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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 291 - G-BBDK

Photo of British World Airlines (BWA) Viscount G-BBDK c/n 291
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G-BBDK - British World Airlines (BWA) - April 1993 to October 1994

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) due to a corporate name change and used on Parcel Force International contracts. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 19 July 1994 outside the BWA maintenance facility.

Photo source - David Oates


Aircraft Summary

Photo of Aer Lingus Viscount EI-AJK
Aer Lingus

This aircraft c/n 291, a V.808, was built for Aer Lingus as EI-AJK and first flew on Thursday, 13 February 1958 at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by S.A. de Transport Aerien (SATA), Air Tourisme Alpine (ATA), Land Sales Development Corporation, Overseas Aero Leasing, Nor Air Ltd, Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC), Dan-Air London, Southern International Air Transport Ltd and British Air Ferries (BAF)

Its final owner/operator was British World Airlines (BWA) as G-OPFE.

Its fate:-

Converted to a V.808C cargo configuration by Scottish Aviation Ltd (SAL) for Aer Lingus in July 1967.

Damaged beyond economic repair in an inadvertant wheels up landing at Belfast International Airport, Aldergrove, Northern Ireland during a training flight 24 March 1996. All four Propellers were curled around the engine nacelles. Noted back on its undercarriage awaiting an assessment of the damage in April 1996. Registration cancelled as aircraft written off (beyond economic repair) in May 1996. Broken up for scrap after spares recovery.


History and photos of Viscount c/n 291 G-BBDK
British World Airlines (BWA) Viscount fleet list and photos
United Kingdom issued Viscount registrations
Photos contributed by David Oates


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

The Vickers Viscount Network is always interested to hear from anyone who has information or photographs to help complete the story of the Viscount. If you can help please contact us at
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