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Viscount c/n 22

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Below are the 17 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 22 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-AMOI
June 1954

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Hugh Willoughby'. Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany circa June 1954.

Note the Decca 'sharks fin' navigation aerial on the tail that was later removed.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOI
December 1954

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Martin Frobisher'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa December 1954 inside the BEA maintenance facility.

BEA Photo Ref 4862

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOI
April 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Hugh Willoughby'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 26 April 1955 having returned from Catania, Sicily, Italy carrying Sir Winston and Lady Churchill, who were on holiday there.

Note that both port side propellers are of the then 'new' symmetrical 'needle' design, but the aircraft is unlikely to have been fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines at that time.

Also note the Decca radio aerial panel on the tail that was later removed.

BEA Photo Ref 4967

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOI
April 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Hugh Willoughby'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 26 April 1955 having returned from Catania, Sicily, Italy carrying Sir Winston and Lady Churchill, who were on holiday there.

BEA Photo Ref 4967(X)

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOI
January 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Hugh Willoughby'. Taken at an unknown location circa January 1956.

Note the intermix of propellers with the original 'cutlass' and 'new' symmetrical 'needle' design, and a possible intermix of Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 505 and Mark 506 engines that was prevalent at the time.

Also note that the Decca 'sharks fin' navigation aerial on the tail has now been removed.

Photo source - R J Hobbs

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOI
June 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Hugh Willoughby'. Taken at Ciampino Airport, Rome, Italy circa June 1956.

Passengers from Athens including Nicholas had to leave the aircraft whilst it was refuelled.

He had travelled from Cyprus to Athens on a MEA Douglas DC-3 before joining the Viscount service to London.

A Rolleicord V camera was used to take this nice shot on the way to the terminal building.

Photo source - Nicholas Ridley

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Hugh Willoughby'. 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-ANHE (C/N 65) in the foreground.

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

Peter Steffen Pressefotos

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOI
June 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Hugh Willoughby'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1957.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOI
June 1961

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England circa 1961.

This was one of the first Viscounts to carry the later 'Red Square' livery.

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

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRL
October 1962

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA) and now re-registered from PP-SRK. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in October 1962 in a very simple but smart livery.

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

Photo source - Stanislav Vacek

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

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA) and re-registered from PP-SRK. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa December 1962 during a very harsh winter.

Photo source - jon L1049H (flickr)

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRL
March 1963

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA) and re-registered from PP-SRK. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in March 1963 shortly before delivery.

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

Photo Ref V661

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRL
March 1963

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA) and re-registered from PP-SRK. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in March 1963 shortly before delivery.

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

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRL
March 1963

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA) and re-registered from PP-SRK. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in March 1963 shortly before delivery.

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

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRL
June 1964

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA) and re-registered from PP-SRK. Taken departing from an unknown location in June 1964.

Photo source - José Lopes

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Eduardo André Matarazzo
PP-SRL
July 2001

Acquired from Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) after it was damaged beyond economic repair following a collision with a Bull during a takeoff at Rio. Taken at Eduardo's plantation, southwest of Bebedouro, Brasil in July 2001.

He also acquired PP-SRO (C/N 64) which resides at Museu del Armas in the centre of Bebedouro.

Photo source - Ulrich (Uli) F Hoppe

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Eduardo André Matarazzo
PP-SRL
October 2018

Acquired from Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) after it was damaged beyond economic repair following a collision with a Bull during a takeoff at Rio. A Google Earth view taken at Eduardo's plantation, southwest of Bebedouro, Brasil 24 October 2018.

See the history section for the co-ordinates.

He also acquired PP-SRO (C/N 64) which resides at Museu del Armas in the centre of Bebedouro.

Photo source - Google Earth

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