19 September 2018
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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.

Flying Pot Restaurant

Featured owner or operator

Photo of Flying Pot Restaurant Viscount Z-WGB c/n 436
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Z-WGB - Flying Pot Restaurant - March 1997 to current

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013 still looking very shabby and obviously abandoned.

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

Aircraft Summary

Photo of Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) Viscount VH-TVS
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)

This aircraft c/n 436, a V.816, was built for Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) as VH-TVS and first flew on Tuesday, 1 September 1959 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, Iranian Government, Iran National Airlines Corporation, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Alda Corporation, Jetair Australia / Jet Airlines Australia, Brins Finance Corporation, Gates Aviation Turbine Propeller Sales, Sultan of Oman's Air Force (SOAF), Royal Swazi National Airways, Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC), Dan-Air London and Air Zimbabwe

Its final owner/operator was Flying Pot Restaurant as Z-WGB.

Its fate:-

Withdrawn from service by Air Zimbabwe and stored at Harare Airport, Zimbabwe in December 1990. Noted in derelict condition in June 1996.

Dismantled and moved to Chegutu, Zimbabwe circa March 1997, 70km southwest of Harare next to the main road to Kadoma and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe for use as a Bar/Restaurant together with Viscount Z-WGC (C/N 446). The port wing was not refitted. Painted in a red and white livery circa 1999. Still there in December 2017 despite the rumours over the years that it was soon to be scrapped.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 436 Z-WGB
Flying Pot Restaurant Viscount fleet list and photos
Zimbabwe issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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