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Viscount c/n 238

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 238
BOAC Associated Companies Ltd


England flag England

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

It first flew on Sunday, 8 December 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 238
Commerce International


Trinidad & Tobago flag Trinidad & Tobago

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

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Withdrawn from service by British West Indian Airways (BWIA) and stored at Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad in September 1970 and immediately sold to Commerce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. Remains broken up for scrap circa February 1973.


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

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

February 1958 to February 1958

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

VP-TBX - c/n 238 - a V.772 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

circa June 1955
This was the 4th V.772 ordered by BOAC Associated Companies for use by British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA).

Production Aircraft No. 232 - the 232nd production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 189th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 187th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F04/772. Sales Order No. F04/96B. Stock Order No. F04/32B.

29 June 1957
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

24 August 1957
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

19 November 1957
First engine run.

8 December 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

1 February 1958
Delivered to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

3 February 1958
Leased to British West Indian Airways (BWIA).


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

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

February 1958 to April 1965

British West Indian Airways (BWIA)

VP-TBX - c/n 238 - a V.772 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

3 February 1958
Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd.

13 September 1962
Just prior to taxiing out for departure from Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad the nose undercarriage leg suddenly collapsed.

This resulted in curled propellers and shockload damage to the Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

The accident was caused by the incorrect installation of a 'quick-release' pin between the electrical actuator and the landing gear selection handle.

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

Repaired, including replacement Rotol propellers and Rolls-Royce Dart engines and returned to service.

April 1965
Re-registered 9Y-TBX.


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

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

April 1965 to October 1968

British West Indian Airways (BWIA)

9Y-TBX - c/n 238 - a V.772 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

April 1965
Re-registered from VP-TBX.

4 October 1968
Leased to Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV).


Photo of Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) Viscount 9Y-TBX

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

October 1968 to February 1969

Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV)

9Y-TBX - c/n 238 - a V.772 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

4 October 1968
Leased from British West Indian Airways (BWIA).

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


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

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

February 1969 to September 1970

British West Indian Airways (BWIA)

9Y-TBX - c/n 238 - a V.772 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

February 1969
Returned from Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) lease.

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


Photo of Commerce International Viscount 9Y-TBX

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

September 1970 to January 1973

Commerce International

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

Total time 22,856 hours.

circa February 1973
Broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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