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Viscount c/n 243

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 243
BOAC Associated Companies Ltd


England flag England

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

It first flew on Tuesday, 22 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
Cyprus Airways Ltd, Middle East Airlines (MEA), Jordan Airways, Middle East Airlines (MEA) / Air Liban, Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty), Air Rhodesia, Swazi Air, Air Botswana, United Air, Air Zimbabwe and Filair


Photo of Viscount c/n 243
Trans Service Airlift


Zaire flag Zaire

Its final owner/operator was
Trans Service Airlift as 9Q-CVF.

Its fate:-
Purchased from Filair by Trans Service Airlift 1 March 1991. Noted at Ndolo Airport, Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire still in service 1 April 1996. Reportedly seen gun running at Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo 1 October 1997. Trans Service Airlift ceased operations and the fate of this aircraft is currently unknown.


Operational record
Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Ltd Viscount G-APCD

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1957 to October 1957

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

G-APCD - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa June 1955
This was the 5th V.754 ordered by BOAC Associated Companies Ltd for use by Middle East Airlines (MEA).

Production Aircraft No. 223 - the 223rd production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 182nd Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 178th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F05/754. Sales Order No. 05/97B. Stock Order No. 36/32B.

2 April 1957
Registered to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd as G-APCD for use by Cyprus Airways Ltd instead of Middle East Airlines (MEA) hence the UK registration.

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

1 July 1957
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

early October 1957
Noted ground running painted in full Cyprus Airways livery and named as 'St Hilarion' but the lease contract was cancelled when British European Airways (BEA) took over the Cyprus route.

22 October 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England still in Cyprus Airways livery as G-APCD.

25 October 1957
Noted making several approaches at Heathrow Airport, London, England as part of the acceptance programme.

31 October 1957
Registered to Middle East Airlines (MEA) as OD-ADD.


Photo of Cyprus Airways Ltd Viscount G-APCD

Country of Registration United Kingdom

August 1957 to

Cyprus Airways Ltd

G-APCD - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 September 1957
The lease contract from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd was cancelled when British European Airways Corporation (BEA) took over the Cyprus route.

The aircraft had been painted in full Cyprus Airways livery and named as 'St Hilarion' before the contract was cancelled.


Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Ltd Viscount OD-ADD

Country of Registration Lebanon

October 1957 to November 1957

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

OD-ADD - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
Lebanon registered

31 October 1957
Re-registered from G-APCD.

5 November 1957
UK registration cancelled.

8 November 1957
Noted at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England still in full Cyprus Airways livery as G-APCD.

9 November 1957
Leased to Middle East Airlines (MEA).


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

Country of Registration Lebanon

November 1957 to October 1961

Middle East Airlines (MEA)

OD-ADD - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
Lebanon registered

9 November 1957
Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and delivered to Heathrow Airport, London, England still in full Cyprus Airways livery and carrying G-APCD.

13 November 1957
Departed from London Airport (later known as Heathrow, Middlesex, England on delivery to Middle East Airlines (MEA) in full livery.

1 August 1961
Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd while still on lease (an assumption based on other MEA aircraft histories).

7 October 1961
Leased to Jordan Airways.


Photo of Jordan Airways Viscount JY-ACK

Country of Registration Jordan

October 1961 to January 1964

Jordan Airways

JY-ACK - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
Jordan registered

7 October 1961
Leased from Middle East Airlines (MEA) in full Jordanian Airways livery.

1 January 1964
Returned to Middle East Airlines (MEA) / Air Liban.


Photo of Middle East Airlines (MEA) / Air Liban Viscount OD-ADD

Country of Registration Lebanon

January 1964 to April 1970

Middle East Airlines (MEA) / Air Liban

OD-ADD - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
Lebanon registered

1 January 1964
Returned from Jordan Airways lease. MEA and Air Liban merged in November 1963.

30 March 1970
Total time 22,134 hours and 14,148 total landings.

16 April 1970
Sold to Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty).


Photo of Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty) Viscount VP-YTE *

Country of Registration Rhodesia

April 1970 to July 1970

Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty)

VP-YTE * - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
Rhodesia registered

16 April 1970
Purchased from Middle East Airlines (MEA) / Air Liban.

1 July 1970
Leased to Air Rhodesia.


Photo of Air Rhodesia Viscount VP-YTE *

Country of Registration Rhodesia

July 1970 to March 1975

Air Rhodesia

VP-YTE * - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
Rhodesia registered

1 July 1970
Leased from Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty) and named as 'Gwai' after the river.

Note that this registration and name had previously been used on Viscount C/N 241.

