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Viscount c/n 290

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 290
Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines


Ireland flag Ireland

This V.808 series Viscount was built for
Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines as EI-AJJ

It first flew on Tuesday, 24 December 1957 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 290
Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines


Ireland flag Ireland

Its final owner/operator was
Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines as EI-AJJ.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Aer Lingus and stored at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in December 1969. Broken up for scrap in May 1972.


Operational record
Photo of Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines Viscount EI-AJJ

Country of Registration Ireland

January 1958 to May 1972

Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines

EI-AJJ - c/n 290 - a V.808 series Viscount
Ireland registered

2 March 1956
Aer Lingus placed an order for six V.808 aircraft.

Production aircraft No. 45 - the 45th production V.800 series Viscount built,
was the 13th V.800 Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 45th V.800 Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production order No. F01/808. Sales order No. F02/2C. Stock order No. F11/33B.

20 May 1956
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

circa November 1956
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

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

10 January 1958
Delivered to Aer Lingus in the Aer Lingus 'Green/white top Viscount' livery named as 'St Columban' in 70 seat configuration fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines and a fuel capacity of 1,940 imperial gallons.

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

Painted in the Aer Lingus 'Green top white tail Viscount' livery.
Aer Lingus
'Green top white tail
Viscount' livery

circa 1960
Painted in the Aer Lingus 'Green top white tail Viscount' livery.

Painted in the Aer Lingus 'Green top white tail Irish International Airlines' livery.
Aer Lingus
'Green top white tail
Irish International Airlines' livery

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

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

circa 1962
Painted in the Aer Lingus 'Green top white tail Irish International Airlines' livery.

4 December 1962
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

Painted in the Aer Lingus 'Green cheat line' livery.
Aer Lingus
'Green cheat line' livery

circa 1964
Painted in the Aer Lingus 'Green cheat line' livery.

31 January 1966
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

31 December 1969
Withdrawn from service and stored at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland.

May 1972
Broken up for scrap.

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