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Viscount c/n 161

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Below are the 29 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 161 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-AOHL
October 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Charles Sturt'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in October 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-AOHL
June 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Charles Sturt'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1959.

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

Photo source - Alan Lawrence (Memorial) collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHL
June 1961

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken during a BEA engineering air test circa June 1961 in the later 'Red Square' livery.

BEA Photo Ref 7453

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHL
June 1961

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken during a BEA engineering air test circa June 1961 in the later 'Red Square' livery.

BEA Photo Ref N/K

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHL
June 1961

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken during a BEA engineering air test circa June 1961 in the later 'Red Square' livery.

BEA Photo Ref N/K

Photo source - Kate Yates collection

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at W A Mozart Airport, Maxglan, Salzburg, Austria circa October 1970 in the later 'Flying Union Jack' livery.

Photo source - Markus Buttinger

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHL
April 1972

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken arriving at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 16 April 1972 with 'Scottish Airways' titles.

The outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down and the inboard propellers are now running down.

All the service vehicles are ready to attend.

Note the pink LIAT Hawker Siddeley HS748 VP-LAJ in the background which was on summer lease to French operator Rousseau Aviation.

Photo source - legspinner93 (flickr)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHL
January 1973

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken taxying out at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 1 January 1973 with 'Scottish Airways' titles.

Photo source - Michael Blank

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in June 1973 still in the ex BEA livery and just over a month before the transfer to the British Airways fleet.

Photo source - Keith Bradshaw

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands 18 June 1973 still in the ex BEA livery and just over a month before the transfer to the British Airways fleet.

The light aircraft in the background is a Beechcraft Baron which was part of a large fleet of training aircraft operated by the College of Air Training based at Hamble, Hampshire, England on the south coast.

Jersey was a very popular destination for a two leg training sortie combined with a good lunch and duty free goods.

Photo source - Mike Pitman

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOHL
February 1977

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 23 February 1977.

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOHL
September 1979

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland 2 September 1979 whilst operating on the British Airways (BA) Scottish routes.

Photo source - Eric Melrose

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOHL
March 1981

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in March 1981.

It was robbed of all useful spares as soon as it arrived from Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales.

The two inner Rolls-Royce Dart engines and Dowty Rotol propellers have been retained to provide some centre of gravity stability.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOHL
July 1983

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 30 July 1983 having been withdrawn from service and now used as a cabin services trainer.

Photo source - Robert F Dorr

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOHL
December 1986

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in December 1986 having been withdrawn from service and still being used as a cabin services trainer.

Photo source - Mike Stedman

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOHL
July 1991

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 9 July 1991 and no longer being used as a cabin services trainer.

Photo source - JetPix

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-AOHL
April 1993

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 25 April 1993 having been withdrawn from service twelve years earlier, then used as a cabin services trainer and now abandoned.

Photo source - Simon Brooke

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-AOHL
September 1996

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in September 1996 having been withdrawn from service fifteen years earlier, then used as a cabin services trainer and now abandoned.

Photo source - Matt Long

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-AOHL
January 2001

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 6 January 2001 having been withdrawn from service twenty years earlier, then used as a cabin services trainer and now abandoned.

Photo source - Richard Bowater

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-AOHL
May 2004

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in early May 2004 just before it was broken up into sections and taken away for scrapping.

Volunteers from the Brooklands Museum are about to remove some useful parts needed to help restore G-APIM (C/N 412).

Photo source - John Woodhouse collection

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-AOHL
May 2004

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in early May 2004 just before it was broken up into sections and taken away for scrapping.

Volunteers from the Brooklands Museum are about to remove some useful parts needed to help restore G-APIM (C/N 412).

Photo source - John Woodhouse collection

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-AOHL
May 2004

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in early May 2004 just before it was broken up into sections and taken away for scrapping.

Volunteers from the Brooklands Museum are removing some useful parts needed to help restore G-APIM (C/N 412).

Here, the rear cabin door is being removed with Jim Dillon in the centre.

John Woodhouse is around the other side hanging on to a rope to take some of the weight.

Photo source - John Woodhouse collection

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Hanningfield Metals
G-AOHL
June 2005

Purchased from the Southend Airport Authority. Taken at West Hanningfield, Essex, England in June 2005. The forward fuselage section is seen tucked alongside the fuselage of ex RAF Avro Andover CC.2 XS791.

Since this photo was taken the Andover fuselage was sold and moved down to West Sussex where it was finally scrapped after removal of all useful parts.

Photo source - Hanningfield Metals

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Hanningfield Metals
G-AOHL
September 2006

Purchased from the Southend Airport Authority. Taken at West Hanningfield, Essex, England in January 2007.

The forward fuselage section had been offered for sale on eBay with a starting price of £500.00.

It was eventually sold to the Mayhem Paintball Centre in Abridge, Essex, England.

Photo source - Jamie Popplewell

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Mayhem Paintball Centre
G-AOHL
April 2012

Forward fuselage purchased from Hanningfield Metals. Taken at Abridge, Essex, England in April 2012. The Viscount forward fuselage section is situated near a rear fuselage section from Fokker F27 Friendship 3C-QSB.

Photo source - oldprops.ukhome.net

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Mayhem Paintball Centre
G-AOHL
April 2012

Forward fuselage purchased from Hanningfield Metals. Taken at Abridge, Essex, England in April 2012. The Viscount forward fuselage section is situated near a rear fuselage section from Fokker F27 Friendship 3C-QSB and is protected from paintball contamination by fine netting.

Photo source - oldprops.ukhome.net

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Mayhem Paintball Centre
G-AOHL
April 2012

Forward fuselage purchased from Hanningfield Metals. Taken at Abridge, Essex, England in April 2012. The Viscount forward fuselage section is situated near a rear fuselage section from Fokker F27 Friendship 3C-QSB.

Photo source - oldprops.ukhome.net

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Mayhem Paintball Centre
G-AOHL
April 2012

Forward fuselage purchased from Hanningfield Metals. Taken at Abridge, Essex, England in April 2012. The Viscount forward fuselage section is situated near a rear fuselage section from Fokker F27 Friendship 3C-QSB.

Photo source - oldprops.ukhome.net

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Mayhem Paintball Centre
G-AOHL
November 2019

Forward fuselage purchased from Hanningfield Metals. Taken at Abridge, Essex, England 9 November 2019, now back to its former condition with the previous livery showing through.

The rear fuselage section in the background came from Fokker F27 Friendship 3C-QSB and has also lost its olive drab paint.

Photo source - Daren Eaton

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