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Viscount c/n 69

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Below are the 27 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 69 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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Iraqi Airways
YI-ACM
January 1956

Delivered new to Iraqi Airways named 'Ibn Battouta'. Taken overflying an unknown location circa January 1956.

Photo source - The Royal Aeronautical Society Archive

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Iraqi Airways
YI-ACM
May 1958

Delivered new to Iraqi Airways named 'Ibn Battouta'. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in May 1958.

It is being dismantled by staff from Marshall's ready for induction into their facility for major repairs following a heavy landing at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

It didn't return to service until January 1959.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Iraqi Airways
YI-ACM
October 1958

Delivered new to Iraqi Airways named 'Ibn Battouta'. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa October 1958.

It had undergone a major rebuild with Marshall's following a heavy landing at London Airport (Heathrow) in May.

Following engine ground runs in the grass embankment area seen in the right background it is now taxiing out for a test flight.

Note the Kingdom of Iraq flag on the tail.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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Iraqi Airways
YI-ACM
April 1959

Delivered new to Iraqi Airways named 'Ibn Battouta'. Taken at Schwechat Airport, Vienna, Austria circa April 1959.

Note the first Republic of Iraq national flag on the tail.

Photo source - Erich Marek

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Iraqi Airways
YI-ACM
September 1962

Delivered new to Iraqi Airways named 'Ibn Battouta'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 16 September 1962.

It is parked in the maintenance area on the south side of the airport.

Photo source - Bo-Göran Lundkvist

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Iraqi Airways
YI-ACM
August 1966

Delivered new to Iraqi Airways named 'Ibn Battouta'. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa August 1966.

It is being towed to a dedicated area where there is a sound deadening grass embankment so that the Rolls-Royce Dart engines can be ground run.

Viscounts were a common sight while undergoing maintenance with Marshall's.

Note the later Republic of Iraq national flag on the tail.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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Alidair
YI-ACM
April 1978

Purchased from Iraqi Airways. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in April 1978 shortly after its arrival from Iraq.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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Alidair
YI-ACM
April 1978

Purchased from Iraqi Airways. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 18 April 1978.

Photo source - Ron Kosys

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Alidair
YI-ACM
May 1978

Purchased from Iraqi Airways. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in May 1978.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Alidair
YI-ACM
June 1978

Purchased from Iraqi Airways. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1978.

Photo source - Dick Gilbert

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Alidair
YI-ACM
July 1978

Purchased from Iraqi Airways. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 2 July 1978.

Photo source - Ray Barber

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Alidair
YI-ACM
August 1978

Purchased from Iraqi Airways. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 2 August 1978 outside the Alidair maintenance facility after the paint has been stripped off.

Photo source - Steve Darke

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Alidair
G-BFYZ
December 1978

Purchased from Iraqi Airways. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 4 December 1978 shortly after roll-out while being prepared for the Guernsey Airlines lease.

Photo source - Ron Kosys

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BFYZ
March 1979

Leased from Alidair named 'Sarnia'. Taken at Duerne Airport, Antwerp, Belgium 28 March 1979 in a unique Alidair Scotland livery.

The aircraft in front is G-BDRC (C/N 52) with Alidair and the one behind is 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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Guernsey Airlines
G-BFYZ
May 1979

Leased from Alidair named 'Sarnia'. Taken at Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England 11 May 1979 with the municipal airport providing the ground support.

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BFYZ
June 1979

Leased from Alidair named 'Sarnia'. Taken arriving at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands circa June 1979 with the outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines shut down and the props nearly stopped rotating.

Photo source - Mark Vincent

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BFYZ
August 1979

Leased from Alidair named 'Sarnia'. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in August 1979.

Photo source - Eduard Marmet

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BFYZ
August 1979

Leased from Alidair named 'Sarnia'. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in August 1979.

Photo source - Eduard Marmet

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BFYZ
August 1979

Leased from Alidair named 'Sarnia'. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in August 1979.

Sadly, two months later she was written off in a landing accident.

Photo source - David Oates

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BFYZ
August 1979

Leased from Alidair named 'Sarnia'. Taken during a flight in August 1979.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BFYZ
September 1979

Leased from Alidair named 'Sarnia'. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in September 1979.

Other Dart powered aircraft in the background are a Fairchild-Hiller FH227 freighter and an Armstrong Whitworth Argosy.

Photo source - Dick Gilbert

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BFYZ
October 1979

Leased from Alidair named 'Sarnia' and on charter to Occidental Oil. Taken at Kirkwall Airport, Orkney Islands, Scotland 25 October 1979 after its landing accident in poor weather.

The No.2 propeller in the foreground also has a section of the reduction gearbox from the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engine attached.

The aircraft was damaged beyond economic repair.

Photo source - AB Normal

23

Guernsey Airlines
G-BFYZ
October 1979

Leased from Alidair named 'Sarnia' and on charter to Occidental Oil. Taken at Kirkwall Airport, Orkney Islands, Scotland 25 October 1979 after its landing accident in poor weather.

Graham was on board at the time and a colleague took this photo minutes after the event.

The aircraft was damaged beyond economic repair.

Photo source - Graham Roberts via Dick Gilbert

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BFYZ
October 1979

Leased from Alidair named 'Sarnia' and on charter to Occidental Oil. Taken at Kirkwall Airport, Orkney Islands, Scotland 25 October 1979 after its landing accident in poor weather.

The aircraft was damaged beyond economic repair.

Photo source - Kirkwall Airport Fire Service via Neil Thain

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BFYZ
October 1979

Leased from Alidair named 'Sarnia' and on charter to Occidental Oil. Taken at Kirkwall Airport, Orkney Islands, Scotland 25 October 1979 after its landing accident in poor weather.

The aircraft was damaged beyond economic repair.

Photo source - Kirkwall Airport Fire Service via Neil Thain

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BFYZ
October 1979

Leased from Alidair named 'Sarnia' and on charter to Occidental Oil. Taken at Kirkwall Airport, Orkney Islands, Scotland 25 October 1979 after its landing accident in poor weather.

Note the curled No.1 propeller and the missing No.2 propeller which would result in shockload damage to the Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

The aircraft was damaged beyond economic repair.

Photo source - Kirkwall Airport Fire Service via Neil Thain

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Guernsey Airlines
G-BFYZ
August 1980

Leased from Alidair named 'Sarnia' and on charter to Occidental Oil. Taken at Kirkwall Airport, Orkney Islands, Scotland 20 August 1980 after its landing accident in October 1979.

The remains were eventually transferred to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

Photo source - Peter W Davis

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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