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Viscount c/n 171

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 171
British European Airways Corporation (BEA)


England flag England

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

It first flew on Thursday, 18 July 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)


Photo of Viscount c/n 171
Birmingham Airport Fire Service


England flag England

Its final owner/operator was
Birmingham Airport Fire Service as G-AORD.

Its fate:-
Ferried to Elmdon Airport, Birmingham, West Midlands, England and withdrawn from service by British Airways (BA) on 5 November 1975.

Donated to the Birmingham Airport Fire Service in 1976. Marked up as 'Airport Fire Service Training Aircraft' in an ex British European Airways / British Airways (BA) livery. First real fire carried out to airframe which was not destructive 9 July 1976. Broken up for scrap in October 1985.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

September 1957 to September 1957

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AOHW * - c/n 171 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa 1956
Registration G-AOHW allocated but not taken up. Subsequently registered as G-AORD.

Registration G-AOHW was then used on C/N 253.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

September 1957 to July 1973

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AORD * - c/n 171 - 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 22nd V.802 ordered by British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

Production Aircraft No. 25 - the 25th production V.800 series Viscount built,
was the 23rd V.800 Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 25th V.800 Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F22/802. Sales Order No. F22/63B. Stock Order No. F22/26B.

2 January 1956
Registered to British European Airways Corporation (BEA). Registration G-AOHW had been allocated but not taken up.

12 January 1957
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

March 1957
Fuselage transported by road from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England to Weybridge, Surrey, England.

22 March 1957
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

18 July 1957
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

7 September 1957
Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A Arthur Phillip'.

4 August 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training circuits.

1959
Noted with the Union Flag on the starboard side of the tail painted on upside down!

It had arrived from Stansted Airport, Essex, England and later returned to London Airport (Heathrow).

Painted in the BEA 'Red Square' livery.
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.

9 March 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England carrying out ILS approaches and overshoots.

12 March 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England carrying out ILS approaches and overshoots.

31 March 1959
BEA annual report quotes a total time of 3,083 hours.

1 December 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

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

8 December 1960
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

18 December 1960
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

23 December 1963
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

10 November 1964
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

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

Operated the joint London to Malta route.
Operated the joint
London to Malta route

circa June 1966
Noted operating the London to Malta route with the 'Malta' logos replacing the BEA logos on the cheatline.

This was a 'joint service' with Malta Airlines during the summer season.

Painted in the BEA ‘Flying Union Jack‘ livery.
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 70s before this was accomplished.

Painted in the BEA 'Channel Islands' livery.
BEA
'Channel Islands' livery

1971
The Chairman of BEA, Henry Marking, split the airline 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 Viscount V.802 fleet was split into two.

The ‘Scottish Airways' division had eight Viscounts based at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland. The ‘Channel Islands' division had twelve Viscounts with four being operated from Jersey, five from Elmdon Airport, Birmingham, England and one from Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands. The remaining two aircraft 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, Scotland some 750 miles (1,250 km) from the Channel Islands.

circa August 1971
G-AORD was allocated to the ‘Channel Islands’ division and had ‘Channel Islands' titles applied alongside ‘BEA’ titling on the upper fuselage.

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-AORD *

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1973 to January 1976

British Airways (BA)

G-AORD * - c/n 171 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

Continued to operate on the Channel Islands routes with 'Channel Islands' titles.
Continued to operate
with 'Channel Islands' titles

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

It continued to operate on the former BEA Channel Islands routes with 'Channel Islands' titles.

5 November 1975
Ferried to Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England and withdrawn from service.

circa January 1976
Donated to the Birmingham Airport Fire Service.

FURTHER READING: Books about British Airways (BA)



Photo of Birmingham Airport Fire Service Viscount G-AORD *

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1976 to October 1985

Birmingham Airport Fire Service

G-AORD * - c/n 171 - a V.802 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

Birmingham Airport Fire Service Training Aircraft.
Birmingham Airport Fire
Service Training Aircraft

circa January 1976
Donated by British Airways (BA) at Elmdon Airport, Birmingham, England and marked up as 'Airport Fire Service Training Aircraft' on an ex BEA - British European Airways / British Airways (BA) livery.

9 July 1976
First real fire carried out to the airframe which was not destructive.

October 1985
Broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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