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Viscount c/n 345

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 345
Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB)


Brasil flag Brasil

This V.789D series Viscount was built for
Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB) as FAB 2101

It first flew on Sunday, 1 December 1957 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 345
Museu Aeroespacial


Brasil flag Brasil

Its final owner/operator was
Museu Aeroespacial as VC-90 2101.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by the Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB) and stored at Galeao Airport, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil circa 1987.

Placed on display at the Museu Aeroespacial, Campo dos Afonsos, Delio Jardim de Mattos Airfield, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil in full FAB livery on the 20 January 1987.

A severe storm in the Rio de Janeiro area resulted in structural damage to several museum buildings and hangars on the 14 February 2018. Noted parked outside on the 5 April 2018. Noted still parked outside along with several other museum aircraft on the 16 April 2019.


Operational record
Photo of Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB) Viscount FAB 2101

Country of Registration Brasil

December 1957 to October 1958

Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB)

FAB 2101 - c/n 345 - a V.789D series Viscount
Brasil registered

circa 1957
This was the 1st V.789 and the 2nd Viscount ordered by Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB).

Production Aircraft No. 231 - the 231st production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 188th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 186th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F01/789. Sales Order No. F01/16C. Stock Order No. F02/37B.

5 June 1957
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 15 August 1957.
Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport,
Bournemouth, Hampshire, England

15 August 1957
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

1 December 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

16 December 1957
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out Instrument Landing System (ILS) approaches.

23 December 1957
Handed over to the Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB) and ferried to Tollerton Airfield, Nottinghamshire, England for fitting out by Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

2 September 1958
Departed from Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England at 16:40 to Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England (50 min) flown under contract by Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

3 September 1958
Noted at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England carrying out crew training flights under contract guidance from Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

4 September 1958
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England at 09:40 to London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England (45 min) under contract guidance from Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

9 September 1958
Departed from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England at 10:20 to Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England (2 hr 25 min) under contract guidance from Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell. The extended flight including some crew training.

It departed at 14:20, returning to London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England (2 hr 10 min) under contract guidance from Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell. Again, the extended flight including some crew training.

10, 11 September 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights under contract guidance from Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

Each day the aircraft returned to London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

12 September 1958
Noted at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England carrying out crew training flights under contract guidance from Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

15 September 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights under contract guidance from Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

18 September 1958
Departed from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England at 10:55 on a training flight to Stockholm, Sweden (3 hr 35 min) under contract guidance from Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

19 September 1958
Departed from Stockholm, Sweden at 11:35 on a training flight to London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England (4 hr 25 min) under contract guidance from Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

22 September 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights under contract guidance from Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

23, 24, 26 September 1958
Noted at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England carrying out crew training flights under contract guidance from Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

1 October 1958
Re-serialised C90 2101 prior to delivery to Brasil.


Photo of Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB) Viscount C-90 2101

Country of Registration Brasil

October 1958 to January 1961

Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB)

C-90 2101 - c/n 345 - a V.789D series Viscount
Brasil registered

1 October 1958
Brasilian military serial number changed from FAB 2101. C-90 was the type designation issued by the Fôrça Aérea Brasileira for the Viscount.

6 October 1958
Delivered to the Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB) fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

1 January 1961
Re-serialised VC-90 2101 when it became a Presidential / VIP aircraft.


Photo of Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB) Viscount VC-90 2101

Country of Registration Brasil

January 1961 to January 1900

Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB)

VC-90 2101 - c/n 345 - a V.789D series Viscount
Brasil registered

1 January 1961
Brasilian military serial number changed from C-90-2101 when it became a Presidential / VIP aircraft. The prefix 'V' denoting a VIP aircraft.

David Carter illustration of Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB) Viscount VC-90 2101

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


circa 1970
Its VIP role was replaced by a new BAC One-Eleven.

circa 1986
Withdrawn from service and stored at Galeão International Airport, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

20 January 1987
Transferred to the Museu Aeroespacial.


Photo of Museu Aeroespacial Viscount VC-90 2101

Country of Registration Brasil

January 1987 to January 1900

Museu Aeroespacial

VC-90 2101 - c/n 345 - a V.789D series Viscount
Brasil registered

20 January 1987
Transferred from the Fôrça Aérea Brasileira (FAB) in full livery.

This is a National Aviation Museum located at Campo dos Afonsos, Delio Jardim de Mattos Airfield, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

Parked outside to allow repairs to be carried out to the museum buildings.
Parked outside to allow
repairs to be carried out
to the museum buildings,

14 February 2018
A severe storm in the Rio de Janeiro area resulted in structural damage to several museum buildings and hangars.

5 April 2018
Noted parked outside to allow repairs to be carried out to the museum buildings, which were damaged during a storm in February.

16 April 2019
Noted still parked outside along with several other museum aircraft. It is still in good condition.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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