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Viscount c/n 3

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Below are the 114 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 3 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.

1

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AJZW
June 1947

Registered to Vickers - Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. The construction of this V.640 series aircraft was started at Foxwarren, Surrey, England but not completed.

Parts of it were used to build the prototype V.700 G-AMAV with the same construction number.

This is an official artists impression 'photo' issued byVickers-Armstrongs circa June 1947 and was found by Richard Stanton at a UK Aerojumble in November 2016.

What a find!

Photo source - Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

2

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
August 1950

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in August 1950 and showing a nice view of the cockpit.

Photo source - Wolfgang Muehlbauer collection

3

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
August 1950

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in August 1950 and showing a nice view of the cabin.

Some of the VA seat head covers have ropes attached as the aircraft will be displayed at the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show at Farnborough, Hampshire, England in September with a lot of visitors passing through the cabin.

Photo source - Wolfgang Muehlbauer collection

4

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
August 1950

Registered to the Ministry of Supply. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in August 1950 on the grass in the BEA livery being prepared for another test flight.

Note the early 'cutlass' shaped propeller blades that were fitted to the initial Dart engine variants.

Vickers Photo Ref 6034D

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

5

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
August 1950

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in August 1950 prior to appearing at the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds on either side. Note the photographers bag in the foreground.

Vickers Photo Ref 6080D.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

6

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
August 1950

Registered to the Ministry of Supply. Taken during a test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in August 1950 in the BEA livery.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

7

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
August 1950

Registered to the Ministry of Supply. Taken during a test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in August 1950 in the BEA livery.

Vickers test pilot Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce can be seen in the cockpit.

Photo Ref PC98/173/6430/14

Photo source - Charles Edward Brown

8

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
August 1950

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken landing at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in August 1950 on the grass after a test flight in BEA livery.

A concrete runway at Wisley wasn't built until 1952.

Vickers Photo Ref 6034L

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

9

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1950

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in September 1950 prior to appearing at the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

Note the early 'cutlass' shaped propeller blades that were fitted to the initial Dart engine variants.

Vickers Photo Ref 6080E

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

10

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1950

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1950 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

It took part in the daily flying display flown by Vickers test pilot Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce.

Photo source - Assoc of Transport Photographers & Historians ATPH

11

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1950

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1950 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

It is taxiing out for a demonstration flight flown by Vickers test pilot Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce.

The two aircraft visible in the right background are de Havilland Dove 1 G-ALBM and Handley Page Hermes 5 G-ALEV.

Flight International photo

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

12

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1950

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1950 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

It is taxiing out for a demonstration flight flown by Vickers test pilot Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce. Ronald A Cole press photo

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

13

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1950

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1950 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

Vickers test pilot Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce is taking off for a demonstration flight.

Ronald A Cole press photo

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

14

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1950

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1950 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

A spirited takeoff flown by Vickers test pilot Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce.

In the background is the Bristol Brabazon and Avro Ashton.

Photo source - The Aviation Historian

15

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1950

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1950 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

A spirited takeoff flown by Vickers test pilot Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce.

In the background from left to right is the Blackburn Universal, Airspeed Ambassador, Vickers Varsity, Avro Lincoln, Avro Shackleton and the tail of the 'Tay' powered Viscount VX217 (C/N 2).

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

16

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
October 1950

Registered to the Ministry of Supply. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in October 1950. Note the early 'cutlass' shaped propeller blades that were fitted to the initial Dart engine variants.

Ministry of Supply Photo Ref 19905D

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

17

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
October 1950

Registered to the Ministry of Supply. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in October 1950.

Ministry of Supply Photo Ref 19905F

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

18

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
June 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken on its way to the Paris Salon Air Show at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France in June 1951.

Note the white panel on the No.1 engine nacelle for some reason.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

19

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
July 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken on the grass at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England circa July 1951 with the No.4 (starboard outer) Dart engine already running and getting ready for another test flight.

Chief Designer George Edwards is standing watching his pride and joy start up.

