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Viscount c/n 402

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 402
Airwork London Ltd


England flag England

This V.831 series Viscount was built for
Airwork London Ltd as G-APND

It first flew on Wednesday, 4 February 1959 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
British United Airways (BUA), East African Airways Corporation (EAAC), Alia - The Royal Jordanian Airlines, British Midland Airways (BMA), Ghana Airways, British Aircraft Corporation (BAC), Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines, British Air Ferries (BAF) and Hanningfield Metals


Photo of Viscount c/n 402
Chelmer Transport Hauliers


England flag England

Its final owner/operator was
Chelmer Transport Hauliers as 4X-AVF.

Its fate:-
Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines by British Air Ferries (BAF) for spares in January 1989 and prepared for shipment in sections.

Shipped sections arrived at Stansted Airport, Essex, England together with a second Viscount in March 1989 and then transferred to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

Remains sold to Hanningfield Metals in July 1989 with the forward fuselage section being transferred to the yard of Chelmer Transport Hauliers at Coggleshall, Essex, England.

Still noted in existence in April 1991. Chopped-off cockpit section noted lying on the ground circa June 1992. What happened to it afterwards?
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Operational record
Photo of Airwork London Ltd Viscount G-APND

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1959 to July 1960

Airwork London Ltd

G-APND - c/n 402 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

4 February 1959
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

23 February 1959
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) issued.

23 February 1959
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England to Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England on delivery fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

28 February 1959
Departed from Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England to Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England as its new operating base.

Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England painted in Sudan Airways livery.
Sudan Airways livery

circa May 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England painted in Sudan Airways livery with Viscount c/n 419 ST-AAN in the next bay. There is no evidence of this aircraft being operated by Sudan Airways or the allocation of a Sudanese registration. Details please to
information@vickersviscount.net

circa November 1959
Noted at Kentucky Airport, Harare, Zimbabwe on a charter flight with the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks now removed.

1 July 1960
Transferred to British United Airways (BUA) due to a corporate merger.


Photo of British United Airways (BUA) Viscount G-APND

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1960 to June 1961

British United Airways (BUA)

G-APND - c/n 402 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 July 1960
Transferred from Airwork Ltd due to a corporate merger.

13 August 1960
Noted at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Switzerland operating a BUA service but still in full Airwork livery.

December 1960
Noted at Portela Airport, Lisbon, Portugal with a plain white tail, i.e. without the Union Jack flag.

February 1961
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England with the Union Jack flag now on the tail.

1 June 1961
Leased to East African Airways Corporation (EAAC).


Photo of East African Airways Corporation (EAAC) Viscount G-APND

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1961 to June 1961

East African Airways Corporation (EAAC)

G-APND - c/n 402 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 June 1961
Leased from British United Airlines (BUA).

29 June 1961
Noted at Luqa, Malta with East African Airways Corporation (EAAC) titles operating a service from East Africa to London, England.

30 June 1961
Returned to British United Airlines (BUA).

Dates unknown, details please to
information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of British United Airways (BUA) Viscount G-APND

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1961 to November 1966

British United Airways (BUA)

G-APND - c/n 402 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

30 June 1961
Returned from East African Airways Corporation (EAAC) lease.
Dates unknown, details please to
information@vickersviscount.net

22 November 1966
Leased to Alia - The Royal Jordanian Airlines.


Photo of Alia - The Royal Jordanian Airlines Viscount JY-ADB

Country of Registration Jordan

November 1966 to February 1967

Alia - The Royal Jordanian Airlines

JY-ADB - c/n 402 - a V.831 series Viscount
Jordan registered

22 November 1966
Leased from British United Airways (BUA) and delivered in a modified BUA livery with 'The Royal Jordanian Airlines' titles.

After delivery it was repainted in full Alia livery.

It was leased for the use of King Hussein during a Royal Tour and was flown by seconded BUA crew Captain Higgins, Captain Whittaker and First Officer Batten.

