23 October 2019
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Viscount history

Discover the history of the Viscount with film, video, contemporary reports from the pages of Flight Magazine, our newsletters, and aircraft operational records and photos from our database.

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Established 2005
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 377 - HC-ARS

Photo of Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA) Viscount HC-ARS c/n 377
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HC-ARS - Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA) - December 1969 to August 1976

Purchased from Alitalia. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in January 1972 whilst undergoing maintenance with Field Aircraft Services. Three of the Rolls-Royce Dart engines have been removed and sent away for repair or overhaul, probably to their sister facility at Croydon, Surrey, although the operator may choose another facility such as Hants & Sussex Aviation or Rolls-Royce themselves.

Photo source - Carl Ford

Aircraft Summary

Photo of Alitalia Viscount I-LIRS

This aircraft c/n 377, a V.785D, was built for Alitalia as I-LIRS and first flew on Tuesday, 11 March 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Its final owner/operator was Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA) as HC-ARS.

Its fate:-

Crashed 660 feet below the peak of the 20,700 ft Chimborazo Volcano while operating a scheduled domestic service from Aeropuerto Mariscal Sucre, Quito to Cuenca Airport, Ecuador 15 August 1976. Despite an intensive search the wreckage could not be found. The wreckage was eventually found 18 February 2003, nearly 27 years later!

History and photos of Viscount c/n 377 HC-ARS
Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA) Viscount fleet list and photos
Ecuador issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Carl Ford

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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