Vickers Photo Ref 6034J

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

20

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
July 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England circa July 1951 on the grass with the No.4 (starboard outer) Dart engine already running and getting ready for another test flight.

Chief Designer George Edwards is standing watching his pride and joy start up.

Note the early 'cutlass' shaped propeller blades that were fitted to the initial Dart engine variants.

Vickers Photo Ref 6034K

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

21

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
July 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken overflying the Needles, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England circa July 1951.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

22

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken on its way to the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1951 which included flying demonstrations by Vickers test pilot Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds.

Vickers Photo Ref 6143E

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

23

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken on its way to the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1951 which included flying demonstrations by Vickers test pilot Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce.

Photo Ref 3425

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

24

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken on its way to the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1951 which included flying demonstrations by Vickers test pilot Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

25

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1951 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

Note the early 'cutlass' shaped propeller blades that were fitted to the initial Dart engine variants.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

26

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1951 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC).

Note the early 'cutlass' shaped propeller blades that were fitted to the initial Dart engine variants.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

27

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1951 lining up for takeoff during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

The display was flown by Vickers test pilot Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds which was unusual as it was supposedly built to a V.700 future production standard.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

28

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1951 lining up for takeoff during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

The display was flown by Vickers test pilot Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce. This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds.

Photo source - Chris Knott (Air Photographic International)

29

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
October 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Luqa Airport, Malta 6 October 1951 having arrived from Côte D'Azur Airport, Nice, France on its way to South and East Africa for tropical trials.

It is still in the British European Airways livery to represent the order for 20 V.701 placed in August 1950.

Photo source - Allan Taylor collection

30

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
October 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Luqa Airport, Malta 6 October 1951 having arrived from Côte D'Azur Airport, Nice, France on its way to South and East Africa for tropical trials.

Here the aircraft is being refuelled with filler caps in the top skin of the wings.

Later production aircraft had pressure refuelling points on the outside of each outboard engine nacelle which could be reached from the ramp.

Note the early 'cutlass' shaped propeller blades.

Photo source - Allan Taylor collection

31

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
October 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Luqa Airport, Malta 6 October 1951 having arrived from Côte D'Azur Airport, Nice, France on its way to South and East Africa for tropical trials.

Here the aircraft is being refuelled with filler caps in the top skin of the wings.

Later production aircraft had pressure refuelling points on the outside of each outboard engine nacelle which could be reached from the ramp.

Note the shallow dent in the fuselage between the ground crew.

Photo source - Allan Taylor collection

32

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
October 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Luqa Airport, Malta 6 October 1951 having arrived from Côte D'Azur Airport, Nice, France on its way to South and East Africa for tropical trials.

A view of the No.3 Rolls-Royce Dart engine nacelle showing the pre-production Air Intake Cowling.

Photo source - Allan Taylor collection

33

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
October 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Luqa Airport, Malta 6 October 1951 having arrived from Côte D'Azur Airport, Nice, France on its way to South and East Africa for tropical trials.

Neither of these gentlemen have been identified.

The one on the left is wearing a post WWII double breasted 'de-mob' suit whilst the one on the right is wearing a more contemporary version.

Does anyone know their names? Details to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Allan Taylor collection

34

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
October 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Luqa Airport, Malta 6 October 1951 having arrived from Côte D'Azur Airport, Nice, France on its way to South and East Africa for tropical trials.

A view of the inboard Rolls-Royce Dart engine running.

Note the early 'cutlass' shaped propeller blades.

It departed to RAF El Adem near Tobruk, Libya on the next leg of its journey.

Photo source - Allan Taylor collection

35

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
October 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Lusaka Airport, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) in October 1951 being refuelled under stormy skies, during a tour of Africa for tropical trials still in the BEA livery to represent the order for 20 V.701 placed in August 1950.

Photo source - Northern Rhodesia Government Information Dept

36

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
October 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Eastleigh Airport, Nairobi, Kenya 23 October 1951.

It had just arrived from Entebbe Airport, Uganda.

