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Viscount c/n 281

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 281
New Zealand National Airways Corp (NAC)


New Zealand flag New Zealand

This V.807 series Viscount was built for
New Zealand National Airways Corp (NAC) as ZK-BRD

It first flew on Wednesday, 11 December 1957 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
British Airways (BA) and Gibraltar Airways Ltd


Photo of Viscount c/n 281
GB Airways


Gibraltar flag Gibraltar

Its final owner/operator was
GB Airways as G-BBVH.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond economic repair during a heavy landing at Boukhalf Airport, Tangiers, Morocco 23 November 1988. The aircraft ran off the left side of the runway. Broken up for scrap after spares recovery.


Operational record
Photo of New Zealand National Airways Corp (NAC) Viscount ZK-BRD

Country of Registration New Zealand

December 1957 to December 1973

New Zealand National Airways Corp (NAC)

ZK-BRD - c/n 281 - a V.807 series Viscount
New Zealand registered

11 December 1957
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

31 December 1957
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on delivery to New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) named as 'City of Wellington' under the command of Captains H C 'Johnny' Walker, G Harvey and J H Register, Engineers A T Mosley, H Clarkson and Arthur Godfrey Isles and Inspector A Herk.

Captains G Harvey and J H Register had previously travelled to Australia for Viscount flight training with Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA).

It was fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines. The cabin seating was configured for 60 passengers.

The first New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) Viscount to arrive in New Zealand.
The first NAC Viscount
to arrive in New Zealand

10 January 1958
Stopped at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales during the delivery to New Zealand. There was considerable interest from Australian operators as this was the first V.800 series Viscount to visit Australia.

10 January 1958
Arrived at Whenuapai Airport, Auckland, New Zealand and officially named as 'City of Wellington' by Lady Isitt after its arrival, even though the name was painted on prior to delivery.

3 February 1958
Entered service from Harewood Airport, Christchuch to Whenuapai Airport, Auckland, New Zealand flown by Captains G Harvey and J H Register. The stewardesses were R B Woodsford and S S Gunn. It departed at 14:15 after a short ceremony and returned at 18:45. The journey took 1 hour 55 minutes which was a vast improvement on the 3 hours 20 minutes previously taken by a Douglas DC-3.

12 June 1958
Set a new record for the service from Harewood Airport, Christchuch, New Zealand to Whenuapai Airport, Auckland, New Zealand. The journey took 1 hour 36 minutes.

Suffered a landing incident at Whenuapai, Auckland, New Zealand.
Suffered a landing incident
at Whenuapai, Auckland,
New Zealand

Noted with 'Flagship' titles applied to both sides of the forward fuselage in red.

12 November 1958
Suffered a landing incident at Whenuapai Airport, Auckland, New Zealand flown by Captains H C Walker and P A Matheson. After the aircraft landed, the training Captain H C Walker in the righthand seat inadvertantly retracted the undercarriage instead of the flaps and it slid off the runway on to the grass on its belly. Sadly the very experienced Captain resigned his position after this incident. He had previously flown Miles M2F Major ZK-ADJ in the 1934 London to Melbourne Air Race. There were no injuries amongst the 60 passengers on board which included NAC pilot R A E Dear who assisted stewardesses A Carpenter and I A Phillips in the evacuation of the cabin down the slides.

17 December 1958
Air tested at Whenuapai Airport, Auckland, New Zealand after extensive repairs were carried out by NAC and Vickers engineers. It was flown by Captains G Harvey and J H Register.

19 December 1958
Re-entered service from Harewood Airport, Christchurch to Whenuapai Airport, Auckland, New Zealand.

6 July 1959
Made the first landing of a Viscount aircraft at Rongotai Airport, Wellington, New Zealand prior to the airport's commissioning on 20 July 1959. It was flown by Captains L Ransom, G Harvey with Captains J H Register and A C Kenning also on board. They spent the next three days crew training from this airport.

20 July 1959
Operated the first Viscount service from Rongotai Airport, Wellington to Whenuapai Airport, Auckland, New Zealand carrying dignitaries.

8 July 1963
Noted with a revised tail livery and additional titles.

ZK-BRD in the final NAC - New Zealand National Airways Corporation Viscount livery.
NAC - New Zealand National
Airways Corporation
'Final Viscount' livery

23 November 1965
Conducted the last official scheduled service by an airline to Whenuapai Airport, Auckland, New Zealand prior to Mangere (Auckland International Airport) commencing operations the following morning. Whenuapai was re-activated on the weekend of 29 January 1966 when the official opening air pageant took place at Mangere and again on 4 July 1966 when Air New Zealand Douglas DC-8 ZK-NZB crashed on the runway during a takeoff on a fatal training flight.

