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Viscount c/n 101

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Below are the 30 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 101 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-YND
December 1955

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

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

Vickers Photo Ref MP3356 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YND
March 1956

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

Vickers Photo (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mweru'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 29 June 1956 shortly before departing to Vnukovo Airport, Moscow, USSR.

The aircraft was sent to collect the British Industry delegation who had attended the Soviet Aviation day celebrations.

Vickers had to get permission from Central African Airways to use their aircraft which delayed the delivery by a few days.

Photo source - Mitch Stirling collection

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

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mweru'. Taken at Vnukovo Airport, Moscow, USSR 29 June 1956.

The aircraft was sent to collect the British Industry delegation who had attended the Soviet Aviation day celebrations.

Vickers had to get permission from Central African Airways to use their aircraft which delayed the delivery by a few days.

Also partially in view is a Royal Air Force de Havilland Comet 2R XK670.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mweru'. Taken at Vnukovo Airport, Moscow, USSR 29 June 1956.

The aircraft was sent to collect the British Industry delegation who had attended the Soviet Aviation day celebrations.

Vickers had to get permission from Central African Airways to use their aircraft which delayed the delivery by a few days.

Also partially in view is a Royal Air Force de Havilland Comet 2R XK670.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mweru'. Taken at Vnukovo Airport, Moscow, USSR 29 June 1956.

The aircraft was sent to collect the British Industry delegation who had attended the Soviet Aviation day celebrations.

Vickers had to get permission from Central African Airways to use their aircraft which delayed the delivery by a few days.

Also partially in view is a Royal Air Force de Havilland Comet 2R XK670.

Judging by the large crowd this was good publicity for Vickers and the Viscount, but a Soviet order was probably never expected.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mweru'. Taken at Louis Botha International Airport, Durban, South Africa circa July 1956.

Photo source - Ian D Samson

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YND
September 1956

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mweru'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa September 1956 taxying out for departure.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mweru'. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa July 1957 whilst undergoing maintenance with Marshall's including the fitment of weather radar.

Note the federal flag now applied to the tail.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YND
June 1958

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mweru'. Taken arriving at Chileka Airport, Blantyre, Malawi circa June 1958.

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

Photo source - Derek Lee

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

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mweru'. Taken at an unknown location in June 1960 in a later livery.

Photo source - Jonathan Gordon

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YND
June 1966

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mweru'. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1966.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YND
June 1967

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mweru'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1967 operating a service for Air Rhodesia.

In the background is a Botswana National Airways (BNA) Douglas DC-4, a South African Airways (SAA) Boeing 707 and a Union de Transport Aeriens (UTA) Douglas DC-8.

BNA purchased Viscount A2-ZEL (C/N 374) to replace the DC4 but it was only in service for three months before being impounded here at Johannesburg.

Photo source - Phil Evans

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YND
August 1967

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mweru'. Taken at Bulawayo Airport, Rhodesia in August 1967 operating a service for Air Rhodesia.

Photo source - Lindsay E Bickers

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YND
May 1968

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Beira Airport, Mozambique in May 1968.

A very atmospheric night shot.

Photo source - Dave Welch collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YND
June 1968

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1968.

Photo source - Anthony Clegg-Butt collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YND
June 1969

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Bulawayo Airport, Rhodesia circa June 1969.

Photo source - veteranrhodie

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YND
June 1970

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Beira Airport, Mozambique circa June 1970.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YND
January 1972

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Kariba Airport, Rhodesia 8 January 1972.

Note that the emergency exit windows have now been circled in white.

Photo source - Richard Poulton

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YND
December 1972

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. A cabin window view taken after departure from Victoria Falls, Rhodesia during a flight to Johannesburg, South Africa 8 December 1972.

The famous falls are not visible in this view as they at approximately 18 KM north of the airport.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YND
December 1972

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. A cabin view taken on a flight from Victoria Falls, Rhodesia to Johannesburg, South Africa 8 December 1972.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YND
December 1972

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. A cabin window view taken on a flight from Victoria Falls, Rhodesia during the approach to Johannesburg, South Africa 8 December 1972.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YND
June 1973

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Bulawayo Airport, Rhodesia circa June 1973.

Photo source - Welhelm Snyman

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YND
June 1974

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken arriving at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in June 1974.

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

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YND
October 1975

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Umniati'. Taken at Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in October 1975 in the later 'Calair' livery.

Photo source - Werner Fischdick

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YND
June 1976

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Umniati'. Taken at Victoria Falls Airport, Rhodesia in June 1976.

Note the 'low viz' grey underside and also the military 'Ferret' scout car parked near the control tower.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YND
November 1978

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Umniati'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 16 November 1978.

Note the 'low viz' grey underside.

Photo source - Kjell Oskar Granlund collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YND
September 2012

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Umniati'.

Shot down by a heat-seeking SAM-7 (Soviet 9K32 Cтрела (Arrow) Strela-2) surface-to air-missile 12 February 1979.

Taken in the gardens of the South African Voortrekker Monument at Pretoria, South Africa 2 September 2012 shortly after the memorial unveiling and consecration ceremony.

The wreaths were mainly laid by members of the families who lost relatives in this tragic incident or that involving VP-WAS (C/N 297).

Photo source - Rob Ainslie

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YND
September 2012

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Umniati'.

Shot down by a heat-seeking SAM-7 (Soviet 9K32 Cтрела (Arrow) Strela-2) surface-to air-missile 12 February 1979.

Taken in the gardens of the South African Voortrekker Monument at Pretoria, South Africa 2 September 2012 shortly after the memorial unveiling and consecration ceremony.

Photo source - Rob Ainslie

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YND
September 2012

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Umniati'. Shot down by a heat-seeking SAM-7 (Soviet 9K32 Cтрела (Arrow) Strela-2) surface-to air-missile 12 February 1979.

Taken in the gardens of the South African Voortrekker Monument at Pretoria, South Africa 2 September 2012 shortly after the memorial unveiling and consecration ceremony.

Listed here on the memorial granite is the names of all those killed in this tragic incident along with their ages and country of birth.

A few of the details are obscured by one of the wreaths laid by relatives.

Photo source - Rob Ainslie

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