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Viscount c/n 267

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 267
British European Airways Corporation (BEA)


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

It first flew on Saturday, 24 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 and Panavia Air Cargo Ltd


Photo of Viscount c/n 267
British Air Ferries (BAF)


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Its final owner/operator was
British Air Ferries (BAF) as G-AOYS.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England circa January 1985.

Broken up for scrap after spares recovery in February 1985.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1956 to October 1971

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AOYS - c/n 267 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa 1955
This was the 13th V.806 and the 36th V.800 series Viscount ordered by British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

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

24 May 1958
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

13 June 1958
Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A George Stephenson'.

14 November 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

25 November 1958
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

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

Noted at Vnukova, Moscow, USSR on a new service from London Airport.
Vnukova, Moscow, USSR

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.

Painted in the BEA ‘Red Square‘ livery.
BEA
‘Red Square‘ livery
Painted in the BEA ‘The Malta Airlines‘ livery.
BEA
‘The Malta Airlines‘ livery

14 May 1959
Operated a new service from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England via Kastrup Airport, Copenhagen, Denmark to Vnukova Airport, Moscow, USSR.

5 December 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

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

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

24 June 1961
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

16 October 1961
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

8 April 1963
After departing from Malta on a service to London Airport via Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy the aircraft was cruising at 20,000 feet north of Palermo, Sicily, Italy when the No.1 Rolls-Royce Dart engine fire warning bell sounded. The appropriate fire drill was carried out by the crew and attempts were made to feather the No.1 propeller. This was unsuccessful and a fierce fire broke out in the No.1 nacelle.

The crew elected to divert to Punta Raisi Airport, Palermo, Sicily, Italy which was now 70 miles to the south. Preparations were made to land and also ditching procedures were instigated, just in case they couldn't make the airport.

As the aircraft descended below 6,000 feet the No.1 nacelle fire seemed to have extinguished itself and the propeller was finally feathered.

The aircraft made a safe landing and there were no reported injuries to the 40 passengers and 4 crew on board.

The defective Dart engine was returned to Rolls-Royce for investigation where the incident was found to have been caused by the failure of the HP Impeller location bearing, resulting in a severe fire fed by hot engine oil.

Repaired and returned to service.

6 November 1963
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

20 January 1964
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

8 June 1965
Noted at Leeds / Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England operating UK services on behalf of BKS Air Transport Ltd.

November 1965
Noted with 'The Malta Airline' in two square panels in each cheat line.

Painted in the BEA ‘Flying Union Jack‘ livery.
BEA
‘Flying Union Jack‘ livery

circa 1968
A new BEA ‘Flying Jack‘ livery was adopted and most aircraft were repainted when they went in for major overhaul, which took some of them into the early 1970s before this was accomplished.

1968
Noted stored at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England under the care of Marshall's. It was painted in the new 'Flying Jack' livery before it returned to BEA service.

20 February 1968
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a Heathrow Airport weather diversion.

31 January 1969
Total time 21,249:03 hours and 17,472 total landings.

1 October 1971
Sold to Cambrian Airways.


Photo of Cambrian Airways Viscount G-AOYS

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1971 to July 1973

Cambrian Airways

G-AOYS - c/n 267 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 October 1971
Purchased from British European Airways (BEA).

14 October 1971
Delivered from Heathrow Airport, London, England to Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales.

23 October 1971
Rolled out in the new Cambrian Airways red livery with black dragon on tail.

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-AOYS

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1973 to May 1981

British Airways (BA)

G-AOYS - c/n 267 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

31 July 1973
Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger.

Aircraft continued to operate on the Cambrian Airways routes.

Aircraft painted in British Airways (BA) livery with small Cambrian logo under the cheatline.

15 March 1978
Total time 32,381:31 hours and 35,046 total landings.

25 May 1979
Veered off runway 31 dragging the port wing along the ground at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales after an emergency landing with the port main undercarriage leg still retracted.

It had just departed on a service to Bristol but the crew elected to return to Cardiff after burning off sufficient fuel to make a controlled landing.

The crew and 51 passengers were safely evacuated onto the grass. The airport fire brigade attended but there was no fire to extinguish.

Both port propellers were curled with subsequent shockload damage to the two Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

18 June 1979
Returned to service at Heathrow Airport, London, England after repairs.

Operated the last Viscount service from Heathrow Airport, London, England to Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands.
The last British Airways Viscount service to Guernsey

March 1980
Operated the last British Airways Viscount service from Heathrow Airport, London, England to Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands.

3 April 1980
Operated its last service for British Airways from Heathrow Airport, London, England to Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales and put into storage.

20 May 1981
Sold to British Air Ferries (BAF).

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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1981 to June 1981

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOYS - c/n 267 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

20 May 1981
Purchased from British Airways (BA).

22 May 1981
Ferried from Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

June 1981
Leased to Air Algerie.


Photo of Air Algerie Viscount G-AOYS

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1981 to September 1981

Air Algerie

G-AOYS - c/n 267 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

June 1981
Wet leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) in a hybrid Air Algerie livery with 'BAF' on the nose and operated by BAF crews.

27 September 1981
Returned to British Air Ferries (BAF).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

September 1981 to January 1984

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOYS - c/n 267 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

27 September 1981
Returned from Air Algerie lease.

11 May 1983
Noted stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England with several Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed.

January 1984
Sold to Panavia Air Cargo Ltd.


Photo of Panavia Air Cargo Ltd Viscount G-AOYS

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1984 to January 1984

Panavia Air Cargo Ltd

G-AOYS - c/n 267 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

January 1984
Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF).

It was then converted to cargo configuration with most of the cabin windows painted out.

January 1984
Leased back to British Air Ferries (BAF).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1984 to February 1985

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOYS - c/n 267 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

January 1984
Leased from Panavia Air Cargo Ltd.

February 1984
Noted stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England with all four Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed.

circa January 1985
Withdrawn from service and stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

Broken up for scrap after spares recovery.
Broken up for scrap after spares recovery

February 1985
Broken up for scrap after spares recovery.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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