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Viscount c/n 264

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 264
British European Airways Corporation (BEA)


England flag England

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

It first flew on Tuesday, 18 March 1958 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 520 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
BKS Air Transport Ltd, Northeast Airlines (UK), British Airways (BA), British Air Ferries (BAF) and Lineas Aereas Canarias (LAC)


Photo of Viscount c/n 264
Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Aeronáutica de Canarias (CETAC)


Spain flag Spain

Its final owner/operator was
Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Aeronáutica de Canarias (CETAC) as EC-DXU.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Los Rodeos Airport, Santa Cruz, Tenerife Norte, Canary Islands, Spanish Territory in May 1989.
Transferred to Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Aeronáutica de Canarias (CETAC) circa September 2011 for use as an instructional aircraft to train engineers. It has gradually deteriorated externally ever since and is now surrounded by several light aircraft. Still visuble on Google Earth 20 March 2020. Registration finally cancelled in July 2021.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1958 to May 1968

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AOYO - c/n 264 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa 1955
This was the 10th V.806 and the 33rd V.800 series Viscount ordered by British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

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

18 March 1958
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying.

The test flying accumulated 13 hours and 20 minutes.

3 April 1958
Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A Adam Smith'.

2 September 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

7 September 1958
Total time 995:45 hours.

Painted in the BEA ‘Red Square‘ livery.
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.

Sadly, after repainting, the aircraft no longer carried a name including the nameplate on the forward cabin bulkhead.

27 November 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

25 January 1960
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

5 October 1960
Total time 5,435:12 hours.

18 December 1960
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

23 July 1964
Total time 12,697:30 hours.

August 1964
Converted to V.806X standard by Marshall's at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England.

This involved replacing the Dart RDa7 Mark 520 engines with RDa6 Mark 510 engines and installing a V.802 style cabin.

The RDa7 Mark 520 engines were returned to Rolls-Royce where some of them were converted to Mark 526 standard for use on the BEA Armstrong Whitworth 650 Argosy.

Ran off runway at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland and hit a fence during a training flight for Cyprus Airways crew.
Ran off the runway at
Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland

18 July 1967
Ran off the runway at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland and hit a fence during a training flight for Cyprus Airways crew. During a touch and go exercise the flaps that were selected for the approach and landing would normally have retracted into the takeoff position when the engine throttles were advanced for the go-around but, due to an electrical fault in this instance they remained in the landing configuration. The main undercarriage wheels were off the ground but the aircraft would not climb due to the extra drag and the aircraft continued running on the nose undercarriage wheels. Due to the inability to climb and the limited amount of runway available Captain Fred Terry elected to retract the undercarriage as the aircraft reached the end of the runway and the aircraft came back down on its belly and slid across the grass overrun area and crashed into a perimeter fence.

The four Dowty propellers were curled and the Rolls-Royce Dart engines were shock-loaded but the airframe damage was fairly minimal. There have been other instances of this flap malfunction such as to G-AOHM (C/N 162).

The aircraft was transferred to Marshall's at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for repairs and fitment of replacement Rolls-Royce Dart engines and Dowty propellers and subsequently returned to service.

30 May 1968
Sold to BKS Air Transport Ltd.

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



Photo of BKS Air Transport Ltd Viscount G-AOYO

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1968 to November 1970

BKS Air Transport Ltd

G-AOYO - c/n 264 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

30 May 1968
Purchased from British European Airways (BEA).

BKS relates to the surnames of three company directors: - James W Barnby, Thomas D Keegan, and Cyril Stevens.

Painted in BKS Air Transport Ltd 'British Air Services' livery.
BKS Air Transport Ltd
'British Air Services' livery

circa 1969
Painted in BKS Air Transport Ltd 'British Air Services' livery.

1 November 1970
Transferred to Northeast Airlines due to a corporate name change.


Photo of Northeast Airlines (UK) Viscount G-AOYO

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1970 to July 1973

Northeast Airlines (UK)

G-AOYO - c/n 264 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 November 1970
Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd due to a corporate name change.

It was initially operated in a modified BKS livery with 'Northeast' titles.

Painted in the Northeast Airlines 'yellow' livery.
Northeast Airlines
'Yellow' livery

August 1971
Noted repainted in the full Northeast Airlines 'yellow' livery with small 'British Air Services' titles on the forward lower fuselage.

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


Photo of British Airways (BA) Viscount G-AOYO

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1973 to January 1984

British Airways (BA)

G-AOYO - c/n 264 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

31 July 1973
Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger.

The trading name of ‘British Airways’ was formally adopted at this time, however the full merger of it’s forming companies (BEA, BOAC, Cambrian Airways and Northeast Airlines) did not take place until 1 April 1974 when BEA formally ceased to exist and the entire Viscount fleet became part of the new British Airways Regional Division.

