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Viscount c/n 65

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Below are the 13 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 65 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-ANHE
June 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Gino Watkins'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1956.

Note the No.1 engine is a Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 505 with original style propeller whereas the No.2 engine has the ‘new’ style propeller and is probably a Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engine.

A mix of engines was permitted until the whole fleet was upgraded which took some time.

Photo Ref V340

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHE
February 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Gino Watkins'. Taken at Porto Airport, Portugal circa 18 February 1957 with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip arriving from Lisbon during a state visit.

Photo source - News 24 South Africa Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHE
February 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Gino Watkins'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 21 February 1957 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building with a large group waiting for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Phillip to disembark after their return from a state visit to Portugal.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHE
February 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Gino Watkins'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 21 February 1957 with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II leaving the aircraft with His Royal Highness Prince Phillip following behind after their return from a state visit to Portugal.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHE
October 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Gino Watkins'. Taken at Luqa Airport, Malta 8 October 1957 operating the inaugural Viscount service from London.

It is taxiing past the RAF dispersal area.

The Viscount gradually replaced the Airspeed Ambassador (Elizabethan) which last operated a service to Malta 30 April 1958.

Two flags are flying from the cockpit, the BEAC flag on the port side and the Maltese national flag on the starboard side.

Roy was an RAF Junior Technician at the time, based at RAF Luqa.

Photo source - Roy Pawson

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHE
November 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Gino Watkins'. Taken at City of Birmingham Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England in November 1957.

Photo source - Dave Welch collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHE
December 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Gino Watkins'. Probably taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa December 1957 with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II leaving the aircraft with His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, Princess Anne and Prince Charles.

Perhaps they are arriving from Aberdeen after spending Christmas at Balmoral Castle.

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Hauxwell-Harland collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHE
June 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Gino Watkins'. This nameplate was removed from a forward cabin bulkhead during the refurbishment of the aircraft and a repaint in the later 'Red Square' livery.

It now forms part of Graeme's collection.

Photo source - Graeme Cavendish collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHE
June 1961

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in June 1961 in the later 'Red Square' livery.

Photo source - Geoffrey C Cripps collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHE
July 1961

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Stornoway Airport, Isle of Lewis, Scotland circa July 1961. A nice selection of vehicles with (l to r) Ford Thames van, Morris Commercial J Type van, Austin A35 van, Hillman Minx estate and a Bedford MWD truck.

Photo source - Norman Mackenzie Keose

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHE
June 1962

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1962 during extensive maintenance to the tail section before its sale to Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP).

Note the additional small window behind the rear entry door which was fitted when the aircraft was converted to high density 60/63 seating.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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

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

The other five are PP-SRN (C/N 62), PP-SRO (C/N 64), PP-SRP (C/N 61), 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-SRQ
May 1963

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in May 1963 shortly before delivery to Brasil.

There is another VASP Viscount behind it.

Photo Ref V666

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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