Vickers Viking
1945
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Vickers Viking

The Viking was a twin-engined 24-27-seat transport and was the first completely new post-World War II airliner to fly in the world. British European Airways operated a fleet of 49 on its European network and total production was 163. BEA aircraft were, in fact, modified to allow them to carry up to 34 or 38 tourist-class passengers when required. Four also flew with the Queen's Flight.

Vickers Viking


Specification 
 MODELViking IB
 CREW3-4
 PASSENGERS21-38
 ENGINE2 x Bristol Hercules 634, 1260kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight15354 kg33850 lb
    Empty weight10546 kg23250 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan27.2 m89 ft 3 in
    Length19.86 m65 ft 2 in
    Height5.94 m20 ft 6 in
    Wing area81.94 m2881.99 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Cruise speed338 km/h210 mph
    Ceiling7240 m23750 ft
    Range w/max.payload837 km520 miles

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Type 610 Viking IBA three-view drawing of Type 610 Viking IB (800 x 730)

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Peter moore, 19.02.2018

I flew (aged 4) in a Vickers Viiking via Nice to Malta in eight hours landing @ Lucqa.Sure the passport control was a hut,can,t be sure I was only 4.My dad was a submariner in T class subs,.I remember the plane climbing over the alps.(or am I dreaming?)

Steve Fremgen, 11.04.2017

I rode on a BWIA Viking with my father when we were on holiday, from Trinidad to Tobago in 1954. Tobago's Crown Point Airport at that time only had a grass runway which made it even more fun. BWIA ran DC-3s and Vikings on that run on alternating days. We rode back on a DC-3.

Geraldine Fitzgerald, 06.02.2017

At the age of 11 (1956), I also flew with my mother in a Viking from Salisbury, Rhodesia to London. There was just one hostess and she allowed me to help collect cups from some of the passengers. It was a trip of 4 days, stopping overnight at 3 different countries on the way. We flew back on a new Viscount. A trip I shall never forget.

Peter Hill, 02.02.2017

I was a LAME (Instruments) with Airwork at Blackbushe 1949 - 1956. Also member 622 Aux. Sqdn.

George Adams, 02.02.2017

1955 august. Heathrow to Nice ( lunch) Malta (night stop Phoenicia hotel), next morning Benghazi, wadi Halfa for the night. Then Khartoum,Entebbe, and finally Nairobi. Airwork. A month later return by Hunting Clan. Miss the sound of the big pistons

Patrick Ford, 30.09.2016

I remember flying in one of these planes - it was a test flight for S.A.A I guess in the late 40s or early 50s.It was seriously bumpy and very noisy and I remember being very sick.

Patrick Ford, 30.09.2016

I remember flying in one of these planes - it was a test flight for S.A.A I guess in the late 40s or early 50s.It was seriously bumpy and very noisy and I remember being very sick.

Chris Cooke, 11.04.2016

I have a picture of a Viking at my local Pub. it has the signage of the Royal Radar Establishment, must have been late '50s. Anyone any idea what it might have been doing in Buxted, East Sussex

Max moscrop, 17.02.2016

in about 1950 when I was 9 years old I flew from Nairobi to blackbush in what I believe was a vickers viscount, I was travelling alone having to leave Africa rather urgently due to mau mau. I have not been able to trace any flight details but the name viscount does ring a bell, would anyone know if the viscount was used on this trip. I seem to recall staying overnight in Khartoum.

Max moscrop, 17.02.2016

in about 1950 when I was 9 years old I flew from Nairobi to blackbush in what I believe was a vickers viscount, I was travelling alone having to leave Africa rather urgently due to mau mau. I have not been able to trace any flight details but the name viscount does ring a bell, would anyone know if the viscount was used on this trip. I seem to recall staying overnight in Khartoum.

Michael, 07.10.2015

I flew from Bovingdon,Herts to Malta in 1953 in a Huntings Airline Viking----we stopped at Nice for refuelling. I remember sitting just behind the hump which allowed me to put my feet up and have a sleep.

Bruce Williams, 27.06.2015

I flew from Blackbush to Luqa (Malta) on 8th February 1957. We stopped at Nice for refueling where I remember buying a postcard in the small airport lounge and posting it to my grandmother back in the UK. The flight seemed to take forever - I'd love to know how long it really took.

roy harvey, 01.04.2015

I think it was a Vickers Viking that I flew on to Nairobi in 1949. We were going to meet my father who worked on the peanut scheme. If it wasn't a Viking, then it was an aircraft with a wingspan that you had to climb over to get to the front of the cabin.

Alan McFarland, 03.12.2014

I flew many times in a Viking from Belvedere (Salisbury) to Ndola and experienced a number of heart stopping drops in the bumpy air. Stepping over the hump across the aisle was rather odd. Just missed the flight that lost a wing over Southern Tanganyika. One bump too many there! Shauri ya Mungu
The Salisburyites ponder mightily when the Vikings and Dakotas flew over the city on takeoff from Belvedere! Airport!

