA Viscount fleet.

The total flying time for this aircraft was 28,118 hours to this date.

circa May 1970
Repainted in the new BEA ‘Flying Union Jack‘ livery.

1971
The Chairman of BEA – British European Airways Corporation, Henry Marking, split BEA into several divisions as part of his ‘profit centre’ philosophy, with each division being responsible for it’s own financial performance. As a result the BEA – British European Airways Viscount V.802 fleet was split into two.

The ‘Scottish Airways' division had eight Viscounts based at Abbotsinch, Glasgow, Scotland. The ‘Channel Islands' division had twelve Viscounts with four being operated from Jersey Airport, five from Elmdon Airport, Birmingham, West Midlands, England and one from Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands. The remaining two aircraft of the ‘Channel Islands' fleet were used on a charter to GB Airways to operate the Gibraltar to Tangier, Morocco service, and to act as operational spares.

All aircraft had either ‘Scottish Airways’ or ‘Channel Islands’ titling applied to the upper fuselage. In practice to maintain operational flexibility there was considerable mixing of the aircraft. On one occasion in August 1971 two of the ‘Channel Islands’ Viscounts were on the ramp together at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, some 750 miles (1,250 km) from the Channel Islands.

Had ‘Scottish Airways’ titles applied alongside ‘BEA’ titling on the upper fuselage.
BEA – British European Airways
‘Scottish Airways‘ livery

circa August 1971
G-AOJB was allocated to the ‘Scottish Airways’ division and had ‘Scottish Airways’ titles applied alongside ‘BEA’ titling on the upper fuselage.

1 November 1971
Flew the British European Airways Viscount service from Templehof Airport, Berlin, West Germany to Heathrow Airport, London, England via Langenhagen Airport, Hannover, West Germany as BE1351A, carrying ‘BEA Scottish Airways’ titles. It was flown by Captain P W Hargreaves.

A large batch of postal covers were flown on the aircraft and subsequently sold to the general public.

31 March 1972
BEA annual report quotes a total flying time of 31,881 hours.

This was the last year that individual aircraft flying hours were reported.

31 July 1973
Transferred to British Airways (BA) due to a corporate merger.

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



Photo of British Airways (BA) Viscount G-AOJB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

September 1973 to October 1976

British Airways (BA)

G-AOJB - c/n 151 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

31 July 1973
Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger.

27 March 1976
Withdrawn from service at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England.

1 April 1976
Ferried to Speke Airport, Liverpool, England for spares recovery.

Total time 37,995 hours and 33,505 total landings.

Hulk donated to the Liverpool Airport Fire Service for training.
Stripped of all useful spares

7 May 1976
Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use.

19 October 1976
Hulk donated to the Liverpool Airport Fire Service for training use.

FURTHER READING: Books about British Airways (BA)



Photo of Liverpool Airport Fire Service Viscount G-AOJB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1976 to January 1989

Liverpool Airport Fire Service

G-AOJB - c/n 151 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

19 October 1976
Donated by British Airways (BA) for fire service training as a hulk without engines, outer wings or fin, and painted in a basic BEA - British European Airways ‘Union Jack’ livery with all titles painted out.

January 1989
Burnt out hulk broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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