The Vickers Viscount took its maiden flight almost 75 years ago - and took the world by storm. The newest vintage PlaneTags are made from VX-AVE, a retired Viscount v.831. Introducing Vickers Viscount 800 Series PlaneTags from MotoArt!
The Viscount was a British medium-range, four-engined turboprop airliner produced by Vickers-Armstrong. Its design was based on requirements for a post-WWII civil aircraft and became one of the most successful post-war commercial aircraft, with significant sales even in North America. The Viscount was the first turboprop airliner to operate passenger service and to offer the first regularly scheduled flights by a turbine-powered aircraft. The revolutionary cabin pressurization provided a quiet, comfortable ride and became a favorite of passengers and airlines alike, and the most popular commercial airliner of its time. 445 were built, 3 of which were v.831, which featured Rolls Royce Dart 525 engines and 60 seats.
Our Viscount 831 (C/N 403) was built in 1959 for Airwork Ltd, and first registered as G-APNE. It first flew on March 9, 1959 from Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England. She spent many of her early years flying for airlines such as British United Airways (BUA), British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), and British Midland Airways (BMA) before finally settling in with Arkia Israel Inland Airlines as 4X-AVE from 1972 to 1982. After retirement, 4X-AVE went on to become a training aircraft for Pima Community College until 1998, before being broken up and salvaged for parts in an Arizona scrap yard. MotoArt recovered 4X-AVE from the desert in 2022.
Only the back section was used for PlaneTags. The front cockpit has been preserved in our Mojave boneyard storage in the hopes it will someday find a permanent home as an exhibit. Don’t miss adding these limited edition series Vickers Viscount PlaneTags to your collection today. The Viscount is a much requested and beloved aircraft, and its place in history deserves a place in your PlaneTags collection.
VISCOUNT 831 - # 4X-AVE
- Manufacturer: Vickers-Armstrongs
- Tail #: 4X-AVE
- Crew: 2 pilots, 3 Flight Attendants
- Seats: 75 Passengers
- Wing Span: 93 ft 8 in
- Length: 85 ft 8 in
- Height: 25 ft 9 in
- Range:1,379 nm
- Cruise Speed: 305 kts
- Ceiling: 25,000 ft
- Empty weight: 41,276 lb
- Max Takeoff: 72,500 lb
- Rate of Climb: 1,120 ft
- Engine: 4 × Rolls-Royce Dart Mk 525 turboprop
Perfect Aviation Gift
- Authentic - made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal.
- Unique - each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags.
- Collectible - each one is numbered in a limited edition and comes attached to a display card.
- Versatile - comes with a durable metal ring, strong enough to attach to luggage or keys or display.
*Important Notice – Please Read Carefully
PlaneTags are made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. Because PlaneTags are made from real fuselage, each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. These variations and imperfections are not product flaws. They are part of the beauty of PlaneTags. As a result, you will not have an option to select the color of your PlaneTag. The images on this website are provided for reference only and should not be used as the sole basis for choosing a particular PlaneTag.