6 October 1967
Rolled out at Harewood Airport, Christchurch, New Zealand in the new NAC livery.

December 1967
Fitted with a Flight Data Recorder (FDR). This was the first NAC aircraft to have this equipment fitted.

18 January 1973
Made the first and only visit by a Viscount aircraft to Napier Airport, New Zealand when under the command of Captain D W Barr.

20 December 1973
Withdrawn from service at Harewood Airport, Christchurch, New Zealand and immediately sold to British Airways (BA).

Total time 35,477:50 hours and 31,081 total landings.

FURTHER READING


The Illustrated history of New Zealand National Airways Corporation
by Richard Waugh, Peter Layne and Graeme McConnell

The Illustrated history of New Zealand National Airways Corporation 1947 - 1978


The delivery of New Zealand’s first Viscount by Peter Layne

The delivery of New Zealand’s first Viscount



Photo of British Airways (BA) Viscount G-BBVH

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1973 to July 1974

British Airways (BA)

G-BBVH - c/n 281 - a V.807 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

20 December 1973
Purchased from New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) as a replacement for G-AOHI (C/N 158) which was written off 19 January 1973.

8 January 1974
Departed from Harewood Airport, Christchurch, New Zealand in ex NAC livery less titles on delivery via Auckland, Brisbane Queensland, Mount Isa Queensland, Darwin Northern Territory, Bali-Denpaser Indonesia, Jakarta Indonesia, Singapore, Rangoon Burma, Bombay India, Dubai, Brunei-Bandar Seri Begawan, Teheran Iran, Ankara Turkey, Nicosia Cyprus, Ellinikon -Athens, Greece and Rome, Italy.

16 January 1974
Arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, England.

17 January 1974
Ferried to Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales for overhaul.

29 July 1974
Leased to Gibraltar Airways Ltd.

6 May 1981
Subsequently sold to GB Airways (new name).

FURTHER READING: Books about British Airways (BA)



Photo of Gibraltar Airways Ltd Viscount G-BBVH

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1974 to May 1981

Gibraltar Airways Ltd

G-BBVH - c/n 281 - a V.807 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

29 July 1974
Leased from British Airways (BA) initially in ex New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) livery but with a Gibraltar Airways logo on the tail.

9 February 1975
Noted at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in basic New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) red and white livery and tail logo awaiting titles to be added.

circa April 1975
Delivered to Gibraltar Airways Ltd in ex New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) red and white livery with Gibair titles and tail logo.

Noted with small 'Gibraltar Airways' name behind the cockpit.
Gibraltar Airways
revised livery

1980
Noted with small 'Gibraltar Airways' name behind the cockpit but still in ex New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) red and white livery.

6 May 1981
Transferred to GB Airways due to a corporate name change.


Photo of GB Airways Viscount G-BBVH

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1981 to November 1988

GB Airways

G-BBVH - c/n 281 - a V.807 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

6 May 1981
Purchased from British Airways (BA) after it was previously leased to Gibraltar Airways Ltd (former name). Titles applied to the ex NAC red and white livery and aircraft named as 'Yogibair'.

Late 1983
Noted on maintenance with Field Aircraft Services at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

Painted in the GB Airways 'Blue and Red logo tail' livery.
GB Airways
'Blue and Red logo tail' livery

circa 1984
Painted in the GB Airways 'Blue and Red logo tail' livery.

5 April 1987
Total time 40,142:10 hours.

4 September 1987
Total time 40,329:05 hours.

19 September 1987
Noted at Guernsey, Channel Islands either going to, or returning from the UK for maintenance.

21 April 1988
Total time 40,483 hours.

Painted in the GB Airways 'Blue and Red Striped' livery.
GB Airways
'Blue and Red Striped' livery

June 1988
Noted at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England painted in the new GB Airways 'Blue and Red Striped' livery and named as 'Yogibair'.

Damaged beyond repair during a heavy landing at Boukhalf, Tangiers, Morocco.
Damaged beyond economic repair at
Boukhalf, Tangiers, Morocco

23 November 1988
Damaged beyond economic repair during a heavy landing at Boukhalf Airport, Tangiers, Morocco.

The aircraft ran off the left side of runway 28 on landing, continued in a shallow channel before coming to rest 1,165 yards past the touchdown point. Aquaplaning is suspected since the landing took place during a heavy rain shower with a wind direction of 060 degrees at 24 knots.

There were only minor injuries to two of the 74 passengers and 4 crew on board.

Aircraft was replaced by the lease from Hot Air of Viscount G-BAPF (C/N 338).

Broken up for scrap after spares recovery.

7 February 1989
Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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