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Viscount c/n 156

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Below are the 27 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 156 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.

1

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG
February 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Richard Hakluyt'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 20 February 1957 on its delivery flight from Vickers-Armstrongs.

The photograph was taken from the roof of the BEA maintenance hangar with two BEA Douglas DC-3 Pionairs positioned to welcome the new arrival to the fleet.

Photo source - Louis Dightmaker collection

2

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Richard Hakluyt'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1957 departing from a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

3

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Richard Hakluyt'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1957 departing from a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Richard Hakluyt'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1958 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building.

A photo from Tom's collection.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

5

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG
September 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Richard Hakluyt'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa September 1958 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building.

Photo source - Martin Snelling

6

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG
November 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Richard Hakluyt'. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 7 November 1959.

All the aircraft seen here are weather diversions from London Airport and judging by the fog were lucky to get in here as well. The passengers were transferred to London by coach.

Photo source - Benjy Wilmer via Peter Brown

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Richard Hakluyt'. Taken departing Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace Region, France in June 1959 and looking very smart with a highly polished finish.

Photo source - Peter Frei

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG
December 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Richard Hakluyt'. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 15 December 1959.

It was diverted here as London Airport was closed due to fog, which was a continual problem until the wide introduction of smokeless fuels.

The aircraft in front is Viscount G-AOFX (C/N 182) and the one behind is Central African Airways Viscount VP-YND (C/N 101) which were also diverted together with a Scandinavian Airlines System Douglas DC-7.

Passengers were transferred to London by chartered coaches.

Photo source - Peter Brown collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG
December 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Richard Hakluyt'. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 15 December 1959.

It was diverted here as London Airport was closed due to fog, which was a continual problem until the wide introduction of smokeless fuels.

The aircraft behind is Central African Airways Viscount VP-YND (C/N 101) which was also diverted.

Passengers were transferred to London by chartered coaches.

Photo source - Peter Brown collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG
June 1963

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1963 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building and now in the later 'Red Square' livery with BEA Vickers Vanguard G-APEI behind.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG
July 1964

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at City of Birmingham Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England in July 1964.

Note how close the spectators were allowed to be in those days with chairs provided by the airport authority.

The Viscount behind is G-APIM (C/N 412). To the right is the 'art deco' style terminal building.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG
July 1965

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in July 1965 with the registration at the top of the tail as well as on the lower fuselage.

By 1966 the registration had moved again to the lower tail position only.

In the background is a Scandinavian Airline System (SAS) Sud SE210 Caravelle and two BEA Vickers Vanguards.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG
September 1965

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Luqa Airport, Malta circa September 1965 with 'The Malta Airlines' logo replacing the BEA logo on the cheatline whilst operating a joint service to London via Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy.

In the background is the British military base.

Photo source - Slicer (The Aviation Forum)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG
June 1969

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Heathrow Airport, Middlesex, England circa June 1969.

Photo source - Bob Garrard collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG
July 1969

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland in July 1969 outside the old terminal building.

A new terminal was eventually built where the black hangar is in the left background.

Note the repositioned registration, now just on the tail.

Photo source - Keith McKenzie

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG
September 1969

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken landing at Heathrow Airport, Middlesex, England in September 1969.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG
September 1970

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in September 1970.

It has still not been repainted in the new livery.

Behind is a British United Airways BAC One-Eleven which effectively replaced the Viscount for a lot of operators.

Photo source - Trevor S Hall

18

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG
October 1970

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands 22 October 1970.

Photo source - Richard Beeson

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG
October 1970

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken departing from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands 22 October 1970.

Photo source - Richard Beeson

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Elmdon Airport, Birmingham, West Midlands, England 3 May 1971.

It has still not been repainted in the new livery.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG
June 1971

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in June 1971 and now in the new 'Flying Union Jack' livery.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG
June 1972

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England circa June 1972 in the maintenance area.

Photo source - maz 1942 (flickr)

23

British Airways (BA)
G-AOHG
May 1974

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland in May 1974.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

24

British Airways (BA)
G-AOHG
June 1974

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken arriving at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in June 1974.

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

Note the Laker Airways McDonnell Douglas DC-10 in the south maintenance area.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

25

British Airways (BA)
G-AOHG
June 1975

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken stored at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales circa June 1975, having been robbed of all useful parts.

Four months later it was finally chopped up for scrap.

A photo from Tom's collection.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

26

British Airways (BA)
G-AOHG
August 1975

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken stored at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales circa August 1975, having been robbed of all useful parts.

Two months later it was finally chopped up for scrap.

The aircraft in front is Viscount G-AOHS (C/N 167)

Photo source - Des Pike collection

27

Unknown Scrapyard
G-AOHG
March 1976

Remains purchased from British Airways (BA) for metal salvage. Taken in a scrapyard in Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan, Wales circa March 1976.

Peter thought the scrapyard was in Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, Wales but other sources quote Merthyr.

Can anyone confirm the location using the buildings and gasometer in the right background?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Peter W Davis

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