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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 265 - G-AOYP

Photo of British Air Ferries (BAF) Viscount G-AOYP c/n 265
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G-AOYP - British Air Ferries (BAF) - May 1989 to April 1993

Returned from Virgin Atlantic Airways lease. Taken at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland circa September 1990 'beating up' the control tower during a crew training flight. This must have been pre-arranged to get such a great shot!

Photo source - Sumburgh Airport Air Traffic Control


Aircraft Summary

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

This aircraft c/n 265, a V.806, was built for British European Airways Corporation (BEA) as G-AOYP and first flew on Saturday, 3 May 1958 at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Cambrian Airways, BA - British Airways, BAF - British Air Ferries, Air Algerie, BAF Air Tours, Jersey Air Ferries, Virgin Atlantic Airways, BWA - British World Airlines, Parcelforce International and Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd

Its final owner/operator was Dave Walkley as G-PFBT.

Its fate:-

Withdrawn from service by Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd and stored at Lanseria International Airport, near Johannesburg, South Africa in June 1997.

Broken up into sections in April 2006 with the forward fuselage remaining at Lanseria Airport.

Forward fuselage section moved to a builder’s yard at Kya Sand Industrial Estate, Randburg, South Africa in January 2008.

Forward fuselage section purchased by Dave Walkley and moved to Peter Road, Ruimsig, Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa in March 2012 for restoration. Noted still in existence on Google Earth 9 September 2015.


History and photos of Viscount c/n 265 G-AOYP
British Air Ferries (BAF) Viscount fleet list and photos
United Kingdom issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Sumburgh Airport Air Traffic Control


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.