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Viscount c/n 100

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Below are the 45 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 100 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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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
December 1955

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mlanje'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in December 1955.

Here, the rear fuselage section is being built in a jig.

Vickers Photo Ref MP3355 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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

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

Here, the front and rear fuselage sections are being joined to the skeletal centre section with the cockpit section under construction in the foreground.

The schedule shows a target of 17 days to complete this phase.

Vickers Photo Ref MP3419 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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

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

Here, the front and rear fuselage sections are being joined to the skeletal centre section.

The schedule shows a target of 17 days to complete this phase.

Vickers Photo Ref MP3420 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

4

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

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

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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

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

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mlanje'. Taken landing at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in May 1956 after a test flight.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
June 1956

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

The Central African representatives have just carried out an acceptance test flight together with the Vickers pilot standing near the doorway.

The CAA pilot is likely by appearance to be the guy with the jacket off and the Ray-Ban type sunglasses.

Does anyone know their names?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
June 1956

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mlanje'. A view of the River Tiber taken on approach to Ciamino Airport, Rome, Italy in June 1956 during the delivery to Africa.

Note the registration on top of the wing which was later removed.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
June 1956

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mlanje'. A view of Ciampino Airport, Rome, Italy in June 1956 from the aircraft during the delivery to Africa.

Not many spectators.

Probably too hot!

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
July 1956

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mlanje'. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa July 1956.

Does anyone recognise these two?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
July 1956

elivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mlanje'. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa July 1956.

Does anyone recognise these two?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mlanje'. Taken at Kumalo Airport, Bulawayo, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland 17 June 1957

They are carrying out a dress rehearsal for a planned visit by the Queen Mother in early July as part of a Royal Tour of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. VP-YNE (C/N 102) actually carried the Queen Mother.

Kumalo Airport (locally spelt Khumalo) which was built during WW II was not normally suitable for a Viscount but with a light load on board this was made possible for this occasion.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
August 1957

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mlanje'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa August 1957 with the outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines already shut down.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been refitted.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
September 1957

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mlanje'. Taken departing from Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa September 1957 after the fitment of weather radar by Marshall's.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks and that the federal flag has now been applied to the tail.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
September 1957

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mlanje'. Taken departing from Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa September 1957 after the fitment of weather radar by Marshall's.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks and that the federal flag has now been applied to the tail.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
September 1957

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mlanje'. Taken departing from Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa September 1957 after undergoing maintenance with Marshall's and the fitment of weather radar.

It was on its way to Heathrow before operating a service back to Africa.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks and the federal flag on the tail.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
November 1958

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) now just named 'Mlanje'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa November 1958 taxiing out for departure in a later livery with a smaller Federal flag.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
June 1959

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) now just named 'Mlanje'. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa June 1959.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
September 1959

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) now just named 'Mlanje'. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa September 1959 undergoing maintenance with Marshall's.

It is being towed to an area designated for engine running with a high grassy embankment to reduce the noise. Note the revised tail livery.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) now just named 'Mlanje'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1960 with a BOAC Bristol Britannia in the background.

Photo source - Jennifer M Gradidge collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
June 1962

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) now just named 'Mlanje''. Taken at Bulawao Airport, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa June 1962.

Photo source - John Gasston

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
June 1962

Delivered new to Central African Airways Corporation (CAA) now just named 'Mlanje'. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa June 1962.

This is a great view of the terminal building and maintenance area with the tail of East African Airways Canadair Argonaut VP-KOJ visible on the right.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
June 1962

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) now just named 'Mlanje'. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa June 1962.

This is a great view of the terminal building and maintenance area.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
August 1963

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) now just named 'Mlanje'. Taken at RAF Khormaksar, Aden in August 1963.

Photo source - Ray Deacon

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
June 1964

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) now just named 'Mlanje'. Taken at Livingstone Airport, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa June 1964.

Note that the Federal flag has now been removed.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YNC
August 1965

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) now just named 'Mlanje'. Taken at Bulawayo Airport, Rhodesia in August 1965 operating a service for Zambia Airways.

The nameplate on the rear fuselage was removable and interchanged with Air Rhodesia and Air Malawi nameplates as required.

Note the repositioned registration, now at the top of the tail.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNC
February 1968

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken during a publicity flight circa February 1968.

An Aftel (PVT) Ltd photo.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNC
February 1968

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken during a publicity flight circa February 1968.

An Aftel (PVT) Ltd photo.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNC
June 1969

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1969.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNC
June 1971

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Bulawayo Airport, Rhodesia in June 1971.

Photo source - John M Wheatley

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNC
June 1972

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1972 with the nose of VP-YNB (C/N 99) in front.