The full integration of pilots and remaining aircraft from the previous fleets did not occur until 1 April 1976. Some Viscounts had small ‘British Airways’ titles applied to the forward lower fuselage from mid 1973 and for the former BEA V.802 fleet the ‘BEA’ part of the main upper fuselage titling was painted over, leaving only 'Scottish Airways' or 'Channel Islands'. After September 1973 the main titling on the upper fuselage was painted over with ‘British Airways’ and the former operating division or company (Channel, Scottish, Cambrian or Northeast) was applied to most aircraft as a small title to the lower fuselage adjacent to the propellers.

Also during September 1973 the first aircraft to be painted in the new British Airways (BA) corporate livery appeared that also included the 'Cambrian' or 'Northeast' small title to the lower fuselage adjacent to the propellers for ex Cambrian and Northeast aircraft. These were retained past the mid 1970s.

There followed a period of several months where 22 of the 33 Viscounts transferred to British Airways were gradually painted in the new British Airways livery. The remaining 11 V.802 aircraft retained the basic BEA livery with ‘British Airways’ main titling and ‘Channel’ or ‘Scottish’ sub-titling until retired in 1975/76.

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

1 April 1974
Northeast Airlines officially became part of BA – British Airways Regional Division.

Continued to operate on the ex Northeast Airlines routes, initially in the basic yellow livery with 'British Airways' titles and small 'Northeast' titles on the forward lower fuselage.

September 1975
Noted repainted in the new British Airways (BA) livery.

5 September 1979
Total time 34,424:44 hours and 31,262 total landings.

Repairs were done at Dalcross Airport.
Repairs were done
at Dalcross Airport

10 January 1980
Starboard undercarriage leg failed to extend during a landing at Dalcross Airport, Inverness, Scotland. This resulted in curled propellers and shock loaded Rolls-Royce Dart engines on the starboard side.

The initial repairs were done at Dalcross Airport including replacement starboard propellers and engines. Once complete it was flown to Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland with its gear locked down for further repairs and returned to service.

Total time 34,917:59 hours and 31,977 total landings.

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

circa 1981
Painted in the British Airways (BA) 'British' livery.

Taken while beating up the 'Old Man of Hoy', Kirkwell, Scotland during the British Airways (BA) farewell flight 27/28 March 1982.
Beating up the 'Old Man of Hoy', Kirkwell, Scotland

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 (C/N 261), G-AOYM (C/N 262), G-AOYO (C/N 264) and G-APIM (C/N 412), 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 Kirkwall 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.

28 March 1982
Operated the last service for British Airways (BA) from Kirkwall Airport, Orkney Islands, Scotland to Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland.

Stored at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales.
Stored at Rhoose, Cardiff, Wales

8 April 1982
Ferried to Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales, withdrawn from service and stored.

Total time 36,926 hours and 34,546 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-AOYO

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1984 to September 1985

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOYO - c/n 264 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

27 January 1984
Purchased from British Airways (BA).

28 January 1984
Ferried from Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England with the undercarriage locked down.

February 1984
Entered service with British Air Ferries (BAF) as the first Viscount in the new livery named as 'Viscount Montgomery'.

16 September 1985
Ferried from Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England as flight no.VF151P and entered the BAF maintenance facility for re-painting in LAC - Lineas Aereas Canarias livery.

1 September 1985
Sold to Lineas Aereas Canarias (LAC).


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

Country of Registration Spain

September 1985 to September 2011

Lineas Aereas Canarias (LAC)

EC-DXU - c/n 264 - a V.806 series Viscount
Spain registered

1 September 1985
Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named as 'Isla de Gran Canaria'.

24 September 1985
Delivered to Las Palmas Airport, Canary Islands in full Lineas Aereas Canarias (LAC) livery still registered as G-AOYO and in 81 seat configuration.

UK registration cancelled.

Registered to LAC as EC-DXU.

Stored at Los Rodeos, Tenerife Norte, Canary Islands, Spanish Territory.
Stored at Los Rodeos, Tenerife Norte, Canary Islands

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

September 2007
Noted moved to a cark park adjacent to the Airport. This position can be viewed on Google Earth.

4 October 2007
Noted being used in a non-destructive fire fighting training exercise as part of 'Nivaria 2007'.

15 April 2011
Noted moved to the eastern end of the Airport.

circa September 2011
Transferred to Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Aeronáutica de Canarias (CETAC) for use as an instructional aircraft to train engineers.


Photo of Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Aeronáutica de Canarias (CETAC) Viscount EC-DXU

Country of Registration Spain

September 2011 to January 1900

Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Aeronáutica de Canarias (CETAC)

EC-DXU - c/n 264 - a V.806 series Viscount
Spain registered

circa September 2011
Transferred from Lineas Aereas Canarias (LAC) for use as an instructional aircraft to train engineers.

The aircraft remains at Los Rodeos Airport, Tenerife Norte, Canary Islands, Spanish Territory

11 January 2020
Noted still in poor external condition and in need of a good wash.

It is closely surrounded by several light aircraft.

20 March 2020
Still visuble on Google Earth at location 28 29 05.44 N / 16 20 25.05 W.

July 2021
Registration finally cancelled.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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