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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 436 - G-BGLC

Photo of Dan-Air London Viscount G-BGLC c/n 436
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G-BGLC - Dan-Air London - April 1979 to October 1980

Leased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC) Ltd. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 17 April 1979 outside the Dan-Air Engineering facility. Note the small cabin window at the rear.

Photo source - John H Mounce collection

Aircraft Summary

This aircraft c/n 436, a V.816, was built for Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) as VH-TVS and first flew on Tuesday, 1 September 1959 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England. During it's life it was also owned and/or operated by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, Iranian Government, Iran National Airlines Corporation, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Alda Corporation, Jetair Australia / Jet Airlines Australia, Brins Finance Corporation, Gates Aviation Turbine Propeller Sales, Sultan of Oman's Air Force (SOAF), Royal Swazi National Airways, Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC), Dan-Air London and Air Zimbabwe

Its final owner/operator was Flying Pot Restaurant. Its fate: Withdrawn from service by Air Zimbabwe and stored at Harare Airport, Zimbabwe in December 1990. Noted in derelict condition in June 1996.

Dismantled and moved to Chegutu, Zimbabwe circa March 1997, 70km southwest of Harare next to the main road to Kadoma and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe for use as a Bar/Restaurant together with Viscount Z-WGC (C/N 446). The port wing was not refitted. Painted in a red and white livery circa 1999. Still there in December 2017 despite the rumours over the years that it was soon to be scrapped.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 436 G-BGLC
Dan-Air London Viscount fleet list and photos
United Kingdom issued Viscount registrations

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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