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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 265 - G-PFBT

Photo of Dave Walkley Viscount G-PFBT c/n 265
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South Africa

G-PFBT - Dave Walkley - March 2012 to current

Purchased from a builders yard at Kya Sand industrial Estate, Randburg, South Africa. Taken at Ruimsig, which is 25 KM northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa 25 September 2017. It now has various business slogans on it.

Photo source - Gabriel le Roux

Aircraft Summary

Photo of British European Airways Corporation (BEA) Viscount G-AOYP
British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

This aircraft c/n 265, a V.806, was built for British European Airways Corporation (BEA) as G-AOYP and first flew on Saturday, 3 May 1958 at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Cambrian Airways, British Airways (BA), British Air Ferries (BAF), Air Algerie, BAF Air Tours, Jersey Air Ferries, Virgin Atlantic Airways, British World Airlines (BWA), Parcelforce International and Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd

Its final owner/operator was Dave Walkley as G-PFBT.

Its fate:-

Withdrawn from service by Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd and stored at Lanseria International Airport, near Johannesburg, South Africa in June 1997.

Broken up into sections in April 2006 with the forward fuselage remaining at Lanseria Airport.

Forward fuselage section moved to a builder’s yard at Kya Sand Industrial Estate, Randburg, South Africa in January 2008.

Forward fuselage section purchased by Dave Walkley and moved to Peter Road, Ruimsig, Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa in March 2012 for restoration. Noted with airsoft-hq slogans 25 September 2017. Still visible on Google Earth 26 August 2018.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 265 G-PFBT
Dave Walkley Viscount fleet list and photos
South Africa issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Gabriel le Roux

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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