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Viscount c/n 403

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 403
Airwork Ltd


England flag England

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

It first flew on Monday, 9 March 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), British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), Central African Airways (CAA), Alia - The Royal Jordanian Airlines, British Midland Airways (BMA), Ghana Airways, Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines, Go Transportation Inc, Pima Community College Aviation School and DMI Aviation (Dross Metals)


Photo of Viscount c/n 403
Aircraft Restoration & Marketing (ARM)


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
Aircraft Restoration & Marketing (ARM) as 4X-AVE.

Its fate:-
Purchased by Go Transportation Inc for spares recovery and stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

Remains donated to Pima Community College Aviation School in 1992 for instructional use, still in full Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines livery. Noted minus No.4 engine on the 23 September 1995.

Moved to K-Tech scrap yard, Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA on 19 October 1998. Broken up with the fuselage split into two sections and the tail removed circa 2000. Nose section noted at DMI Aviation scrap yard, Tucson, Arizona, USA still in Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines livery in April 2003. Rear fuselage section noted at Pima Community College still in Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines livery in April 2004. Forward fuselage section noted at the Aircraft Restoration & Marketing (ARM) yard, formerly used by DMI Aviation (Dross Metals) in August 2007. Still there in December 2018.


Operational record
Photo of Airwork Ltd Viscount G-APNE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1958 to July 1960

Airwork Ltd

G-APNE - c/n 403 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

20 May 1958
Registered to Airwork Ltd.

Their registered address was: - 35 Piccadilly, London, W1

9 March 1959
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

It was initially flown without any titles applied.

17 March 1959
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) issued.

17 March 1959
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England to Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England on delivery, now fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

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


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1960 to March 1961

British United Airways (BUA)

G-APNE - c/n 403 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

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

1 July 1960
Departed from Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England on the first day of BUA service.

circa March 1961
Leased to British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC).


Photo of British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) Viscount G-APNE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1961 to June 1961

British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)

G-APNE - c/n 403 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa March 1961
Leased from British United Airways (BUA) in basic BUA livery with BOAC titles.

20 June 1961
Noted at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England with Central African Airways (CAA) titles still fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks operating a service to Africa.

Details of the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) lease please to
information@vickersviscount.net

circa August 1961
Returned to British United Airways (BUA).


Photo of Central African Airways Corporation (CAA) Viscount G-APNE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1961 to July 1961

Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)

G-APNE - c/n 403 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

c June 1961
Sub-leased from Britiish Overseas Airways Corporation in a basic BUA livery with C.A.A. titles.

20 June 1961
Noted at London Airport (Heathrow) still fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks and operating a service to Africa.

Details of the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) / CAA lease please to
information@vickersviscount.net

circa July 1961
Returned to British Overseas Airways Corporation.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

August 1961 to October 1966

British United Airways (BUA)

G-APNE - c/n 403 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa August 1961
Returned from British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) lease.

Noted back in service without the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

1 October 1966
Leased to Alia - The Royal Jordanian Airlines.


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

Country of Registration Jordan

October 1966 to November 1966

Alia - The Royal Jordanian Airlines

JY-ADA - c/n 403 - a V.831 series Viscount
Jordan registered

1 October 1966
Leased from British United Airways (BUA).

13 October 1966
UK registration to British United Airways (BUA) cancelled.

17 October 1966
The Jordanian registration was applied to the aircraft in the BUA maintenance area.

19 October 1966
Departed from Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England to Rome, Italy on delivery to Jordan.

18 November 1966
During the landing run at Kuwait City Airport, Kuwait, Persian Gulf the nose undercarriage leg collapsed, resulting in curled propeller blades and shockloaded Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

There were no reported injuries to the 66 passengers and 6 crew on board.

23 November 1966
Registered to British United Airways (BUA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1966 to April 1967

British United Airways (BUA)

G-APNE - c/n 403 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

23 November 1966
Registered to British United Airways (BUA).

Repaired locally enough for a ferry flight back to the UK.

This included replacement Rolls-Royce Dart engines and Dowty propellers.

6 December 1966
Returned from Alia - The Royal Jordanian Airlines lease, via Genoa, Italy to Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England.

It was subsequently ferried to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England for overhaul by Aviation Traders Ltd.

It didn't return to Gatwick.

