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Vickers Viscount Network
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Viscount c/n 148

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Below are the 42 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 148 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-TVJ
June 1956

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Forrest'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in June 1956 outside the flight test hangar.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVJ
November 1957

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Forrest'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa November 1957.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVJ
October 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Forrest'. Taken departing from Cairns Airport, Queensland, Australia in October 1959.

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

Photo source - Alan Fraser

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVJ
October 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Forrest'. Taken departing from Cairns Airport, Queensland, Australia in October 1959.

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

Photo source - Alan Fraser

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVJ
December 1960

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Forrest'. Taken flying over Adelaide, South Australia, Australia circa December 1960.

A rear window has been removed to assess if the noise in the cabin would prevent people from hearing emergency instructions clearly.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed again.

Photo source - Greg Thom collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVJ
December 1960

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Forrest'. Taken flying over Adelaide, South Australia, Australia circa December 1960.

A rear window has been removed to assess if the noise in the cabin would prevent people from hearing emergency instructions clearly.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed again.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVJ
September 1962

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) but now unnamed. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa September 1962 in a later livery after fitment of a weather radar system by Marshall's.

This was as a result of an airworthiness directive following the crash of VH-TVC (C/N 46).

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVJ
September 1962

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) but now unnamed. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa September 1962 in a later livery after fitment of a weather radar system by Marshall's.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVJ
June 1963

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) but now unnamed. Taken at Adelaide Airport, South Australia, Australia in June 1963 in the maintenance area.

Photo source - Geoff Goodhall

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVJ
February 1964

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) but now unnamed. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in February 1964.

Photo source - Aeronautica Australia

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVJ
October 1965

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) now named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken at Adelaide Airport, South Australia, Australia circa October 1965.

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

Photo source - Chris Finney

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVJ
March 1966

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) now named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 20 March 1966 in the TAA maintenance area.

Photo source - David A Carter

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVJ
May 1966

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) now named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in May 1966.

Photo source - Queensland Air Museum

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVJ
May 1966

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) now named 'Ernest Giles' Taken at Melbourne Airport, Victoria, Australia in May 1966.

Photo source - George Canciani

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVJ
December 1966

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) now named 'Ernest Giles' Taken at Melbourne Airport, Victoria, Australia in December 1966.

Photo source - Ben Dannecker

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVJ
October 1968

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) now named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken stored at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 26th October 1968.

Photo source - Ron Cuskelly

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Nonferral Pty Ltd
VH-TVJ
May 1970

Remains purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and scrapped on a grassed area adjacent to a Ford vehicle plant except for the forward fuselage section.

Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in May 1970 before the nose section was cut off and saved.

Note the large Ford vehicle plant in the background.

Photo source - Ron Cuskelly

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Nonferral Pty Ltd
VH-TVJ
May 1970

Remains purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and scrapped on a grassed area adjacent to the Ford plant except for the forward fuselage section. Taken at Eagle Farm, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in May 1970 during the cutting off of the nose section for preservation.

Photo source - Ron Cuskelly

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Farm & Agricultural Disposals
VH-TVJ
November 1972

Forward fuselage section purchased from Nonferral Pty Ltd. Taken at Les Arthur's Farm & Agricultural Disposals property in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia 18 November 1972.

Photo source - Ron Cuskelly

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
October 1993

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken departing from Mudgeeraba, Queensland to Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 27 October 1993.

Photo source - Queensland Air Museum

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
November 2003

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 25 November 2003.

Photo source - G Jones

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
June 2005

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia in June 2005.

Photo source - Denys Coulter-Jones

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
June 2005

Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia in June 2005. This is a Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engine and the angled exhaust unit indicates that it was removed from the No.3 (starboard inner) position as both the No.2 (port inner) and the No.3 exhausts were angled away from the fuselage with the No.1 and No.4 postions going straight back.

Hopefully it will receive some attention in the future.

Photo source - Denys Coulter-Jones

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
November 2005

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 9 November 2005.

The engine in front is a double Mamba from a Fairey Gannet.

The Mamba was originally designed for the Viscount but initial teething troubles allowed the Rolls-Royce Dart engine to take its place.

Photo source - R Leeuw

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
February 2006

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 18 February 2006 while under restoration.

Photo source - Ron Cuskelly

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
February 2006

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 18 February 2006 while under restoration.

Photo source - Ron Cuskelly

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
March 2007

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 19 March 2007 while under restoration.

Photo source - Ray Barber

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
July 2008

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 19 July 2008 now restored in its smart Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) livery.

Photo source - Ron Cuskelly

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
January 2009

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 17 January 2009 in its smart Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) livery.

Photo source - Ron Cuskelly

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
October 2010

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia in October 2010 in its smart Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) livery.

Presumably either the name 'John Forrest' or the later 'Ernest Giles' and the letters 'TVJ' will be added at a later date.

Photo source - Merv Crowe collection

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
October 2010

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. The partially restored cockpit was taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia in October 2010.

The hairy Captain is sitting strangely and the First Officer Kan Garoo has nowhere to sit at all!

Photo source - Merv Crowe collection

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
October 2010

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Here, Merv Crowe inspects the partially restored nose section at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia in October 2010.

Photo source - Merv Crowe collection

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
January 2012

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 1 January 2012.

Photo source - Phillip Massaad

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
October 2014

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 24 October 2014.

The name 'John Forrest' or the later 'Ernest Giles' and the letters 'TVJ' still need to be added.

Photo source - Peter Ranson

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
October 2014

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 24 October 2014.

The nosewheel door is a bit battered.

Photo source - Peter Ranson

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
October 2014

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 24 October 2014 in its smart Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) livery.

A view of the cockpit which is still incomplete.

Photo source - Peter Ranson

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
October 2014

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 24 October 2014 in its smart Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) livery.

A view of the cockpit which is still incomplete and still guarded by First Officer Kan Garoo, who still hasn't got a seat!

Photo source - Peter Ranson

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
October 2014

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 24 October 2014 in its smart Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) livery. A view of the Captain's side of the cockpit which is still incomplete.

Several engine gauges in the centre panel are also missing.

Photo source - Peter Ranson

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
October 2014

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 24 October 2014 in its smart Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) livery. A view of the cockpit centre console.

The four switches and gauges at the back are used to finely control the amount of fuel entering the Combustion Chambers for each engine during the starting process in order to (hopefully) avoid a 'hot start'.

Also visible are the two large elevator trim wheels, one for each pilot which are connected.

Photo source - Peter Ranson

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
February 2015

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 23 February 2015 in its smart Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) livery.

The name 'John Forrest' or the later 'Ernest Giles' and the letters 'TVJ' still need to be added.

Photo source - Peter McSorley

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
October 2016

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 5 October 2016.

Photo source - joolsgriff (flickr)

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Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
VH-TVJ
July 2019

Forward fuselage section purchased from the Gold Coast Military Museum. Taken at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia 19 July 2019.

The name 'John Forrest' or the later 'Ernest Giles' and the letters 'TVJ' still need to be added.

Photo source - Shane Backx

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