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Viscount c/n 2

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Below are the 22 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 2 together with either the actual date that the photo was taken or an estimate of that date based on clues such as the livery worn or other background information.

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
May 1950

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in May 1950.

Ministry of Supply Photo Ref 19258B

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
May 1950

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in May 1950.

Ministry of Supply Photo Ref 19258C

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
May 1950

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in May 1950.

Ministry of Supply Photo Ref 19258D

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
May 1950

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in May 1950.

Ministry of Supply Photo Ref 19258F

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
May 1950

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on the 30 May 1950.

Note that the ailerons have been removed for maintenance or modification.

In the background is the prototype Viscount G-AHRF (C/N 1) and the flight test hangar. Photographs of C/N 1 and C/N 2 together are very rare.

Photo source - M C Gray

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
May 1950

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on the 30 May 1950.

Note that the ailerons have been removed for maintenance or modification.

In the background is the prototype Viscount G-AHRF (C/N 1).

Photo source - M C Gray

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
June 1950

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in June 1950 being prepared for another test flight.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
June 1950

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials. Taken departing from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in June 1950 for a test flight.

Vickers Photo Ref 6078K

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
September 1950

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1950 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

Photo source - Johan Visschedijk collection

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
September 1950

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1950 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
September 1950

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England 4 September 1950 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

An ESSO / Anglo-American Oil Company Ltd photo.

Photo source - Chris Smith

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
September 1950

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1950 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show prior to its flying display, which was flown by Vickers test pilot Brian Trubshaw.

Photo source - Key Publishing Photo Archive

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
September 1950

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1950 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show taxiing out for its flying display, which was flown by Vickers test pilot Brian Trubshaw.

This was Brian's first major air show.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
September 1950

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1950 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show taxiing out for its flying display, which was flown by Vickers test pilot Brian Trubshaw.

This was Brian's first major air show.

In the background is the Bristol Brabazon prototype G-AGPW.

Photo source - FlightGlobal Photo Library

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
September 1950

Delivered new to Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1950 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show and taking off for a a flying display by Vickers test pilot Brian Trubshaw.

This was Brian's first major air show.

Engine development and an enlarged fuselage could well have turned this version into a Boeing 737 type airliner, way ahead of its time.

Photo source - Nico Braas

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
September 1950

Delivered new to Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1950 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show and taking off for a a flying display by Vickers test pilot Brian Trubshaw.

This was Brian's first major air show.

Engine development and an enlarged fuselage could well have turned this version into a Boeing 737 type airliner, way ahead of its time.

Photo source - R A Scholefield collection

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
September 1950

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials. Taken landing at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1950 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

It had just taken part in the flying display flown by Vickers test pilot Brian Trubshaw.

This was Brian's first major air show.

A heavily re-touched photo with the Armstrong Whitworth Apollo in the background.

Rolls-Royce Photo Ref WP6240

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
June 1956

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England circa June 1956.

The aircraft is now fitted with a mast above the cockpit which accurately measured the amount of yaw experienced during varying flight conditions.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
November 1956

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials. Taken landing at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England circa November 1956.

Note the mast above the cockpit which accurately measured the amount of yaw experienced during varying flight conditions.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
July 1957

Returned to the Ministry of Supply after various short leases for flight trials. Taken at Seighford Airfield, Staffordshire, England circa July 1957.

Note the wide spacing of the mainwheels, either side of the engine nacelles.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
September 1957

Returned to the Ministry of Supply after various short leases for flight trials. Taken at Seighford Airfield, Staffordshire, England circa September 1957.

Note the English Electric Canberra tail on the left and the period cars on the right.

Also note the scoop air intake on the upper fuselage.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Ministry of Supply
VX217
June 1959

Returned to the Ministry of Supply after various short leases for flight trials. Taken at Seighford Airfield, Staffordshire, England in June 1959.

Note the scoop air intake on the upper fuselage.

The mast above the cockpit which accurately measured the amount of yaw experienced during varying flight conditions is still in position.

Photo source - Geoffrey C Cripps collection

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