26 September 2022
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Viscount Survivors

59 of the 444 Viscounts built survive as complete airframes or major components. Some are in very good condition and are looked after by museums while others are just wrecks. They can be found in 24 countries.

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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Our 'Live Magazine' is used by members and non-members to share their Viscount photos and stories with fellow enthusiasts located throughout the world in real time.

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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.

BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Photo of Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) Viscount XR801 c/n 89
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XR801 - Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) - January 1962 to May 1972

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight in January 1962.

Vickers Photo Ref MP42816 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

Aircraft Summary

Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7403
Capital Airlines (USA)

This aircraft c/n 89, a V.744, was built for Capital Airlines (USA) as N7403 and first flew on Thursday, 30 June 1955 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV), All Nippon Airways (ANA) and the Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)

Its final owner/operator was Shackleton Aviation Ltd as XR801.

Its fate:-

Withdrawn from service by Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) and ferried to Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England for storage 25 October 1971.

Purchased from the Ministry of Defence by Shackleton Aviation Ltd and ferried to Baginton Airport, Coventry, England 18 May 1972 where it was robbed of all useful spares.

Remains moved to Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England on the B6407 north of Mansfield, Derbyshire circa June 1973.

Remains moved to Bolsover, Derbyshire, England on the A619 east of Chesterfield, Derbyshire to be used as a Café circa September 1973.

Café project abandoned and aircraft broken up for scrap circa January 1975. Can anyone give us better dates? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

History and photos of Viscount c/n 89 XR801
Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) Viscount fleet list and photos
United Kingdom issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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