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Viscount c/n 88

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Below are the 29 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 88 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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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7402
August 1954

Taken in the boardroom at Weybridge, Surrey, England in August 1954 during the signing of a contract for an initial batch of 30 V.745 aircraft for Capital Airlines and the lease of 3 V.744 aircraft from Vickers-Armstrongs until their own aircraft were delivered.

British European Airways (BEA) agreed to allow the three lease aircraft to take priority over their own fleet build schedule and they also supplied a lot of operational information to Capital.

Seated from left to right are: - C H Murchison, Chairman of the Executive Committee (Capital), James Henry 'Slim' Carmichael, President (Capital) and George R Edwards, Managing Director (Vickers). Standing left to right are: - J B Franklin, Vice President Operations and Maintenance (Capital) and J Anderson, Commercial Manager (Vickers).

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7402
October 1954

Built for lease to Capital Airlines pending the delivery of their fleet of V.745 Viscounts. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 22 October 1954 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

Vickers Photo Ref MP1485 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7402
January 1955

Built for lease to Capital Airlines pending the delivery of their fleet of V.745 Viscounts. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa January 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

It has now had a 'concept' livery applied to the starboard side only.

It was finally delivered in the same livery used on the earlier Douglas DC-4, which it will replace on certain routes.

The Production Order number is stuck on the nose.

Vickers Photo Ref MP1805 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7402
January 1955

Built for lease to Capital Airlines pending the delivery of their fleet of V.745 Viscounts. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa January 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

Note the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines in the foreground ready for installation.

Vickers Photo Ref MP1806 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7402
January 1955

Built for lease to Capital Airlines pending the delivery of their fleet of V.745 Viscounts. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa January 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines have now been installed.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2024 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7402
March 1955

Built for lease to Capital Airlines pending the delivery of their fleet of V.745 Viscounts. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa March 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

It has now been painted in the classic Capital livery.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2337 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7402
March 1955

Built for lease to Capital Airlines pending the delivery of their fleet of V.745 Viscounts. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa March 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

A closeup view of the starboard Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines.

Interestingly, the feathering pumps have not yet been installed on the engines.

They will be needed when the propellers are fitted, in order to motor them hydraulically out of the 'feathered' position.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2338 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7402
April 1955

Built for lease to Capital Airlines pending the delivery of their fleet of V.745 Viscounts. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in April 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

A busy scene with an ex military fuel bowser filling up the fuel tanks before numerous leak checks were carried out.

The aircraft behind is N7403 (C/N 89).

Vickers Photo Ref MP2435 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7402
May 1955

Dry leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircaft) Ltd with fleet number ‘321’. Taken arriving at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 17 May 1955 for a hand-over ceremony to Capital Airlines.

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

Note that the square tipped type propeller has not yet been fitted.

Vickers Photo Ref IK0009 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7402
May 1955

Dry leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircaft) Ltd with fleet number ‘321’. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 17 May 1955 during a hand-over ceremony.

The front of the aircraft can just be seen outside the marquee.

Everyone has winter coats on but Mr James Henry 'Slim' Carmichael, President of Capital Airlines is seated on the right in his smart American suit with a Capital Airlines badge on his lapel.

He has his speech notes ready on a small card.

Note the Vickers-Armstrongs winged logo.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2481 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7402
May 1955

Dry leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircaft) Ltd with fleet number ‘321’. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 17 May 1955 during a hand-over ceremony.

Note that the propellers have not yet been changed to the square tipped type.

On the bottom steps are Lieutenant General Sir Ronald Weeks, Chairman of Vickers, with the US Ambassador to Great Britain on his left and Mr James Henry 'Slim' Carmichael, President of Capital Airlines and his wife behind them.

George Robert Edwards, Vickers Managing Director is at the top of the steps on the left.

If you have any other names then please contact information@vickersviscount.net

Unknown Press Cutting.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7402
May 1955

Dry leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircaft) Ltd. with fleet number ‘321’. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 17 May 1955 during a hand-over ceremony.

A view of the cabin looking towards the front.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2488 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7402
May 1955

Dry leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircaft) Ltd. with fleet number ‘321’. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 17 May 1955 during a hand-over ceremony.

A view of the cabin looking towards the rear. Note the Capital logo on the rear area door.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2489 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7402
May 1955

Dry leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircaft) Ltd. with fleet number ‘321’. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 17 May 1955 during a hand-over ceremony.

