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Viscount c/n 375

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 375
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)


Pakistan flag Pakistan

This V.815 series Viscount was built for
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) as AP-AJF

It first flew on Friday, 14 August 1959 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, Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd, British Midland Airways (BMA), Nigeria Airways, Kestrel International Airways, Site Aviation, British Airways (BA), Intra Airways, Jersey European Airways (JEA), Field Aviation Ltd, British Air Ferries (BAF), Sean T Hully (Sales) Ltd and Baltic Airlines


Photo of Viscount c/n 375
High Chaparral AB - Wild West Theme Park


Sweden flag Sweden

Its final owner/operator was
High Chaparral AB - Wild West Theme Park as SE-IVY.

Its fate:-
Final Baltic Airlines service from Sturup Airport, Malmo, Sweden to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England was on the 28 April 1989. The aircraft was placed into storage as the airline was now bankrupt. Ferried back to Sturup Airport, Malmo, Sweden and at some point the engines were removed as they had been repossessed by their owner.

Put on display at AB High Chaparral which is a Wild West Theme Park near Kulltorp, Sweden, marked up as 'Big Airland' and mounted in front of the Kopcentrum shopping centre. The aircraft had been mounted on a frame above a London RM Routemaster bus, which somebody saw fit to set fire to it. The fire consumed the bus and damaged the Viscount. Noted advertised for sale by auction by Klaravik AB 7 March 2019. The auction closed 13 March 2019 and the aircraft was sold to an Estonian scrap dealer for 47,000 SK. Noted cut up into two fuselage sections and transported by two Estonian registered trucks towards Kapellskär, Sweden and a vehicle ferry to Finland and then a further road journey to Estonia in April 2019 for final processing.


Operational record
Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount AP-AJF

Country of Registration Pakistan

January 1959 to August 1959

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

AP-AJF - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
Pakistan registered

14 August 1959
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

31 August 1959
Leased to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

3 July 1964
Sold to Hawker Siddeley Aviation while still on lease to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).


Photo of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Viscount AP-AJF

Country of Registration Pakistan

August 1959 to March 1966

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)

AP-AJF - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
Pakistan registered

31 August 1959
Leased from Vickers Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.

The PIA titles were in Urdu script on the port side and Bengali script on the starboard side of the fuselage.

Later named as 'City of Karachi', which had previously been used on AP-AJC (C/N 335). Was this name ever applied to this aircraft externally? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Noted in a later livery with a green tail instead of the original white one.

3 July 1964
Due to growth in passenger loads PIA placed an order for Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident IE-103 tri-jet aircraft to replace the Viscount. The Trident order agreement included the transfer of PIA's remaining three Viscounts to Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd.

Under the agreement these three aircraft were immediately leased back to PIA until the delivery of the three Tridents in 1966.

15 March 1966
Returned to Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd as Vickers was now part of the group.


Photo of Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd Viscount AP-AJF

Country of Registration Pakistan

March 1966 to March 1967

Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd

AP-AJF - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
Pakistan registered

15 March 1966
Returned from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) lease and stored at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Sale to Luxair not completed.

21 March 1967
Re-registered G-AVJB.


Photo of Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd Viscount G-AVJB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1967 to July 1967

Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd

G-AVJB - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

21 March 1967
Re-registered from AP-AJF.

4 July 1967
Sold to British Midland Airways (BMA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1967 to November 1968

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-AVJB - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

4 July 1967
Purchased from Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd and ferried from Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

10 November 1968
Wet leased to Nigeria Airways i.e. using BMA crews.


Photo of Nigeria Airways Viscount G-AVJB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1968 to May 1969

Nigeria Airways

G-AVJB - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

10 November 1968
Leased from British Midland Airways (BMA) in a modified BMA livery with Nigerian Airways titles. This was a wet lease, i.e. using BMA crews and also an Engineer.

Delivered to Lagos, Nigeria from East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England via Seville, Spain, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain, Dakar, Senegal and Robertsfield, Monrovia, Liberia.

13 November 1968
Operated its first commercial service for Nigeria Airways to Calabar, Nigeria with British Midland Airways (BMA) flight crew and a mix of BMA and Nigeria Airways cabin crew.

Also operated passenger services to Kaduna and Port Harcourt at the height of the Biafran war. The Nigerian Government also wanted the aircraft to carry munitions but this was refused by the British Midland Airways (BMA) flight crew. Due to a war precaution curfew at Lagos, all flights had to operate between 07:00 and 20:00.

