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Viscount c/n 52

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Below are the 66 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 52 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-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGO
February 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '607'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in February 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft in front is CF-TGN (C/N 51) with CF-TGP (C/N 53), CF-TGQ (C/N 54) and CF-TGR (C/N 55) behind. Vickers Photo Ref MP2164X1 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGO
April 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '607'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 20 April 1955, being towed out ready for its first flight.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2345 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGO
April 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '607'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 20 April 1955, being towed out ready for its first flight.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2345A (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGO
June 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '607'. Taken at Edmonton City Centre Airport, Alberta, Canada circa June 1955.

This could well be the first Viscount service to Edmonton from Montreal with stops at Ottawa, Lakehead (now Thunder Bay), Winnipeg and Calgary.

The crowd has been cordoned off behind the front of the aircraft with security at the rear.

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGO
November 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '607'. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 1 November 1955.

This smart lineup of TCA staff is to celebrate the first Viscount service operating through Winnipeg, which orginated in Montreal and was on its way to Vancouver.

The men (from left to right) are Lloyd Elders, Del Horn, Russ Bell, Don Curry and Dennis Stewart.

Unfortunately we don't have the names of the three stewardesses.

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Del Horn collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGO
June 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '607'. Taken at L'ancienne Lorette Airport, Quebec, Canada in June 1958 in the later 'white top' livery.

Note the Willy's Jeep being used as a baggage transfer conveyor.

Photo source - Louis M Pedneau

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGO
August 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '607'. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in August 1958 inside the maintenance facility in the later 'white top' livery.

The aircraft is off the ground and the wing and nacelles are well supported after removal of the engines and separation of the wing skins where they join the fuselage.

All this work was necessary in order to replace the life expired wing lower inner spar boom and was scheduled to be completed in 25 days.

TCA Photo Ref 5894

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGO
September 1963

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '607'. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 30 September 1963 with two propellers removed.

Note the word 'Viscount' on the tail, which was applied circa 1956.

Photo Ref FRP042

Photo source - Fred Prior collection

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Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)
F-BMCG
June 1972

Purchased from William C Wold Associates. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands 17 June 1972 with a BEA Viscount in the left background and several Rousseau Aviation aircraft, namely a Hawker Siddeley 748, two Nord 262 and a Douglas DC-3.

These all operate to various destinations in Northern France and the South of England.

Photo source - Mike Pitman

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Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)
F-BMCG
April 1973

Purchased from William C Wold Associates. Taken at Orly Airport, Paris, France in April 1973.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures)
F-BMCG
June 1974

Purchased from William C Wold Associates. Taken at Orly Airport, Paris, France circa June 1974.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Alidair
F-BMCG
October 1975

Purchased from Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 26 October 1975 a couple of days after its arrival from France.

Photo source - John Smith

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Intra Airways
G-BDRC
March 1976

Leased from Alidair. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 18 March 1976 just before delivery.

It was intended for the Jersey heraldic three gold leopards to be on the red tail but the States of Jersey refused permission for Intra to use the Island's historic coat of arms for commercial purposes.

Photo source - Michael Blank

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Intra Airways
G-BDRC
April 1976

Leased from Alidair. Taken at Middelkerke Airport, Ostend, Belgium 3 April 1976.

It was intended for the Jersey heraldic three gold leopards to be on the red tail but the States of Jersey refused permission for Intra to use the Island's historic coat of arms for commercial purposes.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Intra Airways
G-BDRC
May 1976

Leased from Alidair. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in May 1976.

It was intended for the Jersey heraldic three gold leopards to be on the red tail but the States of Jersey refused permission for Intra to use the Island's historic coat of arms for commercial purposes.

Photo source - John Allen

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Intra Airways
G-BDRC
May 1976

Leased from Alidair. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland in May 1976. It was intended for the Jersey heraldic three gold leopards to be on the red tail but the States of Jersey refused permission for Intra to use the Island's historic coat of arms for commercial purposes.

Photo source - Ian Oswald via Martin Stephen

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Intra Airways
G-BDRC
June 1976

Leased from Alidair. Taken at the eastern end of Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in June 1976 next to the old Jersey Airlines hangar.

The aircraft is about to depart from the gate on another cross-channel service.

It was intended for the Jersey heraldic three gold leopards to be on the red tail but the States of Jersey refused permission for Intra to use the Island's historic coat of arms for commercial purposes.

A Guernsey Press Postcard Ref 67

Photo source - Mike Pitman

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Intra Airways
G-BDRC
July 1976

Leased from Alidair. Taken arriving at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland 24 July 1976 with the outer Dart engines already shut down.

It was intended for the Jersey heraldic three gold leopards to be on the red tail but the States of Jersey refused permission for Intra to use the Island's historic coat of arms for commercial purposes.

