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Viscount c/n 341

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 341
Deutsche Lufthansa AG


Germany flag Germany

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

It first flew on Saturday, 31 January 1959 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, Nora Air Services (NAS), British Midland Airways (BMA), British Airways (BA), Intra Airways, Jersey European Airways (JEA), Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines, Express Air Services (EAS), Southern International Air Transport, Royal American Airways (RA), Go Transportation Inc, Fred S Brown Enterprises and Atlantic Gulf Airlines


Photo of Viscount c/n 341
Viscount Unlimited Inc


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
Viscount Unlimited Inc as N145RA.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA in 1993. The nose undercarriage leg was torn away while ground personnel were attempting to tow it circa November 2000 and it was subsequently broken up for scrap in March 2002.


Operational record
Photo of Deutsche Lufthansa AG Viscount D-ANIP

Country of Registration Germany

January 1959 to November 1961

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

D-ANIP - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

15 June 1956
An order was placed by Deutsche Lufthansa AG for seven aircraft, which was later increased to nine.

31 January 1959
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

21 December 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

15 February 1959
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on delivery to Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

15 February 1959
Noted at Blackbushe, Hampshire, England during the delivery to West Germany.

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

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

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

1 November 1961
Leased to Condor Flugdienst GmbH.


Photo of Condor Flugdienst GmbH Viscount D-ANIP

Country of Registration Germany

November 1961 to November 1967

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

D-ANIP - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

1 November 1961
Leased from Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

While with Condor Flugdienst D-ANIP had several liveries.
Condor Flugdienst
later livery

2 November 1961
Officially handed over during a ceremony at the Lufthansa maintenance facility at Rhein-Main Airport, Frankfurt, West Germany by the Chairman of Lufthansa Hans M Bongers.

D-ANIP being unloaded at Felixstowe Docks, England enroute to Marshall's at Cambridge for repair.
Felixstowe Docks,
England

23 October 1965
Substantially damaged after landing heavily to the left side of the runway at Riem Airport, Munich, West Germany on a service from Palma, Mallorca, Spain.

The aircraft then veered off the left side of the runway and the undercarriage collapsed and it then struck a telegraph pole.

Cause: - The accident was considered to be caused by the difficulty encountered during poor visibility conditions prevailing at the time of the landing, resulting in a difficulty in transitioning from instrument to visual flight during the landing phase.

The pilot in command failed to keep the aircraft aligned with the centre of the runway and he could not control or recognise the drift to port and the high sink rate.

There were no reported injuries to the 4 crew and 64 passengers on board.

circa November 1965
The aircraft was dismantled and transported by road and sea to Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England.

18 January 1966
Arrived at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for repairs by Marshall's.

The starboard outer wing was replaced during this repair.

Returned to service.

1 November 1967
Returned to Deutsche Lufthansa AG.


Photo of Deutsche Lufthansa AG Viscount D-ANIP

Country of Registration Germany

November 1967 to July 1971

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

D-ANIP - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

1 November 1967
Returned from Condor Flugdienst GmbH lease.

January 1971
Withdrawn from service and stored at Fuhlsbuttel Airport, Hamburg, West Germany.

26 July 1971
Sold to Nora Air Services (NAS).


Photo of Nora Air Services GmbH (NAS) Viscount D-ANIP

Country of Registration Germany

July 1971 to February 1973

Nora Air Services GmbH (NAS)

D-ANIP - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

26 July 1971
Purchased from Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

Oskar Helberg founded Nora Air Services GmbH in August 1970, based at Calden Airport, Kassel, West Germany.

14 August 1971
Rolled out at Fuhlsbuttel Airport, Hamburg, West Germany in full NAS livery named as 'Calden'.

20 August 1971
Delivered to Calden Airport, Kassel, West Germany.

March 1972
Noted stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

12 February 1973
Sold to British Midland Airways (BMA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1973 to April 1976

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-BAPE - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

12 February 1973
Purchased from Nora Air Services (NAS).

13 June 1973
First service from East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicester, England to Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France.

1 April 1976
Leased to British Airways (BA) in full BA livery together with G-BAPG (C/N 344) for use on their Scottish services.


Photo of British Airways (BA) Viscount G-BAPE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1976 to March 1977

British Airways (BA)

G-BAPE - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 April 1976
Leased from British Midland Airways (BMA) in full BA livery together with G-BAPG (C/N 344) and used on the feeder service from Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland and Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland to Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland in full BA livery. This was necessary at the time because there were no long haul international flights approved from these two airports. They replaced G-AMOG (C/N 7) and G-AMON (C/N 27).

31 March 1977
Returned to British Midland Airways (BMA).

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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1977 to October 1977

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-BAPE - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

31 March 1977
Returned from British Airways (BA) lease.

21 October 1977
Sold to Intra Airways.


Photo of Intra Airways Viscount G-BAPE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1977 to October 1979

Intra Airways

G-BAPE - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

21 October 1977
Purchased from British Midland Airways (BMA).

1 October 1979
Transferred to Jersey European Airways (JEA) due to a corporate name change.


Photo of Jersey European Airways (JEA) Viscount G-BAPE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1979 to December 1979

Jersey European Airways (JEA)

G-BAPE - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 October 1979
Transferred from Intra Airways due to a corporate name change.

The aircraft remained in Intra Airways livery.

15 December 1979
Leased to Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines.


Photo of Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd Viscount 4X-AVI

Country of Registration Israel

December 1979 to March 1980

Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd

4X-AVI - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
Israel registered

15 December 1979
Leased from Jersey European Airways (JEA).

It was delivered to Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel via Naples Airport, Italy in a basic Intra Airways livery with Arkia titles.

