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Viscount c/n 2

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 2
Ministry of Supply


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This V.663 series Viscount was built for
Ministry of Supply as VX217

It first flew on Wednesday, 15 March 1950 at Wisley, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Tay engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
International Alloys Limited


Photo of Viscount c/n 2
Ministry of Supply


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Its final owner/operator was
Ministry of Supply as VX217.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond repair by fire due to a hydraulic failure in a wheel bay at Seighford Airfield, Staffordshire, England. The main wing spar was burnt through 31 December 1958.

Robbed of all useful parts and remains sold to International Alloys Ltd 8 July 1959.

Broken up for scrap in 1960 with a total time of 110 hours 15 minutes.


Operational record
Photo of Ministry of Supply Viscount G-AHRG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1946 to June 1949

Ministry of Supply

G-AHRG - c/n 2 - a V.663 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

17 April 1946
Specification Brabazon 11B 8/46 issued by the Ministry of Supply for two Armstrong Siddeley Mamba powered prototypes.

23 May 1946
Vickers VC.2 Viceroy was registered to the Ministry of Supply but the aircraft not completed to this specification. Registration not applied. Construction continued at Foxwarren, Surrey, England under revised Spec E.4/49 and transferred to Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for final assembly fitted with two Rolls-Royce RTa1 Tay Turbojets to undertake control trials in support of the Vickers Valiant test programme.

The Tay engine was developed from the Nene and produced 6,250 lbs of static thrust. The aircraft was better suited to the research work required as the Nene powered Vickers Viking was unpressurised.

8 June 1949
Civil registration cancelled as it was not applied to the aircraft and a military serial allocated.


Photo of Ministry of Supply Viscount VX217

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1949 to July 1959

Ministry of Supply

VX217 - c/n 2 - a V.663 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

8 June 1949
Civil registration cancelled as it was not applied to the aircraft and a military serial allocated in order to carry out flight trials for the development of the Vickers Valiant.

15 March 1950
First flight from the grass runway at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England piloted by Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce.

1950
Delivered to Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials and operated from Seighford Airfield, Staffordshire, England.

Exhibited at the 1950 SBAC show at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England including flying demonstrations.
SBAC show at
Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England

September 1950
Exhibited at the SBAC (Society of British Aircraft Contructors) air show at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England including flying demonstrations by Vickers Test Pilot Brian Trubshaw.

Leased to Boulton Paul Aircraft Ltd and operated from Defford Airfield, Worcestershire, England on electrically powered flying control trials.

Leased to Louis Newmark Ltd for trials.

Leased to Decca Navigator Company.

1957
Returned to Ministry of Supply at Seighford Airfield, Staffordshire, England.

31 December 1958
Damaged beyond repair by fire due to a hydraulic failure in a wheel bay at Seighford Airfield, Staffordshire, England. The aircraft was declared as written off as the wing main spar was burnt through.

Total time of 110 hours 15 minutes.

8 July 1959
After the removal of all useful parts the remains sold to International Alloys Ltd for metal recovery.


Photo of International Alloys Ltd Viscount VX217

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1959 to December 1960

International Alloys Ltd

VX217 - c/n 2 - a V.663 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

8 July 1959
Remains purchased from the Minitry of Supply for metal recovery.

circa 1960
Remains finally broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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