ZK-SKY. Vickers Viscount 802. c/n 168.
Was also registered as G-AOHT.
This aircraft was ordered new by British European Airways Corporation - 1953
Built at the Vickers-Armstrong Weybridge factory
It was the 19th Viscount 802 ordered by British European Airways
The fuselage was constructed at Hurn whilst the aircraft was assembled at Weybridge
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-AOHT (CofR R.5220/1) - January 02, 1956
Registered to British European Airways Corporation, London
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn, Bournemouth - December 11, 1956
It was transported by road to Weybridge and it arrived at Erecting Shop E - January 25, 1957
First flown as G-AOHT - June 20, 1957
Powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines
Accepted by BEA at Weybridge - July 03, 1957
The aircraft was named 'RMA Ralph Fitch'
Opererated its first revenue service - July 1957
The aircraft was repainted with the revised BEA 'red square' livery - March 1959
During the repainting the aircraft's name and its nameplate, located on the forward cabin bulkhead, was removed
The aircraft had flown 21,696 hours with 15,844 cycles - April 25, 1964
BEA introduced the 'Flying Union Jack' livery in 1968 and all aircraft acquired this livery during major overhaul
BEA was merged with British Overseas Airways Corporation to form British Airways - July 31, 1973
Registered to British Airways Board, London (CofR R.5220/2) - July 31, 1973
It was withdrawn from service and stored at Cardiff (Rhoose), Wales - April 1980
Registered to British Air Ferries, Southend-on-Sea (CofR G-AOHT/R3) - June 15, 1981
Sold to British Air Ferries (BAF) - July 17, 1981
The aircraft was named Carol'
It arrived at Auckland on a wet-lease contract in Skybus livery - September 23, 1981
It was wet-leased to Aqua Avia Society, New Zealand t/a Skybus
Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - October 16, 1981
Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-SKY - October 20, 1981
This aircraft did not enter service in New Zealand as Air New Zealand had lodged an objection to its planned
operations, which was upheld by the New Zealand Airworthiness Authority. The Aqua Avia Society had argued
that their business plan of forming a 'Club' with annual membership fees meant that they were not charging a fare
for flights with New Zealand and therefore were not in competition with Air New Zealand and did not need to
obtain licences for their proposed routes
The aircraft was reclaimed by British Air Ferries and prepared for return to the United Kingdom - November 1981
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-AOHT (CofR G-AOHT/R4) - November 30, 1981
Registered to BAF (NZ) Limited
Leased to Bouraq Indonesia Airways, Jakarta, Indonesia - November 30, 1981
Departed Auckland on the ferry flight to Indonesia - December 01, 1981
Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - December 08, 1981
Registered to British Air Ferries, Southend-on-Sea (CofR G-AOHT/R5) - March 11, 1982
Departed Jakarta on the ferry flight to the United Kingdom - March 31, 1982
It arrived at Southend-on-Sea, Essex on completion of the ferry flight and stored - April 03, 1982
Leased to Polar Airways as the registered operator - August 01, 1982
It operated its first Polar Airways service Aberdeen - Stavanger - August 06, 1982
Sold to Polar Airways - March 01, 1983
Registered to Polar Air (CofR G-OHT/R6) - March 22, 1983
Leased to British Air Ferries as the registered operator in the basic Polar livery - March 22, 1983
Polar Airways ceased operations - May 1983
The aircraft remained on lease to BAF under control of the Polar Air trustees
It was observed at East Midlands operating cargo services to Maastricht with 'Aerolink' titles - May 1983
Returned to the Polar Air trustees at the end of the lease - May 01, 1984
Leased to Euroair Transport Ltd as the registered operator - May 01, 1984
Registered to Nelson Leasing and Finance Ltd, Southend-on Sea (CofR G-AOHT/R7) - May 04, 1984
Rolled out at Southend in the Euroair livery - May 16, 1984
Sub-leased to British Airways for one month in the Euroair livery - September 03, 1984
Registered to Alexandra Aviation Limited, Liverpool (CofR G-AOHT/R8) - February 11, 1985
The aircraft had flown 44,580 hours - March 18, 1985
Leased to Virgin Atlantic Airways in a modified Euroair livery with 'Virgin' titles - April 01, 1985
Returned to Euroair at the end of the lease - August 05, 1985
Sold to British Air Ferries - August 05, 1985
Registered to British Air Ferries, Southend-on-Sea (CofR G-AOHT/R9) - August 05, 1985
The Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) expired - May 16, 1986
The aircraft was withdrawn from service and stored at Southend
It was observed at Southend without engines, outer wings and rudder - March 18, 1987
The port outer wing was donated to the Brooklands Museum at Weybridge - ?
The aircraft was scrapped at Southend - March 1991
Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - July 21, 1994
G-AOHT. Skybus - in the standard livery at Southend Airport, August 1981.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0128-047.)
ZK-SKY. Skybus - in the standard livery at Auckland Airport, November 1981.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0128-048.)
ZK-SKY. Skybus - in the standard livery at Christchurch Airport, November 1981.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0128-049.)
G-AOHT. BAF British Air Ferries - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0128-104.)
G-AOHT. Aerolink - in the basic BAF livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0128-106.)
G-AOHT. Polar Airways - in the basic BAF livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0128-105.)
G-AOHT. Euroair - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0128-107.)
G-AOHT. Virgin - in the basic Euroair livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0128-108.)