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Viscount c/n 316

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 316
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd


England flag England

This V.810 series Viscount was built for
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd as G-AOYV

It first flew on Monday, 23 December 1957 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)


Photo of Viscount c/n 316
Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)


Uruguay flag Uruguay

Its final owner/operator was
Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA) as CX-BIZ.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service at Carrasco Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay in 1986. Noted in derelict condition near the entrance to the Airport in May 1990. Noted on the airport fire dump in November 1995. Still noted in existence in March 1997. Noted dismantled in a commercial scrap yard circa June 1998. Does anyone know the location and date? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Operational record
Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount G-AOYV

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1957 to October 1960

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-AOYV - c/n 316 - a V.810 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

23 December 1957
First flight from Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England painted in Continental Airlines livery.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying as the runway at Weybridge was too short for a completed aircraft to takeoff.

This aircraft was fitted with an experimental rudder. The rudder included the complete fin cap which acted like a horn balance. This type of rudder had previously been fitted to G-AOYF (C/N 255) when owned by Vickers but during a flight trial suffered a serious rudder failure and fuselage damage and was grounded. During flight trials with this aircraft a similar failure occurred but fortunately without any damage to the fuselage.

N240V (C/N 353) of Continental Airlines also has this type of rudder temporarily fitted, possibly for US certification purposes, but it is not known if it was test flown in this configuration. It reverted to the standard rudder type before delivery. No customer aircraft were delivered with this type of rudder.

Temporarily fitted with a Vickers Vanguard tail for de-icing trials.

27 January 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

14 February 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights with BEA pilots.

1 April 1958
Local flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England with Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce and John W Charles Judge which lasted for 55 minutes.

22 April 1958
US Certificate of Airworthiness issued.

September 1958
Exhibited at the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show at Farnborough, Hampshire, England, still in the Continental Airlines livery but now fitted with a standard rudder.

July 1959
Temporarily fitted with a Vickers Vanguard tail and water spray rig for de-icing trials.

6 October 1960
Sold to Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) and converted to V.827 standard.


Photo of Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) Viscount PP-SRH

Country of Registration Brasil

October 1960 to January 1975

Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)

PP-SRH - c/n 316 - a V.810 series Viscount
Brasil registered

6 October 1960
Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd after conversion to V.827 standard.

6 October 1960
Departed on delivery to Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) and night stopped at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland.

7 October 1960
Departed from Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland to continue the long delivery journey to Brasil.

8 January 1963
Landed at an unknown location with the starboard main undercarriage leg retracted. The uplock had failed to release as the undercarriage was lowered.

Repaired and returned to service.

circa January 1975
Sold to Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA).


Photo of Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA) Viscount CX-BIZ

Country of Registration Uruguay

January 1975 to

Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)

CX-BIZ - c/n 316 - a V.810 series Viscount
Uruguay registered

circa January 1975
Purchased from Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP).

David Carter illustration of Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea Viscount CX-BIZ

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


1986
Withdrawn from service and stored at Carrasco Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay.

May 1990
Noted in a derelict condition near the entrance to the airport.

November 1995
Noted on the airport fire dump.

March 1997
Still noted in existence.

circa June 1998
Fuselage noted in a commercial scrap yard with the wings crudely hacked off. Details and actual date please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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