20 September 2017
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Viscount history


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

BAF - British Air Ferries Viscount Simulator

BAF - British Air Ferries purchased this Viscount simulator from BA - British Airways when they purchased the BA fleet of Viscounts in 1981.

It was disassembled and moved by road to Rochford, Southend, Essex, England where it was reassembled. It took up a large area of one of the BAF hangars with bank upon bank of valves, and a moving map on a roller. A camera would follow the map and project the image onto a screen in front of the cockpit.

BAF was allowed by the CAA - Civil Aviation Authority to use the simulator to perform basic training. Each pilot could renew their Base Check and Instrument Rating by alternatively using the simulator for one and the next on the aircraft during a live training flight.

The engineers who looked after it christened it G-PAIN. It was an amazing piece of equipment.

When BAF/BWA - British World Airlines had finished with it they tried to donate it free of charge to the Science Museum, or any museum prepared to take it. Unfortunately no one was interested and it was scrapped.

The cockpit of the BAF Viscount simulator
The cockpit of the BAF Viscount simulator
Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

The Vickers Viscount Network is always interested to hear from anyone who has information or photographs to help complete the story of the Viscount. If you can help please contact us at
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