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Viscount c/n 30

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 30
Aer Lingus


Ireland flag Ireland

This V.707 series Viscount was built for
Aer Lingus as EI-AFV

It first flew on Saturday, 30 January 1954 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Tradair Ltd, Starways Ltd, Aviation Overhauls Ltd, British Eagle International Airlines and BKS Air Transport Ltd


Photo of Viscount c/n 30
Channel Airways


England flag England

Its final owner/operator was
Channel Airways as G-APZB.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Channel Airways and stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in May 1968.

Broken up for scrap in February 1970.


Operational record
Photo of Aer Lingus Viscount EI-AFV

Country of Registration Ireland

March 1954 to February 1960

Aer Lingus

EI-AFV - c/n 30 - a V.707 series Viscount
Ireland registered

9 November 1951
This was the first of four V.707 ordered by Aer Lingus. At that time BEA held a 30% stake in the airline.

Production Aircraft No. 27 - the 27th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 1st Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 3rd Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F01/707. Sales Order No. 01/86A. Stock Order No. 09/21B.

15 June 1953
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

16 September 1953
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

14 January 1954
First engine runs.

30 January 1954
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

7 March 1954
Delivered to Aer Lingus named as 'St Padraig' together with Viscount c/n 31 EI-AFW as their first Viscounts.

On delivery it was fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines with serial numbers 1164 and 1165 on the port side, and 1166 and 1167 on the starboard side.

Later renamed as 'St Garan' then as 'St Colmcille'.

Painted in the Aer Lingus 'Green top' livery.
Aer Lingus 'Green top' livery

23 July 1955
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

1955/1956
Painted in the Aer Lingus 'Green top' livery that had a Winchester green cabin roof and an English green cockpit roof. The rudder was all white.

Painted in the Aer Lingus 'Green/white top' livery.
Aer Lingus
'Green/white top' livery

May 1957
To Hurn, Bournemouth, Dorset, England for flap modifications. At this time the cockpit roof was painted white.

Painted in the Aer Lingus 'Green/white top Viscount' livery.
Aer Lingus
'Green/white top Viscount' livery

4 December 1957
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England after diverting from Heathrow Airport, London, England due to bad weather.

circa 1957
The word 'Viscount' was added to the cabin roof.

April 1959
Withdrawn from service and ferried to Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for storage together with Viscounts EI-AFW (C/N 31) and EI-AGI (C/N 34). They were cared for by Marshall Ltd.

circa October 1959
Aer Lingus considered converting this aircraft and EI-AFW (C/N 31) and EI-AGI (C/N 34) to carry freight to replace their Douglas DC3 freight fleet, but nothing came of it.

February 1960
Sold to Tradair Ltd.

FURTHER READING: Books about Aer Lingus



Photo of Tradair Ltd Viscount G-APZB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1960 to November 1962

Tradair Ltd

G-APZB - c/n 30 - a V.707 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

February 1960
Purchased from Aer Lingus.

David Carter illustration of Tradair Viscount G-APZB

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


21 November 1962
Sold to Starways Ltd.


Photo of Starways Ltd Viscount G-APZB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1962 to January 1964

Starways Ltd

G-APZB - c/n 30 - a V.707 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

21 November 1962
Purchased from Tradair Ltd.

1 January 1964
Transferred to Aviation Overhauls Ltd.


Photo of Aviation Overhauls Ltd Viscount G-APZB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1964 to June 1964

Aviation Overhauls Ltd

G-APZB - c/n 30 - a V.707 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 January 1964
Transferred from Starways Ltd.

3 June 1964
Leased to British Eagle International Airlines.


Photo of British Eagle International Airlines Viscount G-APZB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1964 to November 1964

British Eagle International Airlines

G-APZB - c/n 30 - a V.707 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

3 June 1964
Leased from Aviation Overhauls Ltd in full livery named as 'City of Newcastle'.

November 1964
Returned to Aviation Overhauls Ltd.


Photo of Aviation Overhauls Ltd Viscount G-APZB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1964 to November 1964

Aviation Overhauls Ltd

G-APZB - c/n 30 - a V.707 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

November 1964
Returned from British Eagle International Airlines lease.

5 November 1964
Sold to Channel Airways.


Photo of Channel Airways Viscount G-APZB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1964 to January 1965

Channel Airways

G-APZB - c/n 30 - a V.707 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

5 November 1964
Purchased from Aviation Overhauls Ltd.

20 January 1965
Leased to British Eagle International Airlines.


Photo of British Eagle International Airlines Viscount G-APZB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1965 to May 1965

British Eagle International Airlines

G-APZB - c/n 30 - a V.707 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

20 January 1965
Leased from Channel Airways in full livery named as 'City of Manchester'.

25 May 1965
Returned to Channel Airways.


Photo of Channel Airways Viscount G-APZB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1965 to July 1967

Channel Airways

G-APZB - c/n 30 - a V.707 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

25 May 1965
Returned from British Eagle International Airlines lease and initially returned to service in a basic British Eagle livery less titles.

circa July 1965
Repainted in full Channel Airways livery.

6 July 1967
Leased to BKS Air Transport Ltd.


Photo of BKS Air Transport Ltd Viscount G-APZB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1967 to July 1967

BKS Air Transport Ltd

G-APZB - c/n 30 - a V.707 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

6 July 1967
Leased from Channel Airways, still in full Channel livery.

19 July 1967
Returned to Channel Airways.


Photo of Channel Airways Viscount G-APZB

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1967 to February 1970

Channel Airways

G-APZB - c/n 30 - a V.707 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

19 July 1967
Returned from BKS Air Transport Ltd lease.

A proposed sale/lease to Irelfly was not completed.

12 May 1968
Withdrawn from service afer Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) expiry and stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

Total time 16,268 hours and 11,867 total landings.

February 1970
Broken up for scrap.

26 February 1970
Registration canncelled as aircraft destroyed.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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