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Viscount c/n 237

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 237
BOAC Associated Companies Ltd


England flag England

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

It first flew on Tuesday, 19 November 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)


Photo of Viscount c/n 237
Commerce International


Trinidad & Tobago flag Trinidad & Tobago

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

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by British West Indian Airways (BWIA) as 9Y-TBU and stored at Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad in September 1970 and immediately sold to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. Remains broken up for scrap circa 1974.


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

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

January 1957 to December 1957

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

VP-TBU - c/n 237 - a V.772 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

circa June 1955
This was the 3rd V.772 ordered by BOAC Associated Companies for use by British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA).

Production Order No. F03/772. Sales Order No. F03/96B. Stock Order No. F03/32B.

19 November 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

12 December 1957
Leased to British West Indian Airways (BWIA) and handed over at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.


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

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

December 1957 to April 1965

British West Indian Airways (BWIA)

VP-TBU - c/n 237 - a V.772 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

12 December 1957
Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and handed over at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

11 January 1958
Delivered to British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA) at Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad.

1 April 1965
Re-registered 9Y-TBU.


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

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

April 1965 to September 1970

British West Indian Airways (BWIA)

9Y-TBU - c/n 237 - a V.772 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

1 April 1965
Re-registered from VP-TBU.

September 1970
Withdrawn from service at Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad and immediately sold to Commerce International.


Photo of Commerce International Viscount 9Y-TBU

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

September 1970 to

Commerce International

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

Total time 23,335 hours.

circa 1974
Remains broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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