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A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount
   

Viscount c/n 146

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Below are the 11 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 146 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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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVH
February 1956

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'George Bass'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in February 1956 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft behind is VH-TVI (C/N 147).

The time on the distant clock shows 10:03 so obviously a tea-break has just started.

Vickers Photo Ref MP12014 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVH
June 1962

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'George Bass'. Taken overflying the Ballarat area, west of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia during a publicity flight circa June 1962 in a later livery.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVH
November 1962

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'George Bass'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa November 1962.

Note the weather radar nose which was installed as a result of an airworthiness directive following the crash of VH-TVC (C/N 46).

Photo source - Greg Bell

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVH
February 1966

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'George Bass'. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 26 February 1966 with East West Airlines Douglas DC-3 VH-EWE in the background.

Photo source - David A Carter

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVH
January 1967

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'George Bass'. Taken at an unknown location circa January 1967.

Photo source - Dave Welch collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVH
March 1967

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'George Bass'. Taken on approach to runway 26 at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in March 1967.

Photo source - Peter Sweetin

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVH
January 1969

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and now re-named as 'John Fawkner'. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa January 1969 after the crash of VH-RMQ (C/N 45).

The tail visible behind belongs to VH-TVK (C/N 181).

Photo source - Graham J Bennett

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVH
November 1969

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and now re-named as 'John Fawkner'. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 12 November 1969.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Australian Aircraft Sales (NSW) Pty Ltd (AAS)
VH-TVH
June 1970

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in June 1970 with AAS titles applied in the TAA style.

The valuable Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been removed and it now awaits the scrapman.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Australian Aircraft Sales (NSW) Pty Ltd (AAS)
VH-TVH
June 1970

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). This Vickers-Armstrongs metal plate was removed from the rear of the cabin before the aircraft went for metal salvage.

A decal version was applied to the top of the panel covering the inside of both the cabin doors.

The discolouration is because they were originally laquered and it is now peeling off after years of service.

Photo source - John Mallia

11

Sims Metal Ltd
VH-TVH
July 1970

Purchased from Australian Aircraft Sales (NSW) Pty Ltd (AAS) for metal salvage. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia awaiting the scrapman's axe.

The damage was caused by dragging the aircraft to this location.

This aircraft could well be VH-TVK (C/N 181) so if anyone has a positive identity then please let us know at information@vickersviscount.net.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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