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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.

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A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount

Viscount Film
February 1960

Viscount history illustrated with contemporary film and video

Look at Life - Air Hostess 1960

A Rank Organisation film

The working life of a Hunting-Clan Viscount hostess in 1960

In 1960 there were well over 1,000 air hostesses employed by British air lines. In this film we follow Hunting-Clan hostess Pat Rotherter on an eleven hour service to Benghazi, Libya via Rome, Italy on Viscount G-APTB. Unfortunately the film makers used piston engine sound effects instead of the distinctive whine of Rolls-Royce Darts.

HCA - Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd. V.833 series Viscount G-APTB was delivered new to HCA - Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd. on the 18 June 1959.

On the 8 April 1960 G-APTB was noted at Renfrew, Glasgow, Scotland arriving from Heathrow, London, England at 19:13 and departing at 20:55 operating a charter flight to Reykjavik, Iceland on behalf of Loftleidir. This was because Loftleidir's own aircraft, Douglas DC6B TF-LLB was late in returning from maintenance in Stavanger, Sola, Norway.

On the 9 April 1960 it was noted at Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland arriving from Reykjavik, Iceland operating another charter flight on behalf of Loftleidir. It was carrying passengers that had previously arrived at Reykjavik from the Eastern USA on Loftleidir / Braathens S.A.F.E. Douglas DC4 LN-HAT. Was Prestwick used rather than Renfrew due to a weather diversion?

Large reciprocating radial engines such at the Pratt & Whitney R-2000 fitted to the DC4 were notoriously noisy in the cabin, so the smooth and quiet ride in the Viscount must have been very welcome to the passengers. Presumably, the flight continued south to Heathrow, London, England.

On the 1 July 1960 G-APTB was transferred from HCA - Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd. to BUA - British United Airways due to a corporate merger.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 424 G-APTB

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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