This group is part of the team carrying out hot and high trials which included Vickers Tour Manager Wing Commander G E Lowdell, Captain S N Sloan, Captain B Wakely who was seconded from BEA, Navigator / Wireless Operator D Jones, Design Engineer J Leach, Airframe Inspectors E Walker and C H Spooner, Airframe Engineer S Pickett, Electrical Engineer J Bray and Rolls-Royce Dart Engineer S Jones.

Press cutting dated 1 November 1951

Photo source - Rhodesia Herald Newspaper

37

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
October 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at an unknown East African location in October 1951 during tropical trials.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds on either side.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

38

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
October 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at an unknown East African location in October 1951 during tropical trials.

Note the early 'cutlass' shaped propeller blades that were fitted to the initial Dart engine variants.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

39

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
November 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Eastleigh Airport, Nairobi, Kenya 22 November 1951. The aircraft was returning to the UK from Johannesburg, South Africa and spent several days at Nairobi carrying out local flights, particularly loaded take-offs at this high altitude and ambient temperatures.

Note the early 'cutlass' shaped propeller blades that were fitted to the initial Dart engine variants.

Photo source - Bruce Peeke

40

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
November 1951

Transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Eastleigh Airport, Nairobi, Kenya 22 November 1951.

The aircraft was returning to the UK from Johannesburg, South Africa and spent several days at Nairobi carrying out local flights, particularly loaded take-offs at this high altitude and ambient temperatures.

In the background is an RAF Vickers Valetta, Avro Lancaster and two Douglas C-47 Dakotas belonging to 82 or 683 Squadron.

The current Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster PA474 served here at the time so this may well be her sitting there in the hot sun.

Photo source - Bruce Peeke

41

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
June 1952

Transferred from Vickers - Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Luqa Airport, Malta 21 June 1952 on its way to India for a sales tour, still in the BEA livery worn for the Paris and Farnborough SBAC airshows.

Clearly a heavy rain storm has just passed through.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

42

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
August 1952

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply and named as 'Viscount G-AMAV' for proving flights around Europe. Taken at Ciampino Airport, Rome, Italy 25 August 1952 on a stopover during a service from London to Cyprus via Athens, Greece.

Note the early 'cutlass' shaped propeller blades that were fitted to the initial Dart engine variants.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

43

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
September 1952

Loaned from the the Ministry of Supply and named as 'Viscount G-AMAV' for proving flights around Europe. Taken at Langenhagen Airport, Hannover, West Germany in September 1952 with the flight crew boarding while passengers wait on the tarmac for their turn to embark for the service to London.

A far more casual arrangement in those days.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

44

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
September 1952

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply and named as 'Viscount G-AMAV' for proving flights around Europe. Taken at Rhein-Main Airport, Frankfurt, West Germany in September 1952 during one of the European proving flights.

Note the early 'cutlass' shaped propeller blades that were fitted to the initial Dart engine variants.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

45

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
September 1952

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply and named as 'Viscount G-AMAV' for proving flights around Europe. Taken in September 1952 during one of the European proving flights.

Does anyone recognise the location? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.

The original print had been 'doctored' by BEA to show the small oval rear baggage door, which was never incorporated on this aircraft, unlike the BEA V.701 fleet.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds on either side.

BEA Photo Ref 3904

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

46

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
September 1952

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply and named as 'Viscount G-AMAV' for proving flights around Europe. Taken during one of the European proving flights undertaken circa September 1952.

A lot of the invited passengers were press reporters and photographers.

Ronald A Cole press photo

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

47

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
February 1953

Returned from loan to British European Airways Corporation (BEA) and now repainted in the Vickers livery. Taken during a publicity photo shoot in February 1953.

Note that the 'cutlass' shaped propellers have now been replaced by the later 'paddle' type.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

48

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
February 1953

Returned from loan to British European Airways Corporation (BEA) and now repainted in the Vickers livery. Taken during a publicity photo shoot in February 1953.

Note that the 'cutlass' shaped propellers have now been replaced by the later 'paddle' type.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds on either side.

Ministry of Supply Photo Ref W1196/6

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

49

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
February 1953

Returned from loan to British European Airways Corporation (BEA) and now repainted in the Vickers livery. Taken arriving in style at Dorval Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada 17 February 1953.

