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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 3 - G-AMAV

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Corporation Viscount G-AMAV c/n 3
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G-AMAV - BEA - British European Airways Corporation - October 1953 to November 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply as 'R M A Endeavour' for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race. Taken at Paraparaumu Airport, Wellington, New Zealand 16 October 1953 after the end of the race.

Photo source - Peter Lewis collection

Aircraft Summary

Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount G-AMAV
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

This aircraft c/n 3, a V.700, was built for Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd as G-AMAV and first flew on Monday, 28 August 1950 at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Ministry of Supply and BEA - British European Airways Corporation

Its final owner/operator was Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd as G-AMAV.

Its fate:-

Used for certification trials for the V.701, V.800 and V.801 series Viscounts, and also used for Vanguard control system trials. Fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 525 engines for V.840 trials at 400 MPH.

Displayed flying at the Syerston Airshow, England 14 September 1957.

Delivered to Wisley, Surrey, England for storage 1 April 1958. Total time 2,160 hours. Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use 11 October 1960.

Fuselage cut into two sections at Wisley, Surrey, England 1961. The rear section was transferred to Weybridge, Surrey, England for BAC One-Eleven engine installation trials in 1961. The front fuselage section was transferred to the Ministry of Aviation Fire fighting School at Stansted Airport, Essex, England in August 1963.

The front fuselage section was later broken up for scrap. The rear fuselage section was noted in the middle of Weybridge airfield joined to a hut that had a BAC One-Eleven nose at one end and the Viscount rear section at the other. The tail section was used for BAC One-Eleven APU trials in 1975. Only the BAC One-Eleven nose section was noted in June 1976 so the Viscount rear fuselage section had presumably been scrapped before then.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 3 G-AMAV
BEA - British European Airways Corporation Viscount fleet list and photos
United Kingdom issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Peter Lewis collection

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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