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Viscount Survivors

59 of the 444 Viscounts built survive as complete airframes or major components. Some are in very good condition and are looked after by museums while others are just wrecks. They can be found in 24 countries.

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Photo of British United Airways (BUA) Viscount G-ARBY
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G-ARBY - British United Airways (BUA) - January 1962 to October 1966

Transferred from Silver City Airways due to a corporate merger while on lease from Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 8 February 1963 after the nose gear had collapsed on landing.

It is thought that the runway edge lights may have been obscured by snow resulting in the nose wheels digging in to the soft earth and the leg collapsing.

This early morning flight was carrying post and freight, and ground staff were quick to paint out the name of the airline and the aircraft's registration.

Needless to say, this caused some operational problems as Gatwick only had one runway and still does today, albeit now with a parallel one as a backup.

Photo source - Dave Thaxter

Aircraft Summary

Photo of Air France Viscount F-BGNL
Air France

This aircraft c/n 10, a V.708, was built for Air France as F-BGNL and first flew on Wednesday, 27 May 1953 at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd, BKS Air Transport Ltd, Danish Air Charter (DAC), Silver City Airways, British United Airways (BUA), Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures), Dan-Air London and Cyprus Airways

Its final owner/operator was Alidair as G-ARBY.

Its fate:-

Damaged beyond economic repair after a forced landing at Ottery St Mary, 6 miles short of its destination of Exeter Airport, Devon, England 17 July 1980 having run out of fuel on the flight from Santander Airport, Northern Spain.

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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