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Viscount c/n 162

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 162
British European Airways Corporation (BEA)


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

It first flew on Thursday, 30 May 1957 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), British Air Ferries (BAF), Air Algerie, BAF Air Tours, Loganair, Manx Airlines, British World Airlines (BWA), Airwing 2000 Ltd and Interflight


Photo of Viscount c/n 162
Transtel


Togo flag Togo

Its final owner/operator was
Transtel as 3D-OHM.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond repair after an aborted takeoff at N'djamena International Airport, Tchad 24 July 2001. Reportedly re-registered as 5V-TTJ circa 2002 but there is no physical evidence of this on the aircraft. Possibly scrapped in 2003. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1956 to July 1973

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AOHM - c/n 162 - 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 13th V.802 ordered by British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

Production Aircraft No. 19 - the 19th production V.800 series Viscount built,
was the 13th V.800 Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 19th V.800 Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F13/802. Sales Order No. 13/63B. Stock Order No. 13/26B.

2 January 1956
Registered to British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

20 September 1956
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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

8 December 1956
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

30 May 1957
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

27 June 1957
Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A Robert Machin'.

A new BEA ‘red square‘ livery was adopted.
BEA
‘red square‘ livery

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.

A new BEA ‘Flying Union Jack‘ livery was adopted.
BEA
'Flying Union Jack‘ livery

circa 1968
A new BEA ‘Flying Union Jack‘ livery was adopted and most aircraft were repainted when they went in for major overhaul, which took some of them into the early 1970s before this was accomplished.

July 1969
Noted operating with BEA Channel Islands titles.

7 May 1972
Operated the inaugural service from Jersey Airport, Channel Islands to Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands flown by Captain R H Poirrier. The flight took 1 hour 38 minutes and a commemorative postal cover was issued and flown in the aircraft.

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-AOHM

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1973 to February 1981

British Airways (BA)

G-AOHM - c/n 162 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

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

Continued operating on the Channel Islands routes.

Painted in the new British Airways (BA) livery.
British Airways (BA)
‘New‘ livery

circa 1974
Painted in the new British Airways (BA) livery.

19 March 1975
During a touch and go exercise at Dinard Airport, Pleurtuit, Northern France the flaps that were selected for the previous approach and landing would normally have retracted into the takeoff position when the engine throttles were advanced for a go-around but for some reason, in this instance they remained in the landing configuration. The extra drag would have resulted in the aircraft not getting airborne so Base Training Captain Anthony McLauchlan immediately elected to abandon the takeoff and his trainee pilot managed to stop the aircraft within the remaining runway length without any damage. Invaluable training no doubt!

After vacating the runway Anthony verified visually from the cabin the incorrect flap position and then cycled the flaps through their full range. He then selected the correct takeoff position which was again verified visually from the cabin. After consulting with the engineers at Jersey they agreed that the aircraft should be flown back to its home base in Jersey, Channel Islands for a full inspection of the flap and throttle interconnect systems. The ferry flight was made without further incident. Unfortunately, Anthony was too busy flying other Viscounts to be able to find out the cause of the malfunction.

Stored at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales.
Stored at
Rhoose, Cardiff, Wales

8 May 1980
Operated from Heathrow Airport, London, England to Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales and withdrawn from service and stored.

February 1981
Sold to British Air Ferries (BAF).

FURTHER READING: Books about British Airways (BA)



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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1981 to March 1981

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOHM - c/n 162 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

February 1981
Purchased from British Airways (BA).

23 February 1981
Ferried from Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

26 February 1981
Airtested from Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England after 'BAF' titles were applied to the tail with the remainder in a basic BA blue and white livery.

1 March 1981
Rolled out in British Air Ferries (BAF) livery with BAF logo on the nose and Air Algerie logo on the tail.

10 March 1981
Leased to Air Algerie.


Photo of Air Algerie Viscount G-AOHM

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1981 to May 1981

Air Algerie

G-AOHM - c/n 162 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

10 March 1981
Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and delivered to Noumerate Airport, Ghardaia, Algeria still named as 'Anne Marie'.

