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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

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.

Brooklands Museum

Featured owner or operator

Photo of Brooklands Museum Viscount XT575 c/n 438
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XT575 - Brooklands Museum - January 1996 to current

Forward fuselage section donated by Cockpits for Hire. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 1 October 2011 during the 'Brooklands Viscount Day' organised by the Vickers Viscount Network. This view shows some of the special test equipment in the cabin and originates from its time with the RAE and RRE. It is not yet open to the public.

Photo source - Geoff Blampied collection

Aircraft Summary

Photo of Austrian Airlines (AUA) Viscount OE-LAG
Austrian Airlines (AUA)

This aircraft c/n 438, a V.837, was built for Austrian Airlines (AUA) as OE-LAG and first flew on Wednesday, 17 February 1960 at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by TABSO - Bulgarian Civil Air Transport, Austrian Air Transport, Shackleton Aviation Ltd, RRE - Royal Radar & Signals Establishment, Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE), Defence Research Agency (DRA), International Turbine Service Inc (ITS) and Cockpits for Hire

Its final owner/operator was Brooklands Museum as XT575.

Its fate:-

Withdrawn from service by the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) and stored at Thurleigh Airfield, Bedfordshire, England February 1991.

Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAR) renamed Defence Research Agency (DRA) April 1991.

Sold at a Phillips auction in London, England to International Turbine Service Inc (ITS) of Grapevine, Texas, USA for £166,750 specifically for the recovery of the Rolls-Royce Dart engines (four installed and two spares) 8 July 1993.

Airframe broken up into sections by Hanningfield Metals at Thurleigh, Bedfordshire, England and transferred to their yard at Templewood Industrial Estate, Stock Road, West Hanningfield, Essex, England circa August 1993.

Forward fuselage section donated by International Turbine Service Inc UK representative Phil Reid to Cockpits for Hire at Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire, England in February 1994.

Forward fuselage section donated for preservation at the Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey, England 14 January 1996. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the museum closed to the general public until further notice 20 March 2020.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 438 XT575
Brooklands Museum Viscount fleet list and photos
United Kingdom issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Geoff Blampied collection

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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This website has been designed, built and is maintained by Geoff Blampied, Norwich, Norfolk, England.