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Viscount c/n 350

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 350
South African Airways (SAA)


South Africa flag South Africa

This V.813 series Viscount was built for
South African Airways (SAA) as ZS-CDX

It first flew on Sunday, 7 December 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
British Midland Airways (BMA), Manx Airlines, British Aerospace (BAe), Sean T Hully (Sales) Ltd, Hot Air, Ligacoes Aereas Regionais (LAR), Gambia Air Shuttle and British Air Ferries (BAF)


Photo of Viscount c/n 350
N9 Dancing Kokoriko


Belgium flag Belgium

Its final owner/operator was
N9 Dancing Kokoriko as G-AZNA.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by British Air Ferries (BAF) and stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England October 1990. Registered to Sean T Hulley (Sales) Ltd in January 1991. Sold to N9 Dancing Kokoriko 15 September 1992. Transferred by road to Waarschoot, Belgium on road N9 between Eeklo and Ghent and mounted with its undercarriage lowered, on three poles next to 'Kokoriko' discotheque / night club in an all white livery still with the name 'Viscount Banjul' on the nose. Fitted with poorly shaped dummy propellers. Reportedly now for sale in 2019.


Operational record
Photo of South African Airways (SAA) Viscount ZS-CDX

Country of Registration South Africa

December 1958 to February 1972

South African Airways (SAA)

ZS-CDX - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
South Africa registered

November 1956
Registered to South African Airways (SAA).

7 December 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

20 December 1958
Delivered to South African Airways (SAA) named as 'Wildebees'.

Originally it had SAA titles in Afrikaans on the starboard side and English on the port side but this was later changed to various combinations.

6 January 1959
Entered SAA service.

Later SAA livery'.
SAA
'orange tail' livery'

circa 1964
Painted in the new SAA 'orange tail' livery'.

January 1969
SAA changed its registration policy and was allocated registration blocks in the ZS-S** range.

Registration ZS-SBX was not taken up as the South African DCA would not allow SAA to change the registrations on its existing Viscount fleet.

This policy was later changed, but came too late for the Viscount fleet as it was nearly time for them to be disposed of.

1 February 1972
Operated the last ever SAA Viscount service from Windhoek, Keetmanshoop, Upington and Bloemfontein to Johannesburg as SA744.

Total time 25,852 hours.

1 February 1972
Sold to British Midland Airways (BMA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1972 to February 1972

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-AZLU - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 February 1972
Purchased from South African Airways (SAA).

4 February 1972
Rolled out at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in ex SAA livery with incorrect registration G-AZLU applied.

8 February 1972
Re-registered as G-AZNA to British Midland Airways (BMA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1972 to November 1982

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-AZNA - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

8 February 1972
Registered to British Midland Airways (BMA).

11 February 1972
Rolled out at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa with the correct British registration applied to the basic South African Airways (SAA) livery minus titles and fin logo.

7 March 1972
Departed from Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa on delivery together with Viscount G-AZNB (C/N 351).

9 March 1972
Noted being refuelled at Cairo International Airport, Egypt together with G-AZNB (C/N 351).

10 March 1972
Arrived at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England, together with G-AZNB (C/N 351).

21 April 1972
First service from East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England to Aldergrove, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

12 March 1974
Landed fast and steep at Newquay Airport, St Mawgan, Cornwall, England on a service from Heathrow Airport, London, England resulting in the collapse of the nose undercarriage in a rearward direction. Captain Monty Rogers, his crew of 3 and 21 passengers all escaped without injury. Luckily none of the propellers were damaged.

The aircraft was recovered by a crew from RAF St Mawgan but they chopped off the nose undercarriage doors as there was an urgent need to clear the runway to allow the RAF Avro Shackletons to continue their maritime patrols.

BMA tried to get the use of a hangar to carry out temporary repairs but this was not available so they made up a scaffolding frame to support large canvas sheets in a dispersal area near the terminal building.

After repairing the nose undercarriage the aircraft was ferried back to East Midlands Airport for further repairs flown by Captain David Court and crew. The undercarriage was left locked down.

