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Viscount c/n 334

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 334
Lloyd Aereo Colombiano (LAC)


Colombia flag Colombia

This V.786D series Viscount was built for
Lloyd Aereo Colombiano (LAC) as HK-947X

It first flew on Sunday, 19 January 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Lineas Aereas De Nicaragua S.A. (LANICA), Mrs Marjorie Merriweather Post, Mrs Herbert P May, E-Systems Inc, Servicios Aereos Nacionales (SAN) and Aerolineas Republica.


Photo of Viscount c/n 334
Go Group Unlimited Inc


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
Go Group Unlimited Inc as XA-MOS.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA circa October 1982. Broken up for scrap circa April 1993.

Forward fuselage section noted in a commercial scrap yard close to Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona, USA in June 1993. It made a very brief background appearance in the movie Con Air, which was released in June 1997, so was probably still there in 1996.


Operational record
Photo of Lloyd Aereo Colombiano (LAC) Viscount HK-947X

Country of Registration Colombia

January 1958 to February 1958

Lloyd Aereo Colombiano (LAC)

HK-947X - c/n 334 - a V.786D series Viscount
Colombia registered

August 1957
The sale to Lloyd Aereo Colombiano (LAC) named as 'Santa Lucia' was terminated for financial reasons by the Kaysam Investment Corporation who had funded the purchase of three aircraft. They were concerned that Lloyd Aereo Colombiano (LAC) would not be able to make payments as they were linked to the military Colombian Government that had just collapsed.

Sold to Lineas Aereas De Nicaragua S.A. (LANICA)


Photo of Lineas Aereas De Nicaragua S.A. (LANICA) Viscount AN-AKQ

Country of Registration Nicaragua

February 1958 to February 1959

Lineas Aereas De Nicaragua S.A. (LANICA)

AN-AKQ - c/n 334 - a V.786D series Viscount
Nicaragua registered

Purchased as new from the Kaysam Investment Corporation via Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd retaining the Type V.786D specification.

Rubén Darío
"Rubén Darío"

19 January 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

The test flying accumulated 12 hours.

28 February 1958
Departed from Hurn Airport on delivery to Lineas Aereas De Nicaragua S.A. (LANICA) named as 'Ruben Dario'.

Félix Rubén García Sarmiento, known as 'Rubén Darío', (18 Jan 1867 to 6 Feb 1916) was a Nicaraguan poet who initiated the Spanish-American literary movement known as modernismo that flourished at the end of the 19th century. Darío had a great and lasting influence on 20th century Spanish literature and journalism.

February 1959
Sold to Mrs Marjorie Merriweather Post.


Photo of Mrs Marjorie Merriweather Post Viscount N200Q

Country of Registration United States

February 1959 to January 1967

Mrs Marjorie Merriweather Post

N200Q - c/n 334 - a V.786D series Viscount
United States registered

One of the salons.
One of the salons

February 1959
Purchased from Lineas Aereas De Nicaragua S.A. (LANICA) and named as 'Merriweather'.

Converted by Aero Trader Inc of New York to a luxurious 22 seat VIP interior and also fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

This was the private aircraft of the Postum Cereal Company heiress which later became General Foods Inc. She used the aircraft to shuttle herself and her guests between Palm Beach, Florida and her various fashionable estates and mansions in Connecticut and Massachusetts. She was known for her lavish but meticulous lifestyle. Her estate in Palm Beach, was named 'Mar a Lago' and later became the permanent home of Donald J Trump.

A famous photo article about the heiress was published in a 1965 edition of Life Magazine that illustrated various aspects of her lifestyle including the exhausting and exacting preparations for a formal dinner party. Setting the formal dinner table alone, for instance, took a full day in which every piece included in each place setting was carefully measured by hand for placement. She died in September 1973 age 86.

The aircraft was often flown by pilots seconded from Capital Airlines. Marjorie would regularly have the aircraft flown to Florida just to pick up fresh flowers!

When Marjorie was on board the callsign was November 200 Queen. Without her on board the call sign was November 200 Quebec.

13 June 1960
Arrived at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England from Paris, France and returned there later in the day. It was on charter to Clyde Aircraft.

5 July 1960
Arrived at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland from Pisa Airport, Italy.

After refuelling it departed to Keflavik, Iceland on its return to the USA.

1967
Sold to Mrs Herbert P May.


Photo of Mrs Herbert P May Viscount N200Q

Country of Registration United States

January 1967 to December 1973

Mrs Herbert P May

N200Q - c/n 334 - a V.786D series Viscount
United States registered

1967
Purchased from Mrs Marjorie Merriweather Post.

The aircraft was operated from Washington, DC, USA and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

December 1973
Sold to E-Systems Inc.


