09 December 2021
This website is regularly archived by the British Library who selectively archive websites with research values that are representative of British social history and cultural heritage.

Museum search


Viscount Survivors


59 of the 444 Viscounts built survive as complete airframes or major components. Some are in very good condition and are looked after by museums while others are just wrecks. They can be found in 24 countries.

Viscount history


Discover the history of the Viscount with film, video, contemporary reports from the pages of Flight Magazine, our newsletters, and aircraft operational records and photos from our database.


Share your photos and stories


Our 'Live Magazine' is used by members and non-members to share their Viscount photos and stories with fellow enthusiasts located throughout the world in real time.

You are able to send in your photos, stories and comments by Facebook, Twitter or email and we will post them for all to enjoy.

Contact us


Join the Vickers Viscount Network
for FREE


Featured pages

Our website contains over 20,000 pages of photos and information that can all be accessed from the menu at the top of every page. Here are a few to get you started.



This website does not use cookies or capture your details


Established 2005
Vickers Viscount Network
A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount
   

Viscount c/n 267

Click on a photo to see a larger version

Below are the 50 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 267 together with either the actual date that the photo was taken or an estimate of that date based on clues such as the livery worn or other background information.

1

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS
December 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A George Stephenson'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in December 1957 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The fuselage is still on the trolley that was used to move it to the pressure test safe area and has now returned to take its turn in the main assembly hall with G-AOYR (C/N 266) behind it.

Vickers Photo Ref MP7400

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

2

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS
June 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A George Stephenson'. Taken during a test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in June 1958 flying over the distinctive Seven Sisters chalk cliffs near Seaford Head, East Sussex, England.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

3

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS
June 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A George Stephenson'. Taken during a test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in June 1958.

The distinctive railway tracks and station visible under the rear fuselage should help someone identify where this wonderful photo was taken.

Vickers Photo Ref MP49965

Photo source - Des Pike collection

4

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS
September 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A George Stephenson'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in September 1958.

The outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

5

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS
May 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A George Stephenson'. Taken arriving at Vnukovo Airport, Moscow, USSR 14 May 1959 on the first service from London Airport (Heathrow) via Kastrup, Copenhagen, Denmark with the outer Dart engines already shut down.

It was replaced from 1 April 1960 by a BEA Comet 4B which flew direct.

Note several Aeroflot Tupolev TU-104A behind.

Photo source - Sergei Tsvetkov collection

6

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS
June 1962

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1962 during a quiet period on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's building in the later 'Red Square' livery.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

7

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS
June 1963

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken arriving at Balivanich Airport, Benbecula, Outer Hebredes, Scotland in June 1963 on a service from Stornaway Airport, Isle of Lewis, Scotland before returning to Renfrew Airport, Glasgow, Scotland.

The outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

8

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS
March 1964

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa March 1964.

An interesting advert in the background with BOAC offering a return to the USA (presumably New York) for £114-6-0.

At that time the average weekly wage was £16.00!

Photo source - Dave Welch collection

9

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS
July 1965

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Luqa Airport, Malta in July 1965.

Note the Maltese Cross and 'The Malta Airlines' logo in two square panels on the cheatline and the dual registration.

Photo Ref V130 and V1066

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

10

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS
June 1967

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in June 1967.

The registration has now been repositioned to conform with new regulations.

An E T W Dennis Postcard Ref J.24.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

11

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS
May 1968

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Langenhagen Airport, Hanover, West Germany in May 1968.

Photo source - Dietrich Eggert collection

12

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS
June 1968

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in June 1968.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

13

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS
November 1968

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 9 November 1968.

Photo source - Steve Williams

14

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS
December 1968

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa December 1968 after a period in open storage under the care of Marshall's.

It is being prepared for engine runs with master instruments to check the power of each Rolls-Royce Dart engine before it goes into the hangar for a repaint in the new BEA livery.

The grass embankment behind helped to reduce the noise levels.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

15

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS
December 1968

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa December 1968 after a period in open storage under the care of Marshall's.

It is being prepared for engine runs with master instruments to check the power of each Rolls-Royce Dart engine before it goes into the hangar for a repaint in the new BEA livery.

