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Viscount c/n 62

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Below are the 28 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 62 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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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHB
October 1954

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Henry Stanley'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 22 October 1954 on the production line in the Erecting Shop. The aircraft behind are BEA G-ANHC (C/N 63) and TAA VH-TVE (C/N 48).

Vickers Photo Ref MP1489 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHB
October 1954

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Henry Stanley'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 22 October 1954 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The No.2 Rotol propeller has just been hoisted into position and the engineer is now attaching the long socket to the securing nut which is located deep inside the pitch-lock housing.

Note that the prop blades on both propellers are still in the 'feathered' position, which is how they are when the props are installed on the engine.

After torquing up the nut the pitch-lock assembly is then fitted, as seen on the No.1 propeller.

Vickers Photo Ref MP1490 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHB
April 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Henry Stanley'. Taken departing from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in April 1955.

Note the Decca 'sharks fin' navigation aerial on the tail which was later removed.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHB
June 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Henry Stanley'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1955.

Note the Decca 'sharks fin' navigation aerial on the tail which was later removed.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHB
January 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Henry Stanley'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 9 January 1956 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building.

A very wintry scene with Aer Lingus Viscount EI-AGI (C/N 34) in front which has been there overnight, as the fuselage top is still covered in snow.

Note the Bedford CA van and box trailer belonging to the Dunlop Rubber Company. BEA Photo Ref 5220

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHB
June 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Henry Stanley'. Taken at an unknown location in June 1956. Note the original 'cutlass' style propeller blades which were gradually phased out. Also note that the Decca 'sharks fin' navigation aerial on the tail has now been removed. Does anyone recognise the distinctive glass panelling? Nice, France perhaps? Details to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHB
June 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Henry Stanley'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in June 1956.

At this time the BEA V.701 Viscount fleet had a mixture of forward and rear facing seats, as shown in this view looking rearwards down the cabin.

Photo source - R A Scholefield collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHB
March 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Henry Stanley'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 21 March 1957, a week after G-ALWE (C/N 4) crashed.

All the control surface bolts are being changed on this aircraft and also on G-AMOF (C/N 19) in the foreground and G-AMOI (C/N 22) in the background.

Obviously this also applied to the remainder of the BEA Viscount fleet and a worldwide campaign was also instigated. Note the early 'cutlass' type propeller still fitted to the No.4 engine on this aircraft and the No.1 position on G-AMOF.

Peter Steffen Pressefotos

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHB
April 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Henry Stanley'. Taken at Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland in April 1958.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHB
June 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Henry Stanley'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1958. Photo Ref V337

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHB
July 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Henry Stanley'. Taken at an unknown location 1 July 1958.

Michael's father Peter is second up on the steps.

Photo source - Peter Geraghty via Michael Geraghty

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHB
May 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Henry Stanley'. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands 9 May 1959.

Photo source - David Rich

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHB
April 1960

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 2 April 1960 in the later 'Red Square' livery.

Note the small window at the rear which was installed as part of the conversion to high density seating.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHB
October 1961

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in October 1961.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
G-ANHB
January 1963

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 17 January 1963 with the UK registration temporarily re-applied, presumably for an air-test.

Photo source - Ian MacFarlane

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRN
April 1963

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in April 1963.

The other five are PP-SRO (C/N 64), PP-SRP (C/N 61), PP-SRQ (C/N 65), PP-SRR (C/N 66) and PP-SRS (C/N 182).

BEA Photo Ref D5174.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRN
April 1963

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in April 1963 looking very grubby after being stored outside during the worst winter since 1895!

It was now in need of a good wash and polish before delivery.

Photo source - Robin A Walker

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRN
April 1963

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in April 1963 looking very grubby after being stored outside during the worst winter since 1895 with piles of snow still evident.

It was now in need of a good wash and polish before delivery.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRN
April 1963

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in April 1963.

The aircraft sale had originally taken place in August 1962 but for unknown reasons it took until April 1963 to be completed.

Photo Ref V662

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRN
April 1963

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in April 1963.

The aircraft sale had originally taken place in August 1962 but for unknown reasons it took until April 1963 to be completed.

Note the small window at the rear which was installed by BEA as part of the conversion to high density seating.

Photo source - John Morris collection

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRN
April 1963

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 24 April 1963 and will soon depart on its long delivery journey to Brasil.

The aircraft sale had originally taken place in August 1962 but for unknown reasons it took until April 1963 to be completed.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRN
June 1965

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken arriving at Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, Brasil circa June 1965.

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

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRN
January 1969

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). This atmospheric photo was taken from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and show the aircraft climbing out of Santos Dumont Airport, Rio de Janeiro in January 1969.

Photo source - Graham Hyslop

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRN
June 1970

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken stored at Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, Brasil circa June 1970 along with PP-SRI (C/N 11), PP-SRJ (C/N 15) and PP-SRS (C/N 182).

Photo source - Carlos F T Motta collection

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Aero Clube De São Paulo
PP-SRN
October 1973

Donated by Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP). Taken at Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, Brasil circa October 1973.

Note the small window at the rear which was installed by BEA as part of the conversion to high density seating.

Photo source - Ulrich (Uli) F Hoppe

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Aero Clube De São Paulo
PP-SRN
April 1975

Donated by Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP). Taken at Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, Brasil 6 April 1975.

Photo source - R A Scholefield collection

27

Aero Clube De São Paulo
PP-SRN
June 1977

Donated by Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP). Taken at Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, Brasil circa June 1977.

It later moved to Pedreira, State of São Paulo, Brasil.

The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.

Note the small window at the rear which was installed by BEA as part of the conversion to high density seating.

Photo source - Alberto Fortner via Carlos Fortner

28

Unknown (Foreign)
PP-SRN
June 1990

Transferred from Aero Clube De São Paulo. Taken at Pedreira, State of São Paulo, Brasil circa June 1990.

The actual date this aircraft was moved from Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, Brasil is not known.

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.

It was destroyed by fire 16 May 1993.

Photo source - Gian Pieri

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