The Vickers Viscount, the world's first turboprop airliner was one of the few commercially successful aircraft programmes of postwar Britain.
The first flight of the prototype was made at Wisley on 16/7/48 and in 1953 the first production aircraft, which were powered by four 1,890hp Rolls-Royce Dart RDa.7 Mk520 engines, entered regular service with British European Airways (BEA). Viscount production ceased in the early 1960s after 444 had been made.
G-APIM (‘IM), was one of the last Viscounts built at Brooklands. First flown from Brooklands in June 1958, & delivered to BEA on 23rd June 1958, ‘IM served with various carriers until 1990 when it was offered to the Museum by British Air Ferries.
It was officially named ‘Viscount Stephen Piercey’ on 25th August 1984 after the late Stephen Piercey, an accomplished aviation photographer & founder of ‘Propliner’ magazine. Stephen was tragically killed aged 26 at the 1984 Hannover Air Show.
On 11th Januaray 1988, a Shorts 330 accidentally taxied into ‘IM at Southend badly damaging both aircraft.
Museum Volunteers and the ‘Friends of Viscount Stephen Piercey’ look after ‘IM today.