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Viscount c/n 48

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Below are the 28 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 48 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-TVE
January 1850

Charles Sturt was born in Bengal, British India 1n 1795 and sailed to Australia in 1827 with a consignment of convicts. In 1828 he started to explore the area of the Macquarie River in western New South Wales. The courses of the Macquarie, Bogan and Castlereagh rivers had been followed and the Darling River had therefore been discovered. Several other expeditions took place at later dates.

He died in 1869.

Photo source - Australian National Archive

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

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Charles Sturt'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 22 October 1954 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft behind is VH-TVF (C/N 49).

Vickers Photo Ref MP1487 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

3

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
November 1954

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

The aircraft behind is VH-TVF (C/N 49).

Vickers Photo Ref MP1698X1 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
June 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Charles Sturt'. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in June 1955.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
August 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Charles Sturt'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in August 1955 being refuelled from a 'White' tanker truck. The destination board by the steps states 'Flight 512 to Perth via Adelaide'. Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks fitted for the Adelaide to Perth sector.

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
December 1956

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Charles Sturt'. Taken departing from Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia circa December 1956 with the ground engineer shielding his eyes from the sun.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
January 1957

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Charles Sturt'. Taken flying over Victoria State, Australia 24 January 1957 on a photographic sortie.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed.

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
January 1957

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Charles Sturt'. Taken flying over Victoria State, Australia 24 January 1957 on a photographic sortie.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed.

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
January 1957

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Charles Sturt'. Taken flying over Victoria State, Australia 24 January 1957 on a photographic sortie.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed.

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
January 1957

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Charles Sturt'. Taken heading out from the coast of Victoria State, Australia into the Bass Straight 24 January 1957 on a photographic sortie.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed.

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
January 1957

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Charles Sturt'. Taken heading out from the coast of Victoria State, Australia into the Bass Straight 24 January 1957 on a photographic sortie.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed.

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
January 1957

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Charles Sturt'. Taken flying over a very calm Tasman Sea 24 January 1957 on a photographic sortie with only one person visible in the cabin.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed.

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
January 1957

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Charles Sturt'. Taken flying over Victoria State, Australia 24 January 1957 on a photographic sortie.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed.

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
January 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Charles Sturt'. Taken at Llanherne Airport, Hobart, South East Tasmania, Australia circa January 1958.

Note the revised cockpit direct vision (DV) window.

Photo Ref AB713-1-6459.

Photo source - Librairies Tasmania Photographic Archive

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-TVE
November 1964

Leased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 29 November 1964.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
February 1965

Leased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in February 1965 undergoing some outdoor maintenance.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-TVE
January 1966

Leased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 23 January 1966.

Photo source - David A Carter

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-TVE
June 1963

Leased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in June 1963 undergoing a major check.

Photo source - Alan Frazer via Maurice Austin

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-TVE
June 1963

Leased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in June 1963 undergoing a major check.

This photo was taken from above an Ansett-ANA Fokker F27.

Photo source - Alan Frazer via Maurice Austin

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-TVE
September 1966

Leased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 10 September 1966.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
January 1900

Returned from ANSETT-ANA lease and now named 'John Ross'. John Ross was born in Scotland in 1817 and emigrated to Australia in 1837. He first gained employment as a shepherd.

In 1838 he joined Charles Bonney in the first cattle drive from the Goulburn River to Adelaide. In South Australia he successfully managed several large sheep properties and conducted exploration of the area.

In 1869 he explored the Stevenson River to Eringa and Mount Humphries.

In 1870 he lead an exploration of the route for the Australian Overland Telegraph Line and ventured across the MacDonnell Ranges, the Simpson Desert, the Phillipson and Giles Creeks and the Fergusson Ranges before they finally arrived at the Todd River.

He died in February 1903.

Photo source - Australian National Archive

22

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
November 1966

Returned from ANSETT-ANA lease and now named 'John Ross'. Taken departing from Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in November 1966.

Photo source - David A Carter

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
December 1966

Returned from ANSETT-ANA lease and now named 'John Ross'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa December 1966.

This publicity photo appeared in a copy of The Aviation Safety Digest issued by the Australian Civil Aviation Authority.

Photo source - Greg Thom collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
October 1967

Returned from ANSETT-ANA lease and now named 'John Ross'. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in October 1967 with an unidentified sister in the background.

Photo source - Aeronautica Australia

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
July 1968

Returned from ANSETT-ANA lease and now named 'John Ross'. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in July 1968.

Note that the radome has been removed to service another aircraft and the weather radar has been protected from the weather with plastic sheeting.

Photo source - Aeronautica Australia

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE
September 1968

Returned from ANSETT-ANA lease and now named 'John Ross'. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa September 1968 now with the inboard Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines removed although a radome has now been refitted to the nose!

Photo source - Bob Garrard collection

27

Sims Metal Ltd
VH-TVE
December 1969

Remains purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in December 1969 in the process of being broken up into sections for removal to their yard at Brooklyn, Western Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The aircraft in front is VH-TVG (C/N 84).

Photo source - Aeronautica Australia

28

Sims Metal Ltd
VH-TVE
December 1969

Remains purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken in their yard at Brooklyn, Western Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in late December 1969.

The other fuselage belongs to VH-TVG (C/N 84).

Photo source - Graham J Bennett

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