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Viscount c/n 262

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 262
British European Airways Corporation (BEA)


England flag England

This V.806 series Viscount was built for
British European Airways Corporation (BEA) as G-AOYM

It first flew on Wednesday, 26 February 1958 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 520 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Cambrian Airways, British Airways (BA), British Air Ferries (BAF), Manx Airlines and Lineas Aereas Canarias (LAC)


Photo of Viscount c/n 262
La Granja Park


Spain flag Spain

Its final owner/operator was
La Granja Park as EC-DYC.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by LAC - Lineas Aereas Canarias and stored at Los Rodeos Airport, Tenerife Norte, Canary Islands, Spanish Territory in May 1989. Noted still stored in September 1991. Transferred to La Granja Park, Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spanish Territory for use as a night club / disco / restaurant. Noted still in existence in March 1997. Reported by Tenerife North Airport Security during a visit by George Stringer to view EC-DXU (C/N 264) in October 2014 that it has been scrapped. Date not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1958 to November 1971

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AOYM - c/n 262 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

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

26 February 1958
First flight from Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying as the runway at Weybridge was too short for a completed aircraft to takeoff.

19 March 1958
Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A John Loudon McAdam'.

A new BEA ‘Red Square‘ livery was adopted.
BEA
‘Red Square‘ livery

March 1959
A new BEA 'Red Square' livery was adopted and aircraft were repainted during the early 1960s when they next went in for overhaul.

5 September 1964
Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 520-3 engine S/N 7173 installed in the No.4 (starboard outer) position at 13117 hours total airframe time.

October 1965
Noted at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England undergoing conversion to V.806X standard with Marshalls, which involved replacing the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 520-3 engines with RDa6 Mark 510 engines.

The engines were traded back to Rolls-Royce to offset the cost of the recently delivered Armstrong Whitworth Argosy freighters.

A new BEA ‘Flying Union Jack‘ livery was adopted.
BEA
‘Flying Union Jack‘ livery

circa 1968
A new BEA ‘Flying Union Jack‘ livery was adopted and most aircraft were repainted when they went in for major overhaul, which took some of them into the early 70s before this was accomplished.

1970
Noted stored at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England under the care of Marshall's.

17 September 1970
Departed from Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England back to BEA at Heathrow Airport, London, England.

8 November 1971
Sold to Cambrian Airways.

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



Photo of Cambrian Airways Viscount G-AOYM

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1971 to July 1973

Cambrian Airways

G-AOYM - c/n 262 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

8 November 1971
Purchased from British European Airways (BEA).

8 November 1971
Registered to Cambrian Airways.

16 November 1971
Delivered to Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales still in BEA livery.

30 December 1971
Rolled out in full Cambrian Airways livery.

31 December 1971
First service from Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales to Speke Airport, Liverpool, England.

1 April 1972
Cambrian Airways came under the control of British Airways (BA).

1 September 1972
Cambrian Airways became part of the Regional Division of British Airways (BA).

31 July 1973
Transferred to British Airways (BA) due to a corporate merger.


Photo of British Airways (BA) Viscount G-AOYM

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1973 to January 1984

British Airways (BA)

G-AOYM - c/n 262 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

31 July 1973
Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger and continued to operate on the old Cambrian Airways routes initially in the Cambrian Airways livery with BA titles.

Painted in the new British Airways (BA) livery.
British Airways (BA)
'New' livery

circa 1975
Painted in the new British Airways (BA) livery.

Repainted with large 'British' titles on fuselage.
British Airways (BA)
'British' livery

April 1981
Noted painted in the British Airways (BA) 'British' livery.

27 and 28 March 1982
British Airways (BA) operated special flights from Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland to Kirkwall Airport, Orkney Islands, Scotland with Viscounts G-AOYL, G-AOYM, G-AOYO and G-APIM, to mark the airline's withdrawal of the type twenty-five years after it had first visited Kirkwall and following twenty years of scheduled services. Three hundred passengers, many of whom were British Airways (BA) air crew and ground crew, past and present, took part in the occasion, which included a celebratory dinner and dance at Kirkwall.

