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Viscount c/n 10

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Below are the 63 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 10 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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Air France
F-BGNL
September 1953

Delivered new to Air France. Taken at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France circa September 1953.

Note the Air France Junkers Ju52-3M in the background.

Photo source - Olivier Durand Berenguer collection

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Air France
F-BGNL
June 1954

Delivered new to Air France. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1954.

Note the enlarged main titles.

Photo Ref V296

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Air France
F-BGNL
February 1955

Delivered new to Air France. Taken arriving at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France in February 1955.

The inboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down.

A.B.C. Agency Paris Photo

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Air France
F-BGNL
June 1955

Delivered new to Air France. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 5 June 1955.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Air France
F-BGNL
June 1956

Delivered new to Air France. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1956 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Air France
F-BGNL
December 1956

Delivered new to Air France. Taken departing from Kloten Airport, Zurich, Switzerland circa December 1956.

Not much fun being a Dispatcher in this sort of winter weather but at least they have nice thick coats on.

Photo source - Peter Frei

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Air France
F-BGNL
June 1957

Delivered new to Air France. Taken at Kloten Airport, Zurich, Switzerland in June 1957.

Note the various static discharge wicks hanging down from the rear of the aircraft.

These were used to dissipate any static buildup that could affect the operation of the radio and navigation equipment and other electrical items particularly when flying in cloud.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Air France
F-BGNL
June 1958

Delivered new to Air France. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1958 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Air France
F-BGNL
July 1958

Delivered new to Air France. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in July 1958 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building.

Photo source - Steven Jefferson collection

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Air France
F-BGNL
June 1959

Delivered new to Air France. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1959.

The inboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd
F-BGNL
June 1960

Purchased from Air France via W S Shackleton & Company. Taken parked on the grass at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England 24 June 1960 with F-BGNN (C/N 14) behind and the tail of a BEA Airspeed AS.57 Ambassador (Elizabethan) in the foreground.

Photo Ref 8255

Photo source - Marshall's Flying School

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Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd
G-ARBY
August 1960

Purchased from Air France. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in August 1960.

Photo Ref V583

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd
G-ARBY
September 1960

Purchased from Air France. Taken arriving at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace Region, France 9 September 1960 on a charter flight.

The inboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down.

Photo source - Peter Frei

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Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd
G-ARBY
April 1961

Purchased from Air France. Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in April 1961 on a charter flight.

The aircraft in the background is an Avro York.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd
G-ARBY
May 1961

Purchased from Air France. Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany 18 May 1961 on a charter flight.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd
G-ARBY
May 1961

Purchased from Air France. Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany 18 May 1961 on a charter flight.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd
G-ARBY
September 1961

Returned from Danish Air Charter (DAC) lease. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England circa September 1961 in a basic livery less titles which was how it was operated when on short-term lease to DAC.

Photo source - Dave Welch collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-ARBY
April 1962

Transferred from Silver City Airways due to a corporate merger while on lease from Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd. Taken landing at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in April 1962.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-ARBY
February 1963

Transferred from Silver City Airways due to a corporate merger while on lease from Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 8 February 1963 after the nose gear had collapsed on landing.

It is thought that the runway edge lights may have been obscured by snow resulting in the nose wheels digging in to the soft earth and the leg collapsing.

This early morning flight was carrying post and freight, and ground staff were quick to paint out the name of the airline and the aircraft's registration.

Needless to say, this caused some operational problems as Gatwick only had one runway and still does today, albeit now with a parallel one as a backup.

Photo source - Dave Thaxter

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-ARBY
February 1963

Transferred from Silver City Airways due to a corporate merger while on lease from Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 8 February 1963 after the nose gear had collapsed on landing.

It is thought that the runway edge lights may have been obscured by snow resulting in the nose wheels digging in to the soft earth and the leg collapsing.

This early morning flight was carrying post and freight, and ground staff were quick to paint out the name of the airline and the aircraft's registration.

Needless to say, this caused some operational problems as Gatwick only had one runway and still does today, albeit now with a parallel one as a backup.

Photo source - Gerry Bond

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-ARBY
February 1963

Transferred from Silver City Airways due to a corporate merger while on lease from Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 8 February 1963 after the nose gear had collapsed on landing.

It is thought that the runway edge lights may have been obscured by snow resulting in the nose wheels digging in to the soft earth and the leg collapsing.

This early morning flight was carrying post and freight, and ground staff were quick to paint out the name of the airline and the aircraft's registration.

Needless to say, this caused some operational problems as Gatwick only had one runway and still does today, albeit now with a parallel one as a backup.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-ARBY
June 1964

Transferred from Silver City Airways due to a corporate merger while on lease from Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa June 1964.

