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Viscount c/n 265

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 265
British European Airways Corporation (BEA)


England flag England

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

It first flew on Saturday, 3 May 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), Air Algerie, BAF Air Tours, Jersey Air Ferries, Virgin Atlantic Airways, British World Airlines (BWA), Parcelforce International and Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd


Photo of Viscount c/n 265
Dave Walkley


South Africa flag South Africa

Its final owner/operator was
Dave Walkley as G-PFBT.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd and stored at Lanseria International Airport, near Johannesburg, South Africa in June 1997.

Broken up into sections in April 2006 with the forward fuselage remaining at Lanseria Airport.

Forward fuselage section moved to a builder’s yard at Kya Sand Industrial Estate, Randburg, South Africa in January 2008.

Forward fuselage section purchased by Dave Walkley and moved to Peter Road, Ruimsig, Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa in March 2012 for restoration. Noted with airsoft-hq slogans 25 September 2017.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1958 to January 1971

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AOYP - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa 1955
This was the 11th V.806 and the 34th V.800 series Viscount ordered by British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

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

23 March 1958
Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 520-3 engines installed. Records show that engine S/N 7173 was fitted to the No.3 (Starboard inner) position.

3 May 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.

A total of 10 hours 45 minutes of test flying was carried out.

16 May 1958
Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A John Napier'.

3 June 1958

The Rolls-Royce Dart time between overhauls (TBO) was then approved by Rolls-Royce to increase it from 600 hours to 800 hours.

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.

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

October 1969
Noted in open storage at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England under the care of Marshall's.

7 January 1971
Departed from Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England returning to BEA at Heathrow Airport, London, England.

20 January 1971
Sold to Cambrian Airways.

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



Photo of Cambrian Airways Viscount G-AOYP

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1971 to April 1974

Cambrian Airways

G-AOYP - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

20 January 1971
Purchased from British European Airways (BEA).

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

Painted in the Cambrian Airways 'Orange' livery.
Cambrian Airways
'Orange' livery

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

circa 1972
Painted in the Cambrian Airways 'Orange' livery.

Continued to operate on the Cambrian Airways routes.

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


Photo of British Airways (BA) Viscount G-AOYP

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1974 to April 1981

British Airways (BA)

G-AOYP - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

31 July 1973
Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger and initially continued to operate in Cambrian Airways livery with small 'British Airways' titles on the forward fuselage.

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

March 1974
Noted with British Airways titles applied to the Cambrian Airways livery.

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

26 March 1981
Last service for British Airways (BA) from Jersey Airport, Channel Islands to Heathrow Airport, London, England.

1 April 1981
Ferried to Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales and withdrawn from service and stored.

Total time 34,817 hours and 37,410 total landings.

April 1981
Sold to British Air Ferries (BAF).

FURTHER READING: Books about British Airways (BA)



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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1981 to May 1981

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOYP - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

April 1981
Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named as 'Rita'.

13 April 1981
Ferried to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England from Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales.

12 May 1981
Leased to Air Algerie in a modified British Airways livery.


Photo of Air Algerie Viscount G-AOYP

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1981 to March 1982

Air Algerie

G-AOYP - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

12 May 1981
Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF).

Retained the name 'Rita' and operated by British Air Ferries (BAF) crews in a modified British Airways (BA) livery with Air Algerie titles and tail logo.

March 1982
Returned to British Air Ferries (BAF).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1982 to October 1982

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOYP - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

March 1982
Returned from Air Algerie lease.

Painted in full British Air Ferries (BAF) livery adapted from the previous British Airways / Air Algerie liveries.

11 October 1982
Noted at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales with Nile Valley Air Services titles for a potential lease.


Photo of Nile Valley Air Services Viscount G-AOYP

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1982 to October 1982

Nile Valley Air Services

G-AOYP - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

11 October 1982
Noted at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales with Nile Valley Air Services titles. This lease was not taken up.

17 October 1982
Last noted at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales with Nile Valley Air Services titles.

Presumably it returned to service with British Air Ferries (BAF).

Details on any of the above and photos please to information@vickersviscount.net


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1982 to March 1983

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOYP - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

17 October 1982
Last noted at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales with Nile Valley Air Services titles. This lease was not taken up.

2 March 1983
Leased to BAF Air Tours.


Photo of BAF Air Tours Viscount G-AOYP

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1983 to April 1983

BAF Air Tours

G-AOYP - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

2 March 1983
Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF).

The 'BAF' titles on the tail were deleted during this lease period.

15 April 1983
Sub-leased to Jersey Air Ferries.


Photo of Jersey Air Ferries Viscount G-AOYP

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1983 to October 1983

Jersey Air Ferries

G-AOYP - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

15 April 1983
Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) via BAF Air Tours.

27 April 1983
Delivered to Jersey Airport, Channel Islands.

It was operated in a modified British Air Ferries (BAF) livery and named as 'Island of Jersey'. A red lion motif was applied to the tail where the 'BAF' titles were previously.

circa June 1983
Noted at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Dorset, England operating a freight service for Channel Express Air Services, presumably to the Channel Islands.

