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Viscount c/n 370

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 370
Deutsche Lufthansa AG


Germany flag Germany

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

It first flew on Saturday, 15 July 1961 at Hurn Airport, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Universal Aviation Supply Co. Ltd, Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines, British Midland Airways (BMA), British Aerospace PLC (BAe), Dowty Aerospace, Technical Aeroparts and British Air Ferries (BAF)


Photo of Viscount c/n 370
Hanningfield Metals


England flag England

Its final owner/operator was
Hanningfield Metals as G-AYOX.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by British Midland Airways (BMA) and ferried to Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England for storage in June 1984. Purchased by British Aerospace (BAe) as part of an ATP purchase deal. Purchased by Dowty Aerospace for undercarriage salvage and Technical Aeroparts for parts salvage in 1986.

Remains purchased by British Air Ferries (BAF) and the fuselage was taken by road to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England and used as a cabin trainer.

Final remains purchased by Hanningfield Metals for metal salvage and the fuselage was broken up into sections and moved to their scrap yard at Templewood Industrial Estate, Stock Road, West Hanningfield, Essex, England for final processing in May 1992.


Operational record
Photo of Deutsche Lufthansa AG Viscount D-ANAC

Country of Registration Germany

July 1961 to December 1970

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

D-ANAC - c/n 370 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

circa 1960
This aircraft was originally ordered by Stavros Niarchos - Aviacion Limitada S.A. of Panama as a V.819 but the sale was not completed.

Converted on the production line to a V.814 for Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

This conveniently followed on from D-ANAB (C/N 369), which was being built at Weybridge.

15 July 1961
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

15 July 1961
West German Certificate of Registration (CofR) issued.

30 July 1961
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

3 August 1961
Entered service with Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

1 July 1969
Withdrawn from service and stored at Fuhlsbuttel Airport, Hamburg, West Germany.

1970
Noted in basic Lufthansa blue and white livery with titles and tail logo painted out.

19 December 1970
Sold to Universal Aviation Supply Limited.


Photo of Universal Aviation Supply Ltd Viscount D-ANAC

Country of Registration Germany

December 1970 to January 1971

Universal Aviation Supply Ltd

D-ANAC - c/n 370 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

19 December 1970
Purchased from Deutsche Lufthansa AG in a basic Lufthansa livery less titles and logos and ferried to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

It was seen parked on the Field Aircraft Services Ltd ramp.

6 January 1971
Registered as G-AYOX to F D Wolfson trading as Universal Aviation Supply Limited.


Photo of Universal Aviation Supply Ltd Viscount G-AYOX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1971 to April 1971

Universal Aviation Supply Ltd

G-AYOX - c/n 370 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

6 January 1971
Registered to F D Wolfson trading as Universal Aviation Supply Co. Ltd.

7 April 1971
UK Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) issed.

7 April 1971
Sold to Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines.


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

Country of Registration Israel

April 1971 to April 1978

Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd

4X-AVA - c/n 370 - a V.814 series Viscount
Israel registered

7 April 1971
Purchased from Universal Aviation Supply Ltd and delivered via Rome, Italy.

8 April 1971
Delivered to Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines via Rome, Italy.

August / September 1974
Noted at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England undergoing maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

During this visit all the markings were covered over or painted out.

1 April 1978
Sold to British Midland Airways (BMA).


Photo of British Midland Airways (BMA) Viscount 4X-AVA

Country of Registration Israel

April 1978 to May 1978

British Midland Airways (BMA)

4X-AVA - c/n 370 - a V.814 series Viscount
Israel registered

1 April 1978
Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines and ferried to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

2 April 1978
Arkia registration cancelled.

22 May 1978
Registered to British Midland Airways (BMA) as G-AYOX.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1978 to May 1986

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-AYOX - c/n 370 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

22 May 1978
Re-registered from 4X-AVA.

Originally it was purchased for spares, but after an assessment it was repainted in full British Midland Airways (BMA) livery.

13 October 1978
Entered British Midland Airways (BMA) service on the East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England to Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland route.

5 June 1981
Fuselage damaged by a ground support vehicle at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England. The damage was assessed and as a precaution the aircraft was then operated unpressurised to Aldergrove Airport, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man and back to Speke Airport, Liverpool, England. The Captain on these flights was Alan Denzil Burness Smith.

29 June 1984
Withdrawn from service at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England.

14 November 1984
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) expired.

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


Photo of British Aerospace PLC (BAe) Viscount G-AYOX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1986 to June 1986

British Aerospace PLC (BAe)

G-AYOX - c/n 370 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

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

The aircraft remained stored at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England.

June 1986
Sold to Dowty Aerospace.


Photo of Dowty Aerospace Viscount G-AYOX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1986 to July 1986

Dowty Aerospace

G-AYOX - c/n 370 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

June 1986
Purchased from British Aerospace PLC (BAe) for undercarriage salvage.

The aircraft remained stored at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England.

July 1986
Remains sold to Technical Aeroparts.


Photo of Technical Aeroparts Viscount G-AYOX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1986 to August 1986

Technical Aeroparts

G-AYOX - c/n 370 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

July 1986
Remains purchased from Dowty for further parts salvage.

The aircraft remained stored at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England.

August 1986
Remains sold to British Air Ferries (BAF).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

August 1986 to May 1992

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AYOX - c/n 370 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

August 1986
Purchased from Technical Aeroparts purely to recover the remaining spare parts.

11 August to 20 August 1986
Airframe dismantled.

4 September 1986
Fuselage taken by road to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England and used as a cabin trainer.

24 February 1987
Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use.

May 1992
Fuselage sold to Hanningfield Metals for metal salvage.


Photo of Hanningfield Metals Viscount G-AYOX

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1992 to September 1991

Hanningfield Metals

G-AYOX - c/n 370 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

May1992
Fuselage purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF) for metal salvage.

The fuselage was then broken up into sections and moved to their yard at Templewood Industrial Estate, Stock Road, West Hanningfield, Essex, England for final processing.

November 2017
A section of rear fuselage skin carrying the registration 'G-AYOX' is known to still exist, so perhaps the opposite side does too!


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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