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Viscount c/n 12

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Below are the 25 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 12 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-BGNM
May 1956

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

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

Note the enlarged main titles.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Air France
F-BGNM
June 1957

Delivered new to Air France. Taken at an unknown location in June 1957.

An Air France photo.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Air France
F-BGNM
June 1958

Delivered new to Air France. Taken at a busy London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1958.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Air France
F-BGNM
September 1958

Delivered new to Air France. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in September 1958.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Air France
F-BGNM
September 1958

Delivered new to Air France 23. Taken at Lohausen Airport, Düsseldorf, West Germany in September 1958.

Photo source - Arno Fischdick

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Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd
G-ARER
September 1960

Purchased from Air France and re-registered from F-BGNM. Taken landing at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in September 1960 after a test flight with Marshall's following an overhaul and repaint.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd
G-ARER
October 1960

Purchased from Air France and re-registered from F-BGNM. Taken departing from Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England 1 October 1960 after an overhaul and repaint by Marshall's.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd
G-ARER
March 1961

Purchased from Air France and re-registered from F-BGNM. Taken at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England 4 March 1961.

Photo source - Ian MacFarlane

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Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd
G-ARER
March 1961

Purchased from Air France and re-registered from F-BGNM. Taken at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England 5 March 1961.

It was chartered by Riviera Holidays Ltd to bring a group of Spurs supporters up from London to see Tottenham Hotspur play Sunderland in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Roker Park.

Does anyone recognise themselves?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd
G-ARER
April 1961

Purchased from Air France and re-registered from F-BGNM. Taken at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England circa April 1961.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd
G-ARER
May 1961

Purchased from Air France and re-registered from F-BGNM. Taken landing at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany circa May 1961.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd
F-BGNM
September 1960

Purchased from Air France. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in September 1960 after an overhaul and repaint by Marshall's.

It is now awaiting the application of its UK registration.

Photo source - vikvisvan

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BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-ARER
May 1961

Leased from Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd. Taken at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England in May 1961.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-ARER
June 1961

Leased from Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1961.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-ARER
July 1961

Leased from Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd. Taken at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England circa July 1961.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

16

Silver City Airways
G-ARER
December 1961

Leased from Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd. Taken at Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England in December 1961 outside the Field Aircraft Services Ltd facility.

Although it was repainted in Silver City livery it never entered service with them due to a corporate merger.

Two other Viscounts were also ferried to Wymeswold for lease to Silver City, G-ARBY (C/N 10) and G-ARGR (C/N 14) but neither were painted in their livery.

All three ended up with British United Airways (BUA).

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Silver City Airways
G-ARER
January 1962

Leased from Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd. Taken at Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England in January 1962 outside the Field Aircraft Services Ltd facility.

Although it was repainted in Silver City livery it never entered service with them due to a corporate merger.

Two other Viscounts were also ferried to Wymeswold for lease to Silver City, G-ARBY (C/N 10) and G-ARGR (C/N 14) but neither were painted in their livery.

All three ended up with British United Airways (BUA).

Photo source - David Hedges collection

18

Silver City Airways
G-ARER
February 1962

Leased from Maitland Drewery Aviation Ltd. Taken at Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England circa February 1962.

Although it was repainted in Silver City livery it never entered service with them due to a subsequent corporate merger.

The work was carried out by Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

Two other Viscounts were also ferried to Wymeswold for lease to Silver City, G-ARBY (C/N 10) and G-ARGR (C/N 14) but neither were painted in their livery.

All three ended up with British United Airways (BUA).

This photo may well be of the aircraft being ferried to Gatwick circa February 1962.

Photo source - Silver City Airways Association (1961)

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-ARER
June 1962

Transferred from Silver City Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken arriving at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa June 1962.

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

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-ARER
May 1964

Transferred from Silver City Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Biggin Hill Airfield, Kent, England 9 May 1964 on static display at the annual Air Fair.

Photo source - Ken Fielding

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-ARER
September 1964

Transferred from Silver City Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 8 September 1964.

Two more BUA Viscounts on the left, a Jersey Airlines Handley Page HPR-7 Herald taxying out, two Dan-Air Airspeed Ambassadors on the right with a corporate Convair twin behind.

Gatwick always had its share of interesting visiting aircraft.

Photo source - Ken Elliott

22

Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)
F-BOEA
June 1967

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Charmeil Airport, Vichy, France circa June 1967.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)
F-BOEA
June 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Orly Airport, Paris, France circa June 1969.

In the background is Air France Douglas DC-4 F-BBDK and Fokker F27 Friendhip F-BPUJ.

Photo source - Franc van Vliet collection

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Duco Paints
F-BOEA
June 1975

Dismantled fuselage transferred from Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures) for used as an office by Duco Paints. Taken in an industrial area two miles east of Clermont Ferrand Airport in June 1975.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

25

Concorde Supermarket
F-BOEA
January 1986

Fuselage transferred from Duco Paints. Taken on display at the Concorde Supermarket (near N89) at Lempdes, near Clermont Ferrand Airport, France in January 1986.

It was later removed and scrapped.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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