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Viscount c/n 152

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Below are the 58 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 152 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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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
September 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O'Hara Burke'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England on the production line in the Erecting Shop circa September 1956 with G-AOJD (C/N 153) and G-AOJE (C/N 154) behind.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
October 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O'Hara Burke'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England on the production line in the Erecting Shop just prior to ‘rollout’.

The two behind are G-AOJD (C/N 153) and G-AOJE (C/N 154).

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
November 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O’Hara Burke'. Taken at Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England 7 November 1956 starting the No.2 engine in preparation for its first flight.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5068 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
January 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O'Hara Burke'. Taken during a test flight from Wisley, Surrey, England circa January 1957 for publicity purposes.

BEA Photo Ref 5640

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
January 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O'Hara Burke'. Taken during a test flight from Wisley, Surrey, England circa January 1957 for publicity purposes.

BEA Photo Ref 5641

Photo source - Roger Humm collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
January 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O'Hara Burke'. Taken during a test flight from Wisley, Surrey, England circa January 1957 for publicity purposes.

BEA Photo Ref N/K

Photo source - Roger Humm collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
January 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O'Hara Burke'. Taken during a test flight from Wisley, Surrey, England circa January 1957 for publicity purposes.

This is a period postcard.

Photo source - Ray Berry collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
January 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O'Hara Burke'. Taken during a test flight from Wisley, Surrey, England circa January 1957 for publicity purposes.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
November 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O'Hara Burke'. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 27 November 1956 during the handing over ceremony of G-AOJA (C/N 150).

Chief Designer George Edwards and his wife Marjorie are coming down the front steps.

The wing on the left belongs to G-AOJB (C/N 151) which was delivered later than G-AOJC.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5133. (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
November 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O'Hara Burke'. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 27 November 1956 during the handing over ceremony of G-AOJA (C/N 150).

Chief Designer George Edwards is standing in front of the No.1 propeller with his wife Marjorie standing on his right with the bouquet of flowers.

Other identities include Lord Hives (Chairman of Rolls-Royce Aero Engines) (holding the white paper) and Lady Hives on the far left.

William Sholto Douglas, 1st Baron Douglas of Kirtleside and Chairman of British European Airways and his wife Lady Douglas of Kirtleside are on the far right.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5132. (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
November 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O'Hara Burke'. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 27 November 1956 during the handing over ceremony of G-AOJA (C/N 150).

Chief Designer George Robert Freeman Edwards is standing on the steps with his wife Marjorie Annie (Dinah).

George was knighted the following year and was President of the Royal Aeronautical Society during 1957 and 1958.

Marjorie died in 1994 and George died in 2003.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5131. (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
June 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O'Hara Burke'. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1957.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
July 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O'Hara Burke'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa July 1957.

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

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
July 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O'Hara Burke'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa July 1957.

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

Photo source - Ragnarok31 (flickr)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
June 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O'Hara Burke'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1958. Photo Ref V361

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
June 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O'Hara Burke'. Taken at Nutts Corner Airport, Belfast, Northern Ireland circa June 1959 after arriving from London Airport.

Alan's Mum Jean is in the foreground with Brutus the Boxer dog, which is obviously pleased to see her!

Photo source - Michael Hankinson via Alan Hankinson

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
April 1964

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany 19 April 1964 in the later ‘Red Square’ livery.

The position of the registration on the fin is in the original position and was changed in the mid 1960s when new Airworthiness Regulations required larger letters.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
May 1964

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Langenhagen Airport, Hannover, West Germany 2 May 1964.

Photo source - Ken Elliott

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
July 1968

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken landing at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in July 1968.

Note the repositioned registration.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
February 1970

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken landing at Heathrow Airport, London, England 24 February 1970 still in the 'Red Square' livery.

Photo source - Keith Butcher

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
May 1970

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in May 1970 in the maintenance area and now repainted in the ‘Flying Union Jack’ livery.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
May 1970

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken arriving at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England circa May 1970.

