25 March 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 14 - F-BGNN

Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNN c/n 14
France flag


F-BGNN - Air France - October 1953 to June 1960

Delivered new to Air France. Taken at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1954.

Photo source - Rita Barber (Heathrow Historical)

Aircraft Summary

Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNN
Air France

This aircraft c/n 14, a V.708, was built for Air France as F-BGNN and first flew on Wednesday, 26 August 1953 at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd, BKS Air Transport Ltd, Silver City Airways, British United Airways (BUA), Air Inter, Alidair, Cyprus Airways, Intra Airways, Bursa Hava Yollari, Dan-Air London, Inter City Airlines, British Air Ferries (BAF) and Hards Travel/Janus Airways

Its final owner/operator was MMM Aero Services (3MAS) as 9Q-CAN.

Its fate:-

Purchased from Hards Travel / Janus Airways by MMM Aero Services (3MAS) 22 November 1984 and initially ferried to Middelkerke Airport, Ostend, Belgium together with Viscount c/n 36 G-ARIR for maintenance prior to the ferry flights to Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire.

Withdrawn from service at Ndolo Airport, Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire circa 1986.

Broken up for scrap in January 1987.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 14 F-BGNN
Air France Viscount fleet list and photos
France issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Rita Barber (Heathrow Historical)

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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