The grass embankment behind helped to reduce the noise levels.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

16

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS
May 1971

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany 1 May 1971 in the new 'flying jack' livery.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

17

Cambrian Airways
G-AOYS
November 1971

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in November 1971.

Note the small 'British Air Services' titles on the lower forward fuselage.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

18

Cambrian Airways
G-AOYS
December 1971

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 1 December 1971 was a sister aircraft in the background.

Note the small 'British Air Services' titles on the lower forward fuselage.

Photo source - Steve Williams

19

Cambrian Airways
G-AOYS
January 1972

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken departing from Jersey Airport, Channel Islands 3 January 1972.

Note the small 'British Air Services' titles on the forward lower fuselage.

Photo source - Mike Pitman

20

Cambrian Airways
G-AOYS
June 1972

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Lulsgate Airport, Bristol, England circa June 1972.

Note the small 'British Air Services' titles on the forward lower fuselage and the RAF Vickers Varsity in the far right background.

Photo source - George Rollo

21

Cambrian Airways
G-AOYS
July 1973

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in July 1973.

Note the small 'British Airways' titles on the lower forward fuselage.

In the background is a BEA BAC One-Eleven which started to replace the Viscount on European routes.

Photo source - Michael Blank

22

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
March 1974

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 15 March 1974.

Note the small 'Cambrian' title on the lower forward fuselage and the 1950s vehicles.

Photo source - Ken Fielding

23

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
June 1975

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken departing from Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in June 1975.

Photo source - Steve Williams

24

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
July 1975

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in July 1975.

Note the small 'Cambrian' title on the lower forward fuselage.

Photo Ref V425

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

25

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
January 1976

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland 10 January 1976.

Note that the ground support equipment is still in BEA livery.

The lineup of aircraft in the background includes three Sud Caravelles and two Europe Aero Service (EAS) Vickers Vanguards which brought French rugby supporters to a match against Scotland at Murrayfield.

Photo source - Trevor S Hall

26

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
August 1976

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Elmdon Airport, Birmingham, West Midlands, England 17 August 1976.

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

27

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
April 1978

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England 17 April 1978.

Photo source - Trevor S Hall

28

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
April 1979

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England 26 April 1979.

Photo source - Paul Robinson

29

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
May 1979

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken landing on runway 31 at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 25 May 1979 with the port main undercarriage leg still retracted.

It had just taken off for a service to Bristol but returned here for a controlled landing after burning off sufficient fuel.

The aircraft in front are G-AOYG (C/N 256) and G-AOYN (C/N 263).

Photo source - Christopher Sanders

30

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
May 1979

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken landing on runway 31 at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 25 May 1979 with the port main undercarriage leg still retracted.

It had just taken off for a service to Bristol but returned here for a controlled landing after burning off sufficient fuel.

Note the smoke generated when the port propellers contacted the runway.

Photo source - Christopher Sanders

31

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
May 1979

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken landing on runway 31 at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 25 May 1979 with the port main undercarriage leg still retracted.

It had just taken off for a service to Bristol but returned here for a controlled landing after burning off sufficient fuel.

The aircraft has now veered off the runway onto the grass.

Note the group of people watching the event standing near another BA Viscount.

Photo source - Christopher Sanders

32

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
May 1979

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 25 May 1979 after landing on runway 31 with the port main undercarriage leg still retracted.

It had just taken off for a service to Bristol but returned here for a controlled landing after burning off sufficient fuel.

Passengers assisted by the crew are now evacuating the aircraft from the portside doors and overwing window exits.

Photo source - Christopher Sanders

33

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
May 1979

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 25 May 1979 after landing on runway 31 with the port main undercarriage leg still retracted.

It had just taken off for a service to Bristol but returned here for a controlled landing after burning off sufficient fuel.

The airport fire service has now arrived but luckily there was no fire to extinguish.

Photo source - Christopher Sanders

34

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
May 1979

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 25 May 1979 after landing on runway 31 with the port main undercarriage leg still retracted.

It had just taken off for a service to Bristol but returned here for a controlled landing after burning off sufficient fuel.

The event is now attended by all the emergency services and other airport staff.

