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Viscount c/n 73

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Below are the 58 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 73 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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BOAC Associated Companies Ltd
VP-TBM
January 1955

Delivered new to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and immediately leased to British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA). Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa January 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft on the left cannot be identified but the one in the right background is VP-TBN (C/N 81).

Vickers Photo Ref MP2022 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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BOAC Associated Companies Ltd
VP-TBM
April 1955

Delivered new to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and immediately leased to British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA). Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 18 April 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

Note that the cockpit rear fairing panels have been removed and the side window blanked off, suggesting that there was a pressurisation problem.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2344 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British West Indian Airways (BWIA)
VP-TBM
September 1955

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at an unknown location in September 1955.

Note the 'Overseas' part of the name.

Photo Ref N/K

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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British West Indian Airways (BWIA)
VP-TBM
September 1955

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in September 1955 having radio equipment installed.

Note the 'Overseas' part of the name.

Photo source - Roger Brown collection

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British West Indian Airways (BWIA)
VP-TBM
October 1955

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at a very scenic Bluie West One Airfield, Narsarauq, Southern Greenland in October 1955 during its delivery to Trinidad.

Note the 'Overseas' part of the name.

The Rolls-Royce Dart engine are ready to be started using the internal batteries, presumably as there was no suitable Ground Power Unit (GPU) for this new type of aircraft at this remote location.

A US Air Force man is standing ready with a fire extinguisher, even though the Rolls-Royce Dart engine vary rarely caught fire during startup as the AVTUR fuel was less volatile than AVGAS.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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British West Indian Airways (BWIA)
VP-TBM
October 1955

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at a very scenic Bluie West One Airfield, Narsarauq, Southern Greenland in October 1955 during its delivery to Trinidad. Note the 'Overseas' part of the name.

The Rolls-Royce Dart engine are being started using the internal batteries, presumably as there was no suitable Ground Power Unit (GPU) for this new type of aircraft at this remote location.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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British West Indian Airways (BWIA)
VP-TBM
October 1955

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken departing from a very scenic Bluie West One Airfield, Narsarauq, Southern Greenland in October 1955 during its delivery to Trinidad.

Note the 'Overseas' part of the name.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British West Indian Airways (BWIA)
VP-TBM
June 1957

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1957.

The KLM service van suggests it could be the Netherlands Antilles.

Does anyone recognise the distinctive background?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Les Waters collection

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British West Indian Airways (BWIA)
VP-TBM
June 1957

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1957.

Does anyone recognise the background?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Les Waters collection

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British West Indian Airways (BWIA)
VP-TBM
November 1958

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland in November 1958 during its return to London Airport.

Photo source - Dave Welch collection

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Kuwait Airways
G-APPX
November 1958

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in November 1958 shortly before delivery. Photo Ref V538

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Kuwait Airways
G-APPX
June 1960

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Kuwait City Airport, Persian Gulf circa June 1960 with revised titles and a flag on the tail.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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BOAC Associated Companies Ltd
G-APPX
April 1961

Returned from Kuwait Airways lease. Taken at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England in April 1961 in a later Kuwait Airways livery.

The reason why it was here is not known.

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Bahamas Airways
G-APPX
May 1961

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland 28 May 1961 during maintenance with Scottish Aviation Ltd (SAL).

The UK registration has been temporarily applied on top of the Bahamian registration VP-BBV with the letter V evident on the nosewheel door to allow it to be air-tested.

It departed on delivery on the 2 June 1961.

Photo source - Iain C MacKay

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Bahamas Airways
G-APPX
May 1961

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland 30 May 1961 during maintenance with Scottish Aviation Ltd (SAL).

The UK registration has been temporarily applied on top of the Bahamian registration VP-BBV with the letter V evident on the nosewheel door to allow it to be air-tested.

It departed on delivery on the 2 June 1961.

Photo source - Jim Cain via David Cain (Ayronautica)

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Bahamas Airways
VP-BBV
June 1961

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland in June 1961 during maintenance with Scottish Aviation Ltd (SAL).

It departed on delivery 2 June 1961.

Photo source - David Johnstone collection

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Bahamas Airways
VP-BBV
November 1962

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and re-registered from G-APPX. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 27 November 1962.

It had returned to the UK for maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

Photo Ref V430

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Bahamas Airways
VP-BBV
November 1962

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and re-registered from G-APPX. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 27 November 1962.

