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Viscount c/n 311

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 311
British European Airways Corporation (BEA)


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

It first flew on Friday, 25 October 1957 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 520 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
BKS Air Transport Ltd, Northeast Airlines (UK), British Airways (BA), Keegan Leasing and Management Ltd, Air Algerie, British Air Ferries (BAF), North Cariboo Air, Euroair Transport Ltd and Tunisavia


Photo of Viscount c/n 311
Hanningfield Metals


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Its final owner/operator was
Hanningfield Metals as G-BNAA.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by British Air Ferries (BAF) and stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England May 1987.

Certificate of Airworthiness expired 22 March 1988.

Noted in derelict condition 14 February 1990.

Sold to Hanningfield Metals for scrap 11 July 1991 with the broken down sections being transferred to their yard at Templewood Industrial Estate, Stock Road, West Hanningfield, Essex, England.

Forward fuselage section still noted in existence in February 1994. What happened to it? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1957 to July 1968

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AOYH * - c/n 311 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa 1955
This was the 3rd V.806 and the 26th V.800 series Viscount ordered by British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

Production Aircraft No. 37 - the 37th production V.800 series Viscount built,
was the 30th V.800 Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 37th V.800 Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F03/806. Sales Order No. F03/98B. Stock Order No. F26/33B.

20 December 1956
Registered to British European Airways Corporation (BEA). Certificate of Registration (CofR) 5790/1.

Their registered address was Keyline House, Ruislip, Middlesex.

This registration was originally allocated to C/N 257, which then became G-AOYI, instead of the nominated G-AOYH.

4 April 1957
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

May 1957
Fuselage transported by road from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England to Weybridge, Surrey, England.

31 May 1957
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

20 June 1957
Registration reallocated from C/N 257 to 311 for British European Airways Corporation (BEA). Certificate of Registration (CofR) 5790/1 remained unchanged.

This aircraft was originally going to be built as a V.805 for Eagle Airways as G-APDW but they needed an aircraft earlier than was possible and BEA allowed them to take over C/N 258 in exchange for them taking over C/N 311.

25 October 1957
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

23 December 1957
Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A William Harvey'.

Painted in the BEA ‘Red Square‘ livery.
BEA
‘Red Square‘ livery

27 January 1958
Operated the first BEA V.806 Viscount service from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England to Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

16 November 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England carrying out multiple ILS approaches and overshoots.

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

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

27 November 1961
Encountered severe turbulence during takeoff from Riem Airport, Munich, West Germany with twenty passengers injured.

It then made an emergency return to Munich.

8 April 1963
Engine fire during flight from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England to Luqa Airport, Malta resulting in an emergency landing at Palermo Airport, Sicily, Italy.

25 January 1964
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

10 November 1964
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

1965
Converted to V.806X standard by Marshall's at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England.

This involved replacing the Dart RDa7 Mark 520 engines with RDa6 Mark 510 engines and installing a V.802 style cabin.

The RDa7 Mark 520 engines were returned to Rolls-Royce where some of them were converted to Mark 526 standard for use on the BEA Armstrong Whitworth 650 Argosy.

31 July 1968
Registration to BEA cancelled.

31 July 1968
Sold to BKS Air Transport Ltd.

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



Photo of BKS Air Transport Ltd Viscount G-AOYH *

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1968 to November 1970

BKS Air Transport Ltd

G-AOYH * - c/n 311 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

31 July 1968
Purchased from British European Airways (BEA).

At this time BKS was part of the British Air Services group.

BKS relates to the surnames of three company directors: - James W Barnby, Thomas D Keegan, and Cyril Stevens.

5 August 1968
Registered to BKS Air Transport Ltd. Certificate of Registration (CofR) 5790/2.

Their registered address was Seymour Mews House, Seymour Mews, London W.1.

18 February 1969
Ran off a taxyway into the soft ground at Leeds / Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England resulting in damage to two propellers and shockloading of the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 520 engines.

Repaired locally and returned to service.

1 November 1970
Transferred to Northeast Airlines (UK) due to a corporate name change.


Photo of Northeast Airlines (UK) Viscount G-AOYH *

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1970 to April 1974

Northeast Airlines (UK)

G-AOYH * - c/n 311 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 November 1970
Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd due to a corporate name change.

21 July 1971
Total time 25,399:40 hours and 20,694 total landings.

31 March 1974
Registration to BKS cancelled.

1 April 1974
Transferred to British Airways (BA) due to a corporate merger.


Photo of British Airways (BA) Viscount G-AOYH *

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1974 to March 1982

British Airways (BA)

G-AOYH * - c/n 311 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 April 1974
Transferred from Northeast Airlines (UK) due to a corporate merger.

Registered to British Airways. Certificate of Registration (CofR) 5790/3.

It continued to operate on the former Northeast Airlines routes.

Painted in British Airways (BA) 'British' livery.
British Airways (BA)
'British' livery

June 1981
Noted with British Airways (BA) 'British' titles.

15 March 1982
Last service for British Airways (BA) from Dalcross Airport, Inverness, Scotland to Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland.