A happy ending which no doubt disrupted the airport activities for a while.

Photo source - Christopher Sanders

35

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
May 1979

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 25 May 1979 after landing on runway 31 with the port main undercarriage leg still retracted.

It had just taken off for a service to Bristol but returned here for a controlled landing after burning off sufficient fuel.

A happy ending which no doubt disrupted the airport activities for a while.

Photo source - Janet Gilmour

36

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
May 1979

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 25 May 1979 after landing on runway 31 with the port main undercarriage leg still retracted.

It had just taken off for a service to Bristol but returned here for a controlled landing after burning off sufficient fuel.

A happy ending which no doubt disrupted the airport activities for a while.

Photo source - Janet Gilmour

37

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
May 1979

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 25 May 1979 after landing on runway 31 with the port main undercarriage leg still retracted.

It had just taken off for a service to Bristol but returned here for a controlled landing after burning off sufficient fuel.

This view shows the curled port propellers which means that both Rolls-Royce Dart engines are now unserviceable due to shockload damage to the shafts, bearings and casings.

The hollow Propshaft for example only has a 0.002" runout tolerence before it is rejected.

It returned to service less than a month later.

Photo source - Janet Gilmour

38

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
May 1979

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 25 May 1979 after landing on runway 31 with the port main undercarriage leg still retracted.

It had just taken off for a service to Bristol but returned here for a controlled landing after burning off sufficient fuel.

This view shows the curled port propellers which means that both Rolls-Royce Dart engines are now unserviceable due to shockload damage to the shafts, bearings and casings.

The hollow Propshaft for example only has a 0.002" runout tolerence before it is rejected.

It returned to service less than a month later.

Photo source - Chris Ware

39

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
August 1979

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken landing at Heathrow Airport, London, England 11 August 1979.

Photo source - Marcel Walther

40

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
March 1980

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands in March 1980.

This was the last Viscount service to Guernsey by British Airways.

Photo source - Dave Bougourd

41

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYS
September 1980

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken stored at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales in September 1980.

It was sold to BAF in May 1981.

Photo source - John Morris collection

42

Air Algerie
G-AOYS
September 1981

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 27 September 1981 at the end of the lease period.

Photo source - Brian Mells

43

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYS
June 1982

Returned from Air Algerie lease. Taken at an unknown location in June 1982.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

44

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYS
September 1982

Returned from Air Algerie lease. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 11 September 1982.

Photo source - R A Scholefield collection

45

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYS
September 1982

Returned from Air Algerie lease. Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Switzerland in September 1982.

Photo source - Eduard Marmet

46

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYS
August 1983

Returned from Air Algerie lease. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 11 August 1983.

It is now in cargo configuration with most of the cabin windows painted over.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

47

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYS
February 1984

Leased from Panavia Air Cargo Ltd. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in February 1984 with all four Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

48

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYS
August 1984

Leased from Panavia Air Cargo Ltd. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 25 August 1984 and now awaiting the axe man.

(NFB photo)

Photo source - Peter W Davis

49

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYS
January 1985

Leased from Panavia Air Cargo Ltd. Taken in the process of being scrapped at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 29 January 1985.

Strangely it now has a Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 installed in the No.3 position!

Photo source - Paul Purser

50

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYS
February 1985

Leased from Panavia Air Cargo Ltd. Taken in the process of being scrapped at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 4 February 1985.

Not much left now.

It almost looks like they are trying to save the forward fuselage section but sadly not.

Photo source - Paul Purser

51






52






53






54






55






56






57






58






59






60






61






62






63






64






65






66






67






68






69






70






71






72






73






74






75






76






77






78






79






80






81






82






83






84






85






86






87






88






89






90






91






92






93






94






95






96






97






98






99






100






101






102






103






104






105






106






107






108






109






110






111






112






113






114






115






116






117






118






119






120






Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

The Vickers Viscount Network is always interested to hear from anyone who has information or photographs to help complete the story of the Viscount. If you can help please contact us at
Information@VickersViscount.net.


Click here for more details about the Vickers Viscount Network

This website has been designed, built and is maintained by Geoff Blampied, Norwich, Norfolk, England.