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Viscount c/n 47

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Below are the 14 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 47 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-TVD
September 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Hamilton Hume'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa September 1954 with the fuselage sections being joined together in the main jig.

Note the hole where the cockpit area will be constructed.

Vickers Photo Ref MP1279 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVD
February 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Hamilton Hume'. Taken arriving at RAAF Williamtown, New South Wales, Australia 3 February 1955.

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

Presumably this was here to be put on display as part of an air show. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo Ref FL1270884

Photo source - State Library of New South Wales

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVD
December 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Hamilton Hume'. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in December 1955.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVD
October 1956

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Hamilton Hume'. Taken arriving at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa October 1956 with the outer Dart engines already shut down. Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

The RAF Vickers Valiant B.1 bomber behind is fenced off and has armed guards on patrol.

This may well be WZ366 from 49 Squadron which went to Australia at this time to carry out test dropping of the 'Blue Danube' nuclear bomb at Maralinga, South Australia. The 'Blue Danube' was the first operational nuclear weapon for the British Government

Photo source - Peter Kelly

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVD
October 1956

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Hamilton Hume'. Taken arriving at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa October 1956 with the outer Dart engines already shut down. Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

The aircraft behind is an RAF Vickers Valiant B.1 bomber.

Photo source - Peter Kelly

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVD
August 1957

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Hamilton Hume'. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia circa August 1957.

Note the TAA Morris LD Cargo van and Volkswagen split screen service van.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVD
January 1960

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Hamilton Hume'. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia circa January 1960 in the later orange tail livery.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVD
November 1960

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Hamilton Hume'. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia circa November 1960 in the later orange tail livery.

Note the revised cockpit direct vision (DV) window.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVD
June 1964

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Hamilton Hume'. Taken flying over Canberra on a service from Sydney to Melbourne, Australia circa June 1964.

Note the flexed and rippled wing skin which meant a lot of remedial work for Brian and his TAA engineering colleagues over the years as they were forever replacing loose rivets and repairing elongated holes and crack propagation.

Photo source - Brian Jackson

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVD
August 1966

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Hamilton Hume'. Taken at Canberra Airport, Australian Capital Territory. Australia in August 1966. Note the weather radar nose which was installed circa 1962 as a result of an airworthiness directive following the crash of VH-TVC (C/N 46).

Photo source - Aeronautica Australia

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Keegan Aviation Ltd
VH-TVD
September 1967

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 12 September 1967 shortly after its arrival from Rome, Italy on the long delivery journey from Australia.

Photo source - Malcolm Nason

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Keegan Aviation Ltd
VH-TVD
November 1967

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex in November 1967 outside the British United Airways facility.

Photo source - John H Mounce collection

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Keegan Aviation Ltd
VH-TVD
August 1969

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 11 August 1969 together with VH-TVF (C/N 49).

Both aircraft were offered for sale but there were no buyers.

Photo source - Malcolm Nason

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Keegan Aviation Ltd
VH-TVD
September 1969

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 5 September 1969 and still very much intact.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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