It had returned to the UK for maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Bahamas Airways
VP-BBV
April 1963

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and re-registered from G-APPX. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland 24 April 1963.

It had returned to the UK for maintenance with Scottish Aviation Ltd (SAL) and was being prepared for departure back to the Bahamas.

Photo source - Jim Cain via David Cain (Ayronautica)

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Bahamas Airways
VP-BBV
April 1963

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and re-registered from G-APPX. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland 24 April 1963.

It had returned to the UK for maintenance with Scottish Aviation Ltd (SAL) and was being prepared for departure back to the Bahamas.

Photo source - Jim Cain via David Cain (Ayronautica)

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Bahamas Airways
VP-BBV
August 1963

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and re-registered from G-APPX. Taken at Miami International Airport, Florida, USA in August 1963.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Field Aircraft Services Ltd
VP-BBV
January 1969

Purchased from Bahamas Airways. Taken at Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England in a later livery circa January 1969.

It was undergoing maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APPX
May 1969

Leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken at Groningen Airport, Eelde, Netherlands circa May 1969 operating a charter flight.

Note that the letters BM have not been applied to the tail.

This aircraft was leased on a short term basis to replace G-AODG (C/N 77) which had crashed 20 February 1969.

Photo source - Gerrit Bouma collection

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APPX
June 1969

Leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken departing from Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa June 1969 after maintenance work with Marshall's. Note the lack of lettering on the tail.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APPX
June 1969

Leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken arriving at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1969 with the outer Rolls-Royce Dart engines already shut down.

Note that the letters BM have not been applied to the tail.

This aircraft was leased on a short term basis to replace G-AODG (C/N 77) which had crashed 20 February 1969.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APPX
June 1969

Leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1969.

Note that the letters BM have not been applied to the tail.

This aircraft was leased on a short term basis to replace G-AODG (C/N 77) which had crashed 20 February 1969.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APPX
September 1969

Leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in September 1969.

It is now in the later livery which is surprising considering how short the lease period was.

Perhaps they originally intended to keep it for a much longer period.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Field Aircraft Services Ltd
G-APPX
October 1969

Returned from lease to British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in October 1969 having been put out to grass with two propellers removed and the BMA titles painted out.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Field Aircraft Services Ltd
G-APPX
March 1970

Returned from lease to British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in March 1970.

The aircraft has now been towed nearer to the maintence facilty.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Field Aircraft Services Ltd
G-APPX
June 1970

Returned from lease to British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1970.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Field Aircraft Services Ltd
G-APPX
August 1970

Returned from lease to British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in August 1970.

The aircraft is about to enter the Fields hangar to begin a major overhaul before it is leased to the next operator.

A winter in outside storage has certainly resulted in a very shabby appearance, but nothing a bit of paint and polishing won't cure!

In the left background is the ex Alitalia Viscount I-LIRC (C/N 114) which went to Somali Airlines in December 1970.

Photo Ref V444

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Field Aircraft Services Ltd
G-APPX
August 1970

Returned from lease to British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in August 1970.

The aircraft is now inside the Fields hangar to begin a major overhaul before it is leased to the next operator.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

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Field Aircraft Services Ltd
G-APPX
July 1971

Returned from British Midland Airways (BMA) lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 10 July 1971 after a repaint, six days before it was leased to Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd.

Photo source - R A Scholefield collection

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Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd
G-APPX
July 1971

Leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd and named 'Toniko'. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 19 July 1971.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd
G-APPX
July 1971

Leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd and named 'Toniko'. Taken at Stansted Airport, Essex, England 24 July 1971 during crew training.

In the background are two ex Air Canada Vickers Vanguards in temporary storage.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd
G-APPX
September 1971

Leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd and named 'Toniko'. Taken at Fulsbuttel Airport, Hamburg, Germany 15 September 1971.

Photo source - Frank Ebeling

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Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd
G-APPX
November 1971

Leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd and named 'Toniko'. Taken departing from Riem Airport, Munich, West Germany in November 1971.

Photo source - Stephan Barth

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Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd
G-APPX
November 1971

Leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd and named 'Toniko'. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex 22 November 1971 lining up on runway 33.

Photo source - Brian Mells

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Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd
G-APPX
November 1971

Leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd and named 'Toniko'. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 24 November 1971.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd
G-APPX
January 1972

Leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd and named 'Toniko'. Taken at Tegel Airport, Berlin, Germany 2 January 1972.

