21 April 2024
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Viscount Survivors

59 of the 444 Viscounts built survive as complete airframes or major components. Some are in very good condition and are looked after by museums while others are just wrecks. They can be found in 24 countries.

Viscount history

Discover the history of the Viscount with film, video, contemporary reports from the pages of Flight Magazine, our newsletters, and aircraft operational records and photos from our database.

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Established 2005
Vickers Viscount Network
A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount

Viscount Film
29 July 1950

Viscount history illustrated with contemporary film and video

The first turbine powered scheduled flight

A British Movietone film

The world's first turbine powered scheduled commercial flight
was operated by the prototype Viscount G-AHRF
Prototype Viscount G-AHRF
G-AHRF at Le Bourget

The world's first turbine powered scheduled commercial flight

On the 29 July 1950 the prototype Viscount G-AHRF operated the world's first turbine powered scheduled commercial flight. It was operated by BEA - British European Airways as BE392X2 and departed at 12:48 from Northolt, London, England to Le Bourget, Paris, France.

The flight took 70 minutes, and was flown by Captains Richard Rymer and W J Wakelin. On board were 14 fare paying passengers who had booked thinking they would be travelling in a Vickers Viking, and 10 guests including George Edwards, Sir Frank Whittle and Peter Masefield. An altitude of 18,000 feet was reached with a cruising speed of 273 MPH.

BEA - British European Airways letter to the first Viscount passengers
History and photos of Viscount c/n 1 G-AHRF

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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