A view of the cockpit.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2490 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7402
May 1955

Dry leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircaft) Ltd. with fleet number ‘321’. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 17 May 1955 during a hand-over ceremony.

A view of the cockpit overhead panel.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2491 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7402
May 1955

Dry leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircaft) Ltd. with fleet number ‘321’. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 18 May 1955.

The aircraft is being prepared to return to Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England to continue the test flight programme.

It eventually departed on delivery 15 June.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2502 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7402
May 1955

Dry leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircaft) Ltd. with fleet number ‘321’. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 18 May 1955.

The aircraft is being prepared to return to Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England to continue the test flight programme.

It eventually departed on delivery 15 June.

A nice view of the starboard propellers and Rolls-Royce Dart engine nacelles.

The propellers were changed to the square tipped type before it was delivered to Capital.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2501 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7402
May 1955

Dry leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircaft) Ltd. with fleet number ‘321’. Taken over southern England during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 31 May 1955.

It now has the square tipped propellers fitted.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7402
May 1955

Dry leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircaft) Ltd with fleet number ‘321’. Taken over southern England during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 31 May 1955.

It now has the square tipped propellers fitted.

Photo source - Charles Edward Brown

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7402
July 1955

Dry leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircaft) Ltd with fleet number ‘321’. Taken at Washington National Airport, DC, USA circa July 1955. Terry, who was a 26 year old Service Representative with Vickers-Armstrongs at the time is standing next to the very imposing James Henry 'Slim' Carmichael who was the President of Capital Airlines.

Slim sent Terry this photo wth a hand written message on it stating: - 'Terry, with your help the progam works, thanks and best wishes Slim Carmichael'.

Terry framed the photo and it always went with him.

His daughter Ann sent it in and said that her late father was really proud of this event, at the beginning of the turbine era in the USA.

Photo source - Terry Tomkinson via Ann Page

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7402
June 1956

Dry leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircaft) Ltd with fleet number ‘321’. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1956.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Shipbuilders) Ltd
G-APKJ
April 1960

Loaned from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 12 April 1960 when it called in to refuel while being used in trials to test and calibrate the 'Airborne' Radar installation aboard the new Chilean Navy Destroyer 'Almirante Williams', which was completed by Vickers-Armstrongs (Shipbuilders) Ltd at the Vickers shipyard at Barrow-in-Furness, England 26 March 1960.

Photo source - Barry Lloyd

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-APKJ
June 1960

Returned from loan to Vickers-Armstrongs (Shipbuilders) Ltd. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in June 1960 being prepared for lease to All Nippon Airways (ANA).

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-APKJ
June 1960

Returned from Vickers-Armstrongs (Shipbuilders) Ltd loan. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire in June 1960 undergoing engine ground runs prior to going on lease to All Nippon Airways (ANA).

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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All Nippon Airways (ANA)
G-APKJ
June 1960

Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 30 June 1960.

It is getting ready to depart on the long journey to Japan.

Two of the group seen here are representatives from All Nippon Airways (ANA).

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Vickers Photo Ref MP12086 (NFB photo).

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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All Nippon Airways (ANA)
G-APKJ
June 1960

Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken departing from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 30 June 1960.

It is starting the long journey to Japan.

The first stop was at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England to clear customs.

Vickers Photo Ref MP12088 (NFB photo).

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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All Nippon Airways (ANA)
G-APKJ
July 1960

Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan in July 1960 now with titles applied.

Note the square tipped propellers fitted to the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines and the large letters ‘KJ’ on the nose in the same position that the ANA owned aircraft had the last two digits of their registration number.

Photo source - Mel Lawrence

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All Nippon Airways (ANA)
G-APKJ
June 1961

Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan in early June 1961 the same month that it was damaged beyond repair.

Note the large letters ‘KJ’ on the nose in the same position that the ANA owned aircraft had the last two digits of their registration number.

Photo source - Mel Lawrence

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ANSETT-ANA
G-APKJ
February 1963

Purchased from Becco Trading Corporation as a source of spares. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in February 1963.

This is all that remains of the aircraft that was damaged beyond repair after a heavy landing at Itami Airport, Osaka, Japan in June 1961.

At some point it was finally scrapped.

Photo source - John Hopton collection

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