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Viscount c/n 130

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Below are the 18 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 130 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)
N7432
October 1957

Delivered new to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘351’. Taken arriving at La Guardia Airport, Borough of Queens, New York, USA on the 13 October 1957.

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

Photo source - William (Bill) J Armstrong via John F Ciesla

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Alitalia
I-LIFS
December 1962

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken arriving at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands on the 28 December 1962 during one of the worst winters that northern Europe had experienced for a long time.

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

Photo source - Franc van Vliet collection

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Alitalia
I-LIFS
June 1963

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Côte d'Azur Airport, Nice, France in June 1963 in a later livery with Air France supplying the ground support.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Alitalia
I-LIFS
December 1965

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Côte d'Azur Airport, Nice, France on the on the 10 December 1965 with Air France supplying the ground support.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)
I-LIFS
December 1967

Purchased from Alitalia. Taken at Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy on the 18 December 1967 departing on the ferry flight to Teversham, Cambridge, England with the Alitalia titles and green tail colour painted out.

The aircraft was repainted by Marshall's in PLUNA livery before delivery to Uruguay.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)
CX-BHAF
January 1968

Purchased from Alitalia. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa January 1968 after maintenance and a repaint by Marshall's before being delivered to Montevideo.

The letter 'F' was added after the Uruguayan registration denoting that the aircraft is only permitted to operate on ferry flights.

When it arrived in Uruguay the 'F' was removed.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)
CX-BHAF
January 1968

Purchased from Alitalia. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa January 1968 after maintenance and a repaint by Marshall's before being delivered to Montevideo.

The letter 'F' was added after the Uruguayan registration denoting that the aircraft is only permitted to operate on ferry flights. When it arrived in Uruguay the 'F' was removed.

Here it is undergoing ground running of the Dart engines.

Only one engine is run at full power, for a maximum of five minutes but all four engines are usually started to provide some stability.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)
CX-BHAF
January 1968

Purchased from Alitalia. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa January 1968 after maintenance and a repaint by Marshall's before being delivered to Montevideo.

The letter 'F' was added after the Uruguayan registration denoting that the aircraft is only permitted to operate on ferry flights.

When it arrived in Uruguay the 'F' was removed.

Note the grass embankment in the background which helped to reduce the noise level during ground running of the engines.

Photo source - John Morris collection

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Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)
CX-BHAF
January 1968

Purchased from Alitalia. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in January 1968 after maintenance and a repaint by Marshall's.

The letter 'F' was added after the Uruguayan registration denoting that the aircraft is only permitted to operate on ferry flights.

When it arrived in Uruguay the 'F' was removed.

Photo source - Manfred Winter

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Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)
CX-BHAF
January 1968

Purchased from Alitalia. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa January 1968 departing on delivery to Uruguay after maintenance and a repaint by Marshall's.

The letter 'F' was added after the Uruguayan registration denoting that the aircraft is only permitted to operate on ferry flights.

When it arrived in Uruguay the 'F' was removed.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)
CX-BHAF
January 1968

Purchased from Alitalia. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa January 1968 departing on delivery to Uruguay after maintenance and a repaint by Marshall's.

The letter 'F' was added after the Uruguayan registration denoting that the aircraft is only permitted to operate on ferry flights.

When it arrived in Uruguay the 'F' was removed.

Photo source - Robert A Edwards via Neil Aird Archives

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Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)
CX-BHA
September 1968

Purchased from Alitalia, re-registered from CX-BHAF and named 'Presidente Gestido'. Taken at Galeão International Airport, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil on the 24 September 1968.

Note that all the aircraft in the background belong to the Forca Aerea Brasileira (FAB).

Photo source - Vito Cedrini

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Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)
CX-BHA
January 1970

Purchased from Alitalia, re-registered from CX-BHAF and named 'Presidente Gestido'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in January 1970 undergoing a major overhaul inside one of the 'cathedral' hangars with a BAC One-Eleven in front and a Vickers VC10 behind.

The cabin interior would have been removed at Wisley to allow the aircraft to land and takeoff from the short Brooklands Airfield runway which was only 3,800 feet long.

A BAC - Aircraft Services Group photo.

Photo source - Trevor Neighbour collection

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Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)
CX-BHA
March 1970

Purchased from Alitalia, re-registered from CX-BHAF and named 'Presidente Gestido'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England circa March 1970 after the completion of an overhaul.

It then went to Wisley until it departed back to Uruguay in May 1970.

Photo source - David Johnstone collection

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Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)
CX-BHA
May 1970

Purchased from Alitalia, re-registered from CX-BHAF and named 'Presidente Gestido'. Taken at an unknown location in May 1970.

Note that the tail cone panel has been removed for maintenance access.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize collection

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Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)
CX-BHA
June 1971

Purchased from Alitalia, re-registered from CX-BHAF and named 'Presidente Gestido'. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1971.

All four Rolls-Royce Dart engines are running and the ground crew are awaiting instructions from the Captain to disconnect the Ground Power Unit (GPU).

Note that the fire bottle trolley is still in attendance.

Instances of Dart engine fires during startup were very, very rare, compared to large piston engines with their volatile AVGAS fuel.

Photo source - Nelson Carrera

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Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)
CX-BHA
September 1978

Purchased from Alitalia, re-registered from CX-BHAF and named 'Presidente Gestido'. Taken at Carrasco Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay 7 September 1978 during the final phase of its existence.

Photo source - Ulrich (Uli) F Hoppe

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Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)
CX-BHA
April 1974

Purchased from Alitalia, re-registered from CX-BHAF and named 'Presidente Gestido'. Taken at Carrasco Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay in April 1974.

Photo source - Helio Bastos Salmon collection

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