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Air France

Owner or operator record number 36 of 580

Photo of a Air FranceViscount


France flag France

Air France

owned and/or operated Viscount
aircraft from May 1953 until September 1968.

Listed in date order when the aircraft joined the fleet. Some aircraft may have joined the fleet several times with the same or different registrations, and some registrations have been used on more than one aircraft (*).

Viscount fleet list
Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNK

Country of Registration France

May 1953 to December 1956

Air France


F-BGNK - c/n 8 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

March 1951
An order was placed by Air France for twelve Type 700 aircraft. This was the first V.708 built.

Production Aircraft No. 5 - the 5th production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 7th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 5th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F01/708. Sales Order No. 01/85A. Stock Order No. 05/10B.

17 July 1952
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

15 September 1952
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

11 March 1953
First flight from Weybridge, Surrey, England.

18 May 1953
Delivered to Air France fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 505 engines.

12 December 1956
Crashed during a crew training flight at Milly-la-Foret, Dannemois, France.

The aircraft departed Orly, Paris, France at 08:49 for a crew training flight to Reims, France. The aircraft climbed to an altitude of about 3000 feet, just above the cloud layer and continued VFR to Reims. At 08:58 clearance was requested and given to climb to 5000 feet in order to remain VFR above the cloud layer. A little later an eyewitnesses saw the aircraft crash at a steep angle of descent. All 5 crew members were killed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: A loss of control in flight, the initial cause of which it has not been possible to establish.

Total time 4,869 hours and 3,346 landings.


Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNL

Country of Registration France

August 1953 to June 1960

Air France


F-BGNL - c/n 10 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

March 1951
An order was placed by Air France for twelve Type 700 aircraft. This was the second V.708 built.

Production Aircraft No. 9 - the 9th production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 8th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 9th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F02/708. Sales Order No. 02/85A. Stock Order No. 07/10B.

26 August 1952
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

2 October 1952
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

27 May 1953
First flight from Weybridge, Surrey, England.

25 August 1953
Delivered to Air France fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 505 engines.

June 1960
Sold to Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd via W S Shackleton & Company.


Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNM

Country of Registration France

September 1953 to September 1960

Air France


F-BGNM - c/n 12 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

March 1951
An order was placed by Air France for twelve Type 700 aircraft. This was the third V.708 built.

Production Aircraft No. 12 - the 12th production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 9th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 12th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F03/708. Sales Order No. 03/85A. Stock Order No. 09/10B.

19 September 1952
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

27 October 1952
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

3 July 1953
First flight from Weybridge, Surrey, England.

23 September 1953
Delivered to Air France fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 505 engines.

September 1960
Sold to Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd via W S Shackleton & Co.


Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNN

Country of Registration France

October 1953 to June 1960

Air France


F-BGNN - c/n 14 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

March 1951
An order was placed by Air France for twelve Type 700 aircraft. This was the fourth V.708 built.

Production Aircraft No. 14 - the 14th production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 11th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 14th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F04/708. Sales Order No. 04/85A. Stock Order No. 11/10B.

26 October 1952
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

1 December 1952
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

26 August 1953
First flight from Weybridge, Surrey, England.

September 1953
Exhibited at the SBAC show at Farnborough, Hampshire, England in Air France livery.

29 October 1953
Delivered to Air France fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 505 engines.

Larger Air France titles applied.
Larger Air France
titles applied

Circa 1955
Larger Air France titles applied.

24 April 1960
Withdrawn from service and ferried to Marshalls at Teversham, Cambridge, England.

June 1960
Sold to Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd.


Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNO

Country of Registration France

December 1953 to May 1962

Air France


F-BGNO - c/n 16 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

March 1951
An order was placed by Air France for twelve Type 700 aircraft. This was the fifth V.708 built.

Production Aircraft No. 16 - the 16th production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 13th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 16th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F05/708. Sales Order No. 05/85A. Stock Order No. 13/10B.

8 December 1952
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

16 January 1953
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

19 September 1953
First flight from Weybridge, Surrey, England.

12 December 1953
Delivered to Air France.

31 May 1962
Sold to Air Inter.


Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNP

Country of Registration France

December 1953 to May 1962

Air France


F-BGNP - c/n 18 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

March 1951
An order was placed by Air France for twelve Type 700 aircraft. This was the sixth V.708 built.

Production Aircraft No. 18 - the 18th production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 15th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 18th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F06/708. Sales Order No. 06/85A. Stock Order No. 15/10B.

20 January 1953
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

25 February 1953
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

13 October 1953
First flight from Weybridge, Surrey, England.

21 December 1953
Delivered to Air France.

9 May 1962
Sold to Air Inter.


Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNQ

Country of Registration France

May 1954 to May 1961

Air France


F-BGNQ - c/n 33 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

March 1951
An order was placed by Air France for twelve Type 700 aircraft. This was the seventh V.708 built.

Production Aircraft No. 31 - the 31st production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 27th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 7th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F07/708. Sales Order No. 07/85A. Stock Order No. 27/10B.

20 September 1953
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

October - November 1953
Fuselage transported by road from Weybridge, Surrey, England to Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

4 November 1953
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

14 April 1954
First flight from Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

27 May 1954
Delivered to Air France.

12 June 1954
French Certificate of Airworthiness issued.

Seating capacity increased from 48 to 63 passengers.

Summer 1961
Leased to Air Inter.


Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNR

Country of Registration France

June 1954 to February 1962

Air France


F-BGNR - c/n 35 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

March 1951
An order was placed by Air France for twelve Type 700 aircraft. This was the eighth V.708 built.

