20 November 2019
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Established 2005
Vickers Viscount Network
A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount

Viscounts registrations by country

TAA - Trans-Australia Airlines Viscount c/n 48 VH-TVE
Australia issued 36 registrations

Viscounts have been registered in 81 countries

Viscounts have been registered in 81 countries since the 1950s with the United Kingdom issuing 230 and Equatorial Guinea issuing only one.


Displayed will be all the Viscount registrations issued in the selected country together with the first owner or operator to use each registration. NOTE: Some aircraft may have had more that one registration issued to it.

Featured aircraft - c/n 349 - ZS-CDW

Photo of South African Airways (SAA) Viscount ZS-CDW c/n 349
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South Africa

ZS-CDW - South African Airways (SAA) - December 1958 to January 1972

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named as 'Rooibok'. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa June 1960. A busy scene with Central African Airways (CAA) providing the ground support.

Photo source - Etienne du Plessis collection

Aircraft Summary

This aircraft c/n 349, a V.813, was built for South African Airways (SAA) as ZS-CDW and first flew on Wednesday, 26 November 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England. During it's life it was also owned and/or operated by British Midland Airways (BMA), Cyprus Airways, British Aerospace (BAe), Sean T Hully (Sales) Ltd, Baltic Airlines and British Air Ferries (BAF)

Its final owner/operator was British World Airlines (BWA). Its fate: Crashed at Drointon Wood near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England en-route from Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland to Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England on cargo flight number BWL4272 25 February 1994. Registration cancelled as aircraft written off July 1994.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 349 ZS-CDW
South African Airways (SAA) Viscount fleet list and photos
South Africa issued Viscount registrations

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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