Does anyone have more information about this tour? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

22 February 1967
Returned to British United Airways (BUA).


Photo of British United Airways (BUA) Viscount G-APND

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1967 to January 1969

British United Airways (BUA)

G-APND - c/n 402 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

22 February 1967
Returned from Alia - The Royal Jordanian Airlines lease.

21 August 1967
Noted repainted in the new 'Sand and turquoise' livery.

David Carter illustration of British United Airways Viscount G-APND

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


10 January 1969
Sold to British Midland Airways (BMA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1969 to June 1969

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-APND - c/n 402 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

10 January 1969
Purchased from British United Airways (BUA).

20 January 1969
Entered service with British Midland Airways (BMA).

circa June 1969
Leased to Ghana Airways for a short period. Date unknown.
Information please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Ghana Airways Viscount G-APND

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1969 to July 1969

Ghana Airways

G-APND - c/n 402 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa June 1969
Leased from British Midland Airways (BMA) for a short period.

circa July 1969
Returned to British Midland Airways (BMA).

Dates unknown. Information please to information@vickersviscount.net


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1969 to November 1973

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-APND - c/n 402 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa July 1969
Returned from Ghana Airways lease. Date unknown. Information please to information@vickersviscount.net

February 1973
Proposed sale to Arkia Israel Inland Airlines was not completed but the aircraft was fully painted up.

Noted back in service with British Midland Airways (BMA) in Arkia livery but minus any titles.
Returned to BMA - British
Midland Airways service

11 April 1973
Noted back in service with British Midland Airways (BMA) in Arkia livery but minus any titles.

June 1973
Noted with British Midland Airways (BMA) titles now applied to the Arkia livery.

28 September 1973
Final service for British Midland Airways (BMA).

1 November 1973
Sold to British Aircraft Corporation (BAC).


Photo of British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) Viscount G-16-20

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1973 to December 1973

British Aircraft Corporation (BAC)

G-16-20 - c/n 402 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 November 1973
Purchased from British Midland Airways (BMA) and issued with a 'B Conditions' registration for additional test flights. (G= UK, 16 = Vickers, 20 = twentieth registration issued).

21 December 1973
Sold to Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines.


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

Country of Registration Israel

December 1973 to January 1989

Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd

4X-AVF - c/n 402 - a V.831 series Viscount
Israel registered

21 December 1973
Purchased from British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) and delivered to Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel.

25 May 1982
Sold to Ronald J Clark / Go Transportation Inc but immediately leased back. The Go Group subsequently ceased operations.

2 January 1983
Last service to Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel and stored.

Total time 39,345 hours and 34,254 total landings.

1 May 1986
An inspection by engineers on behalf of Arkia found the aircraft to be in very poor condition and badly corroded.

4 March 1989
Sold to British Air Ferries (BAF).


Photo of British Air Ferries (BAF) Viscount 4X-AVF

Country of Registration Israel

January 1989 to July 1989

British Air Ferries (BAF)

4X-AVF - c/n 402 - a V.831 series Viscount
Israel registered

4 March 1989
Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines.

Dismantled and prepared for shipment by road in sections.

April 1989
Shipped sections arrived at Stansted Airport, Essex, England together with parts from a second Viscount.

April 1989
Sections transferred to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England together with parts from the second Viscount for spares recovery.

circa June 1989
Remains sold to Hanningfield Metals. The forward fuselage section was kept for preservation and was acquired by an unknown antiques dealer.


Photo of Hanningfield Metals Viscount 4X-AVF

Country of Registration Israel

July 1989 to September 1989

Hanningfield Metals

4X-AVF - c/n 402 - a V.831 series Viscount
Israel registered

circa June 1989
Remains purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and broken up into sections and transferred to their yard at Templewood Industrial Estate, Stock Road, West Hanningfield, Essex, England.

September1989
Forward fuselage section transferred to the yard of Chelmer Transport Hauliers at Coggleshall, Essex, England on the A120.


Photo of Chelmer Transport Hauliers Viscount 4X-AVF

Country of Registration Israel

September 1989 to December 1992

Chelmer Transport Hauliers

4X-AVF - c/n 402 - a V.831 series Viscount
Israel registered

September 1989
Forward fuselage section noted in the yard of Chelmer Transport Hauliers at Coggleshall, Essex, England on the A120.

April 1991
Forward fuselage section noted still in existence.

circa June 1992
Chopped-off cockpit section noted lying on the ground circa June 1992. What happened to it afterwards?
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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