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Viscount c/n 362

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 362
Continental Airlines


United States flag United States

This V.812 series Viscount was built for
Continental Airlines as N250V

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


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd


Photo of Viscount c/n 362
Channel Airways


England flag England

Its final owner/operator was
Channel Airways as G-APPC.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in September 1968. Broken up for scrap in June 1972.


Operational record
Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount G-APPC

Country of Registration United Kingdom

September 1958 to October 1958

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-APPC - c/n 362 - a V.812 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

December 1955
Continental Airlines placed an order for fifteen V.812 aircraft, which were to be marketed by Continental as the 'Viscount II'.

Sales Order No. F10/94B.

30 September 1958
Registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.

1 October 1958
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England in full Continental Airlines livery but carrying the UK registration for use as a short-term demonstrator.

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

7 October 1958
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) issued.

7 October 1958
Departed from Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England to Schwechat Airport, Vienna, Austria for demonstrations to Austrian Airlines (AUA).

15 October 1958
UK registration cancelled.

15 October 1958
Registered to Continental Airlines as N250V.


Photo of Continental Airlines Viscount N250V

Country of Registration United States

October 1958 to May 1967

Continental Airlines

N250V - c/n 362 - a V.812 series Viscount
United States registered

15 October 1958
Registered to Continental Airlines as N250V.

24 October 1958
Handed over to Continental Airlines fitted with integral front 'airsteps'.

25 to 27 October 1958
Noted carrying out crew training flights at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England .

28 October 1958
Departed from Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England on delivery.

1 May 1967
Sold to Channel Airways.


Photo of Channel Airways Viscount N250V

Country of Registration United States

May 1967 to May 1967

Channel Airways

N250V - c/n 362 - a V.812 series Viscount
United States registered

1 May 1967
Purchased from Continental Airlines.

Delivered to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in a basic Continental livery less titles.

16 May 1967
Re-registered as G-APPC.


Photo of Channel Airways Viscount G-APPC

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1967 to June 1972

Channel Airways

G-APPC - c/n 362 - a V.812 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

16 May 1967
Re-registered to Channel Airways as G-APPC.

The integral front 'airsteps' were removed in order to save some weight.

29 September 1968
Withdrawn from service and stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

November 1971
Noted with all four Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 525F engines removed.

29 February 1972
Channel Airways ceased all operations due to financial problems.

19 June 1972
Scrapping commenced.

21 March 1973
Registration cancelled.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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