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Viscount c/n 26

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Below are the 17 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 26 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-AMOM
April 1954

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Bruce'. Taken arriving at Portela Airport, Lisbon, Portugal in April 1954.

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

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

Photo source - John Heggblom

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Bruce'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1955 in front of the new Europa Terminal which officially opened until 16 December 1955.

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

BEA Photo Ref 5058

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOM
October 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Bruce'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa October 1955 inside one of the BEA maintenance hangars and in 'the dock'.

Note that it already has the upgraded 'needle' style propellers fitted.

Photo source - Julian Bourn collection

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Bruce'. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 20 January 1956 shortly after it crashed during a training flight with one of the starboard Dart engine nacelles in the foreground and a pre-war fire engine in attendance.

United Press Photo

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Bruce'. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 20 January 1956 shortly after it crashed during a training flight.

Keystone Press Agency Ltd Photo

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Bruce'. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 20 January 1956 shortly after it crashed during a training flight with one of the starboard Dart engine nacelles in the foreground.

A 1947 Austin K6 fire tender is supplying the foam.

A few years later this vehicle was transferred to Lulsgate, Bristol, England when the status of Blackbushe was downgraded.

Associated Press Agency Photo

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Bruce'. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 20 January 1956 shortly after it crashed during a training flight.

A 1947 Austin K6 fire tender is supplying the foam.

A few years later this vehicle was transferred to Lulsgate, Bristol, England when the status of Blackbushe was downgraded.

After its retirement it was seen in a pub car park and then a field where it gradually deteriorated until it was finally scrapped.

Associated Press Agency Photo

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Bruce'. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 20 January 1956 shortly after it crashed during a training flight.

Here the local fire crews are bringing the fire under control using foam.

The fire chief is looking very concerned, probably as the press photographers tried to get a closer shot.

Keystone Press Agency Ltd Photo

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Bruce'. The burnt out hulk taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 21 January 1956 the day after it crashed during a training flight.

Luckily the five crew on board managed to escape uninjured.

Note how far one of the starboard Dart engine nacelles is away from the fuselage.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Bruce'. The burnt out hulk taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 21 January 1956 the day after it crashed during a training flight.

Luckily the five crew on board managed to escape uninjured.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Bruce'. The burnt out hulk taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 21 January 1956 the day after it crashed during a training flight.

Luckily the five crew on board managed to escape uninjured.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Bruce'. The burnt out hulk taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 21 January 1956 the day after it crashed during a training flight.

Luckily the five crew on board managed to escape uninjured.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Bruce'. The burnt out hulk taken at Blackbushe, Hampshire, England 21 January 1956 the day after it crashed during a training flight.

Luckily the five crew on board managed to escape uninjured.

The name has already been crudely painted out.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Bruce'. The burnt out hulk taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 21 January 1956 the day after it crashed during a training flight.

Luckily the five crew on board managed to escape uninjured.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Bruce'. The burnt out hulk taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 21 January 1956 the day after it crashed during a training flight.

Luckily the five crew on board managed to escape uninjured.

The name has already been crudely painted out.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Bruce'. The burnt out hulk taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 21 January 1956 the day after it crashed during a training flight.

Luckily the five crew on board managed to escape uninjured.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOM
February 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Bruce'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa February 1956.

This is the gutted remains of the forward fuselage after its recovery from Blackbushe, Hampshire, England following its accident 20 January 1956.

The fuselage section in front belongs to BEA Airspeed Ambassador (Elizabethan) G-AMAB which was damaged beyond repair during a forced landing near Dusseldorf, West Germany 8 April 1955.

Photo Ref V333

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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