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Magazine Report
28 November 1946

Discover the history of the Viscount with these contemporary reports from the pages of Flight Magazine

Paris Aero Show - conclusion

Medium Commercial Aircraft

Under this heading come machines approximately of DC3/Viking capacity. The class is represented full-scale in the Salon by the French SO 30R and in miniature by the Viking and Fokker F.26 models. The Marathon, Viceroy (this is the first known time that the Vickers VC2 has been referred to as the Viceroy) and AW 55 models typify new classes of four-engined civil machines which so far have no continental counterparts.

A competitor of the Viking, the Sud-Ouest SO 30R Bellatrix is a trim-looking low-mid-wing monoplane with a full-contoured fuselage, tricycle undercarriage and dihedral tail plane. The cabin is pressurized (the ‘cabin height’ is 8,200 ft) and any of the following load/range conditions is possible by day: 30 passengers and 4,100 lb of freight for 600 miles; 30 passengers and 1,980 lb of freight for 1,200 miles; or 15 passengers and 4,400 lb of freight for 1,200 miles. Sixteen passengers, in bunks, can be carried by night. At an all-up weight of about 36,000 lb Bellatrix has a top speed of 340 mph and cruises at 250 mph.

Sud-Ouest SO 30N Bellatrix F-BALY

Sud-Ouest SO 30N Bellatrix F-BALY

Inside and out this machine looks attractive and should do well. Pratt and Whitney R.2800 engines may be fitted instead of the French 14Rs, with an improvement in cruising performance. Its makers claim for the machine an all-round superiority over other aircraft of its class.

Brabazon IIA and IIB specifications

The Airspeed Ambassador is being built to the Brabazon IIA specification while the Vickers VC2 Viceroy is being built to the Brabazon IIB specification.

Airspeed Ambassador advert 28 November 1946

Armstrong Siddeley

One of the principal Armstrong Siddeley pieces, the sectioned ASX turbo-jet, was illustrated in Flight, of November 14th. The descendants of this earlier development unit are also presented to an admiring audience. The powerful Python appears for the first time with its co-axial contra-props (three bladed Rotols) and ‘snugged’ behind it is the remarkably small Mamba. This little 1,100 equivalent hp unit is the smallest airscrew turbine yet produced and has an overall diameter of only 27 inches and is being considered for the Viceroy.

British European Airways Corporation

JU52 Jupiters - basically the same three-engined type so widely used as a military transport by the Germans during the war - were this week introduced in 12-seater form on the London-Liverpool-Belfast service by BEA as replacements for the 6-seater Rapides.

British European Airways Corporation JU52 Jupiter G-AHOG

British European Airways Corporation JU52 Jupiter G-AHOG
BEA advert 28 November 1946





Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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