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Viscount c/n 23

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Below are the 33 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 23 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-AMOJ
June 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir James Ross'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1955 operating 'The Clansman' service to Renfrew, Glasgow, Scotland.

Note the Decca radio aerial panel on the tail and that the outer propellers in the No.1 and No.4 positions have now been replaced by the later style of blade that was progressively introduced and often coincided with the upgrade of the Rolls-Royce Dart engine from Mark 505 to Mark 506.

The wearing of hats was still in fashion in the mid fifties.

BEA Photo Ref 4622

Photo source - Peter Gordon Brinkworth collection

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir James Ross'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1956 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building.

Note that the Decca radio aerial panel has now been removed from the tail.

Photo Ref V331

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

3

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOJ
September 1961

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in September 1961 in the later 'Red Square' livery.

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

Photo source - Dave Bougourd

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOJ
March 1963

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken arriving at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa March 1963.

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

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

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

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Channel Airways
G-AMOJ
March 1964

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in March 1964.

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

Photo source - John Morris collection

6

Channel Airways
G-AMOJ
November 1964

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany 1 November 1964.

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

Photo source - Peter Seemann

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Channel Airways
G-AMOJ
April 1965

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England circa April 1965.

It was operating a charter flight to the Netherlands (probably Rotterdam) linked with the famous Tulip bulb fields.

Pamela's mother Betty went on this flight and took the photo before boarding.

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

Photo source - Betty Weaver via Pamela Whitehead

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Channel Airways
G-AMOJ
June 1965

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands circa June 1965.

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

The Shell Mex / BP fuel tanker is a Bedford TK and the baggage truck is a Ford Thames.

Photo source - Colin Pickett

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Channel Airways
G-AMOJ
June 1965

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in June 1965.

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

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

10

Channel Airways
G-AMOJ
June 1965

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Bremen Airport, West Germany circa June 1965.

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

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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British Eagle International Airlines Ltd
G-AMOJ
July 1965

Leased from Channel Airways. Taken at Zestienhoven Airport, Ostend, Belgium in July 1965 still in Channel livery.

Photo source - Willy Rouzee

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Channel Airways
G-AMOJ
September 1965

Returned from British Eagle International Airlines Ltd lease. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in September 1965.

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

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Channel Airways
G-AMOJ
February 1966

Returned from British Eagle International Airlines Ltd lease. Taken at Stansted Airport, Essex, England in February 1966.

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

Photo source - Paul Howard

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BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-AMOJ
March 1966

Leased from Channel Airways. Taken arriving at Leeds / Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England in March 1966.

The No.2 engine is in the 'feathered' position, presumably after an in-flight technical problem with the Rolls-Royce Dart engine.

The No.3 engine has been shut down but is still slowly rotating, which is normal as the Viscount is usually taxied in on two engines.

Care needs to be taken to ensure that the engines supplying hydraulic pressure for the nosewheel steering and braking are the ones that are still running!

A lot of Viscounts used the inner engines, hence the cautionary note for pilots who operated both types.

Photo source - Nicholas Denbow

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BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-AMOJ
March 1966

Leased from Channel Airways. Taken at Leeds / Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England in March 1966.

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

Photo source - Nicholas Denbow

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Channel Airways
G-AMOJ
April 1966

Returned from BKS Air Transport Ltd lease. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 10 April 1966 wih no other aircraft in sight!

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

Photo source - Michael T (flickr)

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Channel Airways
G-AMOJ
May 1966

Returned from BKS Air Transport Ltd lease. Taken departing from Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 4 May 1966.

This was the last time this Viscount was seen at Gatwick.

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

Note the Luxair Lockheed L-1649A Starliner in the right background.

Photo source - Jerry Penwarden

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOJ
November 1966

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in November 1966 outside the Marshall's facility while being prepared for service with Cambrian Airways including a repaint in their livery.

Photo source - John Morris collection

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOJ
March 1967

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in March 1967.

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

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOJ
April 1967

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man in April 1967.

Note the additional small cabin window at the rear 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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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOJ
June 1967

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in June 1967.

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

Photo source - Keith Till

22

Cambrian Airways
G-AMOJ
July 1967

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man circa July 1967.

Photo source - Neil's Isle of Man

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOJ
May 1968

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken arriving at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland circa May 1968 in a later livery.

Note the 'BAS' lettering in the cheatline denoting the parent group British Air Services.

Cambrian Airways became part of British Air Services in November 1967.

In the background is a Transglobe Canadair CL-44.

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

Also note the additional small cabin window which was introduced by BEA as part of a high density seating configuration and the different styles of port propellers.

Photo source - Malcolm Nason

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOJ
June 1968

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales circa June 1968.

Note the 'BAS' (British Air Services) title in cheatline just ahead of the propellers.

Cambrian Airways became part of British Air Services in November 1967.

Note the additional small cabin window at the rear 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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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOJ
January 1969

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England circa January 1969.

In the left background is VH-TVD (C/N 47) which arrived from Australia in August 1967.

Photo source - Brian Mells

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOJ
February 1969

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands 20 Feburary 1969.

Cambrian Airways became part of British Air Services in November 1967.

This was the final livery worn by this aircraft.

Note the small cabin window behind the rear entry door installed by BEA as part of the conversion to high density seating configuration.

Photo source - Reginald Rowe

27

Cambrian Airways
G-AMOJ
June 1969

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England circa June 1969 with 'British Air Services' titles. Cambrian Airways became part of British Air Services in November 1967.

This was the final livery worn by this aircraft.

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

Photo source - John Young

28

Cambrian Airways
G-AMOJ
June 1969

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England circa June 1969 with 'British Air Services' titles. Cambrian Airways became part of British Air Services in November 1967.

Note the additional cabin window at the rear which was introduced by BEA as part of a high density seating configuration. This was the final livery worn by this aircraft.

Photo source - John Downey

29

Cambrian Airways
G-AMOJ
July 1969

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Son Sant Joan Airport, Palma de Mallorca, Spain circa July 1969.

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

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

30

Cambrian Airways
G-AMOJ
February 1970

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Zestienhoven Airport, Ostend, Belgium in February 1970. Cambrian Airways became part of British Air Services in November 1967.

This was the final livery worn by this aircraft.

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

Photo source - Willy Rouzee

31

Cambrian Airways
G-AMOJ
March 1970

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales in March 1970.

Cambrian Airways became part of British Air Services in November 1967.

This was the final livery worn by this aircraft.

Photo source - John Morris collection

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOJ
December 1970

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 25 December 1970 only two months before it was retired.

Note that the No.2 (port inner) propeller is in the 'feathered' position.

The other two visible are in the normal 'ground fine pitch' position.

Photo source - Brian Lewis

33

Cambrian Airways
G-AMOJ
July 1971

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken stored at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales circa July 1971 with G-AMOC (C/N 13), G-AMOO (C/N 28) on the far right and a tailless G-ANRS (C/N 75) also identified.

Photo source - G Hillard

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