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Viscount c/n 241

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 241
BOAC Associated Companies Ltd


England flag England

This V.754D series Viscount was built for
BOAC Associated Companies Ltd as OD-ACV

It first flew on Thursday, 19 September 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
Middle East Airlines (MEA), Central African Airways (CAA), Air Rhodesia and Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service


Photo of Viscount c/n 241
Air Zimbabwe


Zimbabwe flag Zimbabwe

Its final owner/operator was
Air Zimbabwe as Z-WJI.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Air Zimbabwe and stored at Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in June 1984. Still there in February 1991 robbed of all useful parts. Subsequently scrapped. The actual date is not kinown. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Operational record
Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Ltd Viscount OD-ACV

Country of Registration Lebanon

September 1957 to September 1957

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

OD-ACV - c/n 241 - a V.754D series Viscount
Lebanon registered

circa June 1955
This was the 3rd V.754 ordered by BOAC Associated Companies Ltd for use by Middle East Airlines (MEA).

Production Aircraft No. 218 - the 218th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 175th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 173rd Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F03/754. Sales Order No. F03/97B. Stock Order No. F34/32B.

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

3 June 1957
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

10 September 1957
First engine run.

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

27 September 1957
Delivered to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd.

27 September 1957
Leased to Middle East Airlines (MEA).


Photo of Middle East Airlines (MEA) Viscount OD-ACV

Country of Registration Lebanon

September 1957 to February 1961

Middle East Airlines (MEA)

OD-ACV - c/n 241 - a V.754D series Viscount
Lebanon registered

27 September 1957
Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd.

18 December 1960
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

22 February 1961
Returned to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd.


Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Ltd Viscount OD-ACV

Country of Registration Lebanon

February 1961 to February 1961

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

OD-ACV - c/n 241 - a V.754D series Viscount
Lebanon registered

22 February 1961
Returned from Middle East Airlines (MEA) lease.

23 February 1961
Sold to Central African Airways Corporation (CAA) and departed on delivery from the UK.


Photo of Central African Airways Corporation (CAA) Viscount VP-YTE *

Country of Registration Rhodesia

February 1961 to January 1968

Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)

VP-YTE * - c/n 241 - a V.754D series Viscount
Rhodesia registered

23 February 1961
Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and departed the UK on delivery, still in full MEA livery.

25 February 1961
Arrived at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland on delivery from the UK.

Registered as VP-YTE. This registration was later used on Viscount C/N 243.

30 March 1961
Entered service in full CAA livery named as 'Zambezi' after the river.

22 October 1964
Total time 16,976:03 hours.

1964 - 1 January 1968
Operated as Central African Airways Corporation (CAA), Air Malawi, Air Rhodesia and Zambia Airways.

At this time the CAA Viscounts were fitted with removable nameplates that were easily fitted to both sides of the rear fuselage. An ingenious quick release system held these nameplates in place as they were regularly changed over to suit the next departure schedule.

1 June 1966
Central African Airways Corporation (CAA) celebrated their 20th anniversary and a special set of four stamps was issued featuring the de Havilland Dragon Rapide, Douglas DC3, Vickers Viscount and the BAC One-Eleven.

1 January 1968
Transferred to Air Rhodesia due to a corporate name change.


Photo of Air Malawi Viscount VP-YTE *

Country of Registration Rhodesia

March 1964 to January 1968

Air Malawi

VP-YTE * - c/n 241 - a V.754D series Viscount
Rhodesia registered

1964 - 1 January 1968
Owned by Central African Airways Corporation (CAA) and operated as CAA, Air Malawi, Air Rhodesia and Zambia Airways.

At this time the CAA Viscounts were fitted with removeable nameplates that were easily fitted to both sides of the rear fuselage. An ingenious quick release system held these nameplates in place as they were regularly changed over to suit the next departure schedule.


Photo of Air Rhodesia Viscount VP-YTE *

Country of Registration Rhodesia

March 1964 to January 1968

Air Rhodesia

VP-YTE * - c/n 241 - a V.754D series Viscount
Rhodesia registered

1964 - 1 January 1968
Owned by Central African Airways Corporation (CAA) and operated as CAA, Air Malawi, Air Rhodesia and Zambia Airways.

