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Viscount c/n 99

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Below are the 43 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 99 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.

1

Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
October 1955

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A 'Matopos'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa October 1955 on the fuselage sub-assembly line. According to the chalk board this rear fuselage section was loaded into the jig 9 July 1955.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2994 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

2

Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
October 1955

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A 'Matopos'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa October 1955 with the rear fuselage section in the jig.

According to the chalk board this front fuselage section was loaded into the jig 10 August 1955.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2995 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

3

Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
February 1956

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A 'Matopos'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa February 1956 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The high access gantrey in the foreground has the trade neme 'Giraffe' for obvious reasons.

Vickers Photo Ref MP3417 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

4

Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
April 1956

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A 'Matopos'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa early April 1956 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

5

Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
May 1956

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A 'Matopos'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in May 1956.

Note the Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) aerials hanging down under the starboard wing tip.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

6

Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
May 1957

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A 'Matopos'. Taken at Lusaka International Airport, Zambia circa May 1957.

Note the federal flag now applied to the tail and the black nose indicating that weather radar has now been installed.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

7

Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
June 1957

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Matopos'. Taken at Eastleigh Airport, Kenya in June 1957 under a typical African sky.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
July 1957

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Matopos'. Taken at Ndola Airport, Northern Rhodesia circa July 1957 with an unidentified sister in the background.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Kuwait Airways
VP-YNB
July 1958

Leased from Central African Airways (CAA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in July 1958.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
November 1959

Returned from Kuwait Airways lease. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 11 November 1959 in a later livery.

It was diverted here due to fog at London Airport, which was a continual problem until the wide introduction of smokeless fuels.

Passengers were transferred to London by chartered coaches.

Note the US Navy officers from the base across the runway having a good look at this unusual turbine powered machine.

Photo source - Benjy Wilmer via Peter Brown

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
June 1960

Returned from Kuwait Airways lease. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1960.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
June 1961

Returned from Kuwait Airways lease. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa June 1961 with a nice view of the terminal building.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
June 1961

Returned from Kuwait Airways lease. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa June 1961 with an RAF Vickers Valiant B.1 and a departing South African Airways (SAA) Boeing 707 in the background.

Photo source - Richard Proctor

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
September 1963

Returned from Kuwait Airways lease. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 14 September 1963 parked next to CAA Douglas DC-6B I-DIMT which was on lease from Alitalia.

The Viscount is about to depart whereas the DC-6B has just arrived.

They are both parked on stands adjacent to the north pier with a Dan-Air Airspeed Ambassador just in view.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

15

Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
September 1963

Returned from Kuwait Airways lease. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 14 September 1963.

Behind the Viscount is a Dan-Air Airspeed Ambassador.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Aden Airways
VP-YNB
March 1964

Leased from Central African Airways Corporation (CAA). Taken at RAF Khormaksar, Aden in March 1964.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Ray Deacon

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
May 1965

Returned from Aden Airways lease. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia in May 1965.

At this time the CAA Viscounts were operating services for Air Rhodesia, Air Malawi and Zambia Airways and removeable nameplates were easily fitted to both sides of the rear fuselage.

An ingenious quick release system held these nameplates in place as they were regularly changed over to suit the next departure schedule.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
June 1965

Returned from Aden Airways lease. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia in June 1964 operating a Zambia Airways service.

From circa January 1965 the CAA fleet also operated services on behalf of Air Rhodesia, Air Malawi and Zambia Airways.

There was no fixed period of operation as the CAA fleet was utilised as required or due to scheduled maintenance.

Removeable nameplates were fitted to the rear fuselage.

Photo source - Gerry Hoole

19

Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
June 1965

Returned from Aden Airways lease. Taken at Victoria Falls Airport, Rhodesia circa June 1965.

Note the lack of an airline name board.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
July 1965

Returned from Aden Airways lease. Taken at Ndola Airport, Zambia in July 1965 operating a Zambia Airways service.

From circa January 1965 the CAA fleet also operated services on behalf of Air Rhodesia, Air Malawi and Zambia Airways.

There was no fixed period of operation as the CAA fleet was utilised as required or due to scheduled maintenance.

Removeable nameplates were fitted to the rear fuselage.

Photo source - Michael McMullin

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
January 1966

Returned from Aden Airways lease. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in January 1966.

From circa January 1965 the CAA fleet also operated services on behalf of Air Rhodesia, Air Malawi and Zambia Airways.

There was no fixed period of operation as the CAA fleet was utilised as required or due to scheduled maintenance.

Removeable nameplates were fitted to the rear fuselage.

Photo source - John Morris collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
January 1967

Returned from Aden Airways lease. Taken at an unknown location in January 1967 operating an Air Malawi service.

From circa January 1965 the CAA fleet also operated services on behalf of Air Rhodesia, Air Malawi and Zambia Airways.

There was no fixed period of operation as the CAA fleet was utilised as required or due to scheduled maintenance.