After being repainted in the Vickers-Armstrongs ' house ' livery it departed Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England to Canada for cold weather trials.

This was the first Atlantic crossing by a turboprop aircraft.

It then moved on to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Photo source - British Columbia Aviation Museum collection

50

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
February 1953

Returned from loan to British European Airways Corporation (BEA) and now repainted in the Vickers livery. Taken at Dorval Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada 18 February 1953 being prepared for the onward journey to Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada where it carried out extensive cold weather trials.

Note that the 'cutlass' shaped propellers have now been replaced by the later 'paddle' type.

You can just see Vickers test pilot Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce looking out of the port main cockpit window.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

51

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
February 1953

Returned from loan to British European Airways Corporation (BEA) and now repainted in the Vickers livery. Taken arriving at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada circa 19 February 1953 for cold weather trials.

Note the Canadair North Star taxing behind.

Photo source - Dennis Giguere

52

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
February 1953

Returned from loan to British European Airways Corporation (BEA) and now repainted in the Vickers livery. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada circa 19 February 1953 where it carried out extensive cold weather trials.

Note that the 'cutlass' shaped propellers have now been replaced by the later 'paddle' type.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds.

Photo source - Dennis Giguere

53

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
February 1953

Returned from loan to British European Airways Corporation (BEA) and now repainted in the Vickers livery. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada circa 19 February 1953 where it carried out extensive cold weather trials.

Note that the 'cutlass' shaped propellers have now been replaced by the later 'paddle' type.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

54

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
February 1953

Returned from loan to British European Airways Corporation (BEA) and now repainted in the Vickers livery. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada circa 20 February 1953 outside the main terminal building during extensive cold weather trials and demonstration flights to TCA.

This photo appeared in the Esso Oil Company 'house' magazine of the period.

The TCA hangar behind was later used by the Western Canada Aviation Museum (WCAM) to display their aircraft including Air Canada Viscount CF-THS (C/N 279).

Photo source - Esso Air World

55

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
March 1953

Returned from loan to British European Airways Corporation (BEA) and now repainted in the Vickers livery. Taken at unknown location in Canada 23 March 1953.

The engines are about to be started using internal batteries as there is no sign of a Ground Power Unit (GPU).

Photo source - Library and Archives Canada

56

Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
March 1953

Returned from loan to British European Airways Corporation (BEA) and now repainted in the Vickers livery. Taken about to depart from an unknown location in Canada 23 March 1953.

Photo source - Library and Archives Canada

57

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at an unknown location in early October 1953 before the air race decal was applied to the nose.

The appropriately registered G-AMNZ (C/N 7) was originally assigned to take part in this race but was not available at the time.

Note that the 'cutlass' shaped propellers have now been replaced by the later 'paddle' type.

BEA Photo Ref V353

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

58

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in early October 1953 before the air race decal was applied to the nose.

The team (left to right) E H S Bristow - Radio Officer, Richard Hubert 'Chad' Chadwick - Navigator, Raymond Baxter - BBC reporter, Captain S E Jones - Pilot, Captain William 'Bill' Baillie - Pilot in Command, Peter Masefield - Team Manager, Captain A S Johnson - Pilot, I A Dalgliesh - Chief Radio Officer, E W Walker, R Shaw and S R Jones - Flight Engineers.

The other team member, not shown was John Profumo who acted as chef and steward.

BEA Photo Ref 4412

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

59

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at Northolt Airport, Middlesex, England 7 October 1953.

It had made the short hop from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England and shortly after departed for another short hop to London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds on either side.

BEA Photo Ref 4444

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

60

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken on its way to London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 7 October 1953 from Northolt Airport, Middlesex, England.

BEA Photo

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

61

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 8 October 1953 on the day of departure.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

62

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 8 October 1953 on the day of departure.

A view of the complex additional fuel tank system installed in the forward section of the cabin.

Photo source - FlightGlobal Photo Library

63

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 8 October 1953 on the day of departure.

