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Vickers Viscount Network
A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount
   

Viscount c/n 147

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Below are the 24 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 147 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-TVI
February 1956

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

The aircraft in front is VH-TVH (C/N 146).

Vickers Photo Ref MP12014X1 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
March 1956

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

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
May 1956

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. Taken departing from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in May 1956 on a test flight.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
June 1956

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 9 June 1956 shortly before departing to London Airport (Heathrow) where it was formerly handed over.

Vickers Photo Ref MP12021 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
June 1956

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'.

Englishman Matthew Flinders was a Royal Navy Captain who was a navigator and cartographer and was the leader of the first circumnavigation of Australia on board H.M.S. Investigator, which was completed in 1803.

Photo source - Australian National Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
January 1957

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. Taken landing at Llanherne Airport, Hobart, South East Tasmania, Australia circa January 1957.

Photo Ref AB713-1-6491

Photo source - Librairies Tasmania Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
January 1957

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. Taken at Llanherne Airport, Hobart, South East Tasmania, Australia circa January 1957.

Photo Ref AB713-1-5872

Photo source - Librairies Tasmania Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
April 1957

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. Taken at Llanherne Airport, Hobart, South East Tasmania, Australia in April 1957.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks now fitted to allow long range flights across Australia.

The style of lettering used for 'Matthew Flinders' has changed from the style applied by Vickers.

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
April 1957

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. Taken at Llanherne Airport, Hobart, South East Tasmania, Australia in April 1957.

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
April 1957

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. Taken during a service from Llanherne Airport, Hobart, South East Tasmania, Australia to Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in April 1957.

Photo source - Peter J O Ralph

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
December 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. Taken arriving at Llanherne Airport, Hobart, South East Tasmania, Australia circa December 1958.

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

Photo Ref AB713-1-5580

Photo source - Librairies Tasmania Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
December 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. Taken at Llanherne Airport, Hobart, South East Tasmania, Australia circa December 1958.

The aircraft in front is Ansett-ANA VH-BUT (C/N 145).

Photo Ref AB713-1-6455

Photo source - Librairies Tasmania Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
December 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. Taken at Llanherne Airport, Hobart, South East Tasmania, Australia circa December 1958.

Photo Ref AB713-1-6492

Photo source - Librairies Tasmania Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
December 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. Taken at Llanherne Airport, Hobart, South East Tasmania, Australia circa December 1958 with two Rolls-Royce Dart engines started.

The ramp oil stains were a legacy of the piston engine era as the turbine Dart engine was less prone to heavy oil leaks.

Photo Ref AB713-1-6489

Photo source - Librairies Tasmania Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
December 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. Taken departing from Llanherne Airport, Hobart, South East Tasmania, Australia circa December 1958.

Photo Ref AB713-1-6488

Photo source - Librairies Tasmania Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
May 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. Taken departing from West Beach Airport, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia in May 1959.

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

Photo source - Aeronautica Australia

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
October 1963

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. Taken arriving at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 4 October 1963 in a later livery.

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

The style of lettering used for the name 'Matthew Flinders' has now been changed back to the style originally applied by Vickers.

Note the weather radar nose which was installed circa 1962 as a result of an airworthiness directive following the crash of VH-TVC (C/N 46).

Photo source - Aeronautica Australia

18

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
February 1965

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in February 1965 arriving at the TAA terminal. The outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down.

Note the last distinctive brickworks chimney stack in the background.

Photo source - David A Carter

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
December 1968

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia circa December 1968 with 'Hostie' Barbara Hoffman appearing at the Captain's 'Direct Vision' (DV) window.

Photo source - Greg Thom collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
April 1969

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. David was shown around the cabin after the aircraft was withdrawn from service at Sydney Airport and when he commented on this nameplate the engineer unscrewed it and gave it to him as a souvenir!

Does anyone know if any of the others survived?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - David A Carter

21

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVI
December 1968

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Matthew Flinders'. Taken at Devonport Airport, Tasmania circa 1968.

Photo source - Michael Barnes collection

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Australian Aircraft Sales (NSW) Pty Ltd (AAS)
VH-TVI
May 1969

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken stored at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in May 1969 in the TAA maintenance area as AAS had an office near their facility.

Photo source - David A Carter

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Australian Aircraft Sales (NSW) Pty Ltd (AAS)
VH-TVI
June 1969

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken stored at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 29 June 1969 in the TAA maintenance area as AAS had an office near their facility.

Photo source - Robert Zweck

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Australian Aircraft Sales (NSW) Pty Ltd (AAS)
VH-TVI
October 1969

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken stored at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 11 October 1969 in the TAA maintenance area as AAS had an office near their facility.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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