06 April 2020
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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 183 - N905G

Photo of Harry Hodge Viscount N905G c/n 183
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United States

N905G - Harry Hodge - May 1976 to October 1977

Repossessed from the John Wesley College. Taken at Burbank Airport, California, USA in May 1977 with N500TL (C/N 201) in the background. Note the integral front 'airsteps' fitted to both aircraft.

Photo source - Ellis M Chernoff

Aircraft Summary

Photo of United States Steel Corporation Viscount N905
United States Steel Corporation

This aircraft c/n 183, a V.764D, was built for United States Steel Corporation as N905 and first flew on Tuesday, 2 October 1956 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Nicholas A Arndt, Gates Aviation Corporation, Combs Aircraft Inc, Union Insurance Agency of Illinois, Omni Investment Corporation, Omni International Corporation, Aviation Equipment Corporation, Holiday Air of America, Walter S Skwarck, John Wesley College and Harry Hodge

Its final owner/operator was Servicios Aereos Nacionales (SAN) as HC-BEM.

Its fate:-

Crashed after striking high ground on approach to Cuenca Airport, Ecuador. All 4 crew and 20 passengers were killed.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 183 N905G
Harry Hodge Viscount fleet list and photos
United States issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Ellis M Chernoff

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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