Kathleen Jelliffe is about to board for a service to Guernsey, Channel Islands.

Photo source - Louis Dalby

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-ARBY
July 1964

Transferred from Silver City Airways due to a corporate merger while on lease from Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in July 1964.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-ARBY
April 1965

Transferred from Silver City Airways due to a corporate merger while on lease from Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd. Taken at an unknown location circa April 1965.

Photo source - Dave Welch collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-ARBY
September 1965

Transferred from Silver City Airways due to a corporate merger while on lease from Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd. Taken at a very wet Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in September 1965.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize collection

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Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)
F-BOEC
July 1970

Purchased from British United Airlines (BUA). Taken at Orly Airport, Paris, France in July 1970.

Photo source - Alain Picollet

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Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)
F-BOEC
January 1971

Purchased from British United Airlines (BUA). Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in January 1971 with the late afternoon sun casting a long shadow.

Notable in the background is a French Catair Lockheed Constellation.

Photo source - Matthew McGrath

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Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)
F-BOEC
June 1971

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at an unknown location in June 1971.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)
F-BOEC
July 1972

Purchased from British United Airlines (BUA). Taken at Orly Airport, Paris, France in July 1972.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)
F-BOEC
September 1972

Purchased from British United Airlines (BUA). Taken at Orly Airport, Paris, France in September 1972 and about to depart from Gate 39.

Photo source - Chris Knott (Air Photographic International)

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Alidair
F-BOEC
April 1975

Leased from Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in April 1975.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Alidair
F-BOEC
May 1975

Leased from Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in April 1975 inside the Alidair maintenance hangar.

The tail is about to be painted yellow with a dark blue centre band.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

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Alidair
F-BOEC
April 1975

Leased from Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures). Taken at Zestienhoven Airport, Rotterdam, Netherlands now with a yellow tail and dark blue centre band.

Photo source - Alex Waning

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Alidair
F-BOEC
May 1975

Leased from Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 16 May 1975.

Photo source - Mick Bajcar

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Alidair
F-BOEC
June 1975

Leased from Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1975.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Alidair
G-ARBY
August 1975

Purchased from Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 24 August 1975.

Photo source - John Smith

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Alidair
G-ARBY
August 1975

Purchased from Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures). First Officer Sue Eastbury awaits the clearance to start the Dart engines at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands 24 August 1975.

Photo source - Cecil Duncan

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Dan-Air London
G-ARBY
October 1975

Leased from Alidair. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 26 October 1975 in a modified Alidair livery.

Photo source - Keith Till

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Alidair
G-ARBY
December 1975

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 10 December 1975 after its return from lease to Dan-Air London.

Photo source - Alan Beardmore collection

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Cyprus Airways Ltd
G-ARBY
March 1976

Leased from Alidair. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 27 March 1976 after its return from lease in a modified Alidair livery.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Alidair
G-ARBY
April 1976

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in April 1976 with 'Alidair Scotland' titles applied.

Photo source - Mick Bajcar

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Alidair
G-ARBY
April 1976

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at an unknown location in April 1976 with 'Alidair Scotland' titles applied.

Photo source - Geoff Blampied collection

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Alidair
G-ARBY
June 1976

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland in June 1976.

Two more Alidair owned Viscounts can be seen in the background behind the Dan-Air HS748s.

Photo source - Cecil Duncan

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Alidair
G-ARBY
July 1976

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at Shannon Airport, County Clare, Ireland circa July 1976.

Photo source - Malcolm Nason

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Alidair
G-ARBY
August 1976

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland 18 August 1976.

Photo source - Trevor S Hall

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Dan-Air London
G-ARBY
March 1977

Leased from Alidair. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in March 1977.

Photo source - John Allen

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Dan-Air London
G-ARBY
March 1977

Leased from Alidair. Taken at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England in March 1977.

Photo source - Werner Fischdick

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Dan-Air London
G-ARBY
June 1978

Leased from Alidair. A very atmospheric view from the cabin as the sun sets during a flight from Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands to Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland circa June 1978.

Photo source - John Sinclair Morgan

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Dan-Air London
G-ARBY
May 1979

Leased from Alidair. Taken landing at Riem Airport, Munich, West Germany 30 May 1979 now with Alidair Scotland titles applied.

After the wing spar change in late 1978 the aircraft was put back into service with Alidair Scotland titles but was still operated for a few months by Dan-Air London on lease.

Photo source - Michael Bernhard

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Dan-Air London
G-ARBY
June 1979

Leased from Alidair. Taken arriving at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands circa June 1979 now with Alidair Scotland titles applied.

The outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have been shut down and the props almost stopped.

The aircraft returned to Alidair in September 1979 but was sadly written off the following year.

Photo source - Mark Vincent

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Alidair
G-ARBY
September 1979

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland in September 1979 with 'Alidair Scotland' titles.

Photo source - Glasgow Airport Aviation Enthusiasts Club (GAAEC)

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Alidair
G-ARBY
September 1979

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland in September 1979 with 'Alidair Scotland' titles.

Photo source - Ian Oswald via Martin Stephen

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Alidair
G-ARBY
June 1980

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands with 'Alidair Scotland' titles circa June 1980.

Just over a month later she was written off.

Photo source - Dave Bougourd

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Alidair
G-ARBY
July 1980

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Coronation Meadow, Bishops Court Farm, south of Ottery St Mary, Devon, England 6 miles short of its destination at Exeter Airport, Devon, England 17 July 1980 having run out of fuel on a charter flight from Santander, Northern Spain.

This photo appeared in the Exeter Express & Echo Newspaper.

Photo source - Roy Hough

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Alidair
G-ARBY
July 1980

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Coronation Meadow, Bishops Court Farm, south of Ottery St Mary, Devon, England 6 miles short of its destination at Exeter Airport, Devon, England 18 July 1980 having run out of fuel on a charter flight from Santander, Northern Spain the day before.

Note that the Alidair Scotland titles have now been painted out.

Photo source - Mark Parfitt

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Alidair
G-ARBY
July 1980

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Coronation Meadow, Bishops Court Farm, south of Ottery St Mary, Devon, England 6 miles short of its destination at Exeter Airport, Devon, England 18 July 1980 having run out of fuel on a charter flight from Santander, Northern Spain the day before.

Note the broken port wing which struck a tree during the initial landing and the curled propellers.

Photo source - Ken Clay

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Alidair
G-ARBY
July 1980

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Coronation Meadow, Bishops Court Farm, south of Ottery St Mary, Devon, England 6 miles short of its destination at Exeter Airport, Devon, England 18 July 1980 having run out of fuel on a charter flight from Santander, Northern Spain the day before.

Note the broken port wing which struck a tree during the initial landing.

Photo source - Ken Clay

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Alidair
G-ARBY
July 1980

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Coronation Meadow, Bishops Court Farm, south of Ottery St Mary, Devon, England 6 miles short of its destination at Exeter Airport, Devon, England 18 July 1980 having run out of fuel on a charter flight from Santander, Northern Spain the day before.

Note the broken port wing which struck a tree during the initial landing.

Photo source - Ken Clay

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Alidair
G-ARBY
July 1980

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Coronation Meadow, Bishops Court Farm, south of Ottery St Mary, Devon, England 6 miles short of its destination at Exeter Airport, Devon, England 18 July 1980 having run out of fuel on a charter flight from Santander, Northern Spain the day before.

Note the broken port wing which struck a tree during the initial landing.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Alidair
G-ARBY
July 1980

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Coronation Meadow, Bishops Court Farm, south of Ottery St Mary, Devon, England 6 miles short of its destination at Exeter Airport, Devon, England 19 July 1980 having run out of fuel on a charter flight from Santander, Northern Spain two days before.

Note the broken port wing which struck a tree during the initial landing and the curled propellers.

Photo source - Andre Thorpe

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Alidair
G-ARBY
July 1980

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Coronation Meadow, Bishops Court Farm, south of Ottery St Mary, Devon, England 6 miles short of its destination at Exeter Airport, Devon, England 20 July 1980, three days after its accident.

It has now been jacked up and the undercarriage has been lowered in preparation for its removal to Farnborough, Hampshire for further investigation.

Photo source - Martin Bradley

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Alidair
G-ARBY
July 1980

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Coronation Meadow, Bishops Court Farm, south of Ottery St Mary, Devon, England 6 miles short of its destination at Exeter Airport, Devon, England 20 July 1980, three days after its accident.

It has now been jacked up and the undercarriage has been lowered in preparation for its removal to Farnborough, Hampshire for further investigation.

Photo source - Martin Bradley

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Alidair
G-ARBY
July 1980

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Coronation Meadow, Bishops Court Farm, south of Ottery St Mary, Devon, England 6 miles short of its destination at Exeter Airport, Devon, England 20 July 1980, three days after its accident.

It has now been jacked up and the undercarriage has been lowered in preparation for its removal to Farnborough, Hampshire for further investigation.

A photo from Tom's collection.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

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