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Viscount c/n 393

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 393
Misrair - Egyptian Airlines


Egypt flag Egypt

This V.739A series Viscount was built for
Misrair - Egyptian Airlines as SU-AKN

It first flew on Thursday, 3 July 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
United Arab Airlines (UAA)


Photo of Viscount c/n 393
British Eagle International Airlines Ltd


England flag England

Its final owner/operator was
British Eagle International Airlines Ltd as G-ATDR.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Speke Airport, Liverpool, Merseyside, England after British Eagle International Airlines Ltd ceased operations 6 November 1968.

Ferried to Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 20 November 1969

Broken up for scrap by end of May 1970.

Registration finally cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use 19 February 1973.


Operational record
Photo of Misrair - Egyptian Airlines Viscount SU-AKN

Country of Registration Egypt

July 1958 to August 1960

Misrair - Egyptian Airlines

SU-AKN - c/n 393 - a V.739A series Viscount
Egypt registered

3 July 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

12 July 1958
Delivered to Misrair - Egyptian Airlines.

August 1960
Transferred to United Arab Airlines (UAA) due to a corporate merger with Syrian Arab Airlines.


Photo of United Arab Airlines (UAA) Viscount SU-AKN

Country of Registration Egypt

August 1960 to May 1965

United Arab Airlines (UAA)

SU-AKN - c/n 393 - a V.739A series Viscount
Egypt registered

August 1960
Transferred from Misrair - Egyptian Airlines due to a corporate merger with Syrian Arab Airlines.

1961
Syrian Arab Airlines left the merger to re-form its own state run airline again.

6 May 1965
Sold to British Eagle International Airlines Ltd.


Photo of British Eagle International Airlines Ltd Viscount G-ATDR

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1965 to May 1970

British Eagle International Airlines Ltd

G-ATDR - c/n 393 - a V.739A series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

6 May 1965
Purchased from United Arab Airlines (UAA).

8 May 1965
Noted at Speke Airport, Liverpool, Merseyside, England inside a British Eagle hangar still in full UAA livery marked as SU-AKN.

11 May 1965
Re-registered to British Eagle International Airlines.

18 June 1965
UK Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) issued.

18 June 1965
UK Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) issued.

circa July 1965
Rolled out at Speke Airport, Liverpool, Merseyside, England in full British Eagle livery and named as 'City of Glasgow'.

A major overhaul included the fitment of Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines to replace the lower powered RDa3 Mark 506 engines.

circa August 1965
Entered service with British Eagle International Airlines.

31 January 1966
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion. The passengers were transferred to London by coach.

31 July 1966
Total time 18,681:00 hours and 10,535 total landings.

9 February 1968
Total time 19,751:00 hours and 11,453 total landings.

Withdrawn from service and stored at Blackbushe, Hampshire, England after British Eagle International Airlines ceased operations.
Stored at Blackbushe,
Hampshire, England

6 November 1968
Withdrawn from service and stored at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England after British Eagle International Airlines Ltd ceased operations.

Total time 21,160 hours and 12,658 total landings.

20 November 1969
Ferried from Speke Airport, Liverpool, England to Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England with the undercarriage locked down.

Over the next few weeks it was robbed of all useful spares, particularly the valuable Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

January 1970
Noted being moved to the old US Navy ramp area.

May 1970
Broken up for scrap.

19 February 1973
Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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