A busy scene as the aircraft is refuelled including of course the additional tanks inside the cabin.

Photo source - FlightGlobal Photo Library

64

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 8 October 1953 on the day of departure.

The cars are, on the left a Vauxhal Wyvern and on the right an Alvis with a coachbuilt body.

The aircraft behind is KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines Douglas DC-6A PH-TGA which beat the Viscount in the transport category.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

65

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 8 October 1953.

The appropriately registered G-AMNZ (C/N 7) was originally assigned to take part in this race but was not available at the time.

Photo source - Peter Coe

66

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 8 October 1953.

The appropriately registered G-AMNZ (C/N 7) was originally assigned to take part in this race but was not available at the time.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

67

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 8 October 1953.

The appropriately registered G-AMNZ (C/N 7) was originally assigned to take part in this race but was not available at the time.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 8 October 1953 shortly before departing.

Note the skeletal framework in the background for the new central air terminal that became the Queen's Building and Europa Terminal.

To the left can be seen the KLM Douglas DC6A PH-TGA that unfortunately beat the Viscount to first place in the transport handicap category.

Also in view on the far left is a sound recordist with a backpack and microphone recording the historic event.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at Nicosia Airport, Cyprus 8 October 1953 during a refuelling stop.

Photo source - Hercules Panayiotides-Djaferis via Philip Djaferis

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at Nicosia Airport, Cyprus 8 October 1953 during a refuelling stop.

Note the BEA Vickers Viking in the background.

Does anyone recognise the six people shown?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Hercules Panayiotides-Djaferis via Philip Djaferis

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at Nicosia Airport, Cyprus 8 October 1953 during a refuelling stop.

Does anyone recognise the three people shown?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Hercules Panayiotides-Djaferis via Philip Djaferis

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 10 October 1953.

Photo source - Geoff Blampied collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at Harewood International Airport, Christchurch, New Zealand 11 October 1953 at the end of the air race.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds.

Photo source - Ron Brazier

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at Harewood International Airport, Christchurch, New Zealand 11 October 1953 at the end of the air race.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds.

Photo source - Ron Brazier

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at Paraparaumu Airport, Wellington, New Zealand 16 October 1953 after the end of the race.

Photo source - Peter Lewis collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at Paraparaumu Airport, Wellington, New Zealand 16 October 1953 after the end of the race.

Photo source - Peter Lewis collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMAV
October 1953

Loaned from the Ministry of Supply for participation in the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race and restored to BEA livery named 'R M A Endeavour'. Taken at Whenuapai Airport, Auckland, New Zealand 17 October 1953 after the end of the race and during an air show.

Photo source - Sean Naghibi collection

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
April 1954

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 27 April 1954 still with the 'Vickers Viscount' lettering from the London, England to Christchurch, New Zealand air race.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
May 1954

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in May 1954. George Edwards is walking back with James Henry ' Slim' Carmichael, President of Capital Airlines after inspecting the interior of this aircraft.

A month later she was repainted in Capital Airlines livery for publicity purposes, no doubt as discussed during this visit.

Note the Air Race commemorative decal on the nose.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds on either side.

Vickers Photo Ref 6290D (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
May 1954

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in May 1954. A closer view of the Air Race commemorative decal on the nose.

Vickers Photo Ref 6290D (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
July 1954

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken circa July 1954 now repainted in a Capital Airlines livery to allow the airline to produce a film for publicity purposes.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
July 1954

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken circa July 1954 now repainted in a Capital Airlines livery to allow the airline to produce a film for publicity purposes.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
July 1954

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken circa July 1954 now repainted in a Capital Airlines livery to allow the airline to produce a film for publicity purposes.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
August 1954

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England circa August 1954 after a repaint in BWIA livery and about to start up its Rolls-Royce Dart engines before departure on another test flight.

Note the mast above the cockpit which allowed an accurate measurement of yaw.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds on either side.

Vickers Photo Ref MP1133 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1954

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in September 1954 in full BWIA livery ready for the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show at Farnborough, Hampshire, England.

Note that the mast above the cockpit has now been removed.

