17 September 2019
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Viscount history

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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 38 - F-BGNU

Photo of Air Viet Nam Viscount F-BGNU c/n 38
France flag


F-BGNU - Air Viet Nam - January 1961 to January 1963

Leased from Air France. Taken at an unknown Chinese location in May 1961 now with titles and a modified Air France livery. Hang Khong is the local spelling of Vietnam.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

Aircraft Summary

Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNU
Air France

This aircraft c/n 38, a V.708, was built for Air France as F-BGNU and first flew on Monday, 5 July 1954 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Air Viet Nam, Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures) and Aéro Club de Mulhouse

Its final owner/operator was Auto und Technik Museum as F-BGNU.

Its fate:-

Withdrawn from service by Air Inter and stored at Orly Airport, Paris, France 21 January 1975.

Moved to Habsheim Airfield, Alsace, France and used by Aéro-Club de Mulhouse 26 March 1976.

Noted with 'Fred Air' titles circa 1979.

Transferred to Auto und Technik Museum, Sinsheim, Germany circa June 1985 and placed on display mounted on poles in Air Inter livery with 'Museum Airlines' titles circa April 1986.

Repainted in an Air Inter style livery with Air France titles in May 2002.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 38 F-BGNU
Air Viet Nam Viscount fleet list and photos
France issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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