Viscount G-LOND

Vickers 806 Viscount – c/n 257

With BAF as G-AOYI from Jul 1981 to Feb 1985

With BAF* as G-LOND from Apr 1986 to Sep 1987

Given Names – ‘Elaine’, ‘City of Aberdeen’, ‘Viscount Jersey’ and ‘Viscount Churchill’

While Viscount Yankee India’s early BAF career with BAF started off normally, she would return for a second round of service after being sold off,Viscount G-AOYI although this time on lease. Arriving at Southend on June 2nd 1981, Viscount Yankee India was quickly overhauled and dispatched on her first lease, ten days later to North Africa where she would enter service with Esso Standard, hauling workers, supplies and spares around the oil fields of Libya. Indeed, she would spend the next year or so, transiting back and forth between Southend and Tripoli, returning to SEN in October 1981, before heading out again in December, although this time for Occidental Oil, who leased her through to April 1982. Her final, African lease would she her working for Sirte Oil between June and July 1982, when she finally, returned to British soil for the duration.

The following month would see her going off on lease with ill-fated domestic carrier Polar Airways who would lease as many as five Viscounts from BAF. By this time, Yankee India had been given her first ‘bee’ livery, although Polar rather than BAF titles had instead been applied to the aircraft. She would continue to fly with the airline until March 1983, when the airline’s collapse saw the aircraft being returned to Southend after a short period of storage at Teesside Airport. By the following month, she had returned to service for BAF and started popping up at numerous locations such as Newcastle (4/83), Manchester (5/83) and Stansted (7/83) although she would continue to fly in the Polar livery for the duration.

The collapse of Alidair in mid-1983 would see its remaining assets being sold off and as a result of this, BAF would put in an offer for its subsidiary G-AOYI GuernseyGuernsey Airlines. In August, the offer was summarily accepted and BAF gained itself not only routes to the Channel Islands, but also the lucrative oil services that operated between Aberdeen and Sumburgh. Along with Viscount Yankee Golf, Yankee India would operate the Guernsey, Channel Island services until February 1984 when she was replaced by fellow stable mate G-BLOA, although she would still turn up at continental destinations such as Dusseldorf (9/83) and Munich (10/83). She was then sent north to replace the ageing 700 series Viscounts that BAF had procured as part of the Alidair deal. However, by the summer of 1984, she was back at Southend and went back to operating BAF charter and scheduled services.

Around the end of July 1984, Yankee India was withdrawn for a couple of days and in the process, received her first red, white and blue, BAF livery, after which she returned to flying BAF services to or from such airports as Jersey (8/84), Cambridge (8/84) and Birmingham (9/84). This kind of work would continue up until February the following year, when Yankee India was finally sold to London European Airways who needed an aircraft for their Luton – Amsterdam route. She remained with LEA for exactly a year, before the airline went into administration and as a consequence, a small company based in the Turks and Caicos Islands, stepped in to buy her. However, she was never to leave British shores and instead, one month later, she was back with BAF, albeit on lease and with a new registration, namely G-LOND.

By the end of April 1986, she had been ferried to Southend from Exeter and emerged adorned in the new, BAF, ‘British’ livery. Once more, she would G-LOND scrapbe tasked with carrying out more ad-hoc charter and scheduled flights for the airline. It would seem that owner Caicos International Airways would take little interest in operating this aircraft and inevitably, this Viscount would spend the rest of her operational life working out of Southend. Although the lease for this particular aircraft would expire in February 1987, the aircraft remained in storage at SEN. She was reactivated again in July for a further two month lease, but saw little service and by September, she had finally been WFU. While attempts were made to sell her, she sat idle at the far end of the northern apron, until being removed to the rear of the airport during 1990. She was later scrapped in February 1993.


History of G-AOYI/G-LOND

1/58 – 7/70


7/70 – 4/74

Cambrian Airways (WFU Cardiff 4/80)

4/74 – 2/85


2/85 – 4/86

London European Airways (Re-reg as G-LOND)

4/86 – 6/92

Caicos International Airways on lease to BAF* from 4/86 to 2/87 and 7/87 to 9/87 – WFU at SEN 9/87


Scrapped at SEN 2/93


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