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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 357 - G-ATUE

Photo of Channel Airways Viscount G-ATUE c/n 357
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G-ATUE - Channel Airways - May 1966 to May 1972

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Biggin Hill Airfield, Kent, England 13 May 1966 ready for the annual 'Air Fair', which was a very popular event, with a mixture of civil and military aircraft on display and flying. This aircraft had only just entered service with Channel. Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - Brian Burrage collection

Aircraft Summary

Photo of Continental Airlines Viscount N244V
Continental Airlines

This aircraft c/n 357, a V.812, was built for Continental Airlines as N244V and first flew on Thursday, 19 June 1958 at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Channel Airways

Its final owner/operator was Alidair as G-ATUE.

Its fate:-

Final service from Jersey Airport, Channel Islands to Southend Airport, Rochford, England and withdrawn from service by Channel Airways and stored on the 28 February 1972. Channel Airways ceased all operations on the 29 February 1972.

Sold to Alidair and ferried to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England on the 28 May 1972 and immediately withdrawn from use and robbed of useful spares.

Broken up into sections by Tame Valley Alloys Ltd and taken to their yard at Wilnecote near Tamworth, Staffordshire, England in July 1977. The forward fuselage section was going to go to Tamworth for use by 1122 Squadron ATC but it was scrapped at Wilnecote near Tamworth, Staffordshire, England in March 1978.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 357 G-ATUE
Channel Airways Viscount fleet list and photos
United Kingdom issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Brian Burrage collection

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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