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Viscount c/n 30

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Below are the 45 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 30 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

Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFV
February 1954

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Patrick' / 'St Pádraig'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in February 1954 during the flight test phase.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFV
February 1954

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Patrick' / 'St Pádraig'. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in February 1954 flying over a snow covered rural landscape.

Vickers Photo Ref 6265H

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFV
February 1954

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Patrick' / 'St Pádraig'. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in February 1954 flying over a snow covered rural landscape.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFV
February 1954

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Patrick' / 'St Pádraig'. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in February 1954.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFV
March 1954

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Patrick' / 'St Pádraig. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in March 1954 shortly after delivery with a mass of spectators utilising every public vantage point.

Photo source - Aer Lingus Archive

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFV
April 1954

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Patrick' / 'St Pádraig'. Taken in the cabin during 1954 showing the luxury seats, décor and fine views out of the large oval window.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFV
April 1954

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Patrick' / 'St Pádraig'. Taken in the cabin circa April 1954 and showing the luxury seats, décor and fine views out of the large oval window.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFV
May 1954

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Patrick' / 'St Pádraig'. Taken after delivery circa May 1954 on a publicity flight over Ireland with guests on board.

Photo by Rex Roberts Studios Ltd., Dublin.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFV
June 1954

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Patrick' / 'St Pádraig. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in June 1954.

Photo source - Aer Lingus Archive

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFV
March 1956

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Patrick' / 'St Pádraig'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in March 1956 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building.

The person in the small glazed observer's post gave a running commentary on the aircraft taxying by through a tannoy system to all the spectators.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFV
June 1956

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Patrick' / 'St Pádraig', later renamed 'St Garan' and then 'St Colmcille'. Taken in its second livery circa June 1956.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFV
June 1956

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Patrick' / 'St Pádraig', later renamed 'St Garan' and then 'St Colmcille'. Taken in its second livery circa June 1956.

Aer Lingus Photo Ref VISC/AL/13A

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFV
August 1957

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Patrick' / 'St Pádraig', later renamed 'St Garan' and then 'St Colmcille'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in August 1957 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building in the third livery, with a white cockpit roof.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFV
September 1957

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Patrick' / 'St Pádraig', later renamed 'St Garan' and then 'St Colmcille'. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands circa September 1957.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFV
June 1958

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Patrick' / 'St Pádraig. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland circa June 1958.

Photo source - Alan Pepper

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Tradair Ltd
G-APZB
June 1960

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1960.

This is the livery it was delivered in from Aer Lingus with just Tradair on the forward fuselage. It was soon repainted in full livery.

The name on the steps is not quite readable.

In the background there are two Royal Navy Percival Sea Princes and probably a Royal Navy de Havilland Sea Venom.

Can anyone identify the location?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Tradair Ltd
G-APZB
June 1961

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in June 1961.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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Tradair Ltd
G-APZB
July 1961

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa July 1961.

Photo source - Sergei Tsvetkov collection

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Tradair Ltd
G-APZB
September 1961

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in September 1961.

Note the subtle change in tail livery.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize collection

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Tradair Ltd
G-APZB
November 1961

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England circa November 1961 with passengers boarding hopefully to go somewhere warmer.

The photo was taken by Shirley's Dad.

Photo source - John R Simmons via Shirley Russell

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Tradair Ltd
G-APZB
June 1962

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken landing at Stansted Airport, Essex, England in June 1962.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Tradair Ltd
G-APZB
July 1962

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken departing from Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in July 1962.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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Starways Ltd
G-APZB
November 1962

Purchased from Tradair. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England circa November 1962 with a happy group of passengers boarding through the rear cabin door.

Perhaps this was a football supporters charter.

Note the very large registration letters which were later reduced.

Photo source - Patsy Leigh

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Starways Ltd
G-APZB
December 1962

Purchased from Tradair. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in December 1962 with a Starways Douglas DC-3 in the background.

Note the very large registration letters which were later reduced.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Starways Ltd
G-APZB
July 1963

Purchased from Tradair. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in July 1963.

Note the reduced size registration.

Photo source - Peter Fitzmaurice

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Starways Ltd
G-APZB
August 1963

Purchased from Tradair. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in August 1963.

Behind is Aer Lingus V.808 series Viscount EI-AJI.

