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Viscount c/n 242

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 242
BOAC Associated Companies Ltd


England flag England

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

It first flew on Wednesday, 2 October 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) and Kuwait Airways


Photo of Viscount c/n 242
Aloha Airlines


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
Aloha Airlines as N7410.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond repair after the brakes failed while it was taxiing for departure at Honolulu International Airport, Oahu, Hawaii 27 June 1969. It struck a parked Hawaiian Airlines Douglas DC9 Series 31 N906H. Remains broken up for scrap circa October 1969.


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

Country of Registration Lebanon

October 1957 to October 1957

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

OD-ACW - c/n 242 - a V.754D series Viscount
Lebanon registered

circa June 1955
This was the 4th V.754 ordered by BOAC Associated Companies Ltd for use by Middle East Airlines (MEA).

Production Aircraft No. 220 - the 220th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 178th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 175th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F04/754. Sales Order No. F04/97B. Stock Order No. F35/32B.

2 April 1957
Registered to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd for use by Middle East Airlines (MEA).

2 May 1957
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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

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

10 October 1957
Delivered to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and immediately leased to Middle East Airlines (MEA).


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

Country of Registration Lebanon

October 1957 to July 1958

Middle East Airlines (MEA)

OD-ACW - c/n 242 - a V.754D series Viscount
Lebanon registered

10 October 1957
Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd.

19 October 1957
Noted at Heathrow Airport, London, England with press and travel representatives boarding on a special flight to Beirut, Lebanon as guests of the airline.

7 December 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England due to a London Airport weather diversion.

10 July 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England due to a London Airport weather diversion.

11 November 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England due to a London Airport weather diversion.

18 December 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England due to a London Airport weather diversion.

July 1958
Sub-leased to Kuwait Airways.


Photo of Kuwait Airways Viscount OD-ACW

Country of Registration Lebanon

July 1958 to September 1958

Kuwait Airways

OD-ACW - c/n 242 - a V.754D series Viscount
Lebanon registered

July 1958
Sub-leased from Middle East Airlines (MEA), leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd.

September 1958
Returned to Middle East Airlines (MEA).


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

Country of Registration Lebanon

September 1958 to June 1963

Middle East Airlines (MEA)

OD-ACW - c/n 242 - a V.754D series Viscount
Lebanon registered

September 1958
Returned from Kuwait Airways sub-lease.

June 1963
Sub-leased to Kuwait Airways.


Photo of Kuwait Airways Viscount OD-ACW

Country of Registration Lebanon

June 1963 to July 1964

Kuwait Airways

OD-ACW - c/n 242 - a V.754D series Viscount
Lebanon registered

June 1963
Sub-leased from Middle East Airlines (MEA), leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd.

July 1964
Returned to Middle East Airlines (MEA).


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

Country of Registration Lebanon

July 1964 to May 1965

Middle East Airlines (MEA)

OD-ACW - c/n 242 - a V.754D series Viscount
Lebanon registered

July 1964
Returned from Kuwait Airways sub-lease.

May 1965
Returned to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd.


Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Ltd Viscount OD-ACW

Country of Registration Lebanon

May 1965 to May 1965

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

OD-ACW - c/n 242 - a V.754D series Viscount
Lebanon registered

May 1965
Returned from Middle East Airlines (MEA) lease.

Total time 17,431 hours.

30 May 1965
Sold to Aloha Airlines.


Photo of Aloha Airlines Viscount N7410 *

Country of Registration United States

May 1965 to December 1969

Aloha Airlines

N7410 * - c/n 242 - a V.754D series Viscount
United States registered

30 May 1965
Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd.

June 1965
Noted at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in a basic MEA livery less titles with the US registration applied.

It departed in this condition to Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii, USA.

The aircraft would have been fitted with auxilliary fuel tanks in order for it to complete the long range sectors such as San Francisco to Honolulu (2,081 nautical miles).

2 August 1965
Total time 17,481 hours.

10 January 1966
Noted repainted in the 'Blue and white' second livery to match the BAC One-Eleven fleet.

31 July 1967
During a service to Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii a fire in the cabin was reported between seat rows 5 and 6 by passengers to the crew .

The First Officer and an airline mechanic on board put out the fire using CO2 extinguishers and the aircraft landed normally.

A section of flooring measuring 24 x 18 inches was found to be burnt through as a result of an incorrectly fitted external power isolating relay pin.

There were no reported injuries to the 3 crew and 30 passengers on board.

Repaired and returned to service.

27 June 1969
Damaged beyond economic repair after the brakes failed while it was taxiing for departure at Honolulu International Airport, Oahu, Hawaii, USA. It struck parked Hawaiian Airlines Douglas DC9 Series 31 N906H which was only three months old and was subsequently repaired.

During maintenance prior to this departure the hydraulic system that operated the brakes had been disturbed. On completion of the work the system had not been adequately bled of air before it was declared fit to return to service.

There was no reports of serious injuries to the 3 crew and 11 passengers on board.

Total time 23,861 hours and 20,544 total landings.

circa October 1969
Noted lying on its belly with all useful parts removed and in the process of being scrapped.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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