24 January 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 389 - G-AVJL

Photo of Alidair Viscount G-AVJL c/n 389
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G-AVJL - Alidair - June 1972 to April 1975

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1973. A good comparison of liveries with G-ASED (C/N 419) on the right.

Photo source - George Stringer

Aircraft Summary

Photo of Continental Airlines Viscount N247V
Continental Airlines

This aircraft c/n 389, a V.812, was built for Continental Airlines as N247V and first flew on Wednesday, 23 July 1958 at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Channel Airways, Alidair and Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT)

Its final owner/operator was Mandala Airlines as PK-RVW.

Its fate:-

During an approach to Achmad Yani International Airport, Semarang, Java, Indonesia 7 October 1983 the aircraft touched down just short of the runway. Although the aircraft continued on to the runway the nose undercarriage leg and steering system were damaged by the concrete edge of the runway which prevented the crew from taxiing off to the ramp area.

After the aircraft was towed to the ramp subsequent inspections discovered extensive damage to the fuselage where the nose leg was mounted which had been pushed rearwards.

The pilot could not explain why the aircraft suddenly started to sink as he approached the runway threshold as the weather was calm and the visibility was good.

After temporary repairs were carried out the aircraft was ferried to Kemayoran Airport, Jarkarta, Indonesia where it was declared as beyond economic repair and withdrawn from service. Broken up for scrap after spares recovery circa September 1985.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 389 G-AVJL
Alidair Viscount fleet list and photos
United Kingdom issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by George Stringer

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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