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Viscount c/n 236

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 236
BOAC Associated Companies Ltd


England flag England

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

It first flew on Wednesday, 30 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 Commerce International


Photo of Viscount c/n 236
Piarco Airport Fire Service


Trinidad & Tobago flag Trinidad & Tobago

Its final owner/operator was
Piarco Airport Fire Service as 9Y-TBT.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by British West Indian Airways (BWIA) and stored at Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad in September 1970 and immediately sold to Commerce International who robbed it of all useful spares. The remains were then donated to the Piarco Airport Fire Service for training purposes. The fire dump remains were finally scrapped circa April 1977.


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

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

January 1957 to November 1957

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

VP-TBT - c/n 236 - a V.772 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

circa June 1955
This was the 2nd V.772 ordered by BOAC Associated Companies for use by British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA).

Production Order No. F02/772. Sales Order No. F02/96B. Stock Order No. F02/32B.

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

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

13 November 1957
Leased to British West Indian Airways (BWIA).


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

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

November 1957 to April 1965

British West Indian Airways (BWIA)

VP-TBT - c/n 236 - a V.772 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

13 November 1957
Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

It is not known if this aircraft also spent nearly a month at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England being fitted out by BOAC (see C/N 235).

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

The 'slipper' fuel tanks were only used for the ferry flight and were removed before it entered service.

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


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

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

April 1965 to September 1970

British West Indian Airways (BWIA)

9Y-TBT - c/n 236 - a V.772 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

April 1965
Re-registered from VP-TBT.

29 March 1966
During an approach to Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad the starboard undercarriage leg failed to lower and lock.

The crew spent two hours burning off fuel and making attempts to cycle the undercarriage but to no avail.

A landing was therefore made resulting in curled starboard propeller blades, shockloaded Rolls-Royce Dart engines and substantial damage to the fuselage and starboard flaps.

The incident was caused by the failure of the starboard leg uplock actuating rod pivot bolt.

There were no reported injuries to the 32 passengers and 5 crew on board.

Repaired and returned to service.

September 1970
Withdrawn from service at Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad and stored.

September 1970
Sold to Commerce International.


Photo of Commerce International Viscount 9Y-TBT

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

September 1970 to November 1970

Commerce International

9Y-TBT - c/n 236 - 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-TBS (C/N 235), 9Y-TBU (C/N 237) and 9Y-TBX (C/N 238).

Total time 23,391 hours.

circa November 1970
Remains donated to the Piarco Airport Fire Service for fire training use.


Photo of Piarco Airport Fire Service Viscount 9Y-TBT

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

November 1970 to April 1977

Piarco Airport Fire Service

9Y-TBT - c/n 236 - a V.772 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

circa November 1970
Remains donated by Commerce International for fire training use.

circa April 1977
Remains on the fire dump broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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