October 1983
Returned to British Air Ferries (BAF).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1983 to December 1985

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOYP - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

October 1983
Returned from BAF Air Tours lease/Jersey Air Ferries sub-lease.

Named as 'Viscount Corbiere'.

15 December 1985
Leased to Virgin Atlantic Airways.


Photo of Virgin Atlantic Airways Viscount G-AOYP

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1985 to December 1987

Virgin Atlantic Airways

G-AOYP - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

15 December 1985
Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) in full Virgin Atlantic Airways livery named as 'Maastricht Maiden'.

April 1987
Noted at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex renamed as 'Dublin Lady'.

8 June 1987
Transferred to Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England for the service to Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland.

British Air Ferries (BAF) sometimes operated this aircraft on weekend services to the Channel Islands and occasionally on oil charter flights.

December 1987
Returned to British Air Ferries (BAF).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1987 to July 1988

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOYP - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

December 1987
Returned from Virgin Atlantic Airways lease.

Returned to BAF service in full Virgin Atlantic Airways livery still named as 'Dublin Lady'.

July 1988
Leased back to Virgin Atlantic Airways.


Photo of Virgin Atlantic Airways Viscount G-AOYP

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1988 to May 1989

Virgin Atlantic Airways

G-AOYP - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

July 1988
Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) in full Virgin Atlantic Airways livery named as 'Dublin Lady'.

February 1989
Noted at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England with a large gash in the lower nose section which was the result of a collision with a ramp vehicle.

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

April 1989
Noted at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland back in service.

May 1989
Returned to British Air Ferries (BAF).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1989 to April 1993

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOYP - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

May 1989
Returned from Virgin Atlantic Airways lease.

22 May 1989
Rolled out after a re-paint in full British Air Ferries (BAF) livery with a lion and unicorn on the tail.

1 April 1993
Transferred to British World Airlines (BWA) due to a corporate name change.


Photo of British World Airlines (BWA) Viscount G-AOYP

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1993 to March 1994

British World Airlines (BWA)

G-AOYP - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 April 1993
Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) due to a corporate name change.

22 March 1994
Re-registered G-PFBT.


Photo of British World Airlines (BWA) Viscount G-PFBT

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1994 to May 1997

British World Airlines (BWA)

G-PFBT - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

22 March 1994
Re-registered from G-AOYP. The new registration refers to Parcelforce / British Telecom who contracted the aircraft.

25 March 1994
Rolled out after a re-paint in the red Parcelforce International livery.

David Carter illustration of BWA Viscount G-PFBT

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


1 March 1996
Final service for Parcelforce International as BWL4251 from Baginton Airport, Coventry, England to Aldergrove Airport, Belfast, Ireland.

2 March 1996
Ferried from Aldergrove, Belfast, Northern Ireland to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England and stored.

23 May 1997
Sold to Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd.


Photo of Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd Viscount G-PFBT

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1997 to January 2008

Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd

G-PFBT - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

23 May 1997
Purchased from British World Airlines (BWA).

Delivered via Bari, Larnaca, Jeddah, Nairobi and Harare to Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa still painted in the red Parcelforce International livery minus titles.

5 June 1997
Registered to Heli Lift Ltd/Heli Jet Aviation.

Stored at Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa since its arrival from the UK.

September 1999
Registration cancelled but retained on aircraft.

Broken up for scrap with the cockpit being stored at Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Front section stored at Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg,
South Africa

A proposed transfer to the South African Airways Museum repainted in South African Airways livery did not materialise.

April 2006
Broken up for scrap except the forward section of the fuselage. The aircraft had been stored at Lanseria International Airport, near Johannesburg, South Africa since its arrival in June 1997.

January 2008
Forward fuselage section moved to a builders yard at Kya Sand industrial Estate, Randburg, South Africa. The current owner and title transfer date is not known. Details please to
information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Unknown (Foreign) Viscount G-PFBT

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 2008 to March 2012

Unknown (Foreign)

G-PFBT - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

January 2008
Forward fuselage section moved to a builders yard at Kya Sand Industrial Estate, Randburg, South Africa with the starboard side of the fuselage being painted in a hideous psychedelic colour scheme. This owner and the actual title transfer date is unknown.

March 2012
Sold to Dave Walkley of Ruimsig, Johannesburg, South Africa.


Photo of Dave Walkley Viscount G-PFBT

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 2012 to

Dave Walkley

G-PFBT - c/n 265 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

March 2012
Forward fuselage purchased from an unknown builder at Kya Sand industrial Estate, Randburg, South Africa and moved by road to Peter Road, Ruimsig, Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa, which is 25 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg. The plan is to restore her and give her back some of that dignity that she lost in Kya Sands.

9 September 2015
Noted still in existence on Google Earth Streetview with the name 'Tina Cowley' applied.

25 September 2017
Noted with various business slogans applied: - www.airsoft-hq.co.za / real military simulations / climb on board for your next adventure


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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