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Viscount c/n 71

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 71
BOAC Associated Companies


England flag England

This V.702 series Viscount was built for
BOAC Associated Companies as VP-TBK

It first flew on Friday, 17 June 1955 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 505 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
British West Indian Overseas Airways, Kuwait Airways, Bahamas Airways, Channel Airways and BKS Air Transport Ltd


Photo of Viscount c/n 71
Channel Airways


England flag England

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

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 13 July 1969.

Broken up for scrap in February 1970.


Operational record
Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Viscount VP-TBK

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

June 1955 to August 1955

BOAC Associated Companies

VP-TBK - c/n 71 - a V.702 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

circa June 1955
This was the 1st V.702 ordered by BOAC Associated Companies for use by BWIA - British West Indian Airways.

Flight Magazine report - 1 July 1955


Production Aircraft No. 61 - the 61st production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 33rd Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 31st Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F01/702. Sales Order No. 01/53B. Stock Order No. 16/22B.

13 September 1954
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

October 1954
Fuselage transported by road from Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England to Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

2 November 1954
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

17 June 1955
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

1 July 1955
Handed over to BOAC Associated Companies.

28 July 1955
Ferried to Heathrow Airport, London, England for fitment of radio equipment by BOAC.

17 August 1955
Leased to BWIA - British West Indian Airways in a modified BOAC livery.


Photo of British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA) Viscount VP-TBK

Country of Registration Trinidad & Tobago

August 1955 to March 1959

British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA)

VP-TBK - c/n 71 - a V.702 series Viscount
Trinidad & Tobago registered

17 August 1955
Leased from BOAC Associated Companies and departed from Heathrow Airport, London, England on delivery.

This was the first Viscount to arrive in the West Indies.

7 March 1959
Returned to BOAC Associated Companies.


Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Viscount G-APTA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1959 to March 1959

BOAC Associated Companies

G-APTA - c/n 71 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

7 March 1959
Returned from BWIA - British West Indian Overseas Airways lease.

7 March 1959
Registered as G-APTA to BOAC Associated Companies.

21 March 1959
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) issued.

26 March 1959
Leased to Kuwait Airways.


Photo of Kuwait Airways Viscount G-APTA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1959 to May 1961

Kuwait Airways

G-APTA - c/n 71 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

26 March 1959
Leased from BOAC Associated Companies.

14 May 1961
Returned to BOAC Associated Companies.


Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Viscount G-APTA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1961 to June 1961

BOAC Associated Companies

G-APTA - c/n 71 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

14 May 1961
Returned from Kuwait Airways lease and ferried to Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland for maintenance and painting with Scottish Aviation Ltd.

21 June 1961
UK registration cancelled as aircraft exported.

30 June 1961
Leased to Bahamas Airways.


Photo of Bahamas Airways Viscount VP-BBW

Country of Registration Bahamas

June 1961 to December 1964

Bahamas Airways

VP-BBW - c/n 71 - a V.702 series Viscount
Bahamas registered

30 June 1961
Leased from BOAC Associated Companies and departed from Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland on delivery.

December 1964
Returned to BOAC Associated Companies.


Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Viscount G-APTA

Country of Registration Bahamas

December 1964 to December 1964

BOAC Associated Companies

G-APTA - c/n 71 - a V.702 series Viscount
Bahamas registered

December 1964
Returned from Bahamas Airways lease and re-registered as G-APTA.

13 December 1964
Sold to Channel Airways.


Photo of Channel Airways Viscount G-APTA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1964 to October 1965

Channel Airways

G-APTA - c/n 71 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

13 December 1964
Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies and ferried to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

16 December 1964
Registered to Channel Airways.

2 July 1965
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) renewed.

30 October 1965
Leased to Bahamas Airways in a modified Channel livery.


Photo of Bahamas Airways Viscount VP-BBW

Country of Registration Bahamas

October 1965 to May 1967

Bahamas Airways

VP-BBW - c/n 71 - a V.702 series Viscount
Bahamas registered

30 October 1965
Leased from Channel Airways in a modified Channel livery.

1 May 1967
Returned to Channel Airways.


Photo of Channel Airways Viscount G-APTA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1967 to July 1967

Channel Airways

G-APTA - c/n 71 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 May 1967
Returned from Bahamas Airways lease.

28 June 1967
Restored to the UK register.

14 July 1967
Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) renewed.

17 July 1967
Leased to BKS Air Transport Ltd in full BKS livery.


Photo of BKS Air Transport Ltd Viscount G-APTA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1967 to October 1967

BKS Air Transport Ltd

G-APTA - c/n 71 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

17 July 1967
Leased from Channel Airways in full BKS livery.

10 October 1967
Returned to Channel Airways.


Photo of Channel Airways Viscount G-APTA

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1967 to February 1970

Channel Airways

G-APTA - c/n 71 - a V.702 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

10 October 1967
Returned from BKS Air Transport Ltd lease.

Repainted in full Channel Airways livery.

13 July 1969
Withdrawn from service after C of A expiry and stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

Total time 21,030 hours and 16,196 total landings.

February 1970
Broken up for scrap.

24 February 1970
Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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