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Viscount c/n 268

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 268
British European Airways Corporation (BEA)


England flag England

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

It first flew on Monday, 21 April 1958 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 520 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Winner Airways and Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)


Photo of Viscount c/n 268
Mandala Airlines


Indonesia flag Indonesia

Its final owner/operator was
Mandala Airlines as PK-RVT.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond economic repair after a belly landing at Adisucipto International Airport, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 13 January 1985.

Broken up for scrap after spares recovery.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1956 to May 1969

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AOYT - c/n 268 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa 1955
This was the 14th V.806 and the 37th V.800 series Viscount ordered by British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

Production Aircraft No. 57 - the 57th production V.800 series Viscount built,
was the 45th V.800 Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 57th V.800 Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F14/806. Sales Order No. F14/98B. Stock Order No. F37/33B.

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

9 October 1957
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

January 1958
Fuselage transported by road from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England to Weybridge, Surrey, England.

9 January 1958
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

21 April 1958
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

2 May 1958
Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A James Watt'.

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

6 December 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.

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

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

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.

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

18 December 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, 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.

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

Operating services for BKS with their logo applied to the cheatline.
BKS logo on the cheatline

2 June 1965
Noted at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England operating services on behalf of BKS Air Transport Ltd with the BKS logo applied to the cheatline replacing the BEA logo.

15 June 1965
Noted at Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy operating services to Malta with the 'The Malta Airline' and Maltese Cross logo applied to the cheatline replacing the BEA logo.

14 October 1965
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

1 May 1969
Sold to Winner Airways.

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



Photo of Winner Airways Viscount G-AOYT

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1969 to May 1969

Winner Airways

G-AOYT - c/n 268 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 May 1969
Purchased from British Eurepean Airways (BEA).

3 May 1969
Noted at Heathrow Airport, London, England repainted in Winner Airways livery less titles but still carrying its UK registration.

12 May 1969
Re-registered B-3001.


Photo of Winner Airways Viscount B-3001

Country of Registration Taiwan

May 1969 to April 1976

Winner Airways

B-3001 - c/n 268 - a V.806 series Viscount
Taiwan registered

12 May 1969
Re-registered from G-AOYT.

12 May 1969
UK registration cancelled as aircraft sold abroad.

Withdrawn from service and stored at Songshan Airport, Taipei, Taiwan.

12 April 1976
Sold to Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT).


Photo of Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) Viscount B-2035

Country of Registration Taiwan

April 1976 to September 1977

Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)

B-2035 - c/n 268 - a V.806 series Viscount
Taiwan registered

12 April 1976
Purchased from Winner Airways.

September 1977
Leased to Mandala Airlines.


Photo of Mandala Airlines Viscount PK-RVT

Country of Registration Indonesia

September 1977 to January 1985

Mandala Airlines

PK-RVT - c/n 268 - a V.806 series Viscount
Indonesia registered

September 1977
Leased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) named as 'Gandeva'.

3 November 1984
Total time 25,361:59 hours and 20,512 total landings.

13 January 1985
Damaged beyond economic repair after a belly landing at Adisucipto International Airport, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia.

Broken up for scrap after spares recovery.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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