David Carter illustration of Air Rhodesia Viscount VP-YTE

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


Painted in the Air Rhodesia 'Blue Flash' livery.
Air Rhodesia
'Blue Flash' livery

circa 1975
Painted in the Air Rhodesia 'Blue Flash' livery.

9 March 1975
Returned to Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty).


Photo of Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty) Viscount VP-YTE *

Country of Registration Rhodesia

March 1975 to March 1976

Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty)

VP-YTE * - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
Rhodesia registered

9 March 1975
Returned from Air Rhodesia lease.

19 March 1976
Sold to Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd.


Photo of Aviation Hire & Travel Pty Ltd (AT) Viscount ZS-JUJ

Country of Registration South Africa

March 1976 to March 1976

Aviation Hire & Travel Pty Ltd (AT)

ZS-JUJ - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
South Africa registered

19 March 1976
Purchased from Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty).

20 March 1976
Leased to Swazi Air.


Photo of Swazi Air Viscount ZS-JUJ

Country of Registration South Africa

March 1976 to April 1976

Swazi Air

ZS-JUJ - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
South Africa registered

20 March 1976
Leased from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd.

1 April 1976
Returned to Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd.


Photo of Aviation Hire & Travel Pty Ltd (AT) Viscount ZS-JUJ

Country of Registration South Africa

April 1976 to April 1976

Aviation Hire & Travel Pty Ltd (AT)

ZS-JUJ - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
South Africa registered

1 April 1976
Returned from Swazi Air lease.

1 April 1976
Leased to Air Botswana.


Photo of Air Botswana Viscount ZS-JUJ

Country of Registration South Africa

April 1976 to December 1976

Air Botswana

ZS-JUJ - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
South Africa registered

1 April 1976
Leased from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd in their livery for use on the Francistown to Johannesburg, South Africa route.

29 December 1976
Re-registered A2-ABD.


Photo of Air Botswana Viscount A2-ABD

Country of Registration Botswana

December 1976 to July 1979

Air Botswana

A2-ABD - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
Botswana registered

29 December 1976
Re-registered from ZS-JUJ while on lease from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd.

31 July 1979
Returned to Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd.


Photo of Aviation Hire & Travel Pty Ltd (AT) Viscount ZS-JUJ

Country of Registration South Africa

July 1979 to August 1979

Aviation Hire & Travel Pty Ltd (AT)

ZS-JUJ - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
South Africa registered

31 July 1979
Returned from Air Botswana lease.

1 August 1979
Leased to United Air.


Photo of United Air Viscount ZS-JUJ

Country of Registration South Africa

August 1979 to September 1981

United Air

ZS-JUJ - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
South Africa registered

1 August 1979
Leased from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd.

11 September 1979
Noted at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa with United Air titles.

November 1981
Noted at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa with the United Air titles removed.

United Air titles removed.
United Air titles removed

1 September 1981
Returned to Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd.


Photo of Aviation Hire & Travel Pty Ltd (AT) Viscount ZS-JUJ

Country of Registration South Africa

September 1981 to September 1981

Aviation Hire & Travel Pty Ltd (AT)

ZS-JUJ - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
South Africa registered

1 September 1981
Returned from United Air lease.

9 September 1981
Sold to Air Zimbabwe.

Registration cancelled as aircraft sold abroad.


Photo of Air Zimbabwe Viscount VP-YTE *

Country of Registration Zimbabwe

September 1981 to October 1983

Air Zimbabwe

VP-YTE * - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
Zimbabwe registered

9 September 1981
Purchased from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd.

Note that this registration had been previously used on Viscount C/N 241.

1 October 1983
Re-registered Z-YTE.


Photo of Air Zimbabwe Viscount Z-YTE

Country of Registration Zimbabwe

October 1983 to January 1990

Air Zimbabwe

Z-YTE - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
Zimbabwe registered

1 October 1983
Re-registered from VP-YTE.

1 January 1990
Sold to Filair.


Photo of Filair Viscount 9Q-CVF

Country of Registration Zaire

January 1990 to March 1991

Filair

9Q-CVF - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
Zaire registered

1 January 1990
Purchased from Air Zimbabwe and delivered in a modified Air Zimbabwe livery minus titles.

1 March 1991
Sold to Trans Service Airlift.


Photo of Trans Service Airlift Viscount 9Q-CVF

Country of Registration Zaire

March 1991 to

Trans Service Airlift

9Q-CVF - c/n 243 - a V.754D series Viscount
Zaire registered

1 March 1991
Purchased from Filair.

1 April 1996
Noted at Ndolo Airport, Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire still in service.

1 October 1997
Reportedly seen gun running at Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo.

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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