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Viscount history

Discover the history of the Viscount with film, video, contemporary reports from the pages of Flight Magazine, our newsletters, and aircraft operational records and photos from our database.

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

Aircraft operational records

Viscount c/n 435 had a long and varied career
Viscount c/n 435 had a
long and varied career

Records for all 445 aircraft built are available

The story of each Viscount is as varied as the number of aircraft built. Some like c/n 248 G-AOXU and c/n 435 G-BFZL had long and varied careers. Others like c/n 84 VH-TVG and c/n 447 D-ANAF had loyal careers with only one owner. Some however had very short careers like c/n 337 AP-AJE that crashed after only 5 months service.

To retrieve an aircraft's operational record enter either its construction number (1-459) or one of the registrations it used during its life. Note that some registrations were allocated to more than one Viscount and are marked (*).

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Displayed will be all the information that we have on file for that aircraft. However the history may be incomplete, so any help you can give in completing it will be appreciated.

Featured aircraft - c/n 377 - HC-ARS

Photo of Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA) Viscount HC-ARS c/n 377
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HC-ARS - Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA) - December 1969 to August 1976

Purchased from Alitalia. Taken at Simón Bolívar International Airport, Guayaquil, Ecuador in March 1975.

In the background is the Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana (FAE) military base with two Douglas C-47 Skytrain on the ramp.

Photo source - Werner Fischdick

Aircraft Summary

Photo of Alitalia Viscount I-LIRS

This aircraft c/n 377, a V.785D, was built for Alitalia as I-LIRS and first flew on Tuesday, 11 March 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Its final owner/operator was Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA) as HC-ARS.

Its fate:-

Crashed 660 feet below the peak of the 20,700 ft Chimborazo Volcano while operating a scheduled domestic service from Aeropuerto Mariscal Sucre, Quito to Mariscal Lamar International Airport, Azuay Province, Ecuador 15 August 1976. Despite an intensive search the wreckage could not be found. The wreckage was eventually found 18 February 2003, nearly 27 years later!

History and photos of Viscount c/n 377 HC-ARS
Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA) Viscount fleet list and photos
Ecuador issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Werner Fischdick

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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