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

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
June 1970

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in June 1970.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize Collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
March 1971

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O'Hara Burke' but now un-named. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 23 March 1971 now with 'Scottish Airways' titles.

Photo source - Steve Williams

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
April 1971

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England circa April 1971 with 'Scottish Airways' titles.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
May 1971

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 29 May 1971 with 'Scottish Airways' titles.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
August 1971

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 28 August 1971 with 'Scottish Airways' titles.

Photo source - Stephen John Rendle

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
January 1972

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in January 1972 with 'Scottish Airways' titles.

In the background is Northeast Airlines Viscount G-APEX (C/N 381) and Douglas DC-3 N655GP, which was based at Shannon Airport, Ireland.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
March 1972

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 19 March 1972 with 'Scottish Airways' titles together with sister G-AOJB (C/N 151) and Northeast Airlines G-APEX (C/N 381), which is now in the yellow livery.

Photo source - George W Hamlin

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
July 1972

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England circa July 1972 now without the ‘BEA’ titling.

Note the Commer 'Walk-Thru' van on the left.

Photo source - Peter Shoesmith via Geoff Dowling

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
November 1972

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in November 1972.

Photo source - Keith Blincow

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
April 1973

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 10 April 1973 .

Photo source - John Hamlin

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
April 1973

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 10 April 1973 now without the ‘BEA’ titling.

The ground power unit (GPU) has now been connected.

Photo source - Brian Mells

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
June 1973

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in June 1973.

Note the small 'British Airways' titles on the forward lower fuselage.

Photo source - Bill Sheridan

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC
July 1973

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in July 1973.

It is now devoid of BEA titles with small ‘British Airways’ titles on the lower forward fuselage, prior to the official transfer.

Photo source - Peter Fothergill

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOJC
April 1974

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in April 1974.

Photo source - Peter Fothergill

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOJC
September 1975

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland 12 September 1975 with ‘British Airways’ main titling applied to the former BEA livery.

Note the small ‘Scottish’ title on the lower forward fuselage.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOJC
November 1975

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales in November 1975 shortly after its retirement.

The Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been removed as they were a valuable commodity and of use elsewhere.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOJC
December 1975

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales in December 1975 with the titles now painted out.

It had already been robbed of all useful parts to support the remaining fleet shortly before its donation to the Wales Aircraft Museum.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Wales Aircraft Museum
G-AOJC
February 1976

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales circa February 1976, now in the museum compound with the tail of ex RAF Vickers Varsity T.1 WJ944, coded 'Y' in the background.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Wales Aircraft Museum
G-AOJC
February 1978

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 16 February 1978 being painted in the last Cambrian Airways livery due to the long association of Cambrian Airways with Cardiff airport.

This aircraft never flew with Cambrian.

Photo source - Fred Taylor

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Wales Aircraft Museum
G-AOJC
June 1978

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales circa June 1978 being painted in the last Cambrian Airways livery due to the long association of Cambrian Airways with Cardiff airport.

This aircraft never flew with Cambrian.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Wales Aircraft Museum
G-AOJC
June 1978

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales circa June 1978 painted in the last Cambrian Airways livery due to the long association of Cambrian Airways with Cardiff airport.

This aircraft never flew with Cambrian.

In the background is an ex RAF Vickers Varsity T.1 WJ944 which is also part of the museum.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Wales Aircraft Museum
G-AOJC
June 1978

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales circa June 1978 painted in the last Cambrian Airways livery due to the long association of Cambrian Airways with Cardiff airport.

This aircraft never flew with Cambrian. Note the two strong cables holding the nose undercarriage leg to the ground.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Wales Aircraft Museum
G-AOJC
June 1978

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales circa June 1978 painted in the last Cambrian Airways livery due to the long association of Cambrian Airways with Cardiff airport.

This aircraft never flew with Cambrian.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Wales Aircraft Museum
G-AOJC
April 1980

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales in April 1980 in the last Cambrian Airways livery due to the long association of Cambrian Airways with Cardiff airport.

