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Viscount c/n 77

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Below are the 47 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 77 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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Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S
G-AODG
October 1955

Built for Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S but painted in full BEA livery and named 'R M A Fridtjof Nansen'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Dorset, England 20 October 1955 on a very wet day, just before her first flight.

The aircraft was leased to BEA from November 1955 until March 1957.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

2

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AODG
November 1955

Leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S and named 'R M A Fridtjof Nansen'. Taken departing from an unknown location in November 1955.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

3

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

Leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S and named 'R M A Fridtjof Nansen'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1956 on a stand in front of the Queen's Building and Europa Terminal.

G-AODH (C/N 78) is being towed in the background.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

4

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

Leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S and named 'R M A Fridtjof Nansen'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in February 1957 outside the BEA engineering base, whilst being prepared for return to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S who then leased it to Middle East Airlines (MEA).

Photo source - Louis Dightmaker collection

5

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

Leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S and named 'R M A Fridtjof Nansen'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in February 1957 outside the BEA engineering base, whilst being prepared for sub-lease to Middle East Airlines (MEA).

Photo Ref V688

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

6

Middle East Airlines (MEA)
OD-ACR
March 1957

Sub-leased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 27 March 1957 outside the BEA engineering base.

It still awaits a repaint in full MEA livery.

Photo source - Peter R Keating

7

Middle East Airlines (MEA)
OD-ACR
March 1957

Sub-leased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken departing from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in late March 1957 on delivery to Beirut, now in full MEA livery.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

8

Middle East Airlines (MEA)
OD-ACR
June 1957

Sub-leased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1957.

The well tended flower beds are a tribute to the care and attention paid by the airport authorities during this period.

A photo from Tom's collection.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

9

Airwork Ltd
G-AODG
March 1958

Purchased from British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 21 March 1958 with 'Airwork London' titles during a crew training session.

The London part of the titles were for marketing purposes only and did not form part of the company name.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

10

Airwork Ltd
G-AODG
March 1958

Purchased from British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). Taken departing from Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 21 March 1958 with 'Airwork London' titles during a crew training session.

The London part of the titles were for marketing purposes only and did not form part of the company name.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Airwork Ltd
G-AODG
April 1958

Purchased from British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in April 1958 with 'Airwork London' titles on a very wet day!

A very brave photographer to deal with the elements to take this photo.

The London part of the titles were for marketing purposes only and did not form part of the company name.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Airwork Ltd
G-AODG
June 1958

Purchased from British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1958 with 'Airwork London' titles.

The spectators area on top of the Queen's building is busy as usual.

Note the BEA engineering facility in the background.

The London part of the titles were for marketing purposes only and did not form part of the company name.

A photo from Tom's collection.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

13

Transair (UK) Ltd
G-AODG
May 1959

Transferred from Airwork Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in May 1959.

Photo Ref V643

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Transair (UK) Ltd
G-AODG
June 1959

Transferred from Airwork Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1959.

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

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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Transair (UK) Ltd
G-AODG
July 1959

Transferred from Airwork Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in July 1959.

Note the Avro York in the background.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Transair (UK) Ltd
G-AODG
April 1960

Transferred from Airwork Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany 15 April 1960.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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Transair (UK) Ltd
G-AODG
June 1960

Transferred from Airwork Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in June 1960.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-AODG
October 1960

Transferred from Transair (UK) Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken landing at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in October 1960.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-AODG
April 1961

Transferred from Transair (UK) Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England circa April 1961.

Photo Ref V455

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-AODG
June 1961

Transferred from Transair (UK) Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at City of Birmingham Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England circa June 1961.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

21

Polskie Linie Lotnicze (LOT)
G-AODG
June 1962

Leased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England operating a Polskie Linie Lotnicze (LOT) service to Warsaw, Poland in June 1962.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

22

British United Airways (BUA)
G-AODG
September 1963

Returned from Polskie Linie Lotnicze (LOT) lease. Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in September 1963.

Photo source - Ulrich Neumann

23

British United Airways (BUA)
G-AODG
June 1964

Returned from Polskie Linie Lotnicze (LOT) lease. Taken at Orly Airport, Paris, France in June 1964.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-AODG
June 1965

Returned from Polskie Linie Lotnicze (LOT) lease. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in June 1965.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-AODG
June 1966

Returned from Polskie Linie Lotnicze (LOT) lease. Taken at Exeter Airport, Devon, England 25 June 1966.

