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Viscount c/n 19

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Below are the 16 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 19 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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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOF
July 1953

Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Martin Frobisher'. Taken during a test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in July 1953.

Note the Decca 'sharks fin' navigational aerial panel on the tail.

Vickers Photo Ref 6333J

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOF
July 1953

Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Martin Frobisher'. Taken during a test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in July 1953.

Note the Decca 'sharks fin' navigational aerial panel on the tail.

Vickers Photo Ref 6333K

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOF
July 1953

Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Martin Frobisher'. Taken during a test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in July 1953. Note the Decca 'sharks fin' navigational aerial panel on the tail.

Vickers Photo Ref 6333L

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOF
June 1955

Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Martin Frobisher'. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1955.

Note that the No.1 (port outer) propeller is the later 'paddle' type compared to the earlier 'cutlass' type, which were gradually replaced.

At this stage it still has the Decca 'sharks fin' navigational aerial panel on the tail.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOF
July 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Martin Frobisher'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa July 1955 during the making of the remake of the film 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' which was released in April 1956.

On the steps are James 'Jimmy' Stewart and Doris Day.

This photo was produced as a lobby card to promote the film.

Paramount Pictures is now part of Universal Pictures.

Photo source - Paramount Pictures

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOF
May 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Martin Frobisher'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa May 1956 inside the BEA maintenance facility.

Note the Decca 'sharks fin' navigational aerial panel on the tail.

BEA Photo Ref 5161

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOF
March 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Martin Frobisher'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 21 March 1957, a week after G-ALWE (C/N 4) crashed.

All the control surface bolts are being changed on this aircraft and also on G-ANHB (C/N 62) and G-AMOI (C/N 22) in the background.

Obviously this also applied to the remainder of the BEA Viscount fleet and a worldwide campaign was also instigated.

Note the early 'cutlass' type propeller still fitted to the No.1 engine.

Peter Steffen Pressefotos

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOF
July 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Martin Frobisher'. Taken landing at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in 1957

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOF
July 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Martin Frobisher'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in July 1957.

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

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOF
June 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Martin Frobisher'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1958 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building.

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

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOF
August 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Martin Frobisher'. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa August 1958 while on maintenance with Marshall's.

It is taxiing towards the area where engine ground running was carried out, in front of a grass embankment, which helped to reduce the sound level.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOF
June 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Martin Frobisher'. Taken about to depart from Luqa Airport, Malta circa June 1959.

Photo source - Nigel Musgrove

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
G-AMOF
July 1962

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in July 1962 still carrying its UK registration in order that it could be air-tested.

Note the additional small cabin window which was introduced by BEA as part of a high density seating configuration.

Photo source - John Morris collection

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRM
August 1962

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in August 1962 having now had the Brasilian registration applied.

Note the additional small cabin window which was introduced by BEA as part of a high density seating configuration.

Photo source - John Morris collection

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRM
December 1962

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa December 1962 and suffering from a very harsh winter parked outside.

Photo source - jon L1049H (flickr)

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRM
January 1963

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in January 1963 still awaiting delivery to Brasil and looking very grubby after a harsh winter parked outside.

Note the additional small cabin window which was introduced by BEA as part of a high density seating configuration.

It finally departed in March.

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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