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Viscount c/n 400

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 400
Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)


Brasil flag Brasil

This V.827 series Viscount was built for
Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) as PP-SRF

It first flew on Saturday, 6 December 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)


Photo of Viscount c/n 400
Asociación Amigos del Museo Aeronáutico (AAMA)


Uruguay flag Uruguay

Its final owner/operator was
Asociación Amigos del Museo Aeronáutico (AAMA) as CX-BJA.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA) and stored at Carrasco Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Donated to Asociación Amigos del Museo Aeronáutico in 1982. However, it remained within the PLUNA maintenance area. Repainted in the latest PLUNA Boeing 737 fleet livery and put on display next to the terminal building in May 1990. Moved to a different area 15 November 2004. Moved to a grassy area in March 2005.

PLUNA ceased operating in July 2012. Moved to a storage ramp area in 2015.

Moved to a secure ramp area controlled by the Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya (Uruguayan Air Force) 29 July 2017. Asociación Amigos del Museo Aeronáutico volunteers then started a slow restoration of the aircraft exterior. Sadly, the interior had been vandalised and robbed during the years of storage in the grassy area near the perimeter fence. Looking better after a well deserved wash 13 July 2019. It is hoped that it will be repainted soon.


Operational record
Photo of Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) Viscount PP-SRF

Country of Registration Brasil

December 1958 to November 1975

Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)

PP-SRF - c/n 400 - a V.827 series Viscount
Brasil registered

6 December 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

22 December 1958
Handed over to Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) fitted with integral front 'airsteps' and extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

1 November 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training and ILS approaches.

3 November 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training and ILS approaches.

5 November 1958
Departed from Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England on delivery to Brasil.

Noted in service with the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks removed.

16 February 1973
After landing at Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, Brasil the nose undercarriage leg collapsed resulting in curled inboard propellers and shockload damage to the Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

The leg locking mechanism was found to be broken as a result of metal fatigue and possibly finally failed as a result of a heavier than normal landing on the nose leg.

There were no reported injuries to the passengers and crew on board.

Repaired and returned to service.

November 1975
Sold to Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA).


Photo of Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA) Viscount CX-BJA

Country of Registration Uruguay

November 1975 to February 1982

Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)

CX-BJA - c/n 400 - a V.827 series Viscount
Uruguay registered

November 1975
Purchased from Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP).

7 July 1976
During a crew training flight at Carrasco Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay, the aircraft touched down heavily on the nose undercarriage which broke the downlock mechanism. The pilot took off again and returned for an emergency landing. During the second landing the pilot held the nose up for as long as possible before it eventually settled on the runway.

There was minimal damage to the aircraft but the inner propellers were curled resulting in shockloading damage to the inner Dart engines.

Repaired and returned to service.

Noted at Carrasco Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Carrasco, Montevideo, Uruguay

4 December 1977
After landing at Carrasco Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay the port main undercarriage wheels locked and the aircraft veered to the left and came to a halt. During the subsequent taxying off of the runway the port propellers struck the ground resulting in shockload damage to the port Rolls-Royce Dart engines. For some reason the port main brakes were locked on before the aircraft landed.

Repaired and returned to service.

A proposed sale to the Go Group Inc of Tucson, Arizona, USA as N490RC was not completed.

A proposed sale to Airgo Inc of Dallas, Texas, USA was not completed.

1 February 1982
Aircraft donated to Asociación Amigos del Museo Aeronáutico (AAMA).

More details about PLUNA here: -www.pluna.uy/flota-historica/


Photo of Asociación Amigos del Museo Aeronáutico (AAMA) Viscount CX-BJA

Country of Registration Uruguay

February 1982 to

Asociación Amigos del Museo Aeronáutico (AAMA)

CX-BJA - c/n 400 - a V.827 series Viscount
Uruguay registered

1 February 1982
Acquired from Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA).

The aircraft remained stored at Carrasco Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay without titles.

There were plans to dismantle the aircraft and transfer it 35 KM to a museum in the centre of Montevideo, Uruguay, but this was found to be impractical.

Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA) continued to take care of the aircraft within their maintenance area.

It was used by visiting school children and also for ground instruction purposes.

Painted in the latest PLUNA livery and put on display next to the terminal building.
Painted in the latest fleet livery

May 1990
Repainted in the latest Boeing 737 fleet livery by PLUNA and put on display next to the terminal building at Carrasco Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Noted still in existence but now moved to a new location.

15 November 2004
Due to the expansion of the airport the owners ordered that the aircraft should be moved to a different area, away from the PLUNA maintenance base.

March 2005
The aircraft was moved to a grassy area near the airport perimeter where it started to sink into the soft ground. It was still externally complete with engines and propellers.

During this storage period the aircraft was regularly vandalised and many of the interior fittings were stolen, particularly within the cockpit and cabin areas.

5 July 2012
Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA) ceased operating on instructions from the Uruguayan Government due to employee strike action and mounting financial difficulties.

Asociación Amigos del Museo Aeronáutico took legal action to claim the aircraft back from the Government owned PLUNA assets.

This action was supported by the Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya (Uruguayan Air Force) and was eventually successful.

20 May 2015
Aircraft transferred to a storage ramp area alongside PLUNA Boeing 737-200 CX-BON.

29 July 2017
Aircraft transferred to a more secure area controlled by the Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya (Uruguayan Air Force) Base 1.

A slow process of restoring the exterior of the aircraft.

Volunteers from the Asociación Amigos del Museo Aeronáutico together with the help of Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya (Uruguayan Air Force) personnel then started a slow process of restoring the exterior of the aircraft.


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