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Viscount c/n 49

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Below are the 28 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 49 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-TVF
October 1954

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 22 October 1954 on the production line in the Erecting Shop. The aircraft in front is VH-TVE (C/N 48).

Vickers Photo Ref MP1487A (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVF
March 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in March 1955. Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVF
March 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in March 1955. Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Vickers Photo Ref 6336Q

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVF
March 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in March 1955. Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Vickers Photo Ref 6336R

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVF
October 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken at Llanherne Airport, Hobart, South East Tasmania, Australia 24 October 1955 awaiting clearance to depart on a service to Melbourne, Victoria. The extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks were mainly used for the Adelaide to Perth service.

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVF
November 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken at Loongana Airfield, near Forrest, Western Australia, Australia circa November 1955. The aircraft sustained two burst main tyres during a night landing and is awaiting replacements from Melbourne. This airfield was regularly used by TAA as a refuelling stop during the service to and from Melbourne, Victoria and Perth, Western Australia as it was situated roughly midway between the two cities. Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Colin Hayes via Greg Thom

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVF
November 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken at Loongana Airfield, near Forrest, Western Australia, Australia circa November 1955.

The aircraft sustained two burst main tyres during a night landing and replacements have now arrived from Melbourne on board a TAA Douglas DC3 and passengers are getting ready to board.

This airfield was regularly used by TAA as a refuelling stop during the service to and from Melbourne, Victoria and Perth, Western Australia as it was situated roughly midway between the two cities.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Colin Hayes via Greg Thom

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVF
November 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken at Loongana Airfield, near Forrest, Western Australia, Australia circa November 1955.

The aircraft sustained two burst main tyres during a night landing and replacements have now arrived from Melbourne on board a TAA Douglas DC3 and passengers are getting ready to board.

This airfield was regularly used by TAA as a refuelling stop during the service to and from Melbourne, Victoria and Perth, Western Australia as it was situated roughly midway between the two cities.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Colin Hayes via Greg Thom

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

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in December 1955.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVF
June 1956

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken at Launceston Airport, Northern Tasmania, Australia 22 June 1956.

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-TVF
July 1956

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in July 1956.

Photo source - B Colledge

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVF
September 1956

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken at Launceston Airport, Northern Tasmania, Australia 25 September 1956 with all engines running and awaiting clearance to depart on a service to Melbourne.

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken flying over Victoria State, Australia 15 January 1957 .

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken at Launceston Airport, Northern Tasmania, Australia 21 January 1957.

A good comparison between the old and the new. Even the old DC3 VH-TAK is kept in superb condition.

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVF
December 1957

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia circa December 1957, in the maintenance area.

This was a publicity photo for Avis Rent a Car with a lineup of TAA Hosties in front of a fleet of Holden FJ saloon cars.

Marlene Darragh is sixth in from the left and managed to acquire a copy of the photo from the newspaper.

Photo source - The Australian Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVF
December 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa December 1958.

A much more carefree attitude back then regarding security!

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-TVF
June 1963

Dry leased (i.e. without crew) from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken at West Beach Airport, Adelaide, South Australia in June 1963.

Photo source - Geoff Goodhall

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-TVF
February 1965

Dry leased (i.e. without crew) from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia circa February 1965.

Photo source - David A Carter

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-TVF
June 1966

Dry leased (i.e. without crew) from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken arriving at Snowy Mountains Airport, Cooma, New South Wales, Australia circa June 1966.

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

This airport, which is 3,106 feet above mean sea level (AMSL) serves the nearby Australian Alps ski resort.

Photo source - Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVF
October 1966

Returned from ANSETT-ANA lease. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in October 1966 in the process of being repainted in TAA livery.

It still has some Ansett-ANA titles as the hangar was needed for a more important job.

The rudderless TAA Viscount in the background cannot be identified.

Photo source - Greg Bell

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-TVF
February 1967

Dry leased (i.e. without crew) from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) for a second time. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia circa February 1967 in the TAA maintenance area.

This is the second time this aircraft had been leased and Ansett-ANA titles have been applied to the basic TAA livery with a white tail.

It had just been overhauled and repainted and had not yet been put back into TAA service before ANSETT requested it to replace VH-RMI (C/N 416) which crashed in September 1966.

Photo source - David A Carter

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-TVF
March 1967

Dry leased (i.e. without crew) from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) for a second time. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa March 1967.

This is the second time this aircraft had been leased and Ansett-ANA titles have been applied to the basic TAA livery with a white tail.

It had just been overhauled and repainted and had not yet been put back into TAA service before ANSETT requested it to replace VH-RMI (C/N 416) which crashed in September 1966.

Photo source - Graham J Bennett

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVF
May 1967

Returned from ANSETT-ANA lease and now named 'Peter Warburton'. Taken departing from Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia circa May 1967 now back in full TAA livery.

Photo source - David A Carter

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Keegan Aviation Ltd
VH-TVF
October 1967

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken arriving at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England circa October 1967 after its long journey from Australia.

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

Note the two Channel Airways Viscounts in the background.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Keegan Aviation Ltd
VH-TVF
November 1967

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 25 November 1967 with VH-TVD (C/N 47) behind.

In the background there is a British United Airways (BUA) Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair.

Photo source - Fred Barnes

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Keegan Aviation Ltd
VH-TVF
August 1969

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 11 August 1969 together with VH-TVD (C/N 47).

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

Photo source - Malcolm Nason

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Keegan Aviation Ltd
VH-TVF
November 1969

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in November 1969 outside the British United Airways (BUA) maintenance facility.

An interesting Douglas DC-3 in the background with Arabic titles.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Flightspares Ltd
VH-TVF
January 1970

Purchased from Keegan Aviation Ltd. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in January 1970 with the propellers and Rolls-Royce Dart engines now removed.

The tail of VH-TVD (C/N 47) can just be seen on the right.

Both were soon broken up for scrap, having donated useful parts to keep other Viscounts flying.

Photo source - Aeronautica Australia

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