Photo source - Peter Seemann

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Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd
G-APPX
April 1972

Leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd and named 'Toniko' and returned from a short Air Anglia charter period. Taken at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France in April 1972.

Photo source - Fernando Mesquita collection

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Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd
G-APPX
June 1972

Leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd and named 'Toniko' and returned from a short Air Anglia charter period. Taken at Riem Airport, Munich, West Germany circa June 1972 in a later livery.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

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Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd
G-APPX
June 1972

Leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd and named 'Toniko' and returned from a short Air Anglia charter period. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1972 and featuring Air International Stewardess Julia Partleton in the uniform which matched the aircraft livery.

Julia was one of the survivors from the BMA Canadair Argonaut crash at Stockport 4 June 1967 and had bravely returned to flying duties after she had recovered from her injuries.

Photo source - Stephen Morrin collection

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Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd
G-APPX
August 1972

Leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd and named 'Toniko' and returned from a short Air Anglia charter period. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex 21 August 1972 with Cie Air Transport Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair F-BHMV in the background which was on lease to British Air Ferries (BAF).

Photo source - Brian Mells

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Air International Charter Company (Gibraltar) Ltd
G-APPX
October 1972

Leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd and named 'Toniko' and returned from a short Air Anglia charter period. Taken at Riem Airport, Munich, West Germany in October 1972.

Photo source - Herwert Schneider

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Alfred James Spencer
G-APPX
February 1973

Purchased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 18 February 1973.

The aircraft last flew 21 November 1972 and was purchased back by Fields in April 1974.

Sadly it never flew again.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

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Alfred James Spencer
G-APPX
April 1973

Purchased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in April 1973.

The aircraft last flew 21 November 1972 and was purchased back by Fields in April 1974.

Sadly it never flew again.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize collection

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Alfred James Spencer
G-APPX
May 1973

Purchased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in May 1973.

The aircraft last flew 21 November 1972 and was purchased back by Fields in April 1974.

Sadly it never flew again

Photo source - Steve Williams

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Alfred James Spencer
G-APPX
February 1974

Purchased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in February 1974.

The aircraft last flew 21 November 1972 and was purchased back by Fields in April 1974.

Sadly it never flew again.

Photo source - Ken Fielding

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Field Aircraft Services Ltd
G-APPX
June 1974

Purchased back from Alfred James Spencer. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1974.

The aircraft behind is ex Channel Airways Viscount G-ATUE (C/N 357) that was purchased by Alidair for spares.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Alidair
G-APPX
June 1976

Purchased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1976.

The aircraft is gradually being robbed of all useful parts.

A great summer job! Note that the tail unit has already gone to F-BMCG (C/N 52) and the old one has been temporarily refitted.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Alidair
G-APPX
November 1976

Purchased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

Note the ex Air Inter tail that came from F-BMCG (C/N 52).

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Alidair
G-APPX
April 1977

Purchased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 12 April 1977.

Note the ex Air Inter tail that came from F-BMCG (C/N 52).

Photo source - Daniel Tanner

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Alidair
G-APPX
May 1977

Purchased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in May 1977.

Having been robbed of all useful parts she now awaits the scrapman.

Note the ex Air Inter tail that came from F-BMCG (C/N 52).

The red tail behind belongs to ex Air Canada Viscount CF-TIF (C/N 386) which eventually went to Zaire Aero Service in October 1978 as 9Q-CPY.

Photo source - Michel Gilliand

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Alidair
G-APPX
May 1977

Purchased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in May 1977 after removal of all useful parts.

Note the ex Air Inter tail that came from F-BMCG (C/N 52).

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Alidair
G-APPX
June 1977

Purchased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1977 after removal of all useful parts.

Note the ex Air Inter tail that came from F-BMCG (C/N 52).

Photo source - Peter Fothergill

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Alidair
G-APPX
August 1977

Purchased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in August 1977.

Note the ex Air Inter tail that came from F-BMCG (C/N 52).

Photo source - John Morris collection

58

Alidair
G-APPX
September 1977

Purchased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd for spares recovery. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England circa September 1977 shortly before it was scrapped.

Note the ex Air Inter tail that came from F-BMCG (C/N 52).

The forward fuselage section in front belongs to ex Channel Airways G-ATUE (C/N 357) which was broken up earlier in the year.

Photo source - Dick Gilbert

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