19 September 2020
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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 375 - SE-IVY

Photo of Baltic Airlines (Sweden) Viscount SE-IVY c/n 375
Sweden flag

Sweden


SE-IVY - Baltic Airlines (Sweden) - April 1988 to June 1992

Returned from British Air Ferries (BAF) lease. Taken stored at Sturup Airport, Malmo, Sweden 15 October 1991 after the airline went bankrupt.

The Rolls-Royce Dart Mark 530 engines have been removed and returned to their owner and the Dowty propellers have been stored on the ground under the rear fuselage.

Photo source - Invader 26 (flickr)


Aircraft Summary

Photo of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Viscount AP-AJF
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)

This aircraft c/n 375, a V.815, was built for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) as AP-AJF and first flew on Friday, 14 August 1959 at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd, British Midland Airways (BMA), Nigeria Airways, Kestrel International Airways, Site Aviation, British Airways (BA), Intra Airways, Jersey European Airways (JEA), Field Aviation Ltd, British Air Ferries (BAF), Sean T Hully (Sales) Ltd and Baltic Airlines

Its final owner/operator was High Chaparral AB - Wild West Theme Park as SE-IVY.

Its fate:-

Final Baltic Airlines service from Sturup Airport, Malmo, Sweden to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England was on the 28 April 1989. The aircraft was placed into storage as the airline was now bankrupt. Ferried back to Sturup Airport, Malmo, Sweden and at some point the engines were removed as they had been repossessed by their owner.

Put on display at AB High Chaparral which is a Wild West Theme Park near Kulltorp, Sweden, marked up as 'Big Airland' and mounted in front of the Kopcentrum shopping centre. The aircraft had been mounted on a frame above a London RM Routemaster bus, which somebody saw fit to set fire to it. The fire consumed the bus and damaged the Viscount.

Noted advertised for sale by auction by Klaravik AB 7 March 2019. The auction closed 13 March 2019 and the aircraft was sold to an Estonian scrap dealer for 47,000 SK. Noted cut up into two fuselage sections and transported by two Estonian registered trucks towards Kapellskär, Sweden and a vehicle ferry to Finland and then a further road journey to Estonia in April 2019 for final processing.


History and photos of Viscount c/n 375 SE-IVY
Baltic Airlines (Sweden) Viscount fleet list and photos
Sweden issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Invader 26 (flickr)


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
Information@VickersViscount.net.


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