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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 70 - CF-GXK

Photo of Canadian Department of Transport Viscount CF-GXK c/n 70
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CF-GXK - Canadian Department of Transport - October 1955 to January 1983

Returned from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) lease. Taken at Dulles Airport, Washington, District of Columbia, USA 31 May 1970.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection


Aircraft Summary

Photo of Canadian Department of Transport Viscount CF-GXK
Canadian Department of Transport

This aircraft c/n 70, a V.737, was built for Canadian Department of Transport as CF-GXK and first flew on Tuesday, 15 March 1955 at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by TCA - Trans-Canada Air Lines and Crown Assets Disposal Corporation

Its final owner/operator was Uplands Airport Authority as CF-GXK.

Its fate:-

Withdrawn from service by the Canadian Department of Transport and stored at Uplands Airport, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada due to a cracked wing spar cap in July 1982.

Robbed of all useful parts with the remains being donated to the Airport Manager at Uplands Airport, Ottawa, Canada for use by the fire department for training purposes in 1984.

Airlifted by a Canadian Armed Forces Boeing Vertol Chinook helicopter to a nearby landfill site October 1984.

It was placed on its belly on a downslope to simulate a crash position for training purposes by the airport fire department.

Subsequently broken up for scrap.


History and photos of Viscount c/n 70 CF-GXK
Canadian Department of Transport Viscount fleet list and photos
Canada issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Peter Gates collection


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

The Vickers Viscount Network is always interested to hear from anyone who has information or photographs to help complete the story of the Viscount. If you can help please contact us at
Information@VickersViscount.net.


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This website has been designed, built and is maintained by Geoff Blampied, Norwich, Norfolk, England.