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Viscount c/n 78

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Below are the 19 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 78 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
LN-FOL
May 1955

This was the second V.736 ordered by Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 9 May 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

It was painted up in BEA livery as G-AODH before its first flight and went on dry lease to them in December 1955.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2438 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AODH
December 1955

Dry leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S and named 'R M A Roald Amundsen'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in December 1955 shortly after delivery.

Photo Ref V342

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AODH
July 1956

Dry leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S and named 'R M A Roald Amundsen'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in July 1956 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building.

In the background on the eastern side of the airport is the impressive BEA Engineering Base.

Photo source - John Morris collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AODH
August 1956

Dry leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S and named 'R M A Roald Amundsen'. Taken at an unknown location in August 1956.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AODH
April 1957

Dry leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S and named 'R M A Roald Amundsen'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in April 1957 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building shortly before she was returned off of lease.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S
G-AODH
April 1957

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) dry lease. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England outside the BEA maintenance facility in April 1957, now in full BWIA livery.

The UK registration has been taped over.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British West Indian Airways (BWIA)
VP-TBY
April 1957

Dry leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S via BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England outside the BOAC maintenance facility in April 1957 prior to departing to Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Note the 'Overseas' part of the name.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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BOAC Associated Companies Ltd
G-AODH
December 1957

Returned from British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA) dry lease. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in December 1957 outside the Hunting-Clan maintenance hangar on the south side of the airport.

The previous registration VP-TBY can just be seen on the tail.

Note the 'Overseas' part of the name.

Photo Ref V441.

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Airwork Ltd
G-AODH
January 1958

Purchased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in early January 1958 with 'Airwork London' titles prior to being delivered.

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

Note the use of small conifers to mark out the taxyway edges during snow conditions.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Airwork Ltd
G-AODH
March 1958

Purchased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S. Taken at Gando Airport, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria circa March 1958 with 'Airwork London' titles.

It is operating the first Safari Colonial Coach Class Service from London to African destinations.

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

Photo source - John Hillier collection

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Transair (UK) Ltd
G-AODH
October 1959

Transferred from Airwork Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at an unknown location in October 1959.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Transair (UK) Ltd
G-AODH
May 1960

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

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-AODH
July 1960

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

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-AODH
September 1960

Transferred from Transair Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken departing from Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in September 1960.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-AODH
March 1961

Transferred from Transair Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken landing at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, Germany in March 1961.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-AODH
September 1961

Transferred from Transair Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in September 1961.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-AODH
November 1961

Transferred from Transair Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at Rhein-Main Airport, Frankfurt, West Germany circa November 1961 after having been damaged beyond repair in a heavy landing 30 October 1961.

Some of the airline's name has been painted out.

Photo source - Ralph Drews collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-AODH
March 1962

Transferred from Transair Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at Rhein-Main Airport, Frankfurt, West Germany circa March 1962 after having been damaged beyond repair in a heavy landing 30 October 1961.

Under the starboard wing are two of the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines which have been removed for further use.

A shockload inspection repair will be required to make them serviceable again.

After removal of all useful parts from the airframe the remains were broken up for scrap later in the year.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-AODH
March 1962

Transferred from Transair Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at Rhein-Main Airport, Frankfurt, West Germany circa March 1962 after having been damaged beyond repair in a heavy landing 30 October 1961.

All four Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines have been removed for further use.

A shockload inspection repair will be required to make them serviceable again.

After removal of all useful parts from the airframe the remains were broken up for scrap later in the year.

This photo was taken by Shirley's Dad.

Photo source - Shirley Russell collection

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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