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.