10 June 2023
This website is regularly archived by the British Library who selectively archive websites with research values that are representative of British social history and cultural heritage.

Museum search

Viscount Survivors

59 of the 444 Viscounts built survive as complete airframes or major components. Some are in very good condition and are looked after by museums while others are just wrecks. They can be found in 24 countries.

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.

Share your photos and stories

Our 'Live Magazine' is used by members and non-members to share their Viscount photos and stories with fellow enthusiasts located throughout the world in real time.

You are able to send in your photos, stories and comments by Facebook, Twitter or email and we will post them for all to enjoy.

Contact us

Join the Vickers Viscount Network
for FREE

Featured pages

Our website contains over 20,000 pages of photos and information that can all be accessed from the menu at the top of every page. Here are a few to get you started.

This website does not use cookies or capture your details

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 (*).

Enter the construction number
or registration

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 101 - VP-YND

Photo of Central African Airways Corporation (CAA) Viscount VP-YND c/n 101
Rhodesia flag


VP-YND - Central African Airways Corporation (CAA) - July 1956 to January 1968

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mweru'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1967 operating a service for Air Rhodesia.

In the background is a Botswana National Airways (BNA) Douglas DC-4, a South African Airways (SAA) Boeing 707 and a Union de Transport Aeriens (UTA) Douglas DC-8.

BNA purchased Viscount A2-ZEL (C/N 374) to replace the DC4 but it was only in service for three months before being impounded here at Johannesburg.

Photo source - Phil Evans

Aircraft Summary

Photo of Central African Airways Corporation (CAA) Viscount VP-YND
Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)

This aircraft c/n 101, a V.748D, was built for Central African Airways Corporation (CAA) as VP-YND and first flew on Thursday, 14 June 1956 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Air Malawi and Zambia Airways

Its final owner/operator was Air Rhodesia as VP-YND.

Its fate:-

Shortly after departing from Kariba Airport, Zimbabwe Rhodesia at 17:06 hours 12 February 1979 while on scheduled flight 827 to Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe Rhodesia, the Viscount was hit in the jet pipe of the No.2 Rolls-Royce Dart engine by a heat-seeking SAM-7 (Soviet 9K32 Cтрела (Arrow) Strela-2) surface-to air-missile. The port wing burst into flames and the aircraft crashed out of control into a ravine in the Vuti African Purchase area.

Fighters from Joshua Nkomo's Zimbabwe Peoples Revolution Army (ZIPRA) were held responsible for shooting down the aircraft.

A memorial dedicated to all those killed on this aircraft and also those who were killed during the earlier attack to VP-WAS (C/N 297) was unveiled in the gardens of the South African Voortrekker Monument at Pretoria, South Africa 2 September 2012.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 101 VP-YND
Central African Airways Corporation (CAA) Viscount fleet list and photos
Rhodesia issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Phil Evans

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

Click here for more details about the Vickers Viscount Network

This website has been designed, built and is maintained by Geoff Blampied, Norwich, Norfolk, England.