19 August 2018
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Viscount history

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Vickers Viscount Network
A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount

Owner or operator Viscount fleet lists

BEA - British European Airways Viscount c/n 152 G-AOJC
BEA - British European
Airways Corporation

Records for all owner or operators are available

Over 570 owners and operators have been involved with the Viscount. Some like Capital Airlines (USA) and BEA - British European Airways Corporation operated many while others like Air Anglia operated only one.

Viscounts operated by large airlines who had their aircraft for many years will have painted them in several different versions of their livery.

Owner or operator

Displayed will be the fleet list for the selected owner or operator together with each aircrafts history sorted by the date that the aircraft joined the fleet. NOTE: Some aircraft may have entered the fleet several times and possibly with a different registration.

Featured Aircraft - c/n 346 - G-AZLP

Photo of British Midland Airways (BMA) Viscount G-AZLP c/n 346
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G-AZLP - British Midland Airways (BMA) - July 1973 to May 1986

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands circa July 1977.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

Aircraft Summary

Photo of South African Airways (SAA) Viscount ZS-CDT
South African Airways (SAA)

This aircraft c/n 346, a V.813, was built for South African Airways (SAA) as ZS-CDT and first flew on Wednesday, 17 September 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by British Midland Airways (BMA), Air Anglia, British Aerospace (BAe), Dowty Aerospace, Technical Aeroparts, Civil Aviation Authority Fire Training School, North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM) and Imperial Air Salvage

Its final owner/operator was Brooklands Museum as G-AZLP.

Its fate:-

Withdrawn from service by British Midland Airways (BMA) and stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England on the 2 April 1982. Ferried using a one-off permit to fly, from East Midlands Airport to Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England on the 7 November 1983 and stored in a hangar.

Sold to British Aerospace (BAe) in part-exchange for the new British Midland Airways (BMA) ATP turboprop fleet 7 May 1986. Parts recovery by Dowty Aerospace and Technical Aeroparts during 1986.

Donated to the CAA Fire Training School at the same airport for training and test purposes circa June 1986. Noted as a fuselage only, lying on its belly March 2000.

Transferred to joint ownership between the North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM) and the RAF Millom Aviation and Military Museum on the 25 June 2008. Plans to restore it were eventually abandoned and it was sold to Imperial Air Salvage for scrap metal recovery circa October 2013. The forward fuselage section was donated by Captain Mustafa Azim (retd) to Brooklands Museum in November 2013. Now on display in an 'under construction' condition inside the relocated and refurbished 'Bellman' hangar. This 'Aircraft Facorty' feature opened to the public 14 November 2017.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 346 G-AZLP
British Midland Airways (BMA) Viscount fleet list and photos
United Kingdom issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Bob O'Brien collection

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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