Photo source - PDZ2009 (Flickr)

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Intra Airways
G-BDRC
September 1976

Leased from Alidair. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands circa September 1976 with a revised nose livery.

It was intended for the Jersey heraldic three gold leopards to be on the red tail but the States of Jersey refused permission for Intra to use the Island's historic coat of arms for commercial purposes.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

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Intra Airways
G-BDRC
November 1976

Leased from Alidair. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex 14 November 1976.

It was on its way from Jersey Airport, Channel Islands to Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England but diverted here due to fog at its original destination.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

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Intra Airways
G-BDRC
April 1977

Leased from Alidair. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands 13 April 1977 in a later livery.

Photo source - Peter de Groot

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Intra Airways
G-BDRC
April 1977

Leased from Alidair. Taken at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England circa April 1977.

Photo source - Trevor S Hall

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Intra Airways
G-BDRC
August 1977

Leased from Alidair. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in August 1977.

Photo source - Eduard Marmet

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Intra Airways
G-BDRC
September 1977

Leased from Alidair. Taken at W A Mozart Airport, Maxglan, Salzburg, Austria 3 September 1977.

Photo source - Michael Bernhard

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Alidair
G-BDRC
November 1977

Returned from Intra Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in November 1977 still in the Intra livery.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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Alidair
G-BDRC
December 1977

Returned from Intra Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in December 1977 in a basic ex Intra livery less titles and tail logo.

Photo source - Leslie Snelleman

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Alidair
G-BDRC
January 1978

Returned from Intra Airways lease. A view of the 'feathered' No.1 propeller during a crew training session out of East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in January 1978.

The propeller has been moved into this position using hydraulic pressure from an electrically driven pump mounted on the engine.

It uses a portion of the engine oil reserved for this situation, just in case the engine loses all of its normal supply of tank oil.

Photo source - Peter Eyre via David Eyre

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Dan-Air London
G-BDRC
February 1978

Wet leased from Alidair. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in February 1978.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Dan-Air London
G-BDRC
June 1978

Wet leased from Alidair. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1978.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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Dan-Air London
G-BDRC
June 1978

Wet leased from Alidair. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 4 June 1978 with BMA providing the ground support.

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

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Dan-Air London
G-BDRC
June 1978

Wet leased from Alidair. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands in June 1978.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Alidair
G-BDRC
January 1979

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland in January 1979 without titles shortly after its return to Alidair.

Photo source - Ian Oswald via Martin Stephen

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Alidair
G-BDRC
March 1979

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Duerne Airport, Antwerp, Belgium 28 March 1979 in a unique Alidair Scotland livery.

The aircraft behind are G-BFYZ (C/N 69) with Guernsey Airlines and G-AVJB (C/N 375) with Intra Airways.

They were all operating charter flights from the UK bringing tourists on day trips.

Photo source - Georges Van Belleghem archives

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Alidair
G-BDRC
June 1979

Returned from Intra Airways lease. Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace, France in June 1979 after a full repaint in a unique Alidair Scotland livery.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

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Alidair
G-BDRC
July 1979

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Shannon Airport, County Clare, Ireland circa July 1979 in a unique Alidair Scotland livery.

Photo source - Malcolm Nason

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
February 1980

Leased from Alidair and named 'Sarnia II'. Taken departing from Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in February 1980.

Photo source - Tony Silgrim

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
February 1980

Leased from Alidair and named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in February 1980.

Photo source - Bill Sheridan

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
April 1980

Leased from Alidair and named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 3 April 1980.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
April 1980

Leased from Alidair and named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 3 April 1980 outside the Alidair hangar.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
April 1980

Leased from Alidair and named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 9 April 1980 outside the Alidair hangar.

Photo source - John Smith

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
June 1980

Leased from Alidair and named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in June 1980.

Photo source - Peter Fothergill

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
July 1980

Leased from Alidair and named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 4 July 1980 and looking very smart in the wet.

In the background there is an Air France Sud SE210 Caravelle and a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Lockheed C-130E Hercules.

Photo source - Ray Barber

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
July 1980

Leased from Alidair and named 'Sarnia II'. Taken arriving at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 27 July 1980, a few days before it was returned to Alidair.

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

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

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Dan-Air London
G-BDRC
September 1980

Leased from Alidair still named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands 10 September 1980 still in full Guernsey Airlines livery, which must have confused the passengers!

Photo source - Michael T (flickr)

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
April 1981

Leased from Inter City Airlines named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland 3 April 1981.

Photo source - Derek Heley

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
May 1981

Leased from Inter City Airlines named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland 20 May 1981.