1 April 1967
Sold to British Midland Airways (BMA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1967 to October 1968

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-APNE - c/n 403 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 April 1967
Purchased from British United Airways (BUA) and delivered from Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

15 October 1968
Wet leased to Ghana Airways using British Midland Airways (BMA) crews.


Photo of Ghana Airways Viscount G-APNE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1968 to November 1968

Ghana Airways

G-APNE - c/n 403 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

15 October 1968
Wet leased from British Midland Airways (BMA) in full BMA livery using BMA crews and also an Engineer.

The aircraft was delivered via Seville, Spain - Dakar, Senegal - Robertsfield, Liberia with Captain Roger Wise in command.

The two operational routes were: - Accra, Ghana to Lagos, Nigeria and return and Accra, Ghana to Abidjan, Ivory Coast then on to Robertsfield in Liberia, Freetown in Sierra Leone, Bathurst in The Gambia and Dakar in Senegal and return.

20 November 1968
Returned to British Midland Airways (BMA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1968 to September 1972

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-APNE - c/n 403 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

20 November 1968
Returned from Ghana Airways lease to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England via Madrid, Spain.

Painted in Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines livery but with a white tail and British Midland Airways (BMA) titles.
British Midland Airways (BMA)
'Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines' livery

10 December 1969
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a Heathrow Airport weather diversion. The passengers were transferred to London by coach.

13 October 1970
Noted at Middelkirke Airport, Ostend, Belgium on a training flight.

7 April 1972
Operated the first BMA scheduled service from East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England to Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

19 July 1972
Noted at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines livery but with a white tail and British Midland Airways (BMA) titles.

September 1972
Sold to Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines.


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

Country of Registration Israel

September 1972 to May 1982

Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd

4X-AVE - c/n 403 - a V.831 series Viscount
Israel registered

September 1972
Purchased from British Midland Airways (BMA).

20 September 1972
Delivered to Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines via Rome, Italy.

4 April 1979
Arrived at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England from Nice, France for maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

17 May 1982
Sold to Go Transportation Inc.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount 4X-AVE

Country of Registration Israel

May 1982 to January 1992

Go Transportation Inc

4X-AVE - c/n 403 - a V.831 series Viscount
Israel registered

17 May 1982
Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines in full Arkia livery.

18 May 1982
Delivery via Stuttgart Airport, West Germany, Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland and Keflavik Airport, Iceland and immediately stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA along with Viscount 4X-AVG (C/N 419).

It was then gradually robbed of all useful parts.

circa January 1992
Remains donated to the Pima Community College Aviation School.


Photo of Pima Community College Aviation School Viscount 4X-AVE

Country of Registration Israel

January 1992 to October 1998

Pima Community College Aviation School

4X-AVE - c/n 403 - a V.831 series Viscount
Israel registered

circa January 1992
Remains donated by Go Transportation Inc for instructional use, still in full Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines livery.

23 September 1995
Noted minus the No.4 Rolls-Royce Dart engine.

Noted at Pima County Community College.
Pima County Community College

April 2004
Rear fuselage section still noted at the Pima Community College and still in Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines livery.


Photo of K-Tech Aviation Inc Viscount 4X-AVE

Country of Registration Israel

October 1998 to April 2003

K-Tech Aviation Inc

4X-AVE - c/n 403 - a V.831 series Viscount
Israel registered

19 October 1998
Aircraft moved to K-Tech scrap yard, Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

circa 2000
Broken up with the fuselage split into two sections and the tail removed.

April 2003
Forward fuselage section noted at DMI Aviation Sales Corporation (Dross Metals) scrap yard, Tucson, Arizona, USA still in Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines livery.


Photo of DMI Aviation Sales Corporation Viscount 4X-AVE

Country of Registration Israel

April 2003 to August 2007

DMI Aviation Sales Corporation

4X-AVE - c/n 403 - a V.831 series Viscount
Israel registered

April 2003
Forward fuselage section noted at DMI Aviation Sales Corporation (Dross Metals) scrap yard, Tucson, Arizona, USA still in Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines livery.

Noted at DMI Aviation (Dross Metals) scrap yard.
DMI Aviation scrap yard

August 2007
Aircraft Restoration & Marketing (ARM) took over the yard formerly used by DMI Aviation Sales Corporation (Dross Metals), Tucson, Arizona, USA and still in faded Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines livery.


Photo of Aircraft Restoration & Marketing (ARM) Viscount 4X-AVE

Country of Registration Israel

August 2007 to

Aircraft Restoration & Marketing (ARM)

4X-AVE - c/n 403 - a V.831 series Viscount
Israel registered

August 2007
Aircraft Restoration & Marketing (ARM) took over the yard formerly used by DMI Aviation Sales Corporation (Dross Metals), Tucson, Arizona, USA and still in faded Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines livery.

29 December 2018
Forward fuselage section still noted stored at the ARM yard and still in faded Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines livery.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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