Production Aircraft No. 32 - the 32nd production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 28th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 8th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F08/708. Sales Order No. 08/85A. Stock Order No. 28/10B.

12 October 1953
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

November - December 1953
Fuselage transported by road from Weybridge, Surrey, England to Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

11 December 1953
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

6 May 1954
First flight from Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

29 June 1954
Delivered to Air France.

Larger Air France titles applied.
Larger Air France
titles applied

Circa 1955
Larger Air France titles applied.

29 January 1958 - 2 April 1958
To Weybridge, Surrey, England for spar checks and modifications.

Registered to Danish Air Charter as OY-AFN but not taken up.

20 February 1962
Sold to Air Inter.


Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNS

Country of Registration France

June 1954 to February 1961

Air France


F-BGNS - c/n 36 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

March 1951
An order was placed by Air France for twelve Type 700 aircraft. This was the ninth V.708 built.

Production Aircraft No. 33 - the 33rd production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 29th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 9th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F09/708. Sales Order No. 09/85A. Stock Order No. 01/21B.

20 November 1953
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

January 1954
Fuselage transported by road from Weybridge, Surrey, England to Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

15 January 1954
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

30 May 1954
First flight from Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

30 June 1954
Delivered to Air France.

Circa 1955
Larger Air France titles applied.

29 January 1958 - 15 April 1958
To Weybridge, Surrey, England for spar checks & modifications.

Registered to Danish Air Charter as OY-AFO but not taken up.

3 February 1961
Sold to Starways Ltd.


Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNT

Country of Registration France

July 1954 to January 1961

Air France


F-BGNT - c/n 37 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

March 1951
An order was placed by Air France for twelve Type 700 aircraft. This was the tenth V.708 built.

Production Aircraft No. 34 - the 34th production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 30th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 10th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F10/708. Sales Order No. 10/85A. Stock Order No. 02/21B.

17 December 1953
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

February 1954
Fuselage transported by road from Weybridge, Surrey, England to Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

10 February 1954
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

16 June 1954
First flight from Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

7 July 1954
Delivered to Air France.

19 July 1954
Certificate of Airworthiness issued.

Capacity later increased from 48 seats to 63 seats.

6 January 1961
Leased to Air Vietnam.


Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNU

Country of Registration France

July 1954 to January 1961

Air France


F-BGNU - c/n 38 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

March 1951
An order was placed by Air France for twelve Type 700 aircraft. This was the eleventh V.708 built.

Production Aircraft No. 35 - the 35th production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 5th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 11th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F11/708. Sales Order No. 11/85A. Stock Order No. 03/21B.

25 January 1954
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

10 March 1954
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

5 July 1954
First flight from Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

28 July 1954
Delivered to Air France.

6 January 1961
Leased to Air Vietnam.


Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNV

Country of Registration France

August 1954 to March 1962

Air France


F-BGNV - c/n 39 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

March 1951
An order was placed by Air France for twelve Type 700 aircraft. This was the twelfth V.708 built.

Production Aircraft No. 36 - the 36th production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 7th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 12th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F12/708. Sales Order No. 12/85A. Stock Order No. 04/21B.

23 February 1954
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

6 April 1954
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

29 July 1954
First flight from Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

19 August 1954
Delivered to Air France.

29 January 1958 - 18 April 1958
To Weybridge, Surrey, England for spar checks and modifications.

18 March 1962
Sold to Air Inter.


Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNQ

Country of Registration France

September 1961 to April 1962

Air France


F-BGNQ - c/n 33 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

Late 1961
Returned from Air Inter lease.

9 April 1962
Transferred to Air Inter.


Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNT

Country of Registration France

January 1962 to December 1962

Air France


F-BGNT - c/n 37 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

January 1962
Returned from Air Vietnam lease.

31 December 1962
Sold to Air Inter.


Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNU

Country of Registration France

January 1963 to January 1963

Air France


F-BGNU - c/n 38 - a V.708 series Viscount
France registered

January 1963
Returned from Air Vietnam lease.

22 January 1963
Sold to Air Inter.


Photo of Air France Viscount G-AMOC

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1967 to March 1968

Air France


G-AMOC - c/n 13 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 April 1967
Leased from Cambrian Airways.

31 March 1968
Returned to Cambrian Airways.


Photo of Air France Viscount G-AMNZ *

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1967 to May 1968

Air France


G-AMNZ * - c/n 20 - a V.701 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

30 June 1967
Leased from Cambrian Airways.

May 1968
Returned to Cambrian Airways / British Air Services.


Photo of Air France Viscount G-ATFN

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1968 to June 1968

Air France


G-ATFN - c/n 394 - a V.739A series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

20 March 1968
Leased from British Eagle International Airlines to replace G-ATDU (C/N 87) which had returned to the UK for maintenance.

June 1968
Returned to British Eagle International Airlines.


Photo of Air France Viscount G-ATDU

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1968 to September 1968

Air France


G-ATDU - c/n 87 - a V.739 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

31 March 1968
Leased from British Eagle International Airlines.

September 1968
Returned to British Eagle International Airlines.


Photo of Air France Viscount G-ANRS

Country of Registration United Kingdom

August 1968 to August 1968

Air France


G-ANRS - c/n 75 - a V.732 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

12 August 1968
Leased from British Eagle International Airlines in full British Eagle livery.

15 August 1968
Returned to British Eagle International Airlines.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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