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Vickers Viscount Network
A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount
   

Viscount c/n 44

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Below are the 32 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 44 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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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
June 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in June 1954 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The top half of the fuselage has now been painted white with the other colours and titles to follow.

Photo source - George E Cooper collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
July 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 2 July 1954 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The TAA titles have now been applied.

This is a group of visiting TAA officials and technicians.

Names from right to left are: L Cooper, Paul Henry, N Dunn and F Phillingram. Any other name? Details to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Aeronautica Australia

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
July 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in late July 1954 on the production line in the Erecting Shop before the windows were fitted.

The cheatline colour has now been applied. Here a group of happy workers pose for the camera.

Keystone Press Agency Ltd Photo Ref KSB31231

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
July 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in late July 1954 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft behind are VH-TVB (C/N 45) and VH-TVC (C/N 46).

Vickers Photo Ref MP915 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
July 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in late July 1954 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft behind are VH-TVB (C/N 45) and VH-TVC (C/N 46).

Vickers Photo Ref MP930 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
July 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in late July 1954 during the final production phase in the Erecting Shop where all the systems are checked out including the retraction and extending of the undercarriage.

Vickers Photo Ref MP937 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
July 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in late July 1954 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

A nice view of the No.1 and No.2 Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 505 engines.

Note that some of the blue plastic coating has started to peel off the No.1 nacelle cowling.

Vickers Photo Ref MP938 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
July 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in late July 1954 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

Vickers Photo Ref MP939 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
August 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in August 1954 on the production line in the Erecting Shop now with a TCA V.724 behind.

Note the engine nacelle fairing panel on top of the wing.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
August 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in August 1954 in the Erecting Shop.

This is an unusual situation with engine runs being carried out inside the hangar.

Note the lack of ear defenders!

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
August 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 29 August 1954 being towed out prior to its first flight.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
August 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 29 August 1954 taking off on its first flight.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
September 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken on a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in September 1954.

Vickers Photo Ref 6307E

Photo source - Roger Humm collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
September 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1954 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show with visitors boarding to inspect the interior.

Note the smart Vickers-Armstrongs steps.

Photo source - National Archives of Norway

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
September 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1954 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

Note the smart Vickers-Armstrongs steps and the aircraft's name on the inside of the rear cabin door.

Photo source - National Archives of Norway

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
September 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1954 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
September 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1954 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

It is about to take off for a demonstration flight, flown by Vickers Test Pilot Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce.

Photo source - Kate Yates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
September 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken landing at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1954 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

It had just taken part in a demonstration flight, flown by Vickers Test Pilot Gabe Robb 'Jock' Bryce.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
October 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken performing a flypast after its arrival at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 13 October 1954 following its epic 7 day delivery journey from the UK.

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
October 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken arriving at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 13 October 1954 taxiing on its inboard engines following its epic 7 day delivery journey from the UK.

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
October 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 13 October 1954 where a large crowd had gathered to see the arrival of the first TAA Viscount.

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
October 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 13 October 1954 following its epic 7 day delivery journey from the UK.

Photo source - Cliff Bottomley

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
October 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 13 October 1954 following its epic 7 day delivery journey from the UK.

Photo source - Cliff Bottomley

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
October 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 14 October 1954.

Photo source - R N Smth collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
October 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at an unknown location in late October 1954 probably during the crew training period.

Photo source - Louis Klemantaski

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
October 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at an unknown location in late October 1954 probably during the crew training period.

Photo source - Louis Klemantaski

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
October 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 21 October 1954 on its only visit to this airport.

It was operating a proving flight to allow ground staff to become familiar with the new aircraft type.

Photo source - Bill Gray collection via David A Carter

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
October 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in late October 1954 not long before it crashed during a training flight.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
October 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Mangalore Airport, Victoria, Australia 31 October 1954. The aircraft was destroyed on take-off during a routine conversion training flight.

Photo source - Department of Civil Aviation Australia

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
October 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Mangalore Airport, Victoria, Australia 31 October 1954. The aircraft was destroyed on take-off during a routine conversion training flight.

Photo source - Department of Civil Aviation Australia

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
October 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. Taken at Mangalore Airport, Victoria, Australia 31 October 1954. The aircraft was destroyed on take-off during a routine conversion training flight.

Photo source - Department of Civil Aviation Australia

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVA
October 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Batman'. The aircraft was destroyed on take-off during a routine conversion training flight at Mangalore Airport, Victoria, Australia 31 October 1954.

Photo source - Department of Civil Aviation Australia

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