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Viscount c/n 24

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Below are the 25 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 24 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-AMOK
December 1953

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'. Taken departing from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in December 1953 after visiting from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England.

Note the Decca 'sharks fin' navigation aerial on the tail.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
January 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 16 January 1955 after its takeoff accident.

Note how close it came to several Taylor Woodrow contract builders huts.

The BEA markings have already been painted out except for the registration.

Luckily it was a Sunday as there would have probably been contract workers in the area otherwise.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
January 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 17 January 1955 the day after its takeoff accident.

This view shows the remains of the starboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines after the propellers and forward sections of the reduction gearboxes have been ripped off.

Vickers Photo Ref MP1919 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

4

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
January 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 17 January 1955 the day after its takeoff accident.

This view shows the large crack in the fuselage after the starboard tailplane has been struck near the tip.

Vickers Photo Ref MP1920 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
January 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 17 January 1955 the day after its takeoff accident.

This view shows the damage to the starboard tailplane.

Vickers Photo Ref MP1921 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
January 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 17 January 1955 the day after its takeoff accident.

This view shows how close it came to several Taylor Woodrow contract builders huts.

Luckily it was a Sunday as there would have probably been contract workers in the area otherwise.

Vickers Photo Ref MP1922 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
January 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 17 January 1955 the day after its takeoff accident.

This view shows the port main undercarriage assembly punched through the wing upper skin.

Vickers Photo Ref MP1924 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
January 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 17 January 1955 the day after its takeoff accident.

This view shows the starboard main undercarriage assembly punched through the wing upper skin.

Vickers Photo Ref MP1925 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
January 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 17 January 1955 the day after its takeoff accident.

This view shows the remains of the port wing after the engine nacelles have been ripped away.

Vickers Photo Ref MP1927 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
January 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 17 January 1955 the day after its takeoff accident.

This view shows a large amount of builders debris collected under the forward fuselage.

Vickers Photo Ref MP1928 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
January 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 20 January 1955 a few days after its takeoff accident.

It has now been moved to a more remote area where it will be dismantled and transported to Marshall's at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for major repairs and returned to service in September 1956.

Photo source - John Morris collection

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'. Taken inside the BEA maintenance facility at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1957.

Note the hole in the tail where the Decca radio aerial is normally fitted until it was superceded by a later system.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
April 1958

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

Note that the Decca aerial panel has now been removed.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
September 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in September 1958 during maintenance with Marshalls.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
May 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in May 1959 at the BEA engineering base during trials of recently fitted integral front airsteps.

Note that the No.1 (port outer) engine still has the older type of 'cutlass' propeller fitted.

Photo source - Louis Dightmaker collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
May 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in May 1959 at the BEA engineering base during trials of recently fitted integral front airsteps.

Photo source - Louis Dightmaker collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
May 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in May 1959 at the BEA engineering base during trials of recently fitted integral front 'airsteps'.

Photo source - Louis Dightmaker collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
May 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Gilbert'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in May 1959 at the BEA engineering base during trials of recently fitted integral front 'airsteps'.

Photo source - Louis Dightmaker collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
April 1960

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at City of Birmingham Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England circa April 1960 in the later 'Red Square' livery with G-AMOB (C/N 11) in the background, still in the original livery.

Photo source - Roberto Bona

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland in June 1961 in the later 'Red Square' livery.

Note the additional small window at the rear of the cabin which was introduced in 1959 when the seating capacity was increased.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in March 1963 painted up in a very basic Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) livery.

It is being pushed back into the BEA maintenance facility, probably after ground running the Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOK
April 1963

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 1 April 1963 painted up in a very basic Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) livery prior to a test flight to Gatwick and back.

It departed on delivery a few days later with its Venezuelan registration applied.

Note the additional small window at the rear of the cabin which was introduced by BEA in 1959 when the seating capacity was increased.

Photo Ref V567

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

23

Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV)
YV-C-AMB
June 1966

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England circa June 1966 during maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

24

Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV)
YV-C-AMB
August 1969

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in August 1969 during maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

25

Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV)
YV-C-AMB
October 1980

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Simón Bolívar International Airport, Maiquetia, Vargas, Caracas, Venezuela 8 October 1980 behind a Peruvian Air Force DHC-5 Buffalo.

The fuselage less engines, outer wings and tail is or was being used as a cabin trainer.

Does anyone know when it was finally disposed of?

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

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