Total time 38,822 hours and 36,529 total landings.

19 March 1982
Ferried to Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, West Glamorgan, Wales.

19 March 1982
Sold to Keegan Leasing and Management Ltd.

FURTHER READING: Books about British Airways (BA)



Photo of Keegan Leasing and Management Ltd Viscount G-AOYH *

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1982 to April 1982

Keegan Leasing and Management Ltd

G-AOYH * - c/n 311 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

19 March 1982
Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named as 'Jeremy'.

26 March 1982
Registered to Keegan Leasing and Management Ltd on behalf of British Air Ferries (BAF).

Their registered address was First Floor Ferry Unit, Municipal Airport, Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Ferried from Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, West Glamorgan, Wales to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

6 April 1982
Leased to Air Algerie.


Photo of Air Algerie Viscount G-AOYH *

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1982 to June 1982

Air Algerie

G-AOYH * - c/n 311 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

6 April 1982
Leased from Keegan Leasing and Management Ltd.

Air Algerie titles and livery was applied to the basic British Airways (BA) livery.

30 June 1982
Returned to British Air Ferries (BAF).


Photo of British Air Ferries (BAF) Viscount G-AOYH *

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1982 to July 1983

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AOYH * - c/n 311 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

30 June 1982
Returned from Air Algerie lease.

2 July 1982
Noted repainted in full BAF livery which suggests that it came back from lease earlier than the 30 June! Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.

Fitted out in British Air Ferries (BAF) 36 seat VIP configuration with two separate lounges.
Fitted out in a 36 seat
VIP configuration

17 July 1982
Noted back in service with British Air Ferries (BAF) in 36 seat VIP configuration with two separate lounges.

March 1983
Noted with 'BMW VIP' logo on the front door.

BMW VIP logos.
BMW VIP logos

21 July 1983
UK registration cancelled as aircraft exported.

21 July 1983
Sold to North Cariboo Flying Service.


Photo of North Cariboo Flying Service Viscount C-GWPY

Country of Registration Canada

July 1983 to March 1985

North Cariboo Flying Service

C-GWPY - c/n 311 - a V.806 series Viscount
Canada registered

21 July 1983
Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF).

It departed from Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England on delivery via Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland converted back to standard passenger configuration.

28 February 1985
Sold to Euroair Transport Ltd.


Photo of Euroair Transport Ltd Viscount G-BNAA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1985 to July 1985

Euroair Transport Ltd

G-BNAA - c/n 311 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 March 1985
Purchased from North Cariboo Flying Service and departed on delivery via Keflavik Airport, Iceland and Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland.

1 March 1985
Arrived at Exeter Airport, Devon, England for repainting by Westcountry Aircraft Servicing Ltd.

22 March 1985
Registered to Euroair Transport Ltd.

Late March 1985
Entered service at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England.

3 July 1985
Leased to Tunisavia.


Photo of Tunisavia Viscount G-BNAA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1985 to July 1985

Tunisavia

G-BNAA - c/n 311 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

3 July 1985
Leased from Euroair Transport Ltd.

Delivered from Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England to Tunis Airport, Tunisia for their service from Tunis to Sfax Airport, Tunisia and also to Luqa Airport, Malta.

16 July 1985
Returned to Euroair Transport Ltd.


Photo of Euroair Transport Ltd Viscount G-BNAA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1985 to August 1985

Euroair Transport Ltd

G-BNAA - c/n 311 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

16 July 1985
Returned from Tunisavia lease to Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England.

5 August 1985
Sold to British Air Ferries (BAF).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

August 1985 to July 1991

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-BNAA - c/n 311 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

Re-entered service in full British Air Ferries (BAF) 'British' livery.
British Air Ferries (BAF)
'British' livery

5 August 1985
Purchased from Euroair Transport Ltd.

5 August 1985
Registered to British Air Ferries.

Their registered address was Viscount House, Municipal Airport, South-on-Sea, Essex

The aircraft was initially operated in Euroair livery without titles.

28 February 1986
Re-entered service in full British Air Ferries (BAF) 'British' livery named as 'Viscount Rotterdam'.

4 February 1987
Renamed 'Viscount Southampton' during a ceremony at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands.

Renamed 'Viscount Southampton'.
"Renamed 'Viscount Southampton'."
Noted in derelict condition.
Noted in derelict condition

May 1987
Withdrawn from service and stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

22 March 1988
Certificate of Airworthiness expired.

14 February 1990
Noted in derelict condition.

There is no record of this registration being cancelled by the UK CAA.

11 July 1991
Remains sold Hanningfield Metals for scrap.


Photo of Hanningfield Metals Viscount G-BNAA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1991 to

Hanningfield Metals

G-BNAA - c/n 311 - a V.806 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

11 July 1991
Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and broken up into sections shortly afterwards. The remains were transferred to their yard at Templewood Industrial Estate, Stock Road, West Hanningfield, Essex, England for final processing.

February 1994
The forward fuselage section was still noted in existence in the yard.

The fate of this section is not currently known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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