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Viscount c/n 312

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 312
Eagle Airways Ltd

England flag England

This V.805 series Viscount was built for
Eagle Airways Ltd as G-APDX

It first flew on Monday, 3 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
Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd

Photo of Viscount c/n 312
Aer Lingus

Ireland flag Ireland

Its final owner/operator was
Aer Lingus as EI-ALG.

Its fate:-
Converted to V.808 standard by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Withdrawn from service and stored at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in November 1969. Broken up for scrap in June 1972.

Operational record
Photo of Eagle Airways Ltd Viscount G-APDX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1958 to February 1959

Eagle Airways Ltd

G-APDX - c/n 312 - a V.805 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

A proposed sale to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S was not completed.

3 February 1958
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

15 February 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

5 March 1958
Delivered to Eagle Airways Ltd named as 'Good Fortune'.

1 April 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights. These flights continued until 2 April 1958.

3 May 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England bringing Manchester United Football Club supporters from Ringway Airport, Manchester, England.

The FA Cup Final against Bolton Wanderers Football Club was held at Wembley Stadium, London and Bolton won 2-0.

January 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England being overhauled.

16 February 1959
Transferred to Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd.

Photo of Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd Viscount VR-BAY

Country of Registration Bermuda

February 1959 to February 1960

Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd

VR-BAY - c/n 312 - a V.805 series Viscount
Bermuda registered

16 February 1959
Transferred from Eagle Airways Ltd still named as 'Good Fortune'.

18 February 1959
Departed from Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England on delivery to Bermuda.

David Carter illustration of Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Viscount VR-BAY

Viscount illustrations by David Carter

April 1959
Renamed as 'Spirit of Friendship' by the wife of the Govenor of Maryland during a ceremony at Baltimore after the first service of this aircraft to this airport.

Renamed as 'Good Fortune' again. The reason and date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

31 January 1960
Noted back at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

2 February 1960
Sold to Aer Lingus.

Photo of Aer Lingus Viscount EI-ALG

Country of Registration Ireland

February 1960 to June 1972

Aer Lingus

EI-ALG - c/n 312 - a V.805 series Viscount
Ireland registered

2 February 1960
Purchased from Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd. Ex Aer Lingus Viscounts EI-AFW (C/N 31) and EI-AFY (C/N 32) went to Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd through Sea Products Company.

Converted by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd to V.808 standard.

David Carter illustration of Aer Lingus V.805 Viscount EI-ALG

Viscount illustrations by David Carter

11 April 1960
Delivered to Aer Lingus named as 'St Kieran'.

Repainted in the 'Aer Lingus Irish International' livery.

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

June 1972
Broken up for scrap.

FURTHER READING: Books about Aer Lingus

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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