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Viscount c/n 255

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 255
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd


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This V.806 series Viscount was built for
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd as G-AOYF

It first flew on Friday, 9 August 1957 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 520 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
British European Airways (BEA)


Photo of Viscount c/n 255
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd


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Its final owner/operator was
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd as G-AOYF.

Its fate:-
Severely damaged during a steep approach landing at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 20 October 1957. Returned by sea to the UK and rebuilt at Weybridge, Surrey, England as G-APOX (C/N 418) which was the last Viscount built for British European Airways Corporation (BEA).


Operational record
Photo of British European Airways Corporation (BEA) Viscount G-AOYF

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1956 to March 1957

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AOYF - c/n 255 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

20 December 1956
Registered to British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

1957
The proposed sale to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A Michael Faraday' was postponed as Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd needed the aircraft for Viscount V.810 development and certification work.

G-AOYG (C/N 256) therefore became the first British European Airways (BEA) V.806 Viscount.

circa March 1957
Loaned to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount G-AOYF

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1957 to October 1957

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-AOYF - c/n 255 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa March 1957
Loaned from British European Airways (BEA) for hot and high flight trials.

During this loan period it remained registered to BEA.

June 1957
Noted on the final assembly line fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

9 August 1957
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England painted up as 'Vickers Viscount 806 - 810'.

It initially landed back at Brooklands Airfield.

This aircraft was fitted with an experimental rudder. The rudder included the complete fin cap which acted like a horn balance. During flight trials at 10,000 feet over the Chichester, West Sussex area the rudder was deployed at various speeds starting at 240 knots and as the speed increased in ten knot intervals everything seemed normal until at 290 knots there was a loud bang and the aircraft shook violently. The speed was quickly reduced and the aircraft flown back to base with a neutral rudder, where a normal landing was accomplished. Examination on the ground found a badly deformed rudder and tail and stress creases in the rear fuselage near the tail.

This type of rudder was then fitted to G-AOYV (C/N 316) when owned by Vickers and another flight trial was carried out, but the same overstress situation occurred at a similar speed but luckily without the stress creases to the rear fuselage.

N240V (C/N 353) of Continental Airlines also has this type of rudder temporarily fitted, possibly for US certification purposes, but it is not known if it was ever test flown in this configuration. It reverted to the standard rudder type before delivery. No customer aircraft were delivered with this type of rudder.

15 August 1957
Noted test flying from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England fitted with a mast now fitted above the cockpit to accurately measure yaw values.

At this point the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks had been removed.

2 September 1957
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

5 September 1957
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out touch-and-go flights.

12 September 1957
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

20 October 1957
During hot and high flight trials at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa it was severly damaged during a steep approach landing, causing the starboard main undercarriage leg to collapse resulting in an engine fire. The accident occurred at 11:17 local time. Captain T S Harris and his crew were unhurt.

The remains were returned by sea to the UK and rebuilt at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England as G-APOX (C/N 418) as the last Viscount built for British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

23 January 1958
Registration for BEA cancelled.

7 February 1958
Registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.

4 September 1958
Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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