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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 346 - G-AZLP

Photo of British Midland Airways (BMA) Viscount G-AZLP c/n 346
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G-AZLP - British Midland Airways (BMA) - January 1972 to July 1973

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 9 April 1972.

Photo source - Brian Mells

Aircraft Summary

Photo of South African Airways (SAA) Viscount ZS-CDT
South African Airways (SAA)

This aircraft c/n 346, a V.813, was built for South African Airways (SAA) as ZS-CDT and first flew on Wednesday, 17 September 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by British Midland Airways (BMA), Air Anglia, British Aerospace PLC (BAe), Dowty Aerospace, Technical Aeroparts, Civil Aviation Authority Fire Training School, North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM) and Imperial Air Salvage

Its final owner/operator was Brooklands Museum as G-AZLP.

Its fate:-

Withdrawn from service by British Midland Airways (BMA) and stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England on the 2 April 1982. Ferried using a one-off permit to fly, from East Midlands Airport to Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England on the 7 November 1983 and stored in a hangar.

Sold to British Aerospace (BAe) in part-exchange for the new British Midland Airways (BMA) ATP turboprop fleet 7 May 1986. Parts recovery by Dowty Aerospace and Technical Aeroparts during 1986.

Donated to the CAA Fire Training School at the same airport for training and test purposes circa June 1986. Noted as a fuselage only, lying on its belly March 2000.

Transferred to joint ownership between the North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM) and the RAF Millom Aviation and Military Museum on the 25 June 2008. Plans to restore it were eventually abandoned and it was sold to Imperial Air Salvage for scrap metal recovery circa October 2013. The forward fuselage section was donated by Captain Mustafa Azim (retd) to Brooklands Museum in November 2013. Now on display in an 'under construction' condition inside the relocated and refurbished 'Bellman' hangar. This 'Aircraft Facorty' feature opened to the public 14 November 2017. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the museum closed to the general public until further notice 20 March 2020.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 346 G-AZLP
British Midland Airways (BMA) Viscount fleet list and photos
United Kingdom issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Brian Mells

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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