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Old 15th May 2020, 20:40
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What would have been a usual cruise altitude for a Viscount on one of these long sectors, e.g. MAH or PMI ? I seem to remember 25,000 feet was the published service ceiling. The BMA aircraft going from Leeds to Heathrow always filed for 17,000. I think BA went for 15,000 when they were on the route before BMA.
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Old 16th May 2020, 19:20
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Don't forget that BEA/BA's Viscounts on the LBA/LHR route (in later times) were 800's which were less capable than BMA's 810 series. The 810 had substantially more power, performance & range than the straight 800.
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Old 17th May 2020, 08:37
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From the mists of time two questions
1 Did I use a BMA Viscount to Liverpool and return late 1970's
2 Did BA use a Viscount LHR to Jersey, but on the return journey due to weather unable to take a full load, and I was transferred to BCAL 1- 11 staff tickets used.
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Old 17th May 2020, 09:38
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Yes to both questions, T09L.

I often used Midland Viscounts LHR-LPL 79/80 (interupted by the occasional DC9)

​​​​BA Viscounts were a regular on LHR-JER too.

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Old 17th May 2020, 10:24
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I flew standby with my parents from Jersey to East Midlands in 1973 on a BMA Viscount, unfortunately our bags went to Lisbon!
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Old 17th May 2020, 13:35
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Thanks, so the memory is still working.
re the Jersey return it was more that Viscount was not on a full load, but the short runway, some wag commented that the 1-11 could power off the cliff and be airborne, rather than the Viscount
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Old 17th May 2020, 14:07
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Originally Posted by Trinity 09L View Post
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Thanks, so the memory is still working.
re the Jersey return it was more that Viscount was not on a full load, but the short runway, some wag commented that the 1-11 could power off the cliff and be airborne, rather than the Viscount
Not correct 1-11s particularly the BA 500s which did'nt have water injection were heavily redtricted out of Jersey
On the 1-11 the amount of noise generated was out of all proportion to the results achieved
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Old 17th May 2020, 14:57
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In the mid-eighties GibAir were using the Viscount for the flights across the med to Africa - except when they needed to get one to the UK for maintenance and then they subbed it for the 737. Confused passengers arriving LGW after a long flight.

On the subject of ceiling, I hitched a ride on an empty BAF freighter BFS/SEN one day and we were over 30,000 ft on the way.
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Old 17th May 2020, 15:32
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Not correct 1-11s particularly the BA 500s which did'nt have water injection were heavily redtricted out of Jersey
On the 1-11 the amount of noise generated was out of all proportion to the results achieved
You're right about the lack of performance. My first jet job was BA Super 1-11 and a full load out of Jersey to MAN in summer often had to tech stop in CWL for fuel. Got it down to about 30mins fuel and go...
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Old 17th May 2020, 23:41
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On the 1-11 the amount of noise generated was out of all proportion to the results achieved
Lovely. Any excuse to push it through to the blue note.

I supposed one has to be old to remember folk achieving that strangled howl in jazz, and the Spey giving a similar spine tingling howl.

Viscounts. Innsbruck with Munich as an alternate.
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Old 20th May 2020, 18:35
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I have always referred to Spey's as Fuel to Noise conversion units!
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