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Vickers Viscount Network
A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount
   

Viscount c/n 89

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Below are the 34 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 89 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
N7403
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.

The aircraft in front is N7402 (C/N 88).

Vickers Photo Ref MP2435X1 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7403
June 1955

Built for lease to Capital Airlines pending the delivery of their fleet of V.745 Viscounts. Taken during the first test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 30 June 1955.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7403
July 1955

Built for lease to Capital Airlines pending the delivery of their fleet of V.745 Viscounts. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in July 1955.

Photo source - George V Enell

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7403
July 1955

Built for lease to Capital Airlines pending the delivery of their fleet of V.745 Viscounts. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in July 1955.

This photo was kindly supplied by the Greater St Louis Air and Space Museum.

Photo source - Matthew Rodina collection

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7403
July 1955

Built for lease to Capital Airlines pending the delivery of their fleet of V.745 Viscounts. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in July 1955.

Note the high angle of attack in order for the Viscount to keep pace with the slower photo plane.

This photo was kindly supplied by the Greater St Louis Air and Space Museum.

Photo source - Matthew Rodina collection

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7403
July 1955

Built for lease to Capital Airlines pending the delivery of their fleet of V.745 Viscounts. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in July 1955.

Note the high angle of attack in order for the Viscount to keep pace with the slower photo plane.

The undercarriage has been lowered but not the flaps as the aircraft is still high above the clouds.

This photo was kindly supplied by the Greater St Louis Air and Space Museum.

Photo source - Matthew Rodina collection

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7403
July 1955

Built for lease to Capital Airlines pending the delivery of their fleet of V.745 Viscounts. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in July 1955.

Note the high angle of attack in order for the Viscount to keep pace with the slower photo plane.

A Colour Picture Publishers Postcard Ref P22002

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7403
April 1956

Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd with fleet number '322' pending the delivery of a large order of V.745 Viscounts. Taken at Washington National Airport, District of Columbia, USA 9 April 1956.

The aircraft is being refuelled through the Avery-Hardoll connection on the No.4 engine nacelle which was easily reached from ground level.

There was another connection on the No.1 nacelle for the port wing, but crossfeeding through only one was also available but took longer to complete.

Photo source - Criss Library (University of Nebraska)

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7403
June 1956

Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd with fleet number '322' pending the delivery of a large order of V.745 Viscounts. Taken at Washington National Airport, District of Columbia, USA circa June 1956 in front of the very impressive terminal building.

This photo was kindly supplied by the Greater St Louis Air and Space Museum.

Photo source - Matthew Rodina collection

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7403
June 1956

Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd with fleet number '322' pending the delivery of a large order of V.745 Viscounts. Taken at Washington National Airport, District of Columbia, USA circa June 1956 in front of the very impressive terminal building.

This photo was produced as a period postcard.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-APKK
April 1958

Returned from Capital Airlines lease. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa April 1958, still carrying remnants of the Capital livery.

Photo Ref N/K

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-APKK
April 1958

Returned from Capital Airlines lease. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa April 1958, still carrying remnants of the Capital livery.

Note the Tupolev Tu-104 in the background with its characteristic anhedral wings.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

13

All Nippon Airways (ANA)
G-APKK
August 1960

Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan in August 1960.

Photo source - Mel Lawrence

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All Nippon Airways (ANA)
G-APKK
September 1960

Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan in September 1960.

Photo source - Mel Lawrence

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR801
January 1962

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight in January 1962.

Vickers Photo Ref MP42816 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR801
January 1962

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight in January 1962.

Ministry of Defence Photo Ref 6271-41

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR801
January 1962

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight in January 1962.

The pilot is sensibly avoiding the buildup of cumulonimbus clouds.

Vickers Photo Ref MP14228 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR801
January 1962

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight in January 1962.

A nice underside view as it banks away.

Vickers Photo Ref MP14233 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR801
June 1962

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. A nice air-to-air shot 13 January 1962.

ETPS photo

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR801
June 1962

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. A nice air-to-air shot circa June 1962.

Photo source - Adrian M Balch collection

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR801
June 1962

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. A nice air-to-air shot taken somewhere along the British coastline circa June 1962.

Photo source - Adrian M Balch collection

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR801
January 1962

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England 26 January 1962.

A lineup of RAF personnel prior to departing on a ten-day tour of the United States flight test establishments.

Vickers Photo Ref MP14284 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR801
September 1962

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1962 with sister Viscount XR802 (C/N 198) on the right.

In the foreground is English Electric Canberra T.4 WH854 with code '30'.

Photo source - Alf Jefferies via Lynn Ballard

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR801
September 1962

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1962 with English Electric Canberra T.4 WH854 coded '30'.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR801
June 1963

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in June 1963 with sister Viscount XR802 (C/N 198) behind.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR801
June 1963

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in June 1963 outside the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) hangar.

The aircraft on the right is an English Electric Canberra bomber.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR801
September 1964

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1964 outside the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) hangar.

The ETPS moved to Boscombe Down in Wiltshire 29 January 1968.

Photo source - Alan Beardmore collection

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR801
September 1964

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1964 outside the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) hangar.

The ETPS moved to Boscombe Down in Wiltshire 29 January 1968.

Photo source - Brian Totman

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR801
January 1970

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken landing at Luqa Airport, Malta 31 January 1970 in the later livery.

Note the nose probe.

Photo source - Godfrey Mangion

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR801
April 1971

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Gatow Airport, Berlin, West Germany 30 April 1971 in the later livery.

Photo source - Peter Seemann

31

Shackleton Aviation Ltd
XR801
June 1972

Purchased from the Ministry of Defence / Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS). Taken stored at Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England 21 June 1972 with the Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed.

XR802 (C/N 198) and Bristol 175 Britannia 317 G-APNA are seen in front.

Photo source - David Jones

32

Shackleton Aviation Ltd
XR801
June 1972

Purchased from the Empire Test Pilots School. Taken stored at Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England 24 June 1972.

The engines were the most valuable parts on the aircraft and have already been removed.

Photo source - Gordon Riley

33

Shackleton Aviation Ltd
XR801
July 1972

Purchased from the Empire Test Pilots School. Taken stored at Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England 11 July 1972.

Photo source - Peter W Davis

34

Shackleton Aviation Ltd
XR801
August 1972

Purchased from the Empire Test Pilots School. Taken stored at Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England in August 1972.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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