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Viscount c/n 258

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 258
Eagle Airways Ltd


England flag England

This V.805 series Viscount was built for
Eagle Airways Ltd as G-APDW

It first flew on Monday, 2 December 1957 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
British European Airways (BEA), Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd and Maritime Central Airways


Photo of Viscount c/n 258
Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines


Ireland flag Ireland

Its final owner/operator was
Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines as EI-AMA.

Its fate:-
Originally built as a V.806 for British European Airways (BEA). Converted on the production line into a V.805 for Eagle Aviation Ltd in 1957 and into a V.808 for Aer Lingus in April 1962. Withdrawn from service by Aer Lingus and stored at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in January 1970. Broken up for scrap in May 1972.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1957 to July 1957

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AOYI * - c/n 258 - a V.805 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

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

20 June 1957
Proposed sale to British European Airways (BEA) as a V.806 was not taken up.

The registration was then used on C/N 257.

4 July 1957
Aircraft changed during construction from a V.806 to a V.805 for Eagle Airways Ltd and registered as G-APDW.

This was scheduled to be built using C/N 311 but BEA took this C/N for G-AOYH in compensation for giving up this aircraft on the production line.

FURTHER READING: Books about British European Airways



Photo of Eagle Airways Ltd Viscount G-APDW

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1957 to April 1958

Eagle Airways Ltd

G-APDW - c/n 258 - a V.805 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa 1955
This was the 1st V.805 ordered by Eagle Airways Ltd and was originally going to be built as C/N 311.

Production Aircraft No. 41 - the 31st production V.800 series Viscount built,
was the 32nd V.800 Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 41st V.800 Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F01/805. Sales Order No. F01/23C. Stock Order No. F16/33B.

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

June 1957
Fuselage transported by road from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England to Weybridge, Surrey, England.

19 June 1957
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

4 July 1957
Registered to Eagle Airways Ltd. Certificate of Registration (CofR) 6068/1.

Their registered address was Marble Arch House, 32/50 Edgware Road, London W.2.

It was then completed during construction as a V.805 instead of the V.806 standard as it was originally being built for British European Airways (BEA).

British European Airways (BEA) took over C/N 311 as their replacement, which became G-AOYH.

2 December 1957
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying as the Brooklands runway was too short for a fully fitted out aircraft.

19 December 1957
Acceptance test flight successfully carried out under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell (1 hr).

It was then fomerly handed over to Eagle Airways Ltd named as 'Enterprise'.

This was the first aircraft that the company had purchased new and was the first Viscount to join the fleet.

Two training flights were then conducted from Wisley under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell (3 hour 5 min and 1 hr 20 min).

The Eagle pilots under training were Captains Henderson and Watkins.

22 December 1957
One more training flight with Eagle Captain Henderson was conducted from Wisley under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell (2 hr 10 min).

23 December 1957
Delivered to Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England (45 min).

24 December 1957
Departed from Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England at 09:50 on its first revenue service to Hamburg, West Germany under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell which lasted for 2 hours 10 minutes.

The Eagle pilots were Captains Henderson, Stevenson and Watkins.

It returned to Blackbushe from Hamburg, West Germany at 16:00 (2 hr 5 min).

25 December 1957
Departed from Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England at 10:10 on a service to Munich, West Germany under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell which lasted for 2 hours 35 minutes.

The Eagle pilots were Captains Henderson and Watkins.

31 December 1957
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

These flights continued through to 2 January 1958.

4 January 1958
Departed from Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England to Lisbon, Portugal (4 hr 15 min) and Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spanish Territory (3 hr) under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

The Eagle pilots were Captains Perrett and Watkins.

5 January 1958
Noted back at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

18 January 1958
Departed from Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England to Munich, West Germany (2 hr 20 min) and return (2 hr 45 min) under the contract guidance by Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

21, 22, 23, 24, 25 January 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

2 February 1958
Departed from Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England to Manchester (1 hr) under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

3 February 1958
Departed from Ringway Airport, Manchester to Hamburg, West Germany (1 hr 50 min) and Copenhagen, Denmark (55 min) under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell. It then returned to Blackbushe following the same route.

4 February 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

8 April 1958
UK registration cancelled as aircraft exported.

8 April 1958
Transferred to Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd.


Photo of Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd Viscount VR-BAX

Country of Registration Bermuda

April 1958 to June 1959

Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd

VR-BAX - c/n 258 - a V.805 series Viscount
Bermuda registered

8 April 1958
Transferred from Eagle Airways Ltd still named as 'Enterprise'.

9 April 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights.

20 April 1958
Departed from Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England on delivery to Bermuda.

It was seen at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland on the same day.

23 February 1959
Arrived back at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England from Bermuda for scheduled maintenance.

12 March 1959
Departed from Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England returning to Bermuda.

June 1959
Sold to Maritime Central Airways.


Photo of Maritime Central Airways Viscount CF-MCJ

Country of Registration Canada

June 1959 to October 1961

Maritime Central Airways

CF-MCJ - c/n 258 - a V.805 series Viscount
Canada registered

June 1959
Purchased from Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd.

10 October 1961
Sold to Aer Lingus.


Photo of Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines Viscount EI-AMA

Country of Registration Ireland

October 1961 to May 1972

Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines

EI-AMA - c/n 258 - a V.805 series Viscount
Ireland registered

10 October 1961
Purchased from Maritime Central Airways.

11 October 1961
Ferried to Vickers-Armstongs (Aircraft) Ltd at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England for conversion to V.808 standard with 70 seat configration and a fuel capacity of 1,940 imperial gallons.

31 October 1961
Registered to Aer Lingus.

6 March 1962
Test flown after conversion.

8 March 1962
Ferried to Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for final fitting out by Marshalls.

12 April 1962
Delivered to Aer Lingus named as 'St Connlaodh / St Conleth'.

Suffered a failure of the port rear cabin door.
Suffered a failure of the
port rear cabin door

23 May 1963
During a flight from Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland to Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands the aircraft suffered a failure of the port rear cabin door, thankfully without the loss of passengers or aircraft. It landed safely in Amsterdam.

Repaired locally and returned to service.

circa 1965
Re-painted in the Aer Lingus white top 'Irish International' livery.

6 January 1970
Withdrawn from service and stored at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland.

Total time 24,264 hours and 17,123 total landings.

May 1972
Broken up for scrap.

FURTHER READING: Books about Aer Lingus



Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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