19 September 2018
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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 257 - G-AOYI

Photo of Guernsey Airlines Viscount G-AOYI c/n 257
Guernsey flag


G-AOYI - Guernsey Airlines - August 1983 to February 1984

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) named as 'Island of Guernsey'. Taken at Riem Airport, Munich, West Germany in September 1983.

Photo source - Hans Resch

Aircraft Summary

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

This aircraft c/n 257, a V.806, was built for British European Airways Corporation (BEA) as G-AOYI and first flew on Thursday, 14 November 1957 at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Cambrian Airways, British Airways (BA), British Air Ferries (BAF), Esso Standard Oil, Occidental Oil of Libya, Sirte Oil Company, Polar Airways, Guernsey Airlines, London European Airways and Caicos International Airways

Its final owner/operator was Hanningfield Metals as G-LOND.

Its fate:-

Withdrawn from service and stored by Caicos International Airways at the BAF facility at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in June 1988.

Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) expired 20 June 1988. Advertised for sale in Flight International magazine 6 February 1991. Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use 1 June 1992.

Sold to Hanningfield Metals for scrap in February 1993 with broken down sections transferred to their yard at Templewood Industrial Estate, Stock Road, West Hanningfield, Essex, England. Some remains still noted in existence in February 1994.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 257 G-AOYI
Guernsey Airlines Viscount fleet list and photos
United Kingdom issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Hans Resch

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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