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Viscount c/n 164

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Below are the 23 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 164 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-AOHO
October 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Samuel Wallis'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in October 1957 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building during a quiet period.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHO
July 1958

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

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHO
April 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Samuel Wallis'. Taken departing from Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace Region, France 5 April 1959.

Photo source - Walter Janach

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHO
April 1962

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Renfrew Airport, Glasgow, Scotland 13 April 1962 in the later 'Red Square' livery.

Photo source - Neil Aird

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHO
March 1963

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Tegel Airport, Berlin, West Germany 20 March 1963.

On 17 March it had landed 200 feet short of the runway threshold and damaged the nose undercarriage which subsequently collapsed.

Here it is suspended on a crane at the start of the repair process with the airline name taped out.

Note the curled propeller blades on the No.2 and No.3 inner positions which would have resulted in shockloading damage to the two Dart engines.

Photo source - Gunter Ott

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. An idyllic scene taken at City of Birmingham Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England circa July 1964 with an unidentified sister aircraft behind.

Note the Bedford CA van converted as a mobile steps vehicle.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHO
October 1964

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 6 October 1964.

Photo source - Bo-Göran Lundkvist

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHO
March 1968

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in the maintenance area in March 1968.

Note the repositioned registration.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHO
June 1968

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken departing from an unknown location circa June 1968.

A Colourcard Postcard Ref 1/VV4

Photo source - Graham Glover

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHO
April 1969

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken arriving at W A Mozart Airport, Maxglan, Salzburg, Austria 26 April 1969 from Heathrow Airport, London, England.

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

Photo source - Fred Barnes

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHO
April 1970

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 11 April 1970 in the new 'Flying Union Jack' livery with three BEA de Havilland Comet 4B in the background.

Photo source - legspinner93 (flickr)

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken arriving at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in September 1970 with the outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines already shut down.

Note the Dan-Air Airspeed AS.57 Ambassador, Iberia Douglas DC-8 and Wardair Canada Boeing 707 in the background.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Dalcross Airport, Inverness, Scotland circa April 1971.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 28 June 1971 with a de Havilland Heron in the background.

Photo source - Peter Foster

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in August 1971 now with 'Channel Islands' titles.

In the background is a Caledonian/BUA BAC One-Eleven.

Photo source - Caz Caswell collection

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

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

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHO
March 1973

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Gibraltar Airport in March 1973 with Gibair title and logo applied to the rear fuselage.

This aircraft operated the Gibraltar to Tangiers, Morocco route. BEA had a 49% stake in Gibair, hence the use of their aircraft.

When base maintenance became due, and the aircraft returned to Heathrow, then another BEA Viscount took its place and the Gibair logo was applied.

Photo source - Graham Hyslop

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOHO
August 1974

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland circa August 1974 with all four Rolls-Royce Dart engines runiing and ready for 'pushback'.

Note the Viscount behind is in the full BA livery which G-AOHO never received.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOHO
June 1975

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in June 1975 outside the maintenance hangar.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

20

Hotel de France
G-AOHO
October 1976

Rear fuselage section purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands 10 October 1976 while being dismantled for use by the Hotel de France in St Helier.

The fuselage is balanced on inflatable lifting bags stabilised with cables front and rear.

Note the Intra Airways Douglas DC-3 in the background.

Photo source - Mike Pitman

21

Hotel de France
G-AOHO
April 1977

Rear fuselage section purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands circa April 1977 while being dismantled for use by the Hotel de France in St Helier.

It is now lying on its belly awaiting the cutting off of the rear fuselage and tail section, which is probably being discussed in this view.

Photo source - Clair Cousins

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Hotel de France
G-AOHO
June 1977

Rear fuselage section purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken in the grounds of the Hotel de France, St Helier, Jersey circa June 1977 having been joined to the forward fuselage of Viscount G-AOHK (C/N 160).

You can clearly see where the two fuselage sections have been joined together.

A photo from Tom's collection.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

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Hotel de France
G-AOHO
June 1977

Rear fuselage section purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken in the grounds of the Hotel de France, St Helier, Jersey circa June 1977 having been joined to the forward fuselage of Viscount G-AOHK (C/N 160).

You can clearly see where the two fuselage sections have been joined together.

A photo from Tom's collection.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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