This aircraft never flew with Cambrian.

In the background is ex RAF Vickers Varsity T.1 WJ944, coded 'Y' which is also part of the museum.

Photo source - Dietrich Eggert collection

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Wales Aircraft Museum
G-AOJC
August 1980

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 16 August 1980 in the last Cambrian Airways livery due to the long association of Cambrian Airways with Cardiff airport.

This aircraft never flew with Cambrian. Also visible is ex RAF Vickers Varsity T.1 WJ944, coded 'Y'.

Photo source - Chris Chennell

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Wales Aircraft Museum
G-AOJC
December 1981

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales circa December 1981 in the last Cambrian Airways livery due to the long association of Cambrian Airways with Cardiff airport.This aircraft never flew with Cambrian.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Wales Aircraft Museum
G-AOJC
June 1982

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales circa June 1982 in the last Cambrian Airways livery due to the long association of Cambrian Airways with Cardiff airport.

This aircraft never flew with Cambrian.

Note that the No.3 engine has propellers with sharp square tips and the No.4 engine has rounded square tips.

Both of these types were common on the BEA/BA V.802 and V.806 fleet and were often randomly ‘intermixed’.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Wales Aircraft Museum
G-AOJC
August 1985

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales in August 1985 in the last Cambrian Airways livery due to the long association of Cambrian Airways with Cardiff airport.

This aircraft however never flew with Cambrian.

Photo source - Bill Sheridan

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Wales Aircraft Museum
G-AOJC
August 1985

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales in August 1985.

The flight deck is remarkably complete and includes the ‘Decca’ navigation roller chart on the glare shield although this had not been used operationally on the BEA/BA Viscount fleet for several years.

Sitting on the glare shield is an unknown selector box that may not be a Viscount part.

Above that are the empty mountings, attached to the forward overhead panel, for the two Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) indicators, DME 1 would be on the left and DME 2 on the right.

Photo source - Bill Sheridan

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Wales Aircraft Museum
G-AOJC
June 1986

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales in June 1986 in the last Cambrian Airways livery due to the long association of Cambrian Airways with Cardiff airport.

This aircraft however never flew with Cambrian and is seen here looking a little weather beaten and sun bleached.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

53

Wales Aircraft Museum
G-AOJC
March 1994

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 7 March 1994 now repainted in the British European Airways (BEA) 'Red Square' livery, which is not the best rendition.

The forward fuselage section in a spurious BOAC livery is Avro Ashton WB491.

Photo source - London Eye (flickr)

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Wales Aircraft Museum
G-AOJC
February 1996

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 10 February 1996, a few months before it was dismantled and the fuselage moved to Enstone Airfield, Oxfordshire.

Does anyone know the date it was dismantled and when the fuselage section was transferred to Enstone Airfield, Oxfordshire?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Neil D Brant

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Spoors & Prive
G-AOJC
July 1996

Transferred from the Wales Aircraft Museum after the museum closed. Taken at Enstone Airfield, Oxfordshire, England 26 July 1996 after being dismantled at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales.

It was noted chopped up into sections in March 1997, with only the forward fuselage remaining.

Does anyone know when the fuselage section was transferred from Rhoose Airport?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Ian Haskell

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Spoors & Prive
G-AOJC
November 1996

Transferred from the Wales Aircraft Museum after the museum closed. Taken at Enstone Airfield, Oxfordshire, England circa November 1996.

Photo source - Gary Loveday collection

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Spoors & Prive
G-AOJC
November 1996

Transferred from the Wales Aircraft Museum after the museum closed. Taken at Enstone Airfield, Oxfordshire, England circa November 1996.

A view of the chopped off starboard wing remains.

Photo source - Gary Loveday collection

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Spoors & Prive
G-AOJC
March 1997

Transferred from the Wales Aircraft Museum after the museum closed. Taken at Enstone Airfield, Oxfordshire, England 30 March 1997.

This is all that remains of the fuselage.

Does anyone know if it was saved elsewhere?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Peter W Davis

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