25 May 2024
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Viscount Survivors

59 of the 444 Viscounts built survive as complete airframes or major components. Some are in very good condition and are looked after by museums while others are just wrecks. They can be found in 24 countries.

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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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 171 - G-AORD *

Photo of British European Airways Corporation (BEA) Viscount G-AORD * c/n 171
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G-AORD * - British European Airways Corporation (BEA) - September 1957 to July 1973

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 18 July 1972.

A perfect black and white photo, which is hard to beat for quality!

Photo source - Dave Heaney

Aircraft Summary

Photo of British European Airways Corporation (BEA) Viscount G-AORD
British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

This aircraft c/n 171, a V.802, was built for British European Airways Corporation (BEA) as G-AORD and first flew on Thursday, 18 July 1957 at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by British Airways (BA)

Its final owner/operator was Birmingham Airport Fire Service as G-AORD.

Its fate:-

Ferried to Elmdon Airport, Birmingham, West Midlands, England and withdrawn from service by British Airways (BA) on 5 November 1975.

Donated to the Birmingham Airport Fire Service in 1976. Marked up as 'Airport Fire Service Training Aircraft' in an ex British European Airways / British Airways (BA) livery. First real fire carried out to airframe which was not destructive 9 July 1976. Broken up for scrap in October 1985.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 171 G-AORD *
British European Airways Corporation (BEA) Viscount fleet list and photos
United Kingdom issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Dave Heaney

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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