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Viscount c/n 291

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 291
Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines


Ireland flag Ireland

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

It first flew on Thursday, 13 February 1958 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
S.A. de Transport Aerien (SATA), Air Tourisme Alpine (ATA), Land Sales Development Corporation, Overseas Aero Leasing, Nor Air Ltd, Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC), Dan-Air London, Southern International Air Transport Ltd and British Air Ferries (BAF)


Photo of Viscount c/n 291
British World Airlines (BWA)


England flag England

Its final owner/operator was
British World Airlines (BWA) as G-OPFE.

Its fate:-
Converted to a V.808C cargo configuration by Scottish Aviation Ltd (SAL) for Aer Lingus in July 1967.

Damaged beyond economic repair in an inadvertant wheels up landing at Belfast International Airport, Aldergrove, Northern Ireland during a training flight 24 March 1996. All four Propellers were curled around the engine nacelles. Noted back on its undercarriage awaiting an assessment of the damage in April 1996. Registration cancelled as aircraft written off (beyond economic repair) in May 1996. Broken up for scrap after spares recovery.


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

Country of Registration Ireland

February 1958 to November 1969

Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines

EI-AJK - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
Ireland registered

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

13 February 1958
First flight at Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

21 February 1958
Delivered to Aer Lingus named as 'St Cillian' painted in a later green top 'Viscount' livery, in 70 seat configuration fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines and a fuel capacity of 1,940 imperial gallons.

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

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

21 November 1959
Noted at Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man uplifting fuel due to fuel strike issues on a service to and from the UK.

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.

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

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

circa 1965
Painted in Aer Lingus 'White Top Irish International' livery.

Converted to V.808C cargo configuration by Scottish Aviation Ltd.
Converted to V.808C cargo configuration

14 February 1967
Ferried to Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland for conversion to V.808C cargo configuration by Scottish Aviation Ltd (SAL).

This included the fitment of double forward cabin doors on the port side to increase the loading access area.

27 July 1967
Delivered back to Aer Lingus at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland and used on their freight services.

It was still able to operate as a passenger aircraft if required.

4 November 1969
Leased to S.A. de Transport Aérien (SATA).

FURTHER READING: Books about Aer Lingus



Photo of S.A. de Transport Aérien (SATA) Viscount HB-ILR

Country of Registration Switzerland

November 1969 to December 1971

S.A. de Transport Aérien (SATA)

HB-ILR - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
Switzerland registered

4 November 1969
Leased from Aer Lingus.

Delivered to Cointrin Airport, Geneva, Switzerland in full SATA livery. It replaced HB-ILP (C/N 177)

15 November 1969
Arrived at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England.

16 November 1969
Departed from Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England.

28 January 1970
Noted at Middelkirke Airport, Ostend, Belgium.

9 December 1971
Returned to Aer Lingus at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland.


Photo of Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines Viscount HB-ILR

Country of Registration Switzerland

December 1971 to January 1972

Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines

HB-ILR - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
Switzerland registered

9 December 1971
Returned from S.A. de Transport Aérien (SATA) lease.

31 January 1972
Leased to Air Tourisme Alpine (ATA).

FURTHER READING: Books about Aer Lingus



Photo of Air Tourisme Alpine (ATA) Viscount HB-ILR

Country of Registration Switzerland

January 1972 to April 1972

Air Tourisme Alpine (ATA)

HB-ILR - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
Switzerland registered

31 January 1972
Leased from Aer Lingus.

Delivered to ATA at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace, France in SATA livery with ATA titles (i.e the S of SATA painted out).

April 1972
Sub-leased to S.A. de Transport Aérien (SATA).


Photo of S.A. de Transport Aérien (SATA) Viscount HB-ILR

Country of Registration Switzerland

April 1972 to June 1972

S.A. de Transport Aérien (SATA)

HB-ILR - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
Switzerland registered

April 1972
Sub-leased from Air Tourisme Alpine (ATA), leased from Aer Lingus.

11 April 1972
Seen at Langenhagen Airport, Hanover, West Germany in service with S.A. de Transport Aérien Genéve (SATA).

June 1972
Returned to Air Tourisme Alpine (ATA).


Photo of Air Tourisme Alpine (ATA) Viscount HB-ILR

Country of Registration Switzerland

June 1972 to June 1972

Air Tourisme Alpine (ATA)

HB-ILR - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
Switzerland registered

June 1972
Returned from S.A. de Transport Aérien (SATA) sub-lease.

June 1972
Repossessed by Aer Lingus.


Photo of Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines Viscount HB-ILR

Country of Registration Switzerland

June 1972 to March 1973

Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines

HB-ILR - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
Switzerland registered

June 1972
Repossessed from Air Tourisme Alpine (ATA) and stored at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland.

31 March 1973
Sold to the Land Sales Development Corporation.

FURTHER READING: Books about Aer Lingus



Photo of Land Sales Development Corporation Viscount HB-ILR

Country of Registration Switzerland

March 1973 to July 1973

Land Sales Development Corporation

HB-ILR - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
Switzerland registered

31 March 1973
Purchased from Aer Lingus.

July 1973
Sold to Overseas Aero Leasing (Ian McClelland & Partners).


Photo of Overseas Aero Leasing Viscount G-BBDK

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1973 to August 1973

Overseas Aero Leasing

G-BBDK - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

July 1973
Purchased from the Land Sales Development Corporation.