17 December 1979
Re-registered 4X-AVI.

11 March 1980
Returned to Jersey European Airways (JEA).


Photo of Jersey European Airways (JEA) Viscount 4X-AVI

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1980 to March 1980

Jersey European Airways (JEA)

4X-AVI - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

11 March 1980
Returned from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines lease to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

21 March 1980
Transferred to Express Air Services (EAS) who were part of the same group.


Photo of Express Air Services (EAS) Viscount G-BAPE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1980 to April 1980

Express Air Services (EAS)

G-BAPE - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

21 March 1980
Transferred from Jersey European Airways (JEA). EAS were part of the same group.

1 April 1980
Leased to British Midland Airways (BMA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1980 to October 1980

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-BAPE - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 April 1980
Leased from Express Air Services (EAS) with the tail painted in BMA livery and fuselage titles on a modified Intra Airways livery.

30 September 1980
Last service for BMA from East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England to Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland and return.

21 October 1980
Returned to Express Air Services (EAS).


Photo of Express Air Services (EAS) Viscount G-BAPE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1980 to October 1980

Express Air Services (EAS)

G-BAPE - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

21 October 1980
Returned from British Midland Airways (BMA) lease.

21 October 1980
Sold to Southern International Air Transport.


Photo of Southern International Air Transport Ltd Viscount G-BAPE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1980 to February 1981

Southern International Air Transport Ltd

G-BAPE - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

21 October 1980
Purchased from Express Air Services (EAS).

It was ferried from East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England to Stansted Airport, Essex, England and stored.

circa February 1981
Sold to Royal American Airways (RA).


Photo of Royal American Airways (RA) Viscount G-BAPE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1981 to June 1982

Royal American Airways (RA)

G-BAPE - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa February 1981
Purchased from Southern International Air Transport.

26 February 1981
Noted still at Stansted Airport, Essex, England but now painted up in full RA livery including titles.

24 March 1981
UK registration cancelled as aircraft sold abroad. Registration N401RA allotted but not taken up.

18 October 1981
Departed Stansted Airport, Essex, England on delivery to Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

19 October 1981
Noted at Uplands Airport, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on delivery to Tucson, Arizona, USA via Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland and Keflavik Airport, Iceland.

23 October 1981
Noted at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

June 1982
Registered as N145RA for Royal American Airways.


Photo of Royal American Airways (RA) Viscount N145RA

Country of Registration United States

June 1982 to June 1982

Royal American Airways (RA)

N145RA - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United States registered

June 1982
Re-registered from G-BAPE.

Aircraft now in 60 seat configuration.

June 1982
Leased to Go Transportation Inc.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N145RA

Country of Registration United States

June 1982 to January 1983

Go Transportation Inc

N145RA - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United States registered

June 1982
Leased from Royal American Airways.

July 1982
Noted at Tucson International Airport, Arizona, USA with 'Carefree David' titles.

Carefree David were an inclusive tour operator and used N140RA (C/N 191) at the same time.

4 September 1982
Noted at McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA with 'Carefree David' titles.

October 1982
Noted at Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California, USA with 'Royal American' titles again.

3 January 1983
Purchased from Royal American Airways by Fred S Brown Enterprises.


Photo of Fred S Brown Enterprises Viscount N145RA

Country of Registration United States

January 1983 to January 1983

Fred S Brown Enterprises

N145RA - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United States registered

3 January 1983
Purchased from Royal American Airways.

3 January 1983
Continued on lease to Go Transportation Inc.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N145RA

Country of Registration United States

January 1983 to November 1984

Go Transportation Inc

N145RA - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United States registered

3 January 1983
Continued on lease, now from Fred S Brown Enterprises who purchased the aircraft from Royal American Airways (RA).

circa 1984
Used for the Carefree David music tour.

26 October 1984
Noted at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA with Taino Airlines titles. There is no record of the aircraft going into service on lease with this operator. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

circa November 1984
Sub-leased to Atlantic Gulf Airlines in full livery. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Atlantic Gulf Airlines Viscount N145RA

Country of Registration United States

November 1984 to June 1986

Atlantic Gulf Airlines

N145RA - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United States registered

circa November 1984
Sub-leased from Go Transportation in full livery.

June 1986
Returned to Fred S Enterprises.


Photo of Fred S Brown Enterprises Viscount N145RA

Country of Registration United States

June 1986 to August 1987

Fred S Brown Enterprises

N145RA - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United States registered

June 1986
Returned from Atlantic Gulf Airlines lease and stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

1 August 1987
Sold to Viscount Unlimited Inc.


Photo of Viscount Unlimited Inc Viscount N145RA

Country of Registration United States

August 1987 to March 2002

Viscount Unlimited Inc

N145RA - c/n 341 - a V.814 series Viscount
United States registered

1 August 1987
Purchased from Fred S Brown Enterprises.

3 November 1987
Noted at Love Field, Dallas, Texas, USA carrying 'Rod Stewart' logos for a music tour which commenced in 1988.

21 November 1988
Noted at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada carrying 'Rod Stewart' logos for a music tour entitled 'Out of Order'. It arrived 20 November at about 5PM and departed 22 November late in the evening after the concert.

The music tour continued in 1989.

July 1992
Noted at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA in good condition but with all four Dart engines removed.

It still carried the 'Rod Stewart' logo from the 1988 / 1989 music tour.

November 2000
While ground personnel were attempting to tow it the nose undercarriage leg was torn away.

30 March 2001
Noted still stored outside at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA back on its nose undercarriage leg but minus the port undercarriage door.

It still carried the 'Rod Stewart' logo from the 1988 music tour.

circa March 2002
Broken up for scrap having not flown since circa 1989. The actual date of its withdrawal from service and subsequent scrapping date are not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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