Repaired and returned to service.

29 January 1982
Withdrawn from service at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England after arriving from Aldergrove, Belfast, Northern Ireland and placed into storage.

Noted in a partial Manx Airlines livery.
Noted in a partial
Manx Airlines livery

25 August 1982
Returned to service in Manx Airlines livery with British Midland Airways (BMA) titles.

1 November 1982
Leased to Manx Airlines in full Manx Airlines livery.


Photo of Manx Airlines (Skianyn Vannin) Viscount G-AZNA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1982 to October 1984

Manx Airlines (Skianyn Vannin)

G-AZNA - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

David Carter illustration of Manx Airlines (Skianyn Vannin) Viscount G-AZNA

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


1 November 1982
Leased from British Midland Airways (BMA) in full Manx Airlines livery with the Manx language operators name 'Skianyn Vannin' also applied.

6 October 1984
Returned to British Midland Airways (BMA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1984 to October 1985

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-AZNA - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

6 October 1984
Returned from Manx Airlines lease.

It was initially put back into BMA service still in the full Manx livery, but was later repainted in full BMA livery.

October 1985
Leased again to Manx Airlines named as 'Sklanyn Vannin' in full livery.


Photo of Manx Airlines (Skianyn Vannin) Viscount G-AZNA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1985 to November 1985

Manx Airlines (Skianyn Vannin)

G-AZNA - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

October 1985
Leased from British Midland Airways (BMA) in full Manx Airlines livery.

16 November 1985
Returned to British Midland Airways (BMA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1985 to May 1986

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-AZNA - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

16 November 1985
Returned from Manx Airlines lease.

7 May 1986
Sold to British Aerospace (BAe) as part of an ATP purchase deal.


Photo of British Aerospace (BAe) Viscount G-AZNA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1986 to May 1986

British Aerospace (BAe)

G-AZNA - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

7 May 1986
Purchased from British Midland Airways (BMA) as part of an ATP purchase deal.

Immediately leased back to British Midland Airways (BMA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1986 to February 1988

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-AZNA - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

7 May 1986
Leased back from British Aerospace and re-painted in the new BMA livery.

This was the only Viscount in the British Midland Airways (BMA) fleet to wear the 'Diamond' livery introduced for the McDonnell Douglas DC9.

David Carter illustration of British Midland Airways Viscount G-AZNA

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


18 February 1988
Operated the final Viscount service for BMA from Jersey, Channel Islands to East Midlands via Guernsey Airport.

20 February 1988
Sub-leased to Manx Airlines.


Photo of Manx Airlines (Skianyn Vannin) Viscount G-AZNA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1988 to February 1988

Manx Airlines (Skianyn Vannin)

G-AZNA - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

20 February 1988
Sub-leased from British Midland Airways (BMA), leased from British Aerospace.

27 February 1988
Returned to British Aerospace.


Photo of British Aerospace (BAe) Viscount G-AZNA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1988 to March 1988

British Aerospace (BAe)

G-AZNA - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

27 February 1988
Returned from British Midland Airways (BMA) lease, Manx Airlines sub-lease and stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

5 March 1988
Sold to Sean T Hully (Sales) Ltd.


Photo of Sean T Hully (Sales) Ltd Viscount G-AZNA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1988 to July 1988

Sean T Hully (Sales) Ltd

G-AZNA - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

5 March 1988
Purchased from British Aerospace (BAe) and ferried to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England for major maintenance work with British Air Ferries (BAF) Engineering.

4 July 1988
First entered service with Hot Air.


Photo of Hot Air Viscount G-AZNA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1988 to July 1988

Hot Air

G-AZNA - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

4 July 1988
Owned by Sean T Hully (Sales) Ltd and entered service with Hot Air from Heathrow Airport, London, England to Quimper and Paris, France.

