Vickers 802 Viscount – c/n 168

With BAF from Jul 1981 to May 1984 & Aug 1985 to Mar 1991

Given Name – ‘Viscount Carol’

Hotel Tango had a rather interesting, if somewhat short career with BAF, which saw her spending a period of time with the Viscount G-AOHT NZfledgling, Virgin Airways, not to mention a rather long trip that took her to the other side of the world, only for her to return a few months later. She was also one of the few Viscounts never to be painted in the well renowned, red, white and blue BAF livery. In September 1981 (a couple of months after her arrival at SEN) G-AOHT was painted in ‘Skybus’ colours after which she was delivered to her prospective new owner, Aqua Avia of New Zealand. However, a dispute amongst the relevant parties (which included Air NZ and the NZ equivalent of our CAA) saw the deal fall through and by the December 1981, she had been reclaimed by BAF and was subsequently leased on to Bouraq Airlines in Indonesia.

By April of the following year, she was back at Southend where she received a BAF ‘Bee’ paint job and underwent checks. The next four months would be the only time that she would bear a full BAF livery and titles and she flew a number of the polar-visc-g-aohtcontinental routes including a number of visits to Basle during May and June and a visit to Dusseldorf in October. However, in March 1983 she was sold on to another company, this time to Polar Airways where she would be put to work flying freight between East Midlands and a number of Benelux cities which included Amsterdam and Maastricht on behalf of BMA. However, it would seem that the New Zealand ‘curse’ had attached itself firmly to HT and within three weeks, this deal had also fallen through with Polar’s collapse. The aircraft itself was then leased back to BAF and HT would be seen at SEN during June 1983 with ‘Aerolink’ titles on her nose.

Once more she would be sold on, this time to Euroair who then sub-leased her to a couple of other airlines (including BA) until eventually, she ended upViscount G-AOHT with the aforementioned Virgin who leased her to fly their Maastricht-Gatwick route. By August 1985, she was back with BAF and resumed the BMA flights from East Midlands and Coventry in her Virgin livery without titles until the following May, after which she was finally withdrawn from use. As with most expired Viscounts, she languished outside the Jadepoint hangar for several months before becoming the first of several to be taken to what would become a ‘graveyard’ for old Viscounts, an area located to the rear of Southend Airport, west of the 33 end of the old 15/33 runway. She would be joined a few months later by G-BNAA and G-AOYL, all of which were slowly pulled apart before eventually meeting their demise. HT was finally broken up in March 1991.


History of G-AOHT

7/57 to 4/74


4/74 to 4/80

British Airways

4/80 to 7/81

Stored at Cardiff, Wales

7/81 to 9/81


9/81 to 12/81

Aqua Avia as ZK-SKY

12/81 to 3/83


3/83 to 5/84

Polar Airways

(Leased back to BAF)

5/84 to 8/85


8/85 to 3/91



WFU at SEN 7/87 and Scrapped 3/91


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