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


Viscount Film
29 July 1990

Viscount history illustrated with contemporary film and video

Commemorative flight to Le Bourget on G-AOYN

A film by Andy Lambert



The world's first turbine powered scheduled commercial flight
was commemorated 40 years later by G-AOYN
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.

Film of the first flight taken on the 29 July 1950


Prototype Viscount G-AHRF
G-AOYN at Le Bourget

Commemorative flight from Northolt to Le Bourget

Forty years after the event on 29 July 1990, and knowing that Viscounts would not be flying for much longer, 'The Friends of Viscount Stephen Piercey' and BAF - British Air Ferries set out to re-fly the route.

The passengers departed from the control tower at Brooklands on board a vintage bus that took them to Northolt to join BAF - British Air Ferries and G-AOYN. Before setting course for Paris they flew over Brooklands. At Le Bourget the aircraft was parked in the same spot as the original Viscount had been in 1950. The passengers then toured the world famous Musée de l'air et de l'espace. This was followed by lunch before flying home.



BAF - British Air Ferries V.806 series Viscount G-AOYN

V.806 series Viscount G-AOYN had been returned to BAF - British Air Ferries from a Capital Airlines lease in August 1989 and was named 'Viscount Rotterdam'.

In October 1989 it was painted in full BAF - British Air Ferries livery but with unusual titling and an outlined unicorn on the tail, and re-entered service. Circa April 1990 the titling was repainted and the outlined unicorn on the tail made solid.

G-AOYN operated the Commemorative flight from Northolt to Le Bourget on the 29 July 1990. On the 19 November 1991 it was noted at Rochford, Southend, Essex, England operating another aviation enthusiast's charter.

On the 1 April 1993 G-AOYN was transferred to BWA - British World Airlines due to a corporate name change.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 1 G-AHRF
History and photos of Viscount c/n 263 G-AOYN







Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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