The prototype - G-ARTA - took 19 minutes to fly to nearby Wisley, where extensive further testing and cabin fitting were carried out.
Today in Aviation, British Airways (BA) retired from its fleet its last Vickers VC10, a mid-sized, narrow-body long-range jet.
Rediscover the four-engined commercial airliners that revolutionized the air travel industry.
Airways speaks with Shea Oakley about his career as a commercial aviation historian and the importance of the field.
Despite joining forces in March 1960, just two years later British Eagle's relationship with Cunard had soured and the airline was renamed.
The first Vickers Viscount aircraft took to the skies from Wisley, Surrey, on its maiden flight today in 1948.
The airline had been founded earlier that month to take over the services of West African Airways Corporation (WT).
This is the story of how London Heathrow Airport (LHR) officially opened for commercial air travel.