Photo source - John H Mounce collection

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
June 1981

Leased from Inter City Airlines named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland circa June 1981.

Photo source - Mark Piacentini

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
October 1981

Leased from Inter City Airlines named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England 22 October 1981 now with a plain white tail.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
January 1982

Leased from Inter City Airlines named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland circa January 1982.

A very atmospheric shot.

Note the three British Airways Sikorsky S-61N helicopters in the background which served the North Sea oil industry.

Photo source - John Sinclair Morgan

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
March 1982

Leased from Inter City Airlines named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland 31 March 1982 now with the Inter City logo on the tail.

Photo source - Clive Grant

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
May 1982

Leased from Inter City Airlines named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands in May 1982.

Photo source - Allie

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
June 1982

Leased from Inter City Airlines named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1982.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
October 1982

Leased from Inter City Airlines named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at an unknown location in October 1982.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
July 1983

Leased from Inter City Airlines named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at Nuremberg Airport, West Germany in July 1983.

Photo source - Gerhard Plomitzer

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
July 1983

Leased from Inter City Airlines named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at Riem Airport, Munich, West Germany in July 1983.

Photo source - Hans Resch

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BDRC
July 1983

Leased from Inter City Airlines named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at Nuremberg Airport, West Germany in July 1983 shortly before Inter City Airlines ceased all operations.

Photo source - Gerhard Plomitzer

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Janus Airways
G-BDRC
April 1984

Purchased from Inter City Airlines by Hards Travel still named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at Exeter Airport, Devon, England in April 1984 outside the West Country Aircraft Servicing Ltd facility, now repainted in Janus Airways livery to match G-ARGR (C/N 14) and G-ARIR (C/N 36)

It was then delivered to Lydd Airport, Kent, England it never entered service as severe corrosion was discovered.

Note Instone Bristol 170 Freighter Mark 31M G-BISU in the background.

Photo source - Nick W (flickr)

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Janus Airways
G-BDRC
April 1984

Purchased from Inter City Airlines by Hards Travel still named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at Exeter Airport, Devon, England 4 April 1984 outside the West Country Aircraft Servicing Ltd facility, now repainted in Janus Airways livery to match G-ARGR (C/N 14) and G-ARIR (C/N 36).

It was then delivered to Lydd Airport, Kent, England it never entered service as severe corrosion was discovered.

Photo source - Chris England

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Janus Airways
G-BDRC
April 1984

Purchased from Inter City Airlines by Hards Travel still named 'Sarnia II'. Taken at Exeter Airport, Devon, England 5 April 1984 outside the West Country Aircraft Servicing Ltd facility, now repainted in Janus Airways livery to match G-ARGR (C/N 14) and G-ARIR (C/N 36).

It was then delivered to Lydd Airport, Kent, England it never entered service as severe corrosion was discovered.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Central Training Establishment
G-BDRC
May 1985

Donated by Hards Travel for emergency services training. Taken at Manston Airport, Kent, England circa May 1985 with an unfortunate altering of the operator's name.

A photo from Tom's collection.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

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Central Training Establishment
G-BDRC
June 1985

Donated by Hards Travel for emergency services training. Taken at Manston Airport, Kent, England circa June 1985 with further altering of the operator's name, for the better!

Photo source - Bob Symes

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Central Training Establishment
G-BDRC
July 1986

Donated by Hards Travel for emergency services training. Taken at Manston Airport, Kent, England circa July 1986.

Photo source - Stephen Allen

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Central Training Establishment
G-BDRC
July 1990

Donated by Hards Travel for emergency services training. Taken at Manston Airport, Kent, England 15 July 1990 looking in a sorry state having been used to train the emergency services on how to gain access through the fuselage using fire axes and cutting tools.

Photo source - Mike Hooker

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Central Training Establishment
G-BDRC
March 1991

Donated by Hards Travel for emergency services training. Taken at Manston Airport, Kent, England in March 1991 looking in a very sorry state having been used to train the emergency services on how to gain access through the fuselage.

Note the name Sarnia II which was applied during its use by Guernsey Airlines.

Photo source - Gaz West

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Central Training Establishment
G-BDRC
March 1991

Donated by Hards Travel for emergency services training. Taken at Manston Airport, Kent, England in March 1991 looking in a sorry state having been used to train the emergency services on how to gain access through the fuselage using fire axes and cutting tools.

Photo source - Gaz West

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Central Training Establishment
G-BDRC
March 1991

Donated by Hards Travel for emergency services training. Taken at Manston Airport, Kent, England in March 1991.

This is all that remains of the tail cone.

Note the lower access panel which was in an unpressurised area and allowed entry to the rudder and elevator controls and also the compass adjustment system.

Photo source - Gaz West

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