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Viscount c/n 419

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 419
Airwork London Ltd


England flag England

This V.831 series Viscount was built for
Airwork London Ltd as ST-AAN

It first flew on Saturday, 30 May 1959 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Sudan Airways, British United Airways (BUA), Aviaco, British Midland Airways (BMA), Alidair, Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines and Go Transportation Inc


Photo of Viscount c/n 419
Tucson Airport Authority


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
Tucson Airport Authority as 4X-AVG.

Its fate:-
Purchased by Go Transportation Inc for spares recovery and stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA. Remains donated to the Tucson Airport Authority in September 1992 for emergency training use. Noted in poor condition in 1996. Broken up for scrap circa 1998 with the forward fuselage section subsequently noted in a nearby aircraft scrap yard. The current status of this section is unknown.


Operational record
Photo of Airwork London Ltd Viscount ST-AAN

Country of Registration Sudan

June 1959 to June 1959

Airwork London Ltd

ST-AAN - c/n 419 - a V.831 series Viscount
Sudan registered

30 May 1959
First flight from Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying as the runway at Weybridge was too short for a completed aircraft to takeoff.

5 June 1959
Delivered to Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England.

5 June 1959
Leased to Sudan Airways.


Photo of Sudan Airways Viscount ST-AAN

Country of Registration Sudan

June 1959 to December 1962

Sudan Airways

ST-AAN - c/n 419 - a V.831 series Viscount
Sudan registered

5 June 1959
Leased from Airwork London Ltd.

It was fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

David Carter illustration of Sudan Airways Viscount ST-AAN

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


13 June 1959
Noted still at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England.

24 April 1960
Noted back at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England presumably for maintenance but without the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

1 July 1960
Airwork London Ltd merged into British United Airways (BUA).

29 April 1961
Noted back at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England presumably for maintenance again fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

23 December 1962
Returned to British United Airways (BUA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1962 to April 1965

British United Airways (BUA)

G-ASED - c/n 419 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

23 December 1962
Returned from Sudan Airways lease.

British United Airways (BUA) flew troops for the British Army of the Rhine (B.A.O.R.) between the UK and West Germany.

28 April 1965
Leased to Aviaco.


Photo of Aviaco Viscount EC-WZK

Country of Registration Spain

April 1965 to April 1965

Aviaco

EC-WZK - c/n 419 - a V.831 series Viscount
Spain registered

28 April 1965
Leased from British United Airways (BUA). This temporary registration was only used for the delivery to Spain.

28 April 1965
Re-registered EC-AZK.


Photo of Aviaco Viscount EC-AZK

Country of Registration Spain

April 1965 to November 1965

Aviaco

EC-AZK - c/n 419 - a V.831 series Viscount
Spain registered

28 April 1965
Re-registered from EC-WZK.

4 November 1965
Returned to British United Airways (BUA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1965 to February 1967

British United Airways (BUA)

G-ASED - c/n 419 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

4 November 1965
Returned from Aviaco lease.

This aircraft was not repainted in the 'Sand and turquoise' livery.

15 February 1967
Sold to British Midland Airways (BMA).


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1967 to May 1972

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-ASED - c/n 419 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

15 February 1967
Purchased from British United Airways (BUA).

Painted in a later version of the British Midland Airways (BMA) livery.
British Midland Airways (BMA)
'Second Viscount' livery

circa 1969
Painted in a later version of the British Midland Airways (BMA) livery.

7 September 1971
The nose undercarriage leg collapsed on the ramp at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland as the aircraft was taxying out for departure resulting in curled inner propellers and shock-loaded R-R Dart engines.

The passengers and crew were evacuated from the aircraft with overwing emergency windows also removed.

Further details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Repaired and returned to service.

19 May 1972
Sold to Alidair.


Photo of Alidair Viscount G-ASED

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1972 to March 1974

Alidair

G-ASED - c/n 419 - a V.831 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

19 May 1972
Purchased from British Midland Airways (BMA).

7 March 1974
Sold to Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines.


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

Country of Registration Israel

March 1974 to May 1982

Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd

4X-AVG - c/n 419 - a V.831 series Viscount
Israel registered

7 March 1974
Purchased from Alidair.

17 May 1982
Sold to Go Transportation Inc.

David Carter illustration of Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Viscount 4X-AVG

Viscount illustrations by David Carter



Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount 4X-AVG

Country of Registration Israel

May 1982 to January 1992

Go Transportation Inc

4X-AVG - c/n 419 - a V.831 series Viscount
Israel registered

17 May 1982
Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines.

David Carter illustration of Go Transportation Inc Viscount 4X-AVG

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


18 May 1982
Delivery commenced 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-AVE (C/N 403). It was then gradually robbed of all useful parts.

Purchased for parts recovery and stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson,  Arizona, USA.
Purchased for parts recovery and stored

September 1992
Remains donated to the Tucson Airport Authority for emergency training use.


Photo of Tucson Airport Authority Viscount 4X-AVG

Country of Registration Israel

January 1992 to

Tucson Airport Authority

4X-AVG - c/n 419 - a V.831 series Viscount
Israel registered

September 1992
Remains donated by Go Transportation Inc for emergency training use.

David Carter illustration of Tucson Airport Authority Viscount 4X-AVG

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


1996
Noted in poor condition.

circa 1998
Broken up for scrap with the forward fuselage section subsequently noted in a nearby Tucson aircraft scrap yard.

The current status of this section is unknown.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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