May 1981
Returned to British Air Ferries (BAF).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1981 to November 1981

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOHM - c/n 162 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

May 1981
Returned from Air Algerie lease.

Repainted in the new BAF double stripe livery.

November 1981
Leased back to Air Algerie in a basic BAF livery.


Photo of Air Algerie Viscount G-AOHM

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1981 to January 1982

Air Algerie

G-AOHM - c/n 162 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

November 1981
Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) in a basic BAF livery.

10 January 1982
Returned to British Air Ferries (BAF).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1982 to March 1983

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOHM - c/n 162 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

10 January 1982
Returned from Air Algerie lease.

Painted in the British Air Ferries (BAF) ‘Yellow and Blue Tail‘ livery.
British Air Ferries (BAF)
‘Yellow and Blue Tail‘ livery

September 1982
Noted painted in the British Air Ferries (BAF) ‘Yellow and Blue Tail‘ livery and named as 'Anne Marie'.

9 March 1983
Transferred to BAF Air Tours.


Photo of BAF Air Tours Viscount G-AOHM

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1983 to February 1984

BAF Air Tours

G-AOHM - c/n 162 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

9 March 1983
Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named as 'Anne Marie'.

circa June 1983
Noted at Squires Gate Airport, Blackpool, Lancashire, England with a 'Skyrider' logo on the forward fuselage. The name 'Anne Marie' has now been removed.

It was being used for the nightly newspaper run to Belfast Airport, Northern Ireland.

1 February 1984
Leased to Loganair 'Scotland's Airline'.


Photo of Loganair Viscount G-AOHM

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1984 to May 1984

Loganair

G-AOHM - c/n 162 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 February 1984
Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) whilst operating for BAF Air Tours.

Painted in a modified British Air Ferries (BAF) livery named as 'The Flying Scotsman'.

Operated from Manchester, England to Edinburgh, Scotland replacing a Fokker F27 Friendship.

4 May 1984
Returned to British Air Ferries (BAF).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1984 to April 1990

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOHM - c/n 162 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

4 May 1984
Returned from Loganair lease.

Re-entered service in a plain dark blue and white livery with no titles.

Painted in the British Air Ferries (BAF) 'BAF' livery.
British Air Ferries (BAF)
‘BAF‘ livery

June 1984
Painted in the British Air Ferries (BAF) 'BAF' livery and named as 'Viscount De L'isle'.

Stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.
Stored at Rochford Airport,
Southend, Essex, England

March 1985
Noted stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England with all four Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines removed.

Painted in the British Air Ferries (BAF) 'British' livery.
British Air Ferries (BAF)
‘British‘ livery

19 April 1986
Air tested after long term storage and re-named as 'Viscount Sir George Edwards' and now painted in the British Air Ferries (BAF) 'British' livery.

18 June 1986
Official naming ceremony as 'Viscount Sir George Edwards' at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England that was attended by Sir George Edwards who was presented with a model of a British Air Ferries (BAF) Viscount.

A flight with 70 invited guests was made along the South Coast of England that included an overshoot at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Dorset.

January 1987
Noted with 'British' titles which were previously used by British Airways.

20 October 1989
Noted at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in British Air Ferries (BAF) livery minus titles.

1 April 1990
Leased to Manx Airlines.


Photo of Manx Airlines (Skianyn Vannin) Viscount G-AOHM

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1990 to April 1990

Manx Airlines (Skianyn Vannin)

G-AOHM - c/n 162 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 April 1990
Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) in full BAF livery with BAF still on the tail but no cabin roof titles.

