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Viscount c/n 32

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Below are the 30 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 32 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-AFY
April 1954

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Breandán' / St 'Brendan'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 16 April 1954 arriving from Schiphol, Amsterdam, Netherlands en-route to Collinstown, Dublin, Ireland, just three weeks after delivery from Vickers-Armstrongs.

Photo source - R A Scholefield collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFY
June 1954

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Breandán' / St 'Brendan'. Taken at Northolt Airport, Ruislip, Middlesex, England in June 1954.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFY
June 1955

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Breandán' / St 'Brendan'. Taken at an unknown location in June 1955.

Photo source - Johan Visschedijk collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFY
October 1955

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Breandán' / St 'Brendan'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in October 1955 in the second livery.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFY
June 1956

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Breandán' / St 'Brendan'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1956 in the second livery.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFY
July 1956

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Breandán' / St 'Brendan'. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland circa July 1956 in the second livery.

This is a period 'coloured' postcard.

Photo source - Merv Crowe collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFY
September 1956

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Breandán' / St 'Brendan'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa September 1956 in the second livery.

Note the pressure refuelling hose connected to the outside of No.4 engine nacelle which filled all the rubber cells inside the starboard wing.

A similar arrangement was found on the outside of No.1 engine to refuel the port wing.

Keeping the weight balanced during refuelling would have been an issue if cross feeding was not utilised.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AFY
June 1958

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Breandán' / St 'Brendan'. Taken at an unknown location in June 1958 in the third livery.

It now has a white top to the cockpit area in place of the dark green and the word 'Viscount' added to the titles.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd
VR-BBH
January 1960

Purchased from Sea Products Company. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 23 January 1960 in the original livery which was soon replaced.

It departed on delivery on the same day.

Photo source - Robin A Walker

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Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd
VR-BBH
June 1960

Purchased from Sea Products Company. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1960 in a later livery.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd
VR-BBH
June 1960

Purchased from Sea Products Company. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1960 during an engine ground running exercise in a later livery with a crest only on the port side of the nose.

Only one engine is run at full power (14500 RPM) at a time for a maximum period of five minutes.

The time limit also applied operationally during the takeoff phase.

The other engines are running at a reasonable speed to provide some stability.

Wheel chocks and a good handbrake are vital!

It can still get very bumpy in the cockpit and difficult to read or record various engine parameters including calibrated master instruments which are much more accurate than the standard gauges fitted.

Photo source - David Hedges collection

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Cunard Eagle Airways Ltd
G-ARKI
May 1961

Transferred from Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in May 1961 shortly after being re-registered from VR-BBH.

Photo Ref V502

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Cunard Eagle Airways Ltd
G-ARKI
June 1961

Transferred from Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd. Taken at an unknown location in June 1961 shortly after being re-registered from VR-BBH.

Photo source - David Hedges collection

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Cunard Eagle Airways Ltd
G-ARKI
June 1961

Transferred from Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd. Taken departing from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1961.

Note the South African Airways Boeing 707 parked in the BOAC maintenance area.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Cunard Eagle Airways Ltd
G-ARKI
August 1961

Transferred from Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in August 1961.

Note the Service Engineer's Morris Minivan in their smart maroon, grey and white livery.

This version of the Mini was first produced in June 1960.

Photo source - David Hedges collection

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Cunard Eagle (Bermuda) Ltd
VR-BBH
June 1962

Transferred from Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd. Taken at Miami International Airport, Florida, USA in June 1962.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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BOAC Associated Companies Ltd
G-ARKI
September 1963

Purchased from Cunard Eagle (Bermuda) Ltd. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire Scotland in September 1963.

When it was delivered to Bahamas Airways the livery had been changed at the nose.

Photo Ref N/K

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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BOAC Associated Companies Ltd
G-ARKI
October 1963

Purchased from Cunard Eagle (Bermuda) Ltd. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire Scotland 9 October 1963.

When it was delivered to Bahamas Airways the livery had been changed at the nose.

Photo source - Jim Cain via David Cain (Ayronautica)

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Bahamas Airways
VP-BCE
January 1964

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland 21 January 1964, three days before departing on delivery.

Note the revised livery compared to the one when it was in BOAC ownership.

Photo source - Jim Cain via David Cain (Ayronautica)

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Bahamas Airways
VP-BCE
January 1964

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland 24 January 1964 shortly before departing on delivery.

Note the revised livery compared to the one when it was in BOAC ownership.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

21

Bahamas Airways
VP-BCE
September 1965

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Miami International Airport, Florida, USA in September 1965.

Note the new position for the registration.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

22

Bahamas Airways
VP-BCE
August 1967

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Nassau Airport, Bahamas in August 1967 in a later livery.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize collection

23

Bahamas Airways
VP-BCE
May 1968

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 11 May 1968 during maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

Photo source - John Smith

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Bahamas Airways
VP-BCE
June 1968

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Miami International Airport, Florida, USA in June 1968, two months before it was withdrawn from service.

Photo source - Bob Garrard collection

25

James Carter
N7973
September 1974

Purchased from the Bahamas Development Corporation and re-registered from VP-BCE. Taken stored at Fort Lauderdale Airport, Florida, USA circa September 1974 still in the basic Bahamas Airways livery with the US registration crudely applied for the ferry flight. 'BCE' from the previous registration can still be faintly seen behind the US registration.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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James Carter
N7973
November 1975

Purchased from the Bahamas Development Corporation and re-registered from VP-BCE. Taken stored at Fort Lauderdale Airport, Florida, USA in November 1975 still in the basic Bahamas Airways livery with the US registration crudely applied for the ferry flight. On either side is a Douglas DC-3 and also a colourful DC-6 or DC-7 with 'Treasure Lakes' on the tail.

Photo source - Bill Sides via John H Mounce collection

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James Carter
N7973
May 1976

Purchased from the Bahamas Development Corporation and re-registered from VP-BCE. Taken stored at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA 26 May 1976 still in the basic Bahamas Airways livery.

The registration was crudely applied just for the ferry flight.

Photo source - Vito Cedrini

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James Carter
N7973
June 1976

Purchased from the Bahamas Development Corporation and re-registered from VP-BCE. Taken stored at Fort Lauderdale Airport, Florida, USA in June 1976, still in the basic Bahamas Airways livery which is fading fast under the hot sun.

The registration was crudely applied just for the ferry flight.

To the right is the nose of a Curtiss C-46 Commando.

Photo source - Ellis M Chernoff

29

James Carter
N7973
August 1976

Purchased from the Bahamas Development Corporation and re-registered from VP-BCE. Taken stored at Fort Lauderdale Airport, Florida, USA circa August 1976 still in the basic Bahamas Airways livery which is fading fast under the hot sun.

The registration was crudely applied just for the ferry flight.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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James Carter
N7973
September 1976

Purchased from Bahamas Development Corporation and re-registered from VP-BCE. Taken stored at Fort Lauderdale Airport, Florida, USA circa September 1976 still in the basic Bahamas Airways livery which is fading fast under the hot sun.

The registration was crudely applied just for the ferry flight.

Photo source - David M Thirlwall

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