Photo of E-Systems Inc Viscount N200Q

Country of Registration United States

December 1973 to February 1977

E-Systems Inc

N200Q - c/n 334 - a V.786D series Viscount
United States registered

December 1973
Purchased from Mrs Herbert P May.

September 1975
The aircraft departed from Majors Field, Greenville, Texas, USA at 04:00 on an electronics sales trip to see the Brasilian Government in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. After refuelling at West Palm Beach Airport in Florida the aircraft continued on to San Juan Airport, Puerto Rico. Again, after refuelling the aircraft was planning to go to Port-of-Spain Airport, Trinidad for a night stop before heading further south into Brasil. During the initial descent from flight level 190 (19,000 feet) on the final leg of the journey to Puerto Rico the flight crew noticed that there was a major fuel leak in the port wing. Despite the fact that they could not make radio contact with the US mainland or Puerto Rico they landed safely and thankfully there wasn't a fire, which was very lucky as a lot of the fuel had entered the No.2 engine nacelle which could have been ignited by the hot engine exhaust.

An assessment of the port fuel system confirmed that one of the fuel bladder tanks had ruptured. After draining the remaining fuel from the port wing into 55 gallon drums and spending four days trying to fix the defect it was decided that it was not possible to repair it in Puerto Rico. The ruptured fuel tank was isolated and fuel was uplifted into the remaining tanks. Some of the salesmen continued on to Brasil on a scheduled flight to complete the sales trip and others including Claude Eans, who represented Watkins-Johnson Company returned to the USA on another scheduled service.

Claude was very impressed with the luxurious interior of the aircraft which was still using the monogrammed dishes, silverware and napkins from the Merriweather Post days.

The aircraft was ferried by the flight crew only to Hobby Field, Houston, Texas via Miami International Airport, Florida and New Orleans Airport, Louisiana, USA where a replacement bladder tank was fitted and the aircraft returned to service.

February 1977
Sold to Servicios Aereos Nacionales (SAN).


Photo of Servicios Aereos Nacionales (SAN) Viscount HC-BDL

Country of Registration Ecuador

February 1977 to June 1981

Servicios Aereos Nacionales (SAN)

HC-BDL - c/n 334 - a V.786D series Viscount
Ecuador registered

Painted in the SAN - Servicios Aereos Nacionales 'Blue Yellow' livery.
SAN - Servicios Aereos
Nacionales 'Blue Yellow'
livery

February 1977
Purchased from E-Systems Inc and named as 'Tomebamba'.

Converted back to full passenger configuration.

June 1981
Sold to Go Group Unlimited Inc.


Photo of Go Group Unlimited Inc Viscount HC-BDL

Country of Registration Ecuador

June 1981 to March 1982

Go Group Unlimited Inc

HC-BDL - c/n 334 - a V.786D series Viscount
Ecuador registered

June 1981
Purchased from Servicios Aereos Nacionales (SAN).

27 November 1981
Delivered from El Salvador to Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

March 1982
Leased to Aerolineas Republica.


Photo of Aerolineas Republica Viscount XA-MOS

Country of Registration Mexico

March 1982 to October 1982

Aerolineas Republica

XA-MOS - c/n 334 - a V.786D series Viscount
Mexico registered

March 1982
Leased from Go Group Unlimited Inc in full livery named as 'Morcelia.

Aerolineas Republica was a small regional airline that operated between Mexico City Airport and Morelia, Uruapan and Lazaro Cardenas in the State of Michoacan, Mexico and used two Vickers Viscount V.745D leased from the Go Group. The other one was XA-MIJ (C/N 117) which was operated between November 1981 and May 1982.

circa October 1982
Returned to Go Group Unlimited Inc.


Photo of Go Group Unlimited Inc Viscount XA-MOS

Country of Registration Mexico

October 1982 to December 1996

Go Group Unlimited Inc

XA-MOS - c/n 334 - a V.786D series Viscount
Mexico registered

circa October 1982
Returned from Aerolineas Republica lease and stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA still in full Aerolineas Republica livery.

circa April 1993
Broken up for scrap.

The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

11 June 1993
Forward fuselage section noted in a local commercial scrap yard.

It made a very brief background appearance in the movie Con Air which was released in June 1997, so was probably still there in 1996.

A cockpit tiller steering wheel tagged as coming from this aircraft appeared on eBay and was purchased by Brian Burrage (Website Co-founder) and shipped to the UK and forms part of his Viscount collection.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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