ZK-BRD. Vickers Viscount 807. c/n 281.
Was also registered as: G-BBVH.
This aircraft was ordered new by New Zealand National Airways Corporation
Built at the Vickers-Armstrong Weybridge factory
Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-BRD - September 04, 1957
Registered to New Zealand National Airways Corporation, Wellington, New Zealand
First flown - December 11, 1957
Accepted by NZNAC at Weybridge - December 31, 1957
Departed Weybridge on the delivery flight to New Zealand - January 01, 1958
It arrived at Auckland (Whenuapai) on completion of the delivery flight - January 10, 1958
Flight crew: Captains H. C. Walker, G. Harvey, J. H. Register
Delivery route: London - Rome - Athens - Beirut - Bahrain - Karachi - Delhi - Calcutta - Bangkok - Saigon -
Zamboagna - Biak - Darwin - Cloncurry - Sydney - Auckland
Actual flying time: 51 hours 12 minutes
The aircraft was named 'City of Wellington' on arrival at Auckland by Lady Isitt
Lady Isitt was the wife of NAC Board Chairman, Sir Leonard Isitt
Operated it first revenue service Auckland - Christchurch - Auckland - February 03, 1958
At this point Auckland and Christchurch were the only two airports that could accommodate the Viscount
The RNZAF Base 'Ohakea' could also handle the Viscount and was used in emergency situations only
It set a new speed record on Auckland - Christchurch sector of 1 hour 36 minutes - June 12, 1958
The aircraft was extensively damaged whilst landing at Auckland (Whenuapai) - November 12, 1958
The undercarriage was inadvertently retracted after touch-down
Test-flown Auckland - Auckland on completion of the repairs - December 17, 1958
It was the first Viscount to land at the newly rebuilt Wellington (Rongotai) airport - July 06, 1959
Three days of crew training were carried out before the airport was commissioned - July 20, 1959
The aircraft was withdrawn from service for a major overhaul lasting 8 weeks 2 days - May 23, 1960
Test flown following its first major overhaul - July 19, 1960
It was rolled out following repainting into the new livery to match the Boeing 737 fleet - October 04, 1967
This aircraft was offered for sale or lease to the RNZAF as a VIP transport - September 1968
It was to replace a Douglas DC-6 but the offer was not taken up
Had the distinction of being the only Viscount to land at Napier Airport - January 18, 1973
It was under the command of Capt. D. W. Barr, when it diverted from Palmerston North
The aircraft was withdrawn from service at Christchurch having flown 35,477 hours - December 20, 1973
Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - December 21, 1973
Sold to British European Airways (BEA) - December 22, 1973
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-BBVH (CofR R.14089/1) - December 22, 1973
Registered to British European Airways PLC, London
It was accepted by BEA on behalf of Gibralter Airways at Christchurch - January 08, 1974
All titles had been removed from the aircraft except for the 'Godwit' symbol that remained on the tail
A small black 'kiwi' had been added to the forward fuselage
The aircraft departed Chrishchurch on the ferry flight to the United Kingdom - January 09, 1974
It arrived at London (Heathrow) on completion of the ferry flight - January 16, 1974
Ferry route: Christchurch - Auckland - Brisbane - Mt Isa - Darwin - Denpasar - Jakarta - Singapore - Rangoon -
Bombay - Dubai - Teheran - Ankara - Nicosia - Athens - Rome - London
Ferried London (Heathrow) - East Midlands for overhaul - January 17, 1974
Test flown at East Midlands on completion of the overhaul - Janusary 25, 1974
Ferried East Midlands - Cardiff (Roose) for the issuing of its new Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) - January 29, 1974
Leased to Gibraltar Airways Limited c/- Bland Limited, Gibraltar as the registered operator - January 29, 1974
Ferried Cardiff (Roose) - Castle Donnington for repainting - February 08, 1974
It was observed at Castle Donnington in the basic NAC livery - February 09, 1974
Delivered to Gibraltar Airways - April 1974
Ownership was transferred to GB Airways - May 06, 1981
The aircraft acquired the blue and red GB 'tail logo' - 1984
An extensive overhaul was commenced at Southend that included installing a new wing spar - August 29, 1987
The aircraft was repainted at Southend (Rochford) into the GB Airways livery - September 1987
The aircraft was named 'Yogibair'
It was test flown at Southend following completion of the overhaul - April 19, 1988
Returned to service with GB Airways - April 21, 1988
The aircraft was destroyed in a landing accident at Boukhalf, Tangier, Morocco - November 23, 1988
It was landing in heavy rain with wind gusts at 60 degrees to the runway at 24 kts
It departed the left side of the runway before coming to rest in a culvert some 1,165 yards from touch-down
No injuries were sustained by the 74 passengers and 4 crew members
It was deemed to be uneconomical to repair and broken up for useable parts
The aircraft had flown 40, 632 hours
Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - February 07, 1989
ZK-BRD. New Zealand National Airways Corporation - 'City of Wellington' in the original livery near Hurn, December 1957.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0128-054.)
ZK-BRD. New Zealand National Airways Corporation - 'City of Wellington' in the original livery at Auckland Whenaupai Airport, January 10, 1958.
This was the official naming ceremony.
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ZK-BRD. New Zealand National Airways Corporation - 'City of Wellington' in the original livery at Christchurch Airport, March 1959.
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ZK-BRD. New Zealand National Airways Corporation - 'City of Wellington' in the original livery at Christchurch Airport, circa 1959.
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ZK-BRD. New Zealand National Airways Corporation - 'City of Wellington' in the original livery at Auckland Whenuapai Airport, crca 1960.
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ZK-BRD. NAC National Airways - 'City of Wellington' in the standard livery at Christchurch Airport, circa 1971.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0128-045.)
ZK-BRD. NAC National Airways - 'City of Wellington' in the standard livery at Christchurch Airport, October 30, 1971.
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G-BBVH. GB Airways - in the basic 'NZNAC' livery at Christchurch Airport, January 07, 1974.
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G-BBVH. GibAir - in the basic 'NZNAC' livery at Gibraltar Airport, June 10, 1979.
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G-BBVH. Gibraltar Airways - in the basic 'NZNAC' livery at Gibraltar Airport, August 12, 1980.
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G-BBVH. GB Airways - in the basic 'NZNAC' livery at an unknown airport, July 1983.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0128-079.)
G-BBVH. GB Airways - in the basic 'NZNAC' livery at Lourdes Tarbres Airport, July 1986.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0128-091.)
G-BBVH. GB Airways - 'Yogibair' in the revised livery at an unknown airport, April 1988.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0128-080.)