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Viscount c/n 25

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Below are the 31 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 25 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.

1

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOL
June 1954

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A David Livingstone'. Taken at an unknown location in June 1954.

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

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOL
March 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A David Livingstone'. Taken at Kastrup Airport, Copenhagen, Denmark 25 March 1955 after hitting a snow bank during a landing and ending up on its belly, curling the propellers and shockloading the Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

Not the best photo, but better than nothing.

Photo source - Danish Directorate of Civil Aviation

3

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A David Livingstone'. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England 21 March 1957 undergoing wing flap modifications by Marshall's which were introduced as a result of the accident to Viscount c/n 4 G-ALWE.

The nose of another BEA Viscount can be seen on the right.

Every Viscount around the world with the same type of flap system had to have this work carried out at this time.

Keystone Press Agency Photo Ref KSA83829

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A David Livingstone'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1958.

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

Photo Ref V332

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A David Livingstone'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa September 1958 with an experimental 'Red Square' logo on the tail, which is smaller than the one applied to G-AMOH (C/N 21) in October 1955.

BEA Photo Ref 5191

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man circa June 1961 in the later 'Red Square' livery.

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

A period postcard published by Ranscombe Brothers I.O.M. Ref RB147 P37249.

Photo source - D1955 collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOL
May 1962

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in May 1962.

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

Also note the Bedford articulated coach which was used to transfer passengers from the terminal building to aircraft parked on stands across the taxiway.

Photo source - Jennifer M Gradidge collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOL
June 1962

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken landing at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa June 1962.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOL
November 1962

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in November 1962.

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

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

10

Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
August 1963

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England circa August 1963 with crowds of spectators along the viewing gallery railings.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
February 1964

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in February 1964.

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

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

12

Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
March 1964

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken arriving at a very murky Templehof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in March 1964 with the inboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines already shut down.

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

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
March 1964

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in March 1964 with a Shell / BP Bedford TK fuel bowser in attendance.

Photo source - Al Campbell via David Everett

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
April 1964

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 28 April 1964 with the Everton Football Club departing to London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England where they transferred to a trans-continental flight for their pre-season tour of Australia.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' which were previously installed when the aircraft was owned by BEA.

Photo source - Kenneth Roberts collection

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
May 1964

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in May 1964.

Chris, with his trusty spade is confidently walking towards the Viscount with his Mum Mary on his left.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' inherited from BEA.

Chris's father Reg was a travel writer so took this opportunity to take some photos of his son during their journey for a family holiday on the Isle of Man.

Photo source - Reg Butler via Chris Butler

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
May 1964

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in May 1964.

Chris is confidently climbing up into the Viscount with his Mum Mary following behind.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' inherited from BEA.

Chris's father Reg was a travel writer so took this opportunity to take some photos of his son during their journey for a family holiday on the Isle of Man.

Photo source - Reg Butler via Chris Butler

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
May 1964

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken during the flight from Liverpool to the Isle of Man in May 1964.

Chris's expression says it all.

His father Reg was a travel writer so took this opportunity to take some photos of his son during their journey for a family holiday on the Isle of Man.

Photo source - Reg Butler via Chris Butler

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
May 1964

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man in May 1964.

Chris seems spellbound by the Viscount experience with his Mum Mary patiently waiting for him to move away.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' inherited from BEA.

Chris's father Reg was a travel writer so took this opportunity to take some photos of his son during their journey for a family holiday on the Isle of Man.

Photo source - Reg Butler via Chris Butler

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
June 1964

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken about to depart from Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man circa June 1964.

This is a period postcard published by Cotman - Color Ref KMN186.

Photo source - Merv Crowe collection

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
August 1964

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 12 August 1964.

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

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

21

Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
August 1964

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken departing from Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 12 August 1964.

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

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
November 1964

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in November 1964 with a Ford Anglia van in attendance.

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

Photo source - John Morris collection

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
July 1965

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). It crashed during a radar assisted approach to Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 20 July 1965.

This press photo was taken after the fire was brought under control and clearly shows the severity of the accident.

In the foreground is part of the fuselage with the Cambrian name on it surrounded by twisted remains of the Thompson & Capper 'Mothak's Ltd' factory.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
July 1965

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). It crashed during a radar assisted approach to Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 20 July 1965.

This press photo was taken after the fire was brought under control and clearly shows the severity of the accident.

In the foreground is part of the fuselage with the Cambrian name on it surrounded by twisted remains of the Thompson & Capper 'Mothak's Ltd' factory.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
July 1965

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). It crashed during a radar assisted approach to Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 20 July 1965.

This press photo was taken after the fire was brought under control and clearly shows the severity of the accident.

In the foreground is part of the fuselage with the Cambrian name on it surrounded by twisted remains of the Thompson & Capper 'Mothak's Ltd' factory. The sombre faces of the firemen and police sergeant clearly indicates how shocking this accident was, but it could have been much worse had the plane been carrying passengers and if there had been more workers in the factory earlier in the day.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
July 1965

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). It crashed during a radar assisted approach to Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 20 July 1965.

This press photo was taken after the fire was brought under control and clearly shows the severity of the accident.

In the foreground is part of the fuselage with the Cambrian name on it surrounded by twisted remains of the Thompson & Capper 'Mothak's Ltd' factory. Everyone is gathered around the cockpit area of the Viscount but there was sadly nothing they could do for the two crew members.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

27

Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
July 1965

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). It crashed during a radar assisted approach to Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 20 July 1965.

This press photo was taken after the fire was brought under control and clearly shows the severity of the accident.

This view shows the twisted remains of the Thompson & Capper 'Mothak's Ltd' factory with firemen and police officers searching through the debris.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
July 1965

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). It crashed during a radar assisted approach to Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 20 July 1965.

This press photo was taken after the fire was brought under control and clearly shows the severity of the accident.

This view shows the twisted and burnt out remains of the Thompson & Capper 'Mothak's Ltd' factory with grim faced firemen surveying the scene.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
July 1965

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). It crashed during a radar assisted approach to Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 20 July 1965.

This press photo was taken the day after the accident.

Clearly evident in this view is a burnt out wing and the front half of a Dart engine reduction gearbox still attached to what remains of a propeller.

The degree of destruction to the Thompson & Capper 'Mothak's Ltd' factory is clearly visible with a clock intact in the background.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

30

Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
July 1965

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). It crashed during a radar assisted approach to Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 20 July 1965.

This press photo was taken the day after the accident.

Clearly evident in this view is the front half of a Dart engine reduction gearbox still attached to what remains of a propeller.

The degree of destruction to the Thompson & Capper 'Mothak's Ltd' factory is clearly visible.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

31

Cambrian Airways
G-AMOL
July 1965

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). It crashed during a radar assisted approach to Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 20 July 1965.

This press photo was taken at the Thompson & Capper 'Mothak's Ltd' factory the day after the accident with a fire officer examining the remains of a nose undercarriage wheel and tyre.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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