Noted with a mortarboard academic cap logo and 'Educational Flight Services' titles on the tail and an unreadable name on the nose, which looks like 'F……... Folly'.

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

25 July 1973
Registered to Overseas Aero Leasing (Ian McClelland & Partners).

10 August 1973
Rolled out at Dublin, Eire in ex S.A. de Transport Aérien Genéve (SATA) livery with Nor-Air and Overseas titles (one on each side).

14 August 1973
Leased to Nor-Air Ltd.


Photo of Nor-Air Ltd Viscount G-BBDK

Country of Registration United Kingdom

August 1973 to October 1973

Nor-Air Ltd

G-BBDK - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

14 August 1973
Leased from Overseas Aero Leasing. Delivered to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England via Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England. It had red NOR-AIR titles.

It never entered service due to problems obtaining their Air Operators Certificate (AOC).

3 October 1973
Returned to Overseas Aero Leasing. It now had slightly larger black NOR-AIR titles.


Photo of Overseas Aero Leasing Viscount G-BBDK

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1973 to April 1974

Overseas Aero Leasing

G-BBDK - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

3 October 1973
Returned from Nor-Air Ltd lease and stored at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland.

The Nor-Air titles had been increased in size compared to those applied before delivery.

January 1974
Noted with the Nor-Air titles painted out and the 'Educational Flight Services' titles and logo re-applied to the tail.

11 April 1974
Sold to Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC).


Photo of Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC) Viscount G-BBDK

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1974 to March 1975

Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC)

G-BBDK - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

11 April 1974
Purchased from Overseas Aero Leasing.

24 April 1974
Delivered to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

September 1974
Entered service in ex S.A. de Transport Aérien Genéve (SATA) livery less titles with ABC in red on the fuselage and tail.

16 March 1975
Leased to Dan-Air London.


Photo of Dan-Air London Viscount G-BBDK

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1975 to October 1975

Dan-Air London

G-BBDK - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

16 March 1975
Leased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC) in passenger configuration and operated between Lydd, Kent, England and Beauvais, France in a basic red and white livery with Dan-Air titles.

October 1975
Returned to Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC).


Photo of Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC) Viscount G-BBDK

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1975 to February 1980

Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC)

G-BBDK - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

October 1975
Returned from Dan-Air London lease and retained the basic red and white livery with ABC on the tail and Air Bridge Carries on the upper fuselage.

December 1975
Returned to service in cargo configuration.

August 1977
Withdrawn from service and stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

February 1980
Sold to Southern International Air Transport Ltd.


Photo of Southern International Air Transport Ltd Viscount G-BBDK

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1980 to September 1983

Southern International Air Transport Ltd

G-BBDK - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

February 1980
Purchased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC).

9 March 1980
Ferried to Eastleigh Airport, Southampton, England with the undercarriage locked down.

12 June 1980
Registered to Southern International Air Transport and entered service between Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England and Belfast Airport, Northern Ireland in an all white livery with 'Southern International Cargo' titles.

Their registered address was: - 20 Springfield Road, Crawley, West Sussex.

A proposed sale to Royal American Airways was not completed.

September 1981
Withdrawn from service and stored at Stansted Airport, Essex, England after Southern International ceased operations.

7 September 1983
Sold to British Air Ferries (BAF).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

September 1983 to April 1993

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-BBDK - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

7 September 1983
Purchased from Southern International Air Transport Ltd and ferried to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

2 March 1984
Entered service with British Air Ferries (BAF) on cargo contract work with 'Freightmaster' titles and named as 'Viscount Linley'.

13 June 1989
Rolled out in polished metal, still with 'Freightmaster' titles but now with a Lion Rampant logo on the tail.

October 1989
Damaged at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland when an Aer Lingus Boeing 747 taxied into the rear fuselage and tail.

Repaired and returned to service.

July 1991
Noted with BAF titles on the tail replacing the Lion Rampant logo.

1 April 1993
Transferred to British World Airlines (BWA) due to a corporate name change.


Photo of British World Airlines (BWA) Viscount G-BBDK

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1993 to October 1994

British World Airlines (BWA)

G-BBDK - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 April 1993
Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) due to a corporate name change.

Noted with BWA tail colours and polished fuselage and 'Freightmaster' titles.

Painted in the British World Airlines (BWA) 'Parcel Force' livery.
British World Airlines (BWA)
'Parcel Force' livery

July 1993
Used on Parcel Force International contract and repainted in their red livery.

27 October 1994
Re-registered G-OPFE.


Photo of British World Airlines (BWA) Viscount G-OPFE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1994 to March 1996

British World Airlines (BWA)

G-OPFE - c/n 291 - a V.808 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

27 October 1994
Re-registered from G-BBDK. The new registration refers to Go Parcel Force Express.

7 November 1994
Rolled out with the new registration applied.

Damaged beyond repair in an inadvertant wheels up landing at Belfast International Airport, Aldergrove, Northern Ireland.
Damaged beyond repair

24 March 1996
Damaged beyond repair in an inadvertant wheels up landing at Belfast International Airport, Aldergrove, Northern Ireland during a training flight. No injuries to the crew.

All four propellers were curled around the engine nacelles resulting in shockload damage to the four Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

April 1996
Noted stored back on its undercarriage awaiting an insurance assessment of the damage.

May 1996
Registration cancelled as aircraft written off (beyond economic repair).

Total time 37,591 hours and 32,696 total landings.

Broken up for scrap after spares recovery.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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