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Viscount c/n 31

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Below are the 27 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 31 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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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFW
September 1953

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Brighid' / 'St Brigid'. Taken at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa September 1953 on the fuselage sub-assembly line.

Note that the fuselage is built in two sections before being moved to the main build line for final assembly.

The factory board quotes '707' (Series), 'F10/21B' (Works Order), and 'Loaded 10 5 53'.

Photo source - Chris Michell collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFW
May 1954

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Brighid' / 'St Brigid'. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland circa May 1954.

This is a period issue post card.

Photo source - Merv Crowe collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFW
June 1954

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Brighid' / 'St Brigid'. Taken at Northolt Airport, Middlesex, England circa June 1954 with passengers boarding for a service to Dublin, Ireland.

Aer Lingus operations were transferred to London Airport in October 1954.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFW
May 1955

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Brighid' / 'St Brigid'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in May 1955 with a BEA V.701 Viscount in the background.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFW
January 1957

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Brighid' / 'St Brigid'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in January 1957 in the second Are Lingus Viscount livery on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building.

Photo source - Dalman

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFW
June 1957

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Brighid' / 'St Brigid'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1957 in the second Aer Lingus Viscount livery on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building.

Photo source - David Johnstone collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFW
June 1958

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Brighid' / 'St Brigid'. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in June 1958 in the third 'Viscount' livery together with Viscount EI-AGI (C/N 34).

Photo Ref 2440

Photo source - Bestick Williams

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFW
June 1959

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Brighid' / 'St Brigid'. Taken departing from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1959 with the BEA Engineering facility in the background.

Photo source - John Ball (Heathrow Historical)

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Sea Products Company
EI-AFW
January 1960

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 9 January 1960 undergoing a change of the No.4 Rolls-Royce Dart engine.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Sea Products Company
VR-BBJ
February 1960

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England in February 1960 before it was handed over to Eagle Airways.

Photo source - Leonardo Pin collection

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Sea Products Company
VR-BBJ
February 1960

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 20 February 1960 two days before it was officially handed over to Eagle Airways.

Photo source - Robin A Walker

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Sea Products Company
VR-BBJ
February 1960

Purchased from Air Lingus. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 21 February 1960, the day before it was officially handed over to Eagle Airways.

Photo source - Brian Doherty

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Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd
VR-BBJ
February 1960

Purchased from Sea Products Company. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 23 February 1960.

The hangar in the far background was used by the US Navy and there is a Lockheed P-2 Neptune parked outside.

Photo source - David Hedges collection

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Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd
VR-BBJ
February 1960

Purchased from Sea Products Company. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 23 February 1960.

A nice lineup of stewardesses in their smart new uniforms.

Anyone recognise the faces?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - David Hedges collection

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Cunard Eagle Airways Ltd
G-ARKH
March 1961

Transferred from Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd and re-registered. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England cicra March 1961 outside the Hunting-Clan hangar on the south side of the airport.

The central area and control tower can be seen in the background.

Photo source - Sergei Tsvetkov collection

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Cunard Eagle Airways Ltd
G-ARKH
March 1961

Transferred from Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd and re-registered. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in March 1961 in the maintenance area .

Under the tail and behind the bus is the rear fuselage section of Vickers Viking 1B G-AIVH (C/N 221) in Cunard livery which was being used as a cabin procedures trainer.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Cunard Eagle Airways Ltd
G-ARKH
March 1961

Transferred from Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd and re-registered. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in March 1961 in the maintenance area .

Under the tail is the rear fuselage section of Vickers Viking 1B G-AIVH (C/N 221) in Cunard livery which was being used as a cabin procedures trainer.

Photo source - David Johnstone collection

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Cunard Eagle (Bermuda) Ltd
G-ARKH
April 1961

Transferred from Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd and re-registered. Taken at Kastrup Airport, Copenhagen, Denmark 19 April 1961.

Photo source - Bo-Göran Lundkvist

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Cunard Eagle Airways Ltd
G-ARKH
June 1961

Transferred from Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd and re-registered. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1961 after an incident where the nose undercarriage leg collapsed in the hangar during maintenance.

Does anyone have any more details of this and the actual date it happened?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - David Hedges collection

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Cunard Eagle Airways Ltd
G-ARKH
June 1962

Transferred from Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd and re-registered. Taken at Elmdon Airport, Birmingham, West Midlands, England circa June 1962.

The passenger steps belong to British European Airways Corporation (BEA).

Clearly not a day for spectators.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Cunard Eagle Airways Ltd
G-ARKH
June 1962

Transferred from Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd and re-registered. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1962.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize collection

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Bahamas Airways
VP-BCF
February 1964

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland 26 February 1964 in a modified BOAC livery.

It departed the following day on delivery.

Photo source - Jim Cain via David Cain (Ayronautica)

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Bahamas Airways
VP-BCF
September 1966

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies. Taken at Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England 29 September 1966 in a later livery.

It was undergoing maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

Photo source - R A Scholefield collection

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Bahamas Airways
VP-BCF
December 1967

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland in December 1967 in a modified BOAC livery.

Note that the 'Airways' has now been removed from the titles.

Photo source - Ken Marshall via William Jesse

25

James Carter
N7972
July 1975

Purchased from the Bahamas Development Corporation and re-registered. Taken stored at California City Municipal Airport, California, USA in July 1975 with the US registration crudely painted on for the ferry flight from Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.

It is still in its basic BOAC livery with the Bahamas titles painted out.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Southern Cross Air Transport
N7972
June 1978

Purchased from James Carter. Taken stored at California City Municipal Airport, California, USA circa June 1978 with the US registration crudely painted on for the ferry flight from Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.

It is still in its basic BOAC livery with the Bahamas titles painted out.

The Rolls-Royce Dart engines and propellers have now been removed as well as other useful parts.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Southern Cross Air Transport
N7972
October 1979

Purchased from James Carter. Taken stored at California City Municipal Airport, California, USA 13 October 1979.

Photo source - Steve Williams

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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