11 April 1990
Returned to British Air Ferries (BAF).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1990 to April 1993

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOHM - c/n 162 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

11 April 1990
Returned from Manx Airlines lease still named as 'Viscount Sir George Edwards'.

1 April 1993
Transferred to British World Airlines (BWA) due to a corporate name change.


Photo of British World Airlines (BWA) Viscount G-AOHM

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1993 to April 1999

British World Airlines (BWA)

G-AOHM - c/n 162 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 April 1993
Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) due to a corporate name change.

18 April 1996
This aircraft was scheduled to participate in a special retirement celebration at Heathrow Airport, London, England to mark the withdrawal of the Viscount from passenger service in the United Kingdom. Unfortuntantly one of the engineers preparing the aircraft for departure at Stansted Airport, Essex, England taxied the aircraft into a wire fence and cut the outer wing.

Viscount G-APEY (C/N 382) was brought down from Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland at short notice as a replacement to participate in the celebrations.

May 1996
Converted at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England from passenger to cargo configuration, but without a large cargo door.

Painted in the red Parcel Force livery at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.
British World Airlines (BWA)
Parcel Force livery

27 June 1996
Painted in the red Parcel Force livery at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

24 December 1996
Last service for Parcel Force from Baginton Airport, Coventry, England to Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland as BWL4273, then ferried to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England as BWL341P.

8 January 1998
Operated the last Viscount flight for British World Airlines (BWA) from Belfast, Northern Ireland and then withdrawn from service and stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

Chris Hatton wrote in the Evening Echo local newspaper: -

It was the end of an era. One of Britain's most successful airliners made its final touch down at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England as tearful staff said their final goodbyes.

The British World Airlines plane - the last one in operation in the UK - made a low pass over the airport to celebrate its last flight from Belfast.

The Captain of the landmark flight was Ray Hill who had flown the Viscount for 29 years, with Paul Henty as his co-pilot. This was Ray's last flight as he took retirement at the same time as his aircraft.

Malcolm Ginsberg, spokesman for British World Airlines (BWA), which owned the Viscount said: "Over the years, the Viscount fleet has reduced as each aircraft has reached the end of its airframe life."

"The last three remaining in the UK have been operating twice nightly from Belfast and Edinburgh to Coventry, moving the nation's parcels."

circa April 1999
Sold to Airwing 2000 Ltd.


Photo of Airwing 2000 Ltd Viscount G-AOHM

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1999 to May 1999

Airwing 2000 Ltd

G-AOHM - c/n 162 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa April 1999
Purchased from British World Airlines (BWA).

21 May 1999
Departed Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England on delivery to Luqa Airport, Malta via Côte d'Azur Airport, Nice, France.

It was reportedly then operated for two weeks from Palma, Mallorca, Spain carrying cargoes of fish. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.

25 August 1999
Sold to Interflight.

UK registration cancelled.


Photo of Interflight Viscount 3D-OHM

Country of Registration Swaziland

August 1999 to March 2001

Interflight

3D-OHM - c/n 162 - a V.802 series Viscount
Swaziland registered

25 August 1999
Purchased from Airwing 2000 Ltd and registration 3D-OHM applied.

31 August 1999
Departed Luqa, Malta on delivery to Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa together with Viscount 3D-PFI (C/N 170).

September 1999
Noted stored at Wonderboom Airport, Pretoria, South Africa.

circa March 2001
Sold to Transtel.


Photo of Transtel Viscount 3D-OHM

Country of Registration Swaziland

March 2001 to

Transtel

3D-OHM - c/n 162 - a V.802 series Viscount
Swaziland registered

circa March 2001
Purchased from Interflight.

24 July 2001
Damaged beyond repair after an aborted takeoff at N'djamena International Airport, Tchad.

February 2002
Noted stored under armed guard at N'djamena International Airport, Tchad with very little obvious damage except for a curled No.3 propeller. The aircraft is painted all white with no titles.

The aircraft had reportedly been re-registered 5V-TTJ but there is no physical evidence of this on the aircraft.

14 June 2004
Not seen at N'djamena International Airport, Tchad using Google Earth. Possibly scrapped in 2003. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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