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Viscount c/n 235

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 235
BOAC Associated Companies Ltd


England flag England

This V.772 series Viscount was built for
BOAC Associated Companies Ltd as VP-TBS

It first flew on Sunday, 6 October 1957 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
British West Indian Airways (BWIA) and Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV)


Photo of Viscount c/n 235
Commerce International


Trinidad & Tobago flag Trinidad & Tobago

Its final owner/operator was
Commerce International as 9Y-TBS.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA) after its return from lease to Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) and stored at Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad in February 1969.
Sold to Commerce International in September 1970 who robbed it of all useful spares.
Remains broken up for scrap in December 1972.


Operational record
Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Ltd Viscount VP-TBS

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

January 1957 to November 1957

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

VP-TBS - c/n 235 - a V.772 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

circa June 1955
This was the 1st V.772 ordered by BOAC Associated Companies Ltd for use by British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA).

Production Aircraft No. 221 - the 221st production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 172nd Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 176th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F01/772. Sales Order No. F01/96B. Stock Order No. F01/32B.

11 April 1957
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

27 May 1957
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

15 September 1957
First engine run.

6 October 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

October 1957
Delivered to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

26 October 1957
Leased to British West Indian Airways (BWIA).

The titles on the aircraft read British West Indian Overseas Airways.

26 October 1957
Delivered to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

The aircraft then spent nearly a month at London Airport (Heathrow) being fitted out by BOAC.

21 November 1957
Departed from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England on lease to British West Indian Airways (BWIA).


Photo of British West Indian Airways (BWIA) Viscount VP-TBS

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

November 1957 to April 1965

British West Indian Airways (BWIA)

VP-TBS - c/n 235 - a V.772 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

21 November 1957
Departed from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England on lease from BOAC Associated Companies to Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad.

The extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks were only used for the ferry flights and were then removed before it entered service.

April 1965
Re-registered 9Y-TBS for British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA).


Photo of British West Indian Airways (BWIA) Viscount 9Y-TBS

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

April 1965 to October 1968

British West Indian Airways (BWIA)

9Y-TBS - c/n 235 - a V.772 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

April 1965
Re-registered from VP-TBS for British West Indian Airways (BWIA).

October 1968
Leased to Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) in full livery.


Photo of Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) Viscount YV-C-AMU

Country of Registration Venezuela

October 1968 to February 1969

Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV)

YV-C-AMU - c/n 235 - a V.772 series Viscount
Venezuela registered

October 1968
Leased from British West Indian Airways (BWIA) in full LAV livery and delivered from Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad to Venezuela.

February 1969
Returned to British West Indian Airways (BWIA).


Photo of British West Indian Airways (BWIA) Viscount 9Y-TBS

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

February 1969 to September 1970

British West Indian Airways (BWIA)

9Y-TBS - c/n 235 - a V.772 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

February 1969
Returned from Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) lease and stored at Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad and immediately offered for sale.

September 1970
Sold to Commerce International.


Photo of Commerce International Viscount 9Y-TBS

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

September 1970 to December 1972

Commerce International

9Y-TBS - c/n 235 - a V.772 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

September 1970
Purchased from British West Indian Airways (BWIA) but the aircraft remained stored at Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Commerce International then robbed the aircraft of all useful spares, which also applied to 9Y-TBT (C/N 236), 9Y-TBU (C/N 237) and 9Y-TBX (C/N 238).

Total time 24,282 hours.

December 1972
Broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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