Photo source - John M Wheatley

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNC
June 1973

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia 29 June 1973.

In the background is Air Rhodesia Douglas DC3 VP-YNH and Boeing 720 VP-YNL.

The Boeing 720 is one of three purchased in April 1973 despite United Nations sanctions being in place at the time.

Photo source - Steve Aubury

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNC
December 1974

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia 25 December 1974 enjoying a day off.

On the same ramp, but out of view are six other Air Rhodesia Viscounts.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNC
October 1975

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Mazoe'. Taken arriving at Bulawayo Airport, Rhodesia in October 1975 in the 'Calair' livery.

Photo source - Ian D Samson

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNC
October 1975

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Mazoe'. Taken arriving at Bulawayo Airport, Rhodesia in October 1975.

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

Photo source - Ian D Samson

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNC
May 1976

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Mazoe'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in May 1976 in a later livery.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNC
June 1976

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Mazoe'. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia in June 1976 in a later livery.

The hangars in the background are part of the Rhodesian Air Force New Sarum base.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

38

Air Rhodesia
VP-YNC
April 1979

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Mazoe'. Taken at Kariba Airport, Zimbabwe Rhodesia in April 1979 and clearly shows the heat deflector fitted to the No.1 Rolls-Royce Dart engine exhaust (and the others) to help reduce the chance of a hit from a heat-seeking SAM-7 (Soviet 9K32 Cтрела (Arrow) Strela-2) surface-to air-missile.

Photo source - Robin Hood

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNC
May 1979

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now un-named. Taken at Bulawayo Airport, Zimbabwe Rhodesia in May 1979 painted in a matt grey anti-missile livery after a 'Strella' surface to air missile attack on Air Rhodesia Viscount VP-YND (C/N 101).

Note the heat deflectors fitted to the engine exhausts to help prevent a heat-seeking SAM-7 (Soviet 9K32 Cтрела (Arrow) Strela-2) surface-to air-missile from locking on using its heat sensor.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNC
May 1979

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now un-named. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe Rhodesia in May 1979 painted in a matt grey anti-missile livery after the SAM-7 attack on Air Rhodesia Viscount VP-YND (C/N 101).

Note the deflectors fitted to the engine jet pipes to help prevent a heat-seeking SAM-7 (Soviet 9K32 Cтрела (Arrow) Strela-2) surface-to air-missile from locking on using its heat sensor.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia
VP-YNC
February 1980

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to a country name change. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe Rhodesia in February 1980 in a low visibility livery without titles.

Note the heat deflectors fitted to the engine exhausts to try and prevent a heat-seeking SAM-7 (Soviet 9K32 Cтрела (Arrow) Strela-2) surface-to-air missile from locking on using its heat sensor.

Air Rhodesia had suffered the loss of two Viscounts in this way; VP-WAS (C/N 297) in September 1978 and VP-YND (C/N 101) in February 1979.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Air Zimbabwe
VP-YNC
February 1980

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia due to a country name change. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe Rhodesia in February 1980 in a low visibility livery without titles.

Here is a closeup of one of the heat deflectors fitted to the engine exhausts to help prevent a heat-seeking SAM-7 (Soviet 9K32 Cтрела (Arrow) Strela-2) surface-to-air missile from locking on using its heat sensor.

Air Rhodesia had suffered the loss of two aircraft in this way; VP-WAS (C/N 297) in September 1978 and VP-YND (C/N 101) in February 1979.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Air Zimbabwe
VP-YNC
June 1980

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

Here is a closeup of the heat deflectors fitted to the starboard engine exhausts to help prevent a heat-seeking SAM-7 (Soviet 9K32 Cтрела (Arrow) Strela-2) surface-to-air missile from locking on using its heat sensor.

Air Rhodesia had suffered the loss of two aircraft in this way; VP-WAS (C/N 297) in September 1978 and VP-YND (C/N 101) in February 1979.

Photo source - Don Newton collection

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Air Zimbabwe
VP-YNC
February 1983

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia due to a country name change.Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in February 1983 in a more colourful livery, after the risk of terrorist SAM-7 missile attacks had disappeared.

Photo source - Denham Chaloner

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Air Zimbabwe
VP-YNC
December 1984

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia due to a country name change. Taken stored at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in December 1984 minus its Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

This aircraft was withdrawn from service 20 October 1983.

There are various reports of it being re-registered as Z-YNC at the same time which certainly phyisically didn't happen as can be seen in this photo.

It was finally broken up in March 1985 with some recognisable remains still lying around in November 1985.

Was it actually registered as Z-YNC with the Zimbabwean CAA?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Gerry Hoole

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