05 July 2020
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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

Viscount photos by contributor

BEA - British European Airways Viscount c/n 150 G-AOJA from the Ed Jones collection
BEA - British European Airways Viscount c/n 150 G-AOJA from
the Ed Jones collection

To all of our contributors we say a big thank you

The Vickers Viscount Network would not have been possible without the generous support of the people listed here who contributed their photos to the museum. To them and future contributors we say a big thank you.

Our ultimate aim is to have an image of every single aircraft in every livery that it operated, together with images showing significant moments in each aircrafts life.

Any photograph, even a poor quality one, that shows an unique part of an aircrafts history is better than not having one at all. Our graphic systems can restore all but the worst image. This target will probably never be totally fulfilled, but with your help it could come close.


Displayed will be all the Viscount photos that we have on file from the selected contributor.

Des Pike collection

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Photo of British European Airways Corporation (BEA) Viscount G-AOHV c/n 170
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G-AOHV - British European Airways Corporation (BEA) - July 1957 to July 1973

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England circa June 1973 with a British Caledonian Airways (BCAL) Boeing 707 in the background.

Des is capturing his wife Mary and best friend Chris Barnes during a quiet spell. How nice of Chris to wear a jumper matching the pier railings!

From this pier it was also possible to photograph aircraft landing from the east if you had a 200MM lens, which Chris seems to have on one of his cameras.

His photos also feature on this website.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

Aircraft Summary

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

This aircraft c/n 170, a V.802, was built for British European Airways Corporation (BEA) as G-AOHV and first flew on Wednesday, 10 July 1957 at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by British Airways (BA), British Air Ferries (BAF), Oasis Oil Company, Esso Standard Libya Inc, Polar Airways, Euroair Transport Ltd, Tunisavia, British World Airlines (BWA), Airwing 2000 Ltd, Interflight, Transtel, Ivory Coast Government, Pegasus Aviation and Global Airways

Its final owner/operator was GTRA Airways as 9Q-COD.

Its fate:-

Withdrawn from service by Global Airways and stored at Luano Airport, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo in January 2009.

This is the last known flight of a Vickers Viscount anywhere in the world.

Sold to GTRA Airways but remained stored at Luano Airport, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. Offered for sale in September 2012 for US $250,000 reportedly in a 'flyable' condition. Still visible on Google Earth 18 August 2014. No longer visible on Google Earth 20 July 2015, so presumed to be scrapped sometime between these dates.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 170 G-AOHV
British European Airways Corporation (BEA) Viscount fleet list and photos
United Kingdom issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Des Pike collection

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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