Note how close the gliders are!

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
March 1967

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England in March 1967.

This was the first Viscount purchased by BMA.

Photo source - John Morris collection

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
May 1967

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England in May 1967.

This was the first Viscount purchased by BMA.

Photo source - Carl J McQuaide collection

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
September 1967

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken departing from Stansted Airport, Essex, England in September 1967.

This was the first Viscount purchased by BMA.

Photo source - John Morris collection

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
October 1967

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland in October 1967.

A busy scene with no less than three BEA Viscounts and a group of passengers boarding a BUA BAC One-Eleven via the tail 'airstairs'.

Photo source - Colin Lourie

30

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
October 1967

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken landing at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in October 1967 on a scheduled service.

This was the first Viscount purchased by BMA.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

31

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
May 1968

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken arriving at East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, Englind in May 1968.

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

This was the first Viscount purchased by BMA.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

32

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
June 1968

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Staverton Airport, Gloucestershire, England circa June 1968 operating a service to Jersey, Channel Islands.

This was the first Viscount purchased by BMA.

Photo source - Mark Webb collection

33

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
July 1968

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken arriving at Middelkerke Airport, Ostend, Belgium in July 1968.

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

This was the first Viscount purchased by BMA.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize collection

34

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
December 1968

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). A view of an unknown person in the cockpit taken at an unknown snowy location circa December 1968.

The central engine gauges indicate that none of the Rolls-Royce Dart engines are running at this time.

Photo source - David Hamilton collection

35

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
February 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Duerne Airport, Antwerp, Belgium 14 February 1969, a week before its unfortunate accident.

Photo source - Paul Soons

36

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
February 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Duerne Airport, Antwerp, Belgium 14 February 1969, a week before its unfortunate accident.

Photo source - Paul Soons

37

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
February 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England 20 February 1969.

It was damaged beyond repair after a very heavy landing which collapsed the nose undercarriage leg and broke the back of the aircraft.

Luckily there was no post-crash fire or the consequences for those on board would have been more serious.

Photo source - John Smith

38

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
February 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England 21 February 1969.

It was damaged beyond repair after a very heavy landing the previous day and was recovered to the hangar using two mobile cranes.

Photo source - George Stringer

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
February 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England 21 February 1969.

It was damaged beyond repair after a very heavy landing the previous day and was recovered to the hangar using two mobile cranes.

Photo source - George Stringer

40

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
February 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England 21 February 1969.

It was damaged beyond repair after a very heavy landing the previous day and was recovered to the hangar using two mobile cranes.

Photo source - George Stringer

41

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
February 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England 21 February 1969.

It was damaged beyond repair after a very heavy landing the previous day and was recovered to the hangar using two mobile cranes.

Photo source - George Stringer

42

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
February 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England 21 February 1969.

It was damaged beyond repair after a very heavy landing the previous day and was recovered to the hangar using two mobile cranes.

Photo source - George Stringer

43

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
February 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England 21 February 1969.

It was damaged beyond repair after a very heavy landing the previous day and was recovered to the hangar using two mobile cranes.

Photo source - George Stringer

44

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
February 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England 21 February 1969.

It was damaged beyond repair after a very heavy landing the previous day and was recovered to the hangar using two mobile cranes.

Photo source - George Stringer

45

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
February 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England 21 February 1969.

It was damaged beyond repair after a very heavy landing the previous day and was recovered to the hangar using two mobile cranes.

Photo source - George Stringer

46

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
February 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England 21 February 1969.

It was damaged beyond repair after a very heavy landing the previous day and was recovered to the hangar using two mobile cranes.

Note the wings in the background from Douglas DC-3 G-AMZE that was broken up at Burnaston, Derbyshire, England in February 1964.

Photo source - George Stringer

47

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AODG
March 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England 10 March 1969.

It was damaged beyond repair after a very heavy landing 20 February 1969 and was recovered to the hangar using two mobile cranes.

Photo source - Geoff and John Davidson

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