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Viscount c/n 91

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Below are the 19 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 91 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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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
January 1956

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in early January 1956 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft was originally laid down for Airwork Ltd.

Vickers Photo Ref MP3396 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
January 1956

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in early January 1956 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft was originally laid down for Airwork Ltd.

Vickers Photo Ref MP3397 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
January 1956

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in early January 1956 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft was originally laid down for Airwork Ltd.

Note the tailplane (less elevator) in the crate.

The two aircraft in front are Pakistan Air Force J751 (C/N 83) and Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) CF-TGW (C/N 60) which had been transferred from Hurn for final assembly.

Vickers Photo Ref MP3398 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
February 1956

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in late February 1956 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft was originally laid down for Airwork Ltd.

In the foreground is Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) CF-TGX (C/N 142).

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
February 1956

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in late February 1956 on the production line in the Erecting Shop during the painting phase.

The aircraft was originally laid down for Airwork Ltd.

Vickers Photo Ref MP3533 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
February 1956

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in February 1956 on the production line in the Erecting Shop during the painting phase.

The aircraft was originally laid down for Airwork Ltd.

Vickers Photo Ref MP3534 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
February 1956

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in February 1956 on the production line in the Erecting Shop during the painting phase.

Note the cheatline rear profile which was changed after delivery.

The aircraft was originally laid down for Airwork Ltd.

Vickers Photo Ref MP3535 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
March 1956

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in March 1956 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

Note the cheatline rear profile which was changed after delivery.

The aircraft was originally laid down for Airwork Ltd.

The aircraft behind is CU-T604 (C/N 92).

Vickers Photo Ref MP3673 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
March 1956

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in March 1956 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

Note the cheatline rear profile which was changed after delivery.

The aircraft was originally laid down for Airwork Ltd.

Vickers Photo Ref MP3674 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
May 1956

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Santiago de Cuba Airport, Cuba 25 May 1956 shortly afer arriving on the inaugural Viscount service from Havana, Cuba.

Note the cheatline rear profile which was changed at some point.

In the background is a Cubana Douglas DC-3 that previously operated the service with a much longer sector time.

Photo source - Ariel Pevida

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
May 1956

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Santiago de Cuba Airport, Cuba 25 May 1956 shortly afer CU-T603 arrived on the inaugural Viscount service from Havana, Cuba.

This view show dignataries from the Cuban government, airline, airport and businesses attending a celebratory buffet meal with a champagne toast to the new 'turbine' era.

'President' Fulgencio Batista is in the dark suit, third from the right.

Photo source - Ariel Pevida

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
June 1956

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Rancho-Boyeros Airport, Havana, Cuba circa June 1956.

Note the unusual design of the steps.

Photo source - John Evanich collection

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
June 1957

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Rancho-Boyeros Airport, Havana, Cuba circa June 1957 and about to depart the gate.

Note the revised cheatline rear profile.

Photo source - Rolando Ramos

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
July 1957

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Miami International Airport, Florida, USA circa July 1957.

A rare colour shot of this ill-fated aircraft.

Photo source - Frank Mathias via John Evanich

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
September 1958

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. A great night shot taken at an unknown location circa September 1958.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
January 1958

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Rancho-Boyeros Airport, Havana, Cuba in January 1958.

Flight 492 had just arrived from Miami, Florida, USA with Pan American DC-7C N737PA 'Clipper Kingfisher' is in the background as well as another Cubana Viscount.

José is the little boy being carried by Godfather Braulio Bigotes at the bottom of the steps with his wife Consuelo Bigotes in the foreground.

Behind Jose is Aunt Gladys Cañas-Mori carrying José's younger cousin Gladys Mori-Fuster and further up the steps is José's mother Maria A. Cañas-Placeres.

The photographers name is not known.

Photo source - José A Placeres

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
August 1958

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Rancho-Boyeros Airport, Havana, Cuba in August 1958 and shows 'President' Fulgencio Batista sitting in his son's Chevrolet Corvette with the tail of an Air Force Douglas C47 on the left.

Yes, the cars take up most of the photo, but still a classic shot.

Photo source - Biblioteca Nacional José Marti

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
November 1958

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. After the hijacking and subsequent crash into Nipe Bay, pieces of wreckage is brought ashore at Preston, Oriente Province, Cuba 2 November 1958.

The guy at the stern of the boat seems to be sadly looking back at the scene of the tragedy.

A UPI Press photo.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T603
July 2019

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. This artwork was produced by José as a dedication to all those who designed, built, flew and perished in this aircraft.

Photo source - José A Placeres

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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