G-APOO

Viking G-APOO

Vickers 621 Viking – c/n 156

With Channel from Mar 1963 to May 1965

All three, ex-Queen’s Flight Vikings were summarily transferred into Channel’s ownership in December 1962, after coming to an arrangement with Tradair’s receiver to take over its remaining assets. As far as G-APOO was concerned, she would operate with her new owner for another two seasons before being permanently withdrawn and would thus outlive stable mate Oscar Romeo, while being removed just a few months before Oscar Papa. Her first revenue service was flown on one of Channel’s Central European charters to Basle on April 10th 1963. These three Vikings would primarily be reserved to fly the I.T. flights although it wasn’t long before they started appearing at Ostend, Rotterdam and the Channel Islands too.

The following year would see G-APOO opening a number of other routes, with day trip charters beginning between Southend and Beauvais that continued through much of March and April while on May 1st, she flew a charter to Groningen from SEN. May 17th, would also witness Oscar Oscar opening the Manchester-Ostend route. Otherwise, her summer would be mostly made up of I.T. charters to Basle and scheduled services on the aforementioned routes between Southend/Manchester-Ostend and Southend-Channel Islands/Rotterdam. However, her summer would come to a rather early end and after her return from Ostend on August 20th 1964, she was withdrawn from service and never flew again. Oscar Oscar was removed to the rear of the airport, striped of useful parts and then scrapped during May 1965.

 

History of G-APOO

1/48 to 8/58

RAF King’s Flight as VL233

(Transferred to RAF Queen’s Flight 5/52)

8/58 to 12/62

Tradair Ltd

12/62 to 5/65

Channel Airways Ltd

Fate

WFU at Southend 8/64 and scrapped circa 5/65

 

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