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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 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 435 - G-BFZL

Photo of British World Airlines (BWA) Viscount G-BFZL c/n 435
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G-BFZL - British World Airlines (BWA) - April 1993 to April 1997

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland in June 1996 after returning to service with replacement starboard Dart engines following its taxying accident in March. The aircraft behind is G-OPFI (C/N170) in the Parcel Force livery.

Photo source - Colin Abbott

Aircraft Summary

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

This aircraft c/n 435, a V.816, was built for Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) as VH-TVR and first flew on Monday, 24 August 1959 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Union Carbide & Carbon 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, British Midland Airways (BMA), Manx Airlines, British Aerospace, Baltic Airlines, Landhurst Leasing PLC, British Air Ferries (BAF), British World Airlines (BWA), Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd and Planes R Us (Pty) Ltd

Its final owner/operator was Trans IntAir as 9Q-CGL.

Its fate:-

Damaged beyond economic repair at Bondo airstrip in the Democratic Republic of Congo after an aborted three engine takeoff from a gravel airstrip. Noted still in existence on Google Earth 26 February 2016. No further sightings. Is it still there? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

History and photos of Viscount c/n 435 G-BFZL
British World Airlines (BWA) Viscount fleet list and photos
United Kingdom issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by Colin Abbott

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.