13 May 1969
Returned to British Midland Airways (BMA) for scheduled maintenance and was replaced by Viscount G-AWGV (C/N 116).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1969 to June 1969

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-AVJB - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

13 May 1969
Returned from Nigeria Airways wet lease for scheduled maintenance and was replaced by Viscount G-AWGV (C/N 116).

June 1969
Leased back to Nigeria Airways. This was a wet lease, i.e. using BMA crews.


Photo of Nigeria Airways Viscount G-AVJB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1969 to November 1969

Nigeria Airways

G-AVJB - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

June 1969
Continued the lease from British Midland Airways (BMA) reconfigured with the forward cabin converted to a freight area and a reduced 56 seat passenger cabin at the rear. This was a wet lease i.e. using BMA crews.

8 November 1969
Returned to British Midland Airways (BMA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1969 to March 1972

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-AVJB - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

8 November 1969
Returned from Nigeria Airways lease to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

20 December 1969
Returned to service with British Midland Airways (BMA) after an overhaul.

27 December 1971
Noted in the latest British Midland Airways (BMA) livery.

1 March 1972
Sold to Kestrel International Airways.


Photo of Kestrel International Airways Viscount G-AVJB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1972 to November 1972

Kestrel International Airways

G-AVJB - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 March 1972
Purchased from British Midland Airways (BMA).

8 March 1972
Last service for British Midland Airways (BMA), operated in Kestrel International Airways livery.

1 November 1972
Repossessed by British Midland Airways (BMA) after Kestrel went into voluntary liquidation.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1972 to January 1974

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-AVJB - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 November 1972
Repossessed from Kestrel International Airways after they went into voluntary liquidation.

18 January 1973
Returned to service, initially with an incomplete tail livery. This was due to the fact that another aircraft had had to be withdrawn from service after an incident at Guersey, Channel Islands. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

14 January 1974
Leased to Site Aviation.


Photo of Site Aviation Viscount G-AVJB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1974 to January 1974

Site Aviation

G-AVJB - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

14 January 1974
Leased from British Midland Airways (BMA).

28 January 1974
Returned to British Midland Airways (BMA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1974 to March 1976

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-AVJB - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

28 January 1974
Returned from Site Aviation lease.

31 March 1976
Leased to British Airways (BA).


Photo of British Airways (BA) Viscount G-AVJB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1976 to June 1976

British Airways (BA)

G-AVJB - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

31 March 1976
Leased from British Midland Airways (BMA).

June 1976
Operated on the British Airways (BA) Scottish services from Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland to Belfast, Northern Ireland as BA541 & BA542, and from Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh to Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland as BA548 & BA549, instead of Viscounts G-BAPE (C/N 341) and G-BAPG (C/N 344).

18 June 1976
Returned to British Midland Airways (BMA).

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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1976 to December 1976

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-AVJB - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

18 June 1976
Returned from British Airways (BA) lease.

21 December 1976
Sold to Intra Airways.


Photo of Intra Airways Viscount G-AVJB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1976 to October 1979

Intra Airways

G-AVJB - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

21 December 1976
Purchased from British Midland Airways (BMA) and delivered from East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England to Jersey Airport, Channel Islands.

March 1979
Returned to service after winter storage at Stansted Airport, Essex, England.

1 October 1979
Transferred to Jersey European Airways (JEA) due to a corporate name change.


Photo of Jersey European Airways (JEA) Viscount G-AVJB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1979 to December 1980

Jersey European Airways (JEA)

G-AVJB - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 October 1979
Transferred from Intra Airways due to a corporate name change.

23 November 1979
Ferried from Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England to Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Dorset, England for short term storage.

19 April 1980
Re-entered service after being painted up in JEA livery at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

2 November 1980
Ferried to Exeter Airport, Devon, England and stored outside the West Country Aircraft Servicing Ltd facility.

17 December 1980
Sold to Field Aviation Ltd.


Photo of Field Aviation Ltd Viscount G-AVJB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1980 to September 1981

Field Aviation Ltd

G-AVJB - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

17 December 1980
Purchased from Jersey European Airways (JEA) and ferried to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

30 September 1981
Sold to British Air Ferries (BAF).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

September 1981 to May 1986

British Air Ferries (BAF)

G-AVJB - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

30 September 1981
Purchased from Field Aviation Ltd and ferried from East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

15 October 1981
Rolled out in full British Air Ferries (BAF) livery with an unusual livery on the tail which was changed in 1982.

23 October 1981
Entered service from Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England to Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England and then to Jersey Airport, Channel Islands.