Photo source - Kenneth Roberts collection

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Aviation Overhauls Ltd
G-APZB
January 1964

Transferred from Starways Ltd. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 1 January 1964, the day the ownership was transferred.

Photo source - Ken Fielding

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British Eagle International Airlines Ltd
G-APZB
June 1964

Leased from Aviation Overhauls Ltd Taken landing on runway 27R at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1964 with the Queen's building in the background and the distinctive public observation area on top.

It has not yet been named 'City of Newcastle'.

Photo source - David Hedges collection

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British Eagle International Airlines Ltd
G-APZB
July 1964

Leased from Aviation Overhauls Ltd named 'City of Newcastle'. Taken landing at Leeds/Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England in July 1964.

Photo source - Nicholas Denbow

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British Eagle International Airlines Ltd
G-APZB
July 1964

Leased from Aviation Overhauls Ltd named 'City of Newcastle'. Taken at Leeds/Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England in July 1964.

Photo source - Nicholas Denbow

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British Eagle International Airlines Ltd
G-APZB
August 1964

Leased from Aviation Overhauls Ltd named 'City of Newcastle'. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 12 August 1964.

Note the unusual British Eagle tug by the nose of the aircraft with a ground power unit (GPU) connected ready for engine starting.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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British Eagle International Airlines Ltd
G-APZB
September 1964

Leased from Aviation Overhauls Ltd named 'City of Newcastle'. Taken taxiing past the ESSO headquarters at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in September 1964.

Photo source - Kenneth Roberts collection

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British Eagle International Airlines Ltd
G-APZB
October 1964

Leased from Aviation Overhauls Ltd named 'City of Newcastle'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 6 October 1964.

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

Photo source - Bo-Göran Lundkvist

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British Eagle International Airlines Ltd
G-APZB
November 1964

Leased from Aviation Overhauls Ltd named 'City of Newcastle'. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 1 November 1964, not long before it was returned off-lease.

Photo source - Ken Fielding

35

British Eagle International Airlines Ltd
G-APZB
February 1965

Leased from Channel Airways named 'City of Manchester'. Taken at Renfrew Airport, Glasgow, Scotland circa February 1965.

Photo source - David Dyer

36

Channel Airways
G-APZB
April 1965

Returned from British Eagle International Airlines Ltd lease. Taken at Zestienhoven Airport, Rotterdam, Netherlands 19 April 1965 back in service in the basic British Eagle livery.

Photo source - Wim Zwakhals collection

37

Channel Airways
G-APZB
May 1965

Returned from British Eagle International Airlines Ltd lease. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England circa May 1965 and still in the basic British Eagle livery with five sisters alongside in full Channel livery.

Photo source - Nick Beattie collection

38

Channel Airways
G-APZB
July 1965

Returned from British Eagle International Airlines Ltd lease. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England circa July 1965 now repainted in full Channel Airways livery.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

39

Channel Airways
G-APZB
November 1965

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

Photo source - Dave Welch collection

40

BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-APZB
July 1967

Leased from Channel Airways in full Channel livery. Taken at Belfast Airport, Northern Ireland 13 July 1967 with a happy crew posing for Merv's camera.

Photo source - Merv Crowe collection

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BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-APZB
July 1967

Leased from Channel Airways in full Channel livery. Taken at Leeds / Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England in July 1967.

Nicholas was on an early shift at the airport with the low sun catching the golden tail.

Photo source - Nicholas Denbow

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BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-APZB
July 1967

Leased from Channel Airways in full Channel livery. Taken at Leeds / Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England in July 1967.

Nicholas was on an early shift at the airport with the low sun catching the golden tail.

Photo source - Nicholas Denbow

43

BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-APZB
July 1967

Leased from Channel Airways in full Channel livery. Taken at Leeds/Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England in July 1967 and now ready for its passengers.

Photo source - Nicholas Denbow

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BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-APZB
July 1967

Leased from Channel Airways in full Channel livery. Taken at Leeds/Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England in July 1967 and now ready for its passengers.

Photo source - Nicholas Denbow

45

Channel Airways
G-APZB
August 1969

Returned from BKS Air Transport Ltd. lease. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 23 August 1969.

It was finally scrapped in February 1970.

Photo source - Ron Mak collection

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