Photo source - Bob Bishop via Mike Goldsmith

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1954

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken in September 1954 in full BWIA livery ready for the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1954

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken in September 1954 in full BWIA livery ready for the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1954

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken in September 1954 in full BWIA livery ready for the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1954

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken in September 1954 in full BWIA livery ready for the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England.

Vickers Photo

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1954

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken landing at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1954 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show in full BWIA livery.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
September 1954

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken landing at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1954 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show in full BWIA livery.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
October 1954

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in October 1954 and now repainted back in the Vickers livery.

A closeup view of the No.4 'needle' style propeller.

Vickers Photo Ref MP1378. (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
October 1954

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in October 1954 and now repainted back in the Vickers livery.

A closeup view of the No.1 'High Activity' paddle propeller manufactured by de Havilland Ltd.

Vickers Photo Ref MP1380. (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Ministry of Supply
WB499
December 1954

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 7 December 1954.

A nice closeup of the starboard propellers.

The slim nacelles denote that the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 504 engines are still installed but were later replaced with the more powerful RDa6 Mark 510 engines.

de Havilland Photo Ref 8320A

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
July 1955

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England circa July 1955.

Note the Vickers-Armstrongs winged logo on the lower forward fuselage.

Vickers Photo Ref 6199E

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
July 1955

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken during one of the many test flights from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England circa July 1955.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
July 1955

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken during one of the many test flights from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England circa July 1955.

Note the Vickers-Armstrongs winged logo on the lower forward fuselage.

Also note that the No.4 propeller is in the 'feathered' position.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
July 1955

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken during one of the many test flights from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England circa July 1955.

Note the Vickers-Armstrongs winged logo on the lower forward fuselage.

Also note that the No.4 propeller is in the 'feathered' position.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
July 1955

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken during one of the many test flights from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England circa July 1955, probably over the English Channel.

Note that the No.4 propeller is in the 'feathered' position.

Note the Vickers-Armstrongs winged logo on the lower forward fuselage.

Vickers Photo Ref 6313D

Photo source - Adrian Crooks collection

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
August 1955

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken at Tabora Airport, Tanganyka (now known as Tanzania) in August 1955 at the beginning of a three month tour of Africa that included trials of the newly fitted RDa6 Mark 510 engines and square tipped propellers.

Flown by Captain Colin Allen and an ARB pilot with twenty passengers that included engineers, observers and representatives from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, Rolls-Royce, Dunlop, Rotol and de Havilland Propellers. Note theVickers-Armstrongs winged logo on the lower forward fuselage.

Photo source - Ken Crossley via Colin M Crossley

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
August 1955

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken at Tabora Airport, Tanganyka (now known as Tanzania) in August 1955 at the beginning of a three month tour of Africa that included trials of the newly fitted RDa6 Mark 510 engines and square tipped propellers.

Flown by Captain Colin Allen and an ARB pilot with twenty passengers that included engineers, observers and representatives from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, Rolls-Royce, Dunlop, Rotol and de Havilland Propellers. Note theVickers-Armstrongs winged logo on the lower forward fuselage.

Photo source - Ken Crossley via Colin M Crossley

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Ministry of Supply
G-AMAV
January 1956

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) loan. Taken at an unkown location circa January 1956.

Note the dual registration and the Vickers-Armstrongs winged logo on the lower forward fuselage.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AMAV
January 1958

Transferred from the Ministry of Supply and restored as G-AMAV. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in January 1958.

The aircraft has been fitted with an experimental 'horn balance' type of rudder and a mast above the cockpit to accurately measure the amount of yaw induced during flight trials.

This type of rudder was not used in operational service by any Viscount.

Note the tufts of wool stuck to the forward fuselage which was used to indicate turbulent air and was filmed from a suitable chase plane.

The extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks are actually dummies made out of wood and glass fibre and were fitted for flight handling trials.

Note the Vickers-Armstrongs winged logo on the lower forward fuselage.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds on either side.

Vickers Photo Ref MP7675

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AMAV
January 1958

Transferred from the Ministry of Supply and restored as G-AMAV. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in January 1958.

