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Viscount c/n 371

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 371
Ghana Airways


Ghana flag Ghana

This V.838 series Viscount was built for
Ghana Airways as 9G-AAV

It first flew on Wednesday, 6 September 1961 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE), Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) and Defence Research Agency (DRA)


Photo of Viscount c/n 371
International Turbine Service Inc (ITS)


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
International Turbine Service Inc (ITS) as XT661.

Its fate:-
Last flight and withdrawn from service by the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) and stored outside at Thurleigh Airfield, Bedfordshire, England in February 1989.

Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) renamed Defence Research Agency (DRA) in April 1991.

Purchased by International Turbine Service Inc (ITS) of Grapevine, Texas, USA at a Phillips auction in London, England 8 July 1993 for £161,000 primarily for the Rolls-Royce Dart engine recovery (four installed and two spares).

Airframe broken up into sections by Hanningfield Metals at Thurleigh Airfield, Bedfordshire, England and transferred to their yard at Templewood Industrial Estate, Stock Road, West Hanningfield, Essex, England in July 1993.

The current status of the forward fuselage section is not known.


Operational record
Photo of Ghana Airways Viscount 9G-AAV

Country of Registration Ghana

October 1961 to February 1965

Ghana Airways

9G-AAV - c/n 371 - a V.838 series Viscount
Ghana registered

6 September 1961
First flight from Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying as the runway at Weybridge was too short for a completed aircraft to takeoff.

29 September 1961
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England carrying out circuits using callsign 'Lima 22', presumably to check out the ILS system.

It then went back to Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England.

David Carter illustration of Ghana Airways Viscount 9G-AAV

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


3 October 1961
Delivered to Ghana Airways.

Later fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.
Fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks

Later fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks. The actual date is not known.
Details please to
information@vickersviscount.net

26 July 1963
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England clearing UK Customs before departing to Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England for maintence with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

3 September 1963
Noted arriving at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England for a night stop on its return to Ghana after maintenance at Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England.

4 September 1963
Departed from Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England to Malaga Airport, Spain before crossing the Mediterranean Sea back to West Africa.

29 January 1965
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England clearing UK Customs before departing to Pershore Airfield, Worcestershire, England.

22 February 1965
Sold to the Ministry of Technology for Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE) at Pershore Airfield, Worcestershire, England.


Photo of Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE) Viscount XT661

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1965 to April 1977

Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE)

XT661 - c/n 371 - a V.838 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

22 February 1965
Purchased from Ghana Airways by the Ministry of Technology for the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE) at Pershore Airfield, Worcestershire, England.

Fitted with various under belly pods for electronic trials work.

25 April 1977
Transferred to the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) at Thurleigh Airfield, Bedfordshire, England after the closure of Pershore Airfield, Worcestershire, England.


Photo of Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) Viscount XT661

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1977 to April 1991

Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)

XT661 - c/n 371 - a V.838 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

25 April 1977
Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE) after the closure of Pershore Airfield, Worcestershire, England to Thurleigh Airfield, Bedfordshire, England.

July 1983

Noted repainted in a new livery commonly described as 'Raspberry Ripple'.

Repainted in a new livery commonly described as 'Raspberry Ripple'
Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
'Raspberry Ripple' livery

February 1989
Last flight and withdrawn from service and stored outside at Thurleigh Airfield, Bedfordshire, England.

Total time 6,348 hours 45 minutes.

April 1991
Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) renamed Defence Research Agency (DRA) at Thurleigh Airfield, Bedfordshire, England.


Photo of Defence Research Agency (DRA) Viscount XT661

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1991 to July 1993

Defence Research Agency (DRA)

XT661 - c/n 371 - a V.838 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

April 1991
Renamed from Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) at Thurleigh Airfield, Bedfordshire, England.

8 July 1993
Sold at auction (Lot 18) by Phillips in London to International Turbine Service Inc (ITS) of Grapevine, Texas, USA.


Photo of International Turbine Service Inc (ITS) Viscount XT661

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1993 to

International Turbine Service Inc (ITS)

XT661 - c/n 371 - a V.838 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

8 July 1993
Purchased from the Ministry of Defence at a Phillips auction (Lot 18) in London, England for £161,000 (including fees) specifically for the recovery of the four installed Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 525F engines and two more spare engines.

July 1993
Rolls-Royce Dart engines and other useful parts removed at Thurleigh Airfield, Bedfordshire, England.

July 1993
Airframe broken up into sections by Hanningfield Metals at Thurleigh Airfield, Bedfordshire, England.

August 1993
Sections transferred to their yard at Templewood Industrial Estate, Stock Road, West Hanningfield, Essex, England.

The current status of the forward fuselage section is not known.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

A report in Wrecks & Relics 14th Edition book stated that it had been moved to Cockpits for Hire at Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire, England, but this was later corrected to XT575 (C/N 438).


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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