Removeable nameplates were fitted to the rear fuselage.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNB
December 1967

Returned from Aden Airways lease. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa December 1967 aith a Central African Airways nameplate on the rear fuselage.

The other aircraft are South African Airways Boeing 707 ZS-DYL and Boeing 727 and also de Havilland Heron 2 ZS-DIG.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNB
March 1970

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in March 1970.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

25

Air Rhodesia
VP-YNB
June 1970

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Kumalo Airport, Bulawayo, Rhodesia circa June 1970 with an Air Rhodesia Douglas DC-3 behind.

Photo source - World Air Photo

26

Air Rhodesia
VP-YNB
July 1970

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa July 1970.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

27

Air Rhodesia
VP-YNB
August 1973

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Shangani'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 21 August 1973 in the later 'Calair' livery taxiing out for departure.

Photo source - Steve Aubury

28

Air Rhodesia
VP-YNB
October 1977

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Shangani'. Taken at Victoria Falls Airport, Rhodesia circa October 1977.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNB
October 1978

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Shangani'. Probably taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in October 1978.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

30

Air Rhodesia
VP-YNB
January 1979

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Shangani'. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe Rhodesia in January 1979.

Note that the cheatline has been revised and now joins up across the nose.

A more matt paint finish has also been used and this was changed yet again with more grey being added in an attempt to reduce the visibility of the aircraft in the air following the loss of Viscount VP-YND (C/N 101) 12 February 1979.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

31

Air Rhodesia
VP-YNB
December 1979

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and no longer named. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 22 December 1979.

Photo source - Mark Sluiters

32

Air Zimbabwe
VP-YNB
June 1980

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to a country name change. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in June 1980 in the Air Zimbabwe maintenance area.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

33

Air Zimbabwe
VP-YNB
September 1981

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to a country name change. Taken at Matsapha Airport, Manzini, Swaziland 2 September 1981.

Photo source - Peter W Davis

34

Air Zimbabwe
Z-YNB
June 1984

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to a country name change and then re-registered from VP-YNB. Taken at Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe in June 1984.

Photo source - John Reid-Rowland

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Air Zimbabwe
Z-YNB
December 1984

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to a country name change and then re-registered from VP-YNB. Taken at Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe in December 1984 inside one of the Air Zimbabwe maintenance hangars.

The aircraft has been freshly painted in an experimental livery which was not adopted and was quickly changed before it went back into service.

Note the absence of a cheatline and that the tail stripe colours are reversed.

One reason for the idea of removing the cheatline may be the fact that locals called the livery 'the zip', referring to the large cabin windows with the stripes running through the middle.

Photo source - Gerry Hoole

36

Air Zimbabwe
Z-YNB
April 1986

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to a country name change and then re-registered from VP-YNB. Taken stored at Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe in April 1986 in the Air Zimbabwe maintenance area being used as a ground training aircraft.

Photo source - Viking Slides

37

Air Zimbabwe
Z-YNB
December 1990

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to a country namename change and then re-registered from VP-YNB. Taken stored at Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe in December 1990 in the Air Zimbabwe maintenance area being used as a ground training aircraft.

Photo source - Bill Hough

38

Air Zimbabwe
Z-YNB
November 1992

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to a country namename change and then re-registered from VP-YNB. Taken stored at Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe in November 1992 in the Air Zimbabwe maintenance area being used as a ground training aircraft.

Air Zimbabwe engineering staff kindly towed the aircraft into the sunshine for Perry and his colleagues.

Photo source - Perry Hoppe

39

Air Zimbabwe
Z-YNB
April 1993

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to a country namename change and then re-registered from VP-YNB. Taken stored at Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe in April 1993 in the Air Zimbabwe maintenance area being used as a ground training aircraft.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

40

Air Zimbabwe
Z-YNB
June 1993

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to a country namename change and then re-registered from VP-YNB. Taken stored at Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe circa June 1993 in the Air Zimbabwe maintenance area being used as a ground training aircraft.

Photo source - Brisnace collection (flickr)

41

Air Zimbabwe
Z-YNB
April 1994

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to a country namename change and then re-registered from VP-YNB. Taken stored at Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe 18 April 1994 in the Air Zimbabwe maintenance area being used as a ground training aircraft.

Photo source - mehesz

42

Air Zimbabwe
Z-YNB
November 1997

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to a country name change and then re-registered from VP-YNB. Taken stored at Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe in November 1997 in the Air Zimbabwe maintenance area being used as a ground training aircraft.

It is now displaying '50 years of safe flying' titles.

Photo source - Olav Rhensius

43

Air Zimbabwe
Z-YNB
December 1999

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to a country namename change and then re-registered from VP-YNB. Taken stored at Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe in December 1999 in the Air Zimbabwe maintenance area after removal of all useful spares including the Dart engines and Dowty Propellers.

Not long after this she was broken up for scrap.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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