G-AVJB in storage at East Midlands Airport
In storage at
East Midlands Airport

6 October 1983
Ferried to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England and stored.

It is not clear why BAF chose to store this aircraft at East Midlands Airport rather than at their own maintenance base at Southend Airport.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

August 1985
Noted still stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England but now with all four Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed, presumably for shop maintenance or overhaul.

15 May 1986
Sold to SADCO, a Swedish oil trading company run by a Nils Wargaarden.


Photo of SADCO Viscount G-AVJB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1986 to November 1986

SADCO

G-AVJB - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

15 May 1986
Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and ferried back to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England with the undercarriage locked down.

SADCO was an oil trading company and funded the setting up of Baltic Airlines (Sweden) and the company was run by a Nils Wargaarden.

12 October 1986
Test flown in full Baltic Airlines (Sweden) livery using the UK registration with tape placed over the Swedish registration SE-IVY.

3 November 1986
Transferred to Baltic Airlines (Sweden). Sean T Hulley was involved in the technical support of this airline.


Photo of Baltic Airlines (Sweden) Viscount SE-IVY

Country of Registration Sweden

November 1986 to March 1988

Baltic Airlines (Sweden)

SE-IVY - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
Sweden registered

3 November 1986
Transferred from SADCO and delivered from Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England to Sturup Airport, Malmo, Sweden.

6 March 1988
Leased back to British Air Ferries (BAF).


Photo of British Air Ferries (BAF) Viscount SE-IVY

Country of Registration Sweden

March 1988 to April 1988

British Air Ferries (BAF)

SE-IVY - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
Sweden registered

6 March 1988
Leased from Baltic Airlines (Sweden) in full Baltic livery.

2 April 1988
Returned to Baltic Airlines (Sweden) at Sturup Airport, Malmo, Sweden.


Photo of Baltic Airlines (Sweden) Viscount SE-IVY

Country of Registration Sweden

April 1988 to June 1992

Baltic Airlines (Sweden)

SE-IVY - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
Sweden registered

2 April 1988
Returned from British Air Ferries (BAF) lease to Sturup Airport, Malmo, Sweden.

28 April 1989
Final service from Sturup Airport, Malmo, Sweden to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England as BAB210 and placed into storage as the airline was now bankrupt.

1989
Ferried back to Sturup Airport, Malmo, Sweden.

At some point the engines were then removed as they had been repossessed by their owner.

15 October 1991
Noted still stored intact apart from the engines with the propellers stored lying on the tarmac.

1992
Aircraft dismantled and transferred to High Chaparral AB for display at a Wild West Theme Park.

The actual date is not known. Details please to
information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of High Chaparral AB - Wild West Theme Park Viscount SE-IVY

Country of Registration Sweden

June 1992 to April 2019

High Chaparral AB - Wild West Theme Park

SE-IVY - c/n 375 - a V.815 series Viscount
Sweden registered

1992
Acquired from the liquidators of Baltic Airlines (Sweden), dismantled and transported by road to a theme park near Kulltorp, Sweden.

Put on display at a Wild West Theme Park near Kulltorp, Sweden, marked up as 'Big Airland' and mounted in front of the Kopcentrum shopping centre.

The actual date is not known.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

The aircraft is mounted on a frame above a red London AEC RM Routemaster bus, which somebody later saw fit to set fire to. The fire consumed the bus and damaged the Viscount. The date is not known but was after a photo taken in June 1992. Information please to information@vickersviscount.net.

2006
Noted with the fire damage repaired. The actual date of repair is not known. Information please to
information@vickersviscount.net

Noted still in existence in poor external condition.
At Kulltorp, Sweden

7 March 2019
Noted advertised for sale by auction by Klaravik AB (www.klaravik.se).

Photographs on the Klaravik AB website show the aircraft to be in very poor condition with heavy corrosion to all external surfaces. The cabin is bare and a lot of the cockpit items have been removed, with the remainder in poor condition.

13 March 2019
The Klaravik AB auction closed at 10:46 local time and was sold to an Estonian scrap dealer.

The hammer price was 47,000 Swedish Krona + 25% auction fees. This equates to £4,789.00 or USD$6,290.00 (at the time of sale).

April 2019
Cut up sections noted on two Estonian registered flatbed trucks heading north on the E4 motorway and then east on the E18 motorway on its was to the port of Kapellskär, near Stockholm, Sweden.

This means it was going by vehicle ferry to Finland and then on to Estonia for final metal processing.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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