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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 435 - VH-EQP

Photo of Gates Aviation Corporation Viscount VH-EQP c/n 435
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United States

VH-EQP - Gates Aviation Corporation - September 1970 to June 1971

Purchased from Brins Finance Corporation. Taken at Stapleton International Airport, Denver, Colorado, USA 23 April 1971 with sister VH-EQQ (C/N 436) behind. It is still in the basic RAAF livery with blacked out titles, serial and roundels. Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks and the small cabin window at the rear.

Photo source - R A Scholefield collection

Aircraft Summary

Photo of Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) Viscount VH-TVR
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)

This aircraft c/n 435, a V.816, was built for Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) as VH-TVR and first flew on Monday, 24 August 1959 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Union Carbide & Carbon Corporation, RAAF - Royal Australian Air Force, Alda Corporation, Jetair Australia / Jet Airlines Australia, Brins Finance Corporation, Gates Aviation Turbine Propeller Sales, SOAF – Sultan of Oman’s Air Force, Royal Swazi National Airways, BMA - British Midland Airways, Manx Airlines, British Aerospace, Baltic Airlines, Landhurst Leasing PLC, BAF - British Air Ferries, BWA - British World Airlines, Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd and Planes R Us (Pty) Ltd

Its final owner/operator was Trans IntAir as 9Q-CGL.

Its fate:-

Converted to V.836 for Union Carbide & Carbon Corporation in April 1960.

Damaged beyond economic repair at Bondo airstrip in the Democratic Republic of Congo after an aborted three engine takeoff from a gravel airstrip.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 435 VH-EQP
Gates Aviation Corporation Viscount fleet list and photos
United States issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by R A Scholefield collection

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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