A nice closeup of the starboard extended range 'slipper' fuel tank, which was actually a dummy made out of wood and glass fibre and was fitted for flight handling trials.

Vickers Photo Ref MP7677 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AMAV
January 1958

Transferred from the Ministry of Supply and restored as G-AMAV. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in January 1958.

A nice closeup of the starboard extended range 'slipper' fuel tank, which was actually a dummy made out of wood and glass fibre and was fitted for flight handling trials.

G-AOYV (C/N 316) can just be seen on the right in Continental Airlines livery.

Vickers Photo Ref MP7680 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AMAV
June 1959

Transferred from Ministry of Supply and restored as G-AMAV. Taken stored at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England circa June 1959 after being withdrawn from service.

The propellers and some of the Rolls-Royce Dart engines have now been removed, with the No.1 engine still installed but covered over.

Note the dual registration and the Vickers-Armstrongs winged logo on the lower forward fuselage.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AMAV
September 1959

Transferred from the Ministry of Supply and restored as G-AMAV. Taken stored at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in September 1959 after being withdrawn from service and robbed of her Dart engines.

This would make the aircraft very unstable if a sufficient number of people walked to the rear of the cabin due to the lack of engine weight affecting the centre of balance.

Each engine and Prop weighed about 750 Kgs.

Note that the experimental 'horn balance' rudder has been replaced by a standard type. Also note the dual registration and theVickers-Armstrongs winged logo on the lower forward fuselage. This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds on either side. Photo Ref V1219

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AMAV
January 1960

Transferred from the Ministry of Supply and restored as G-AMAV. Taken stored at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in January 1960 after being withdrawn from service and robbed of her Dart engines.

This would make the aircraft very unstable if a sufficient number of people walked to the rear of the cabin due to the lack of engine weight affecting the centre of balance.

Each engine and Prop weighed about 750 Kgs. Note the dual registration and theVickers-Armstrongs winged logo on the lower forward fuselage. This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds on either side.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AMAV
April 1975

Transferred from the Ministry of Supply and restored as G-AMAV. Taken at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England circa April 1975 with just the rear fuselage and rudderless tail section.

It was used initially to trial the fitment of the Rolls-Royce Spey engine and then the Auxiilliary Power Unit (APU) for the BAC One-Eleven programme.

Note the two registrations from different periods of its life.

A year later it had disappeared, presumably scrapped.

Photo source - Barry Goldsack

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AMAV
June 1975

Transferred from the Ministry of Supply and restored as G-AMAV. Taken at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England circa June 1975 with the rear fuselage and rudderless tail section being used for BAC One-Eleven Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) trials.

Note the mockup of the lower section of a One-Eleven tail fin fitted to the remains of the Viscount fin.

Photo source - Stephen Skinner collection

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Ministry of Aviation Firefighting School
G-AMAV
August 1963

Fuselage transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Stansted Airport, Essex, England in August 1963 shortly after it was transferred from Weybridge Airfield for fire rescue training.

The rear fuselage and tail section was retained at Weybridge Airfield and used as a Rolls-Royce Spey engine and later as an APU installation test rig for the BAC One-Eleven programme.

Note the Vickers-Armstrongs winged logo on the lower forward fuselage.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Ministry of Aviation Firefighting School
G-AMAV
December 1963

Fuselage transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Stansted Airport, Essex, England circa December 1963. Note the Vickers-Armstrongs winged logo on the lower forward fuselage.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds.

Photo source - A Flying History Ltd (www.aflyinghistory.com)

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Ministry of Aviation Firefighting School
G-AMAV
March 1964

Fuselage transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Stansted Airport, Essex, England in March 1964.

Note the Vickers-Armstrongs winged logo on the lower forward fuselage.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Ministry of Aviation Firefighting School
G-AMAV
October 1965

Fuselage transferred from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Stansted Airport, Essex, England circa October 1965.

Note the Vickers-Armstrongs winged logo on the lower forward fuselage.

This aircraft never had underfloor baggage holds.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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