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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 291 - HB-ILR

Photo of S.A. de Transport Aérien (SATA) Viscount HB-ILR c/n 291
Switzerland flag


HB-ILR - S.A. de Transport Aérien (SATA) - November 1969 to December 1971

Leased from Aer Lingus. Taken at an unknown location in June 1970. A Dexempo postcard Ref DP096.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

Aircraft Summary

This aircraft c/n 291, a V.808, was built for Aer Lingus as EI-AJK and first flew on Thursday, 13 February 1958 at Weybridge, Surrey, England. During it's life it was also owned and/or operated by S.A. de Transport Aerien (SATA), Air Tourisme Alpine (ATA), Land Sales Development Corporation, Overseas Aero Leasing, Nor Air Ltd, Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC), Dan-Air London, Southern International Air Transport and British Air Ferries (BAF)

Its final owner/operator was British World Airlines (BWA). Its fate: Converted to a V.808C cargo configuration by Scottish Aviation Ltd for Aer Lingus in July 1967.

Damaged beyond economic repair in an inadvertant wheels up landing at Belfast International Airport, Aldergrove, Northern Ireland during a training flight 24 March 1996. All four Propellers were curled around the engine nacelles. Noted back on its undercarriage awaiting an assessment of the damage in April 1996. Registration cancelled as aircraft written off (beyond economic repair) in May 1996. Broken up for scrap after spares recovery.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 291 HB-ILR
S.A. de Transport Aérien (SATA) Viscount fleet list and photos
Switzerland issued Viscount registrations

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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