Tony Porter, 31.10.2014

I flew in Vikings throughout the 50s & early 60s, as my father was an exec with first Airwork (out of Elmdon Airport) and later Tradair (Southend) which converted the sold-off Kings Flight Vikings to run package tour charters. We were among the earliest of the first wave of British tourists to the Costa Brava, when places like Lloret were just sleepy fishing villages. Also flew to Rotterdam and Paris a few times. My father was heavily involved in the Airwork 'Safari' tours to Kenya, mentioned elsewhere by John Hopkins. Loved the Vikings - old crates, but such character! (And they flew low enough that you could watch the landscape roll past like an unfolding survey map.)

Surendra Shirali, 14.06.2014

Struggling very hard to obtain a Plastic Model Kit of Vickers Viking 1B. scale models 1/72 or bigger.
Can someone tell me where to get one. Will be extremely grateful for the information.

Frank Astor, 07.06.2014

I too have flown in a Viking!
It was on 26/4/1956. We left from. Ciampino (Roma) for Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia. It snowed on Rome the day before so we were delayed by a day and we arrived on 29/April, my 22nd birthday!
We spent one night at Marsa Matruk, (Egypt) one at Whadi Halfa (Sudan) and last at Entebbe (Tanganyka).
At Whadi Halfa, we slept on a river boat anchored in the Nile, it was my first experience of sleeping under a net as mosquitoes buzzed outside trying to get at me!
At Entebbe, as we waited for supper to be ready, I ran to the edge of Lake Victoria as I saw some Hyppos grazing. Camera in hand I took 3 photos and ran back when I heard the dinner's tune played on the xylophone.
We had lunch at Malta, at Entebbe (Sudan) and Ndola (Northern Rhodesia), while we had suppers in the hotels where we slept.
The pilot flew low after Entebbe and zigzagged to afford us better sightings of herds of buffaloes, wildebeests, giraffes and elephants. In Sudan we saw mile after mile of flat sand with here and there a rock or a boulder with a tail of sand pointing to north from its top to eventually reaching the floor. They looked as so many cones of ice-cream all fallen on the sand, all in the same direction.
We left Ciampino at about 8am and reached Bulawayo at about 5pm four days later, having flown at 388km/h cruising speed. Smooth landings all the way: excellent pilot and good weather!
My first flying experience!
The worst plane I flew in, afterwards, was a BEA Canberra from Rome to Johannesburg: noisy and vibrations all the way!
The smoothest flights: a DC10 and the latest 303s jumbos, with TV games and on board cameras looking ahead (pilot's view) and down to the ground below. Beautiful when the plane is not full and I can use three screens: one to see where we are (on a map), one to look down, play a video game in another and see the clouds from the windows. That's flying! Yet I remember the Viking's as one of my most cherished experiences.
Frank Astor

keith humphrey, 28.03.2014

Hello,
I to traveled from Ndola in Northern Rhodesia to England in one of these planes in both 1951 and again in 1953.The route on both occasions was Ndola ,Tabora Entebbe (night Stop) Juba Wadi Halfa (night stop) either Bengazo or MursaMatru Valleta (night stop)Nice (sometime night stop owing to head winds)and the UK .I would love to do the route again in the same aircraft.I believe they were all operated by Hunting Clan. In 1953 we remained at Wadi Halfa for 3 or 4 days as the aircraft developed a technical fault and we had to await spares coming from England.Whilst we were there ,there was some people travelling overland from the U.K. to South africa in an old Bentley and they had been in Wadi for some months awaiting new tyres so they could continue.During the late 60 and early 70 the Rhodesian airforce operated dc3's as cargo - resupply aircraft in which i was fortunate to fly in.
I have some pictures of the Viking at Ndola airport cica 1951

John Hope, 23.03.2014

I flew from the UK to Luqa Malta in May 1956 but cannot remember where from but remeber calling at Nice and also Naples on the way. As I am writing a book which incorporates this flight any enlightenment would be appreciated.

John Spencer, 04.02.2013

I don't remember my first trip in a Viking as I was only 5 months old. It was from London, Blackbush to Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia in November 1947 and I was accompanied by my mother and grandmother. Years later my family lived less than a mile from the then Salisbury airport at Belvedere and mum worked for Central African Airways. I would often ride my bike to the airport and would visit the hangers and ride around the taxi tracks. No security in those days and there would always be a mechanic around to let a little boy climb aboard the CAA Vikings and DC3s parked there. CAA disposed of their Vikings in about 57 or 58 but, just before they did mum took me to Bulawayo and back on one as I'd always had a great affection for them. I've flown many times since on many different aircraft but none will ever be as memorable as that last Viking flight.

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