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Viscount c/n 103

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Below are the 14 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 103 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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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7405
June 1955

Delivered new to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘324’. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa June 1955 in the fuselage assembly area.

It was soon moved into the main assembly area for the wings and tail to be fitted. Note the stock of Dowty propellers with their protective wrappers.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7405
August 1955

Delivered new to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘324’. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa August 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop and in the process of being painted.

The aircraft behind is N7406 (C/N 104).

Vickers Photo Ref MP3085 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7405
August 1955

Delivered new to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘324’. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in August 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

A view of the complex equipment found under the central belly area and partially accessible in-service through the round 'hell hole'.

Note the guage on the lower left which indicated the flap positions and the square drive nearby for manually cranking the flaps down, in an emergency.

Photo source - George E Cooper collection

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7405
October 1955

Delivered new to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘324’. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in October 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

A view of the cockpit instrument panels with the sets of four gauges in the centre for the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines.

Photo source - George E Cooper collection

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7405
October 1955

Delivered new to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘324’. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in October 1955 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

A nice view of one side of the No.1 Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engine.

It was a testament to the original design that a great number of components were utilised on the later Dart engine range through to the mid 1980s when new production finally stopped.

Photo source - George E Cooper collection

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7405
November 1955

Delivered new to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘324’. Taken departing from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in November 1955 on a test flight.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7405
November 1955

Delivered new to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘324’. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in November 1955 just before delivery.

Note the square tipped propellers fitted to the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7405
November 1955

Delivered new to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘324’. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in November 1955.

A view of the the integral front 'airsteps' being extended.

Photo source - Wolfgang Muehlbauer collection

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7405
June 1957

Delivered new to Capital Airlines, this one with fleet number ‘324’. Taken at Midway Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA in June 1957.

Photo Ref V492

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7405
June 1960

Delivered new to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘324’. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1960 undergoing maintenance.

Note the integral front 'airsteps', weather radar nose and partially feathered No.2 propeller.

Photo source - Dennis Wiggins

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United Air Lines
N7405
January 1963

Transferred from Capital Airlines due to a corporate merger retaining fleet number ‘324’. Taken arriving at a very wintry O'Hare Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA 31 January 1963.

The aircraft behind is a Lockheed Model 188 Electra.

Photo source - Jon Proctor (jonproctor.net)

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United Air Lines
N7405
September 1963

Transferred from Capital Airlines due to a corporate merger retaining fleet number ‘324’. Taken at Baltimore Airport, Maryland, USA in September 1963.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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United Air Lines
N7405
July 1964

Transferred from Capital Airlines due to a corporate merger retaining fleet number ‘324’. Taken in a steep wooded area known as Trentham Hollow, near Parrottsville, Tennessee, USA 10 July 1964.

This is the crash scene a day after the accident with the inverted tail section in the background. US Army soldiers from a local Tennessee unit are still spraying the area with fire retardent foam.

Note the one on the right has a cigarette in his left hand!

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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United Air Lines
N7405
July 1964

Transferred from Capital Airlines due to a corporate merger retaining fleet number ‘324’. Taken in a steep wooded area known as Trentham Hollow, near Parrottsville, Tennessee, USA 10 July 1964.

This is the crash scene a day after the accident.

Here, accident investigators and the FBI sift through the smouldering and almost unrecognisable wreckage for evidence and personal effects.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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