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Established 2005
Vickers Viscount Network
A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount

Viscount histories told by photos

Viscount c/n 447 had a long and varied career
Viscount c/n 447 had a
long and loyal career with Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Photos of all 445 aircraft built are available

The story of each Viscount is as varied as the number of aircraft built. Some like c/n 248 G-AOXU and c/n 435 G-BFZL had long and varied careers. Others like c/n 84 VH-TVG and c/n 447 D-ANAF had loyal careers with only one owner. Some however had very short careers like c/n 337 AP-AJE that crashed after only 5 months service.

To retrieve an aircraft's photos enter either its construction number (1-459) or one of the registrations it used during its life. Note that some registrations were allocated to more than one Viscount and are marked (*).

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Displayed will be all the photos that we have on file for that aircraft. However, the photo history may be incomplete, so any help you can give in completing it will be appreciated.

Featured aircraft - c/n 3 - G-AMAV

Photo of British European Airways Corporation (BEA) Viscount G-AMAV c/n 3
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G-AMAV - British European Airways Corporation (BEA) - August 1952 to February 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply and named as 'Viscount G-AMAV' for proving flights around Europe. Taken in September 1952 during one of the European proving flights. Does anyone recognise the location? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net. The original print had been 'doctored' by BEA to show the small oval rear baggage door, which was never incorporated on this aircraft, unlike the BEA V.701 fleet. This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds on either side. BEA Photo Ref 3904

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

Aircraft Summary

Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount G-AMAV
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

This aircraft c/n 3, a V.700, was built for Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd as G-AMAV and first flew on Monday, 28 August 1950 at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Ministry of Supply and British European Airways (BEA)

Its final owner/operator was Ministry of Aviation Firefighting School as G-AMAV.

Its fate:-

Used for certification trials for the V.701, V.800 and V.801 series Viscounts, and also used for Vanguard control system trials. Fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 525 engines for V.840 trials at 400 MPH.

Displayed flying at an airshow at RAF Syerston, Nottinghamshire, England 14 September 1957.

Delivered to Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for storage 1 April 1958. Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use 11 October 1960.

Fuselage cut into two sections in 1961. The rear section was transferred to Weybridge, Surrey, England for BAC One-Eleven engine installation trials in 1961. The front fuselage section was transferred to the Ministry of Aviation Fire fighting School at Stansted Airport, Essex, England in August 1963.

The front fuselage section was later broken up for scrap. The rear fuselage section was noted in the middle of Weybridge Airfield joined to a hut that had a BAC One-Eleven nose at one end and the Viscount rear section at the other. The tail section was used for BAC One-Eleven APU trials in 1975. Only the BAC One-Eleven nose section was noted in June 1976 so the rear fuselage section must have been scrapped by then.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 3 G-AMAV
British European Airways Corporation (BEA) Viscount fleet list and photos
United Kingdom issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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