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Viscount c/n 339

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 339
Deutsche Lufthansa AG


Germany flag Germany

This V.814 series Viscount was built for
Deutsche Lufthansa AG as D-ANOL

It first flew on Monday, 1 December 1958 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Condor Flugdienst, British Midland Airways (BMA) and Leicestershire Police


Photo of Viscount c/n 339
National Diving Centre


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Its final owner/operator was
National Diving Centre as G-AWXI.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond repair by an engine fire during a takeoff from Heathrow Airport, London, England 22 January 1970.

Forward fuselage section transferred to the National Diving Centre at Stoney Cove, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire, England. Remains sunk into a lake at a former stone quarry at a depth of 21 feet and used for dive training and recreation diving.


Operational record
Photo of Deutsche Lufthansa AG Viscount D-ANOL

Country of Registration Germany

December 1958 to March 1964

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

D-ANOL - c/n 339 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

15 June 1956
An order was placed by Deutsche Lufthansa AG for nine aircraft.

1 December 1958
First flight from Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

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.

19 December 1958
Delivered to Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

12 March 1964
Leased to Condor Flugdienst GmbH.


Photo of Condor Flugdienst GmbH Viscount D-ANOL

Country of Registration Germany

March 1964 to November 1968

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

D-ANOL - c/n 339 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

12 March 1964
Leased from Lufthansa in full Condor Flugdienst livery.

7 November 1968
Returned to Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

David Carter illustration of Condor Flugdienst GmbH Viscount D-ANOL

Viscount illustrations by David Carter



Photo of Deutsche Lufthansa AG Viscount D-ANOL

Country of Registration Germany

November 1968 to January 1969

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

D-ANOL - c/n 339 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

7 November 1968
Returned from Condor Flugdienst GmbH lease and stored.

22 January 1969
Sold to British Midland Airways (BMA).


Photo of British Midland Airways (BMA) Viscount G-AWXI

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1969 to March 1970

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-AWXI - c/n 339 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

22 January 1969
Purchased from Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

Delivered to British Midland Airways (BMA) at East Midlands Airport, England in Condor Flugdienst livery.

Entered service in British Midland Airways (BMA) livery with an Invicta logo on the tail.

16 March 1969
Entered service in British Midland Airways (BMA) livery with an Invicta logo on the tail. Why? Information please to information@vickersviscount.net

22 January 1970
Damaged beyond repair after an engine fire during takeoff from Heathrow Airport, London, England on a service to Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England.

At 1000 feet after takeoff from runway 28R the No. 4 engine failed and caught fire and for some reason couldn't be feathered. Because the propeller carried on wind milling the flames continued to be fed with engine oil. An emergency landing was carried out back onto runway 28R. The fire was extinguished, but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. There were no reported injuries to the 4 crew and 34 passengers on board.

Remains transferred by road to East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England for spares recovery and scrapping.

16 March 1970
Registration cancelled.

27 March 1970
Remains transferred by road to East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England for spares recovery and scrapping.

Unknown date
Cockpit and front fuselage section transferred to the Leicestershire Police Headquarters at Leicester, England. Further details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Leicestershire Police Constabulary Viscount G-AWXI

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1970 to January 1980

Leicestershire Police Constabulary

G-AWXI - c/n 339 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

Unknown date
Forward fuselage section transferred from BMA to the Leicestershire Police Headquarters at Enderby, southwest of Leicester, Leicestershire, England for training use.

Unknown date
Forward fuselage section transferred to the National Diving Centre at Stoney Cove, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire, England.

Further details and photos please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of National Diving Centre Viscount G-AWXI

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1980 to

National Diving Centre

G-AWXI - c/n 339 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa January 1980
Forward fuselage section transferred to the National Diving Centre at Stoney Cove, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire, England. The actual date is not known.

Remains sunk into a lake at a former stone quarry at a depth of 21 feet and used for dive training and recreation diving.

January 2012
Noted still in existence.

Further details and photos please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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