10 July 1988
Leased to Ligacoes Aereas Regionais (LAR).


Photo of Ligacoes Aereas Regionais (LAR) Viscount G-AZNA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1988 to July 1988

Ligacoes Aereas Regionais (LAR)

G-AZNA - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

10 July 1988
Leased from Sean T Hulley (Sales) Ltd./Hot Air for use on their Lisbon, Portugal to Oporto service while their Avro 748 was being overhauled.

29 July 1988
Returned to Hot Air at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.


Photo of Hot Air Viscount G-AZNA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1988 to November 1988

Hot Air

G-AZNA - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

29 July 1988
Owned by Sean T Hully (Sales) Ltd. and returned to Hot Air at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England from Ligacoes Aereas Regionais (LAR) lease.

20 October 1988
Noted back in service with Hot Air in an all white livery with no titles.

1 November 1988
Nose wheel collapsed during landing at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England after a ferry flight from Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England ready for a charter flight to Jersey, Channel Islands.

6 November 1988
Ferried to British Air Ferries (BAF) at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex for repairs.

11 November 1988
Leased to Gambia Air Shuttle.


Photo of Gambia Air Shuttle Viscount G-AZNA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1988 to April 1990

Gambia Air Shuttle

G-AZNA - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

11 November 1988
Leased from Sean T Hulley (Sales) Ltd and departed Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in full Gambia Air Shuttle livery named as 'Viscount Banjul'.

5 March 1989
Returned to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England for maintenance with British Air Ferries (BAF).

17 March 1989
Returned to the Gambia to continue the lease.

23 July 1989
Returned to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England for maintenance with British Air Ferries (BAF).

14 August 1989
Returned to the Gambia to continue the lease.

1 December 1989
Returned to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England for maintenance with British Air Ferries (BAF).

22 December 1989
Returned to the Gambia to continue the lease.

16 April 1990
Lease from Sean T Hulley (Sales) Ltd terminated.

British Air Ferries (BAF) had now taken over Hot Air and Baltic Airlines (UK) and this aircraft from Sean T Hulley (Sales) Ltd.


Photo of British Air Ferries (BAF) Viscount G-AZNA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1990 to January 1991

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AZNA - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

16 April 1990
Gambia Air Shuttle lease terminated.

20 April 1990
Noted at Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands on its way back to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

5 May 1990
Noted at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands back in BAF service still in full Gambia Air Shuttle livery and still carrying the name 'Viscount Banjul'.

12 May 1990
Noted at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands with British Air Ferries titles applied to the ex Gambia Air Shuttle livery and still carrying the name 'Viscount Banjul'.

2 July 1990
Noted operating a service for Ryanair from Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland to Speke Airport, Liverpool, England.

2 July 1990
Noted operating a BAF service at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands, now in an all white livery.

13 July 1990
Withdrawn from service at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England.

October 1990
Ferried to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England for continued storage.

January 1991
Sold to Sean T Hulley (Sales) Ltd.


Photo of Sean T Hully (Sales) Ltd Viscount G-AZNA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1991 to September 1992

Sean T Hully (Sales) Ltd

G-AZNA - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

January 1991
Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and registered to Sean T Hulley (Sales) Ltd.

It remained stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in a plain white livery.

circa June 1991
Noted with all four Rolls-Royce Dart engines and propellers removed.

17 June 1992
Registration cancelled as permanently withdrawn from service.

15 September 1992
Sold to N9 Dancing Kokoriko discotheque, dismantled and departed by road to Waarschoot, Belgium.


Photo of N9 Dancing Kokoriko Viscount G-AZNA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

September 1992 to

N9 Dancing Kokoriko

G-AZNA - c/n 350 - a V.813 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

15 September 1992
Purchased from Sean T Hully (Sales) Ltd. Dismantled and transferred by road to Waarschoot, Belgium on road N9 between Eeklo and Ghent and mounted with its undercarriage lowered onto three poles next to 'Kokoriko' discotheque / night club in an all white livery still with the name 'Viscount Banjul' on the nose. Fitted with poorly shaped dummy propellers.

27 June 2016
Noted with two dummy propeller blades snapped off.

2019
Reportedly now for sale.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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