Duxford's Viscount Day
You are invited to join the Vickers Viscount Network and the Duxford Aviation Society
on Saturday 31 July 2010 for Duxford's Viscount Day
Duxford Aviation Society Viscount restoration team
Jeff Croft, Trevor Yeldham, John Overhill, Paul Harrison and Alan Brown.
Duxford's Viscount Day is a tribute to 'The Turboprop World-Beater Viscount' and
to the dedicated
restoration team at the Duxford Aviation Society who has
preserved the worlds oldest surviving Viscount
G-ALWF c/n 5.
The Vickers Viscount Network and the Duxford Aviation Society invites everyone with an interest in the Vickers Viscount, together
with their family and friends, to Duxford's Viscount Day, a day where this famous aircraft will take centre stage. The event
is to be held at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire, England CB22 4QR on Saturday 31st July 2010.
In its day the Viscount was as much of a ground breaking aircraft as Concorde was 20 years later. The Vickers
Viscount Network has been created to preserve the memory of this, the most successful British Airliner ever built and the first
Jet Powered aircraft in the world to carry fare paying passengers on a scheduled service.
The 'Virtual Museum' has attracted a world wide membership of Viscount minded people who come from all walks of life. The membership
includes air and ground crews, and engineers - past and present, aviation journalists, artists, photographers, collectors,
model makers, enthusiasts, people who make and fly computer flight simulators, and people who just enjoyed flying on,
or just watching, the Viscount.
Meet Brian Burrage and Geoff Blampied, co-founders of the Virtual Museum, and several members of the Vickers Viscount Network UK
research team, at 11am by the nose of the Viscount G-ALWF. You will be able to identify them by their gold and green Vickers Viscount Network
You will then be directed to the 'Concorde' room at Duxford for a series of presentations about the Vickers Viscount, the Rolls-Royce Dart, the
Viscount Preservation Trust, the Vickers-Armstrongs archive at Brooklands, the Duxford Aviation Society, and the Vickers Viscount Network. After
the presentations the Duxford Aviation Society will give everyone a guided tour of the worlds oldest surviving Viscount G-ALWF.
Hosting the event will be John Overhill, the Duxford Aviation Society's Viscount crew chief and a Vickers Viscount Network researcher.
Geoff Blampied, the Vickers Viscount Network co-founder and webmaster will give a short talk about how and why the Virtual Museum was
Graham Hall, the Chairman of the Duxford Aviation Society, will talk about the work of the Society and its connection with G-ALWF.
Romer Adams will talk about the Viscount Preservation Trust that was created in Liverpool to save G-ALWF, and the
difficulties of the early years of the project.
John Overhill, the Duxford Aviation Society's Viscount crew chief, will talk about the work and challenges that have been completed so far,
and the work and challenges that they face in the future to keep G-ALWF in good order for future generations to enjoy.
Julian Bourn and Richard Stanton, Vickers Viscount Network UK researchers, will describe the work they have been doing with
the Vickers-Armstrongs archive at Brooklands museum that is also the home of Viscount G-APIM.
At this point in the proceedings the delegates will be divided in to two groups.
Group One will be taken to the Duxford Aviation Society's engine store where Brian Burrage, the Vickers Viscount Network co-founder,
historian, photo archivist, and Rolls-Royce Dart Engineer, will talk about this historic and ground breaking engine.
Group Two will be taken by members of the Duxford Aviation Society Viscount restoration team on a guided tour of G-ALWF and answer
questions about their aircraft.
The two groups will now swap venues.
And finally we return to the 'Concorde' room where John Overhill will close the day's events.
Questions: - The guys from the Vickers Viscount Network and the Duxford Aviation Society will be happy to take questions at any time
throughout the presentations.
Throughout the event there will be several comfort breaks to allow for informal gatherings at 'Wing Co Joe's Cafe' which is attached to the
Duxford's Viscount Day is FREE to everyone attending apart from the normal Imperial War Museum
Duxford admission fees.
Click here for Imperial War Museum Duxford Visitor Information and Admission Prices.
A voluntary donation to the Duxford Aviation Society to help them with their work would be appreciated.
Help us plan
UPDATE ... Due to the popularity of this event numbers attending has had to be limited to 70. To avoid disappointment please
send an e-mail request for places, together with your name and how many people will be in your party, to
Requests to attend will now be on a 'first come - first served' basis. This instruction does not affect people who have already applied.
Please re-visit this page regularly to check for any 'Duxford's Viscount Day' updates.
Join the Vickers Viscount Network
You do not have to be a member of the Vickers Viscount Network to enjoy Duxford's Viscount Day. Membership of the Virtual Museum is FREE and is open
to everyone who has an interest in the Viscount. By joining our World Wide Network of people with an interest in the Vickers Viscount you will receive
regular Newsletters hot off the press and delivered directly to your e-mail in-box. The Newsletters contain details about the Viscount, interesting
items from fellow members, and notification of the latest photos and information to be added to the Museum.
Click here for details on how to join the Vickers Viscount Network.
Whatever your interest in the Viscount you are most welcome
to join us at Duxford's Viscount Day.
The flight deck of G-ALWF taken on the 12th April 1972 during its delivery and final flight from Heathrow,
London, England to Speke,
Liverpool, England being piloted by Captains Geoff A Perrott and
John Nelmes. On board was Sir George Edwards - designer of the Viscount.