At this time the CAA Viscounts were fitted with removeable nameplates that were easily fitted to both sides of the rear fuselage. An ingenious quick release system held these nameplates in place as they were regularly changed over to suit the next departure schedule.


Photo of Zambia Airways Viscount VP-YTE *

Country of Registration Rhodesia

March 1964 to January 1968

Zambia Airways

VP-YTE * - c/n 241 - a V.754D series Viscount
Rhodesia registered

1964 - 1 January 1968
Owned by Central African Airways Corporation (CAA) and operated as CAA, Air Malawi, Air Rhodesia and Zambia Airways.

At this time the CAA Viscounts were fitted with removeable nameplates that were easily fitted to both sides of the rear fuselage. An ingenious quick release system held these nameplates in place as they were regularly changed over to suit the next departure schedule.


Photo of Air Rhodesia Viscount VP-YTE *

Country of Registration Rhodesia

January 1968 to January 1968

Air Rhodesia

VP-YTE * - c/n 241 - a V.754D series Viscount
Rhodesia registered

1 January 1968
Transferred from Central African Airways Corporation (CAA) due to a corporate name change.

Named as 'Gwai', a river northwest of Bulawayo.

1 January 1968
Leased to Air Malawi.


Photo of Air Malawi Viscount 7Q-YDL

Country of Registration Malawi

January 1968 to July 1970

Air Malawi

7Q-YDL - c/n 241 - a V.754D series Viscount
Malawi registered

1 January 1968
Leased from Air Rhodesia and repainted in full Air Malawi livery.

2 April 1968
Operated its first service from Blantrye Airport, Malawi to Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa.

July 1970
Returned to Air Rhodesia.


Photo of Air Rhodesia Viscount VP-WJI

Country of Registration Rhodesia

July 1970 to April 1979

Air Rhodesia

VP-WJI - c/n 241 - a V.754D series Viscount
Rhodesia registered

July 1970
Returned from Air Malawi lease.

1 November 1974
Noted at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa repainted in a later Air Rhodesia livery (copying the Boeing 720 aircraft acquired from Calair) and now named as 'Gwai, which is a river in Rhodesia.

31 January 1975
Total time 30,449 hours and 20,993 total landings.

30 January 1976
Total time 32,601:32 hours.

19 October 1976
Total time 33,561:48 hours.

2 April 1979
Transferred to Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service.


Photo of Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service Viscount ZS-KJG

Country of Registration South Africa

April 1979 to January 1980

Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service

ZS-KJG - c/n 241 - a V.754D series Viscount
South Africa registered

2 April 1979
Transferred from Air Rhodesia.

Landed with the starboard main undercarriage leg retracted.
Landed with the starboard main undercarriage leg retracted

25 January 1980
Landed with the starboard main undercarriage leg still retracted at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe.

Curled propeller blades meant that the Dart engines would need an extensive repair to rectify any shockload damage.

31 January 1980
Returned to Air Zimbabwe.


Photo of Air Zimbabwe Viscount VP-WJI

Country of Registration Rhodesia

January 1980 to October 1983

Air Zimbabwe

VP-WJI - c/n 241 - a V.754D series Viscount
Rhodesia registered

31 January 1980
Returned from Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service after the landing accident.

Repaired and returned to service.

14 February 1980
Total time 37,786:48 hours.

20 February 1981
Total time 38,788:43 hours.

24 January 1982
Total time 39,788:16 hours.

October 1983
Re-registered Z-WJI.


Photo of Air Zimbabwe Viscount Z-WJI

Country of Registration Zimbabwe

October 1983 to December 1992

Air Zimbabwe

Z-WJI - c/n 241 - a V.754D series Viscount
Zimbabwe registered

October 1983
Re-registered from VP-WJI.

Withdrawn from service and stored at Harare, Zimbabwe.
Stored at
Harare, Zimbabwe

June 1984
Withdrawn from service and stored at Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe.

Total time 42,788 hours and 33,800 total landings.

2 September 1986
Noted minus outer wings, tail unit, Rolls-Royce Dart engines and all identifying markings.

February 1991
Noted in the same condition as above but now with badly faded painted.

circa 1992
Broken up for scrap. The actual date is not kinown. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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