25 May 2024
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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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Vickers Viscount Network
A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount

Viscount photos by owner or operator

TCA - Trans-Canada Air Lines Viscount c/n 40 CF-TGI
TCA - Trans-Canada Air Lines

Photos for most 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 all the photos that we have on file illustrating the operational history of the Viscount with each owner or operator.

South African Airways (SAA)

Featured owner or operator

Photo of South African Airways (SAA) Viscount ZS-CDU c/n 347
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South Africa

ZS-CDU - South African Airways (SAA) - October 1958 to January 1972

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa July 1959.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

Aircraft Summary

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

This aircraft c/n 347, a V.813, was built for South African Airways (SAA) as ZS-CDU and first flew on Tuesday, 14 October 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by British Midland Airways (BMA) and Cyprus Airways

Its final owner/operator was East Midlands Airport Fire Service as G-AZLR.

Its fate:-

Withdrawn from BMA service at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1982.

Noted minus its tail in August 1982.

Noted minus its outer wings and Rolls-Royce Dart engines and now being used as a cabin services trainer in June 1985.

Fuselage and inner wings transferred to the Airport Fire Service for non-destructive rescue training use circa January 1992.

It was subsequently scrapped in March 1997.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 347 ZS-CDU
South African Airways (SAA) Viscount fleet list and photos
South Africa issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Tony Ward collection

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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