The instigator and chief organiser of this very popular and fondly remembered event was Jack Ridgway, who was to serve for nearly twenty years as BEA - British European Airways and British Airways (BA) Station Manager at the airport. Hundreds of spectators watched as the four aircraft departed at lunchtime on Sunday 28 March, each making a low flypast of the airport and the town.

10 May 1982
Operated the last British Airways (BA) Viscount service from Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland on the Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Kirkwall Airport, Orkney Islands, Dalcross Inverness/Dalcross Airport, Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow route as BA5823 that included a flypast at Sumburgh.

11 May 1982
Ferried from Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland to Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales and withdrawn from service and stored.

Total time 36,010 hours and 39,016 total landings.

27 January 1984
Sold to British Air Ferries (BAF).

FURTHER READING: Books about British Airways (BA)



Photo of British Air Ferries (BAF) Viscount G-AOYM

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1984 to February 1985

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOYM - c/n 262 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

27 January 1984
Purchased from British Airways (BA).

21 February 1984
Ferried from Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

Entered service with British Air Ferries (BAF) named as 'Viscount Westminster'.

21 February 1985
Leased to Manx Airlines.


Photo of Manx Airlines (Skianyn Vannin) Viscount G-AOYM

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1985 to October 1985

Manx Airlines (Skianyn Vannin)

G-AOYM - c/n 262 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

21 February 1985
Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) in full Manx Airlines livery with the Manx language operators name 'Skianyn Vannin' also applied.

It was delivered from Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex to Heathrow Airport, London, England.

7 October 1985
Returned to British Air Ferries (BAF).


Photo of British Air Ferries (BAF) Viscount G-AOYM

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1985 to October 1985

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOYM - c/n 262 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

7 October 1985
Returned from Manx Airlines lease and ferried from Heathrow Airport, London to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England and entered hangar for re-painting.

23 October 1985
Delivered to Las Palmas, Canary Islands in full Lineas Aereas Canarias (LAC) livery with UK registration.

25 October 1985
Officially sold to Lineas Aereas Canarias (LAC).


Photo of Lineas Aereas Canarias (LAC) Viscount EC-DYC

Country of Registration Spain

October 1985 to May 1986

Lineas Aereas Canarias (LAC)

EC-DYC - c/n 262 - a V.806 series Viscount
Spain registered

23 October 1985
Delivered to Las Palmas Airport, Canary Islands, Spanish Territory in full LAC - Lineas Aereas Canarias livery with UK registration G-AOYM, in 81 seat configuration.

The delivery crew was Captain Clive Parkes and First Officer Tony Crossland, and on board were Clive Worboys, Sid Clark - Technical Director for Jadepoint Aircraft Engineering and one of his team, plus representatives from LAC - Lineas Aereas Canarias.

25 October 1985
Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF), re-registered and named as 'Isla de Tenerife'.

circa May 1986
Leased back to British Air Ferries (BAF).


Photo of British Air Ferries (BAF) Viscount EC-DYC

Country of Registration Spain

May 1986 to September 1986

British Air Ferries (BAF)

EC-DYC - c/n 262 - a V.806 series Viscount
Spain registered

circa May 1986
Leased from Lineas Aereas Canarias (LAC) for the summer season.

circa September 1986
Returned to Lineas Aereas Canarias (LAC).


Photo of Lineas Aereas Canarias (LAC) Viscount EC-DYC

Country of Registration Spain

September 1986 to September 1991

Lineas Aereas Canarias (LAC)

EC-DYC - c/n 262 - a V.806 series Viscount
Spain registered

circa September 1986
Returned from British Air Ferries (BAF) lease.

May 1989
Withdrawn from service and stored at Los Rodeos Airport, Tenerife Norte, Canary Islands, Spanish Territory.

September 1991
Noted still in storage.

Transferred to La Granja Park, Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spanish Territory.


Photo of La Granja Park Viscount EC-DYC

Country of Registration Spain

September 1991 to

La Granja Park

EC-DYC - c/n 262 - a V.806 series Viscount
Spain registered

Transferred from Lineas Aereas Canarias (LAC) to La Granja Park, Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spanish Territory for use as a night club / disco / restaurant.

March 1997
Noted still in existence.

October 2014
Reported by Tenerife North Airport Security during a visit by George Stringer to view EC-DXU (C/N 264) that it has been scrapped. Date not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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