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Viscount c/n 187

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 187
BOAC Associated Companies Ltd


England flag England

This V.760D series Viscount was built for
BOAC Associated Companies Ltd as VR-HFJ

It first flew on Thursday, 14 February 1957 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Hong Kong Airways and Malayan Airways


Photo of Viscount c/n 187
Aden Airways


Aden flag Aden

Its final owner/operator was
Aden Airways as VR-AAV.

Its fate:-
Destroyed when a time-bomb exploded at RAF Khormaksar, Aden 30 June 1967. See the history section for more details.


Operational record
Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Ltd Viscount VR-HFJ

Country of Registration Hong Kong

February 1957 to February 1957

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

VR-HFJ - c/n 187 - a V.760D series Viscount
Hong Kong registered

circa June 1955
This was the 2nd V.760 ordered by BOAC Associated Companies Ltd for use by Hong Kong Airways.

Production Aircraft No. 177 - the 177th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 129th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 132nd Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F02/760. Sales Order No. 02/70B. Stock Order No. 42/27B.

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

25 October 1956
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

14 February 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England. It was fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

28 February 1957
Delivered to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and immediately leased to Hong Kong Airways.


Photo of Hong Kong Airways Viscount VR-HFJ

Country of Registration Hong Kong

February 1957 to August 1959

Hong Kong Airways

VR-HFJ - c/n 187 - a V.760D series Viscount
Hong Kong registered

28 February 1957
Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd in a modified BOAC livery.

It was noted at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England prior to delivery to Hong Kong.

circa June 1958
Noted with the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks temporarily removed.

4 April 1959
Damaged after overshooting the runway on landing at Songshan Airport, Taipei, Taiwan and ended up in a paddy field.

There were no reported injuries to the 37 passengers or 4 crew on board.

1 August 1959
Transferred to Malayan Airways.


Photo of Malayan Airways Viscount VR-SEE

Country of Registration Singapore

August 1959 to September 1963

Malayan Airways

VR-SEE - c/n 187 - a V.760D series Viscount
Singapore registered

David Carter illustration of Malayan Airways Viscount VR-SEE

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


1 August 1959
Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and transferred from Hong Kong Airways.

Extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks removed.

September 1959
Reportedly re-registered 9M-AMS but there is considerable doubt about this aircraft ever being re-registered, based on the sightings below. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

July 1962
Noted still operating as VR-SEE from Singapore to Brunei.

September 1962
Noted still operating as VR-SEE from Singapore to Brunei.

September 1963
Transferred to Aden Airways.


Photo of Malayan Airways Viscount 9M-AMS

Country of Registration Malaya - Malaysia

September 1963 to September 1963

Malayan Airways

9M-AMS - c/n 187 - a V.760D series Viscount
Malaya - Malaysia registered

circa 1 September 1963
Re-registered from VR-SEE and repainted in full Aden Airways livery.

circa 4 September 1963
Leased to Aden Airways and delivered to RAF Khormaksar, Aden in full livery.


Photo of Aden Airways Viscount 9M-AMS

Country of Registration Malaya - Malaysia

September 1963 to October 1963

Aden Airways

9M-AMS - c/n 187 - a V.760D series Viscount
Malaya - Malaysia registered

circa 4 September 1963
Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and transferred from Malayan Airways. It was delivered to Aden as 9M-AMS in full Aden Airways livery.

circa October 1963
Re-registered VR-AAV.


Photo of Aden Airways Viscount VR-AAV

Country of Registration Aden

October 1963 to June 1967

Aden Airways

VR-AAV - c/n 187 - a V.760D series Viscount
Aden registered

circa October 1963
Re-registered from 9M-AMS.

Maintenance was carried out by Central African Airways (CAA) and the fleet was regularly ferried to their facility at Kentucky Airport, Salisbury, Rhodesia.

circa June 1964
Noted at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia having a weather radar system installed by Central African Airways (CAA).

10 December 1966
Noted at Luqa Airport, Malta heading to the UK for maintenance with Field Aircraft Services at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

31 January 1967
Noted at Luqa Airport, Malta heading back to Aden after maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

30 June 1967
Destroyed when a time-bomb exploded at 15:30 hours at RAF Khormaksar, Aden.

The Viscount had been hurredly pushed out of the hangar and parked away from buildings after an engine change as it was suspected that a bomb had been placed on board while the aircraft was hangared. This turned out to be true as the plane exploded and was virtually destroyed in the ensuing fire which quickly engulfed the aircraft. A thick, black pall of smoke could be seen for miles around. Only the tail section remained intact.

The bomb had been placed in the aircraft by National Liberation Front guerrillas. It exploded behind an Aden Airways Douglas DC-3 which was virtually undamaged.

The departure of the British presence in Aden was brought forward to November 1967, with this attack no doubt contributing to Prime Minister Harold Wilson's decision to pull out ahead of schedule. The NLF immediately seized power.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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