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Viscount c/n 166

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Below are the 20 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 166 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-AOHR
April 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Richard Burton'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in April 1957 on the production line in the Erecting Shop during the painting phase.

EI-AJI (C/N 289) is in front with G-AOHS (C/N 167) and G-AOHT (C/N 168) behind.

The mix of C/N is very typical of the Viscount production line.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5909 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHR
April 1958

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

Note the Hunting-Clan hangars in the background on the south side and the Bedford CA van and the Karrier Bantam baggage truck.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHR
June 1960

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Richard Burton'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1960 with passengers boarding through the rear door.

Note the BEA Traffic Officer standing by the front door keeping an eye on the embarkation progress.

The rearmost window has some sort of a special screen rather than utilising the downward pulling blind, perhaps for a babies cot.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHR
June 1960

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Richard Burton'. Following on from the previous photo, here is a view from the cabin of the domestic terminal building at London Airport (Heathow), Middlese, England in June 1960.

The white upper walkway connected the two terminal buildings to allow spectators to move from the Queen's Building just visible on the right.

The control tower looks to be part of the terminal but was actually situated behind on a traffic island.

The Viscount opposite has already been painted in the new 'Red Square' livery.

Note the large fleet of Karrier Bantam baggage trucks.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHR
September 1960

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Richard Burton'. Taken landing at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in September 1960.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHR
September 1960

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Richard Burton'. Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in September 1960.

In the background is a sister aircraft in the later 'Red Square' livery that was introduced in 1959.

It took several years for all the fleet to be repainted.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHR
June 1967

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken landing at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in June 1967 in the later 'Red Square' livery.

Note the repositioned registration.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHR
May 1968

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in May 1968 outside the BEA engineering facility.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize collection

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Luqa Airport, Malta in June 1968 with Malta logos applied for the service to Heathrow.

Photo Ref V406

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at City of Birmingham Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 2 June 1969.

Photo source - legspinner93 (flickr)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHR
August 1969

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at a very wet Heathrow Airport, London, England 21 August 1969 with BEA Vanguard G-APET alongside and BEA BAC One-Eleven 510 G-AVMS landing in the background.

Photo source - Chris England

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken departing from the gate at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 14 April 1970.

In the background at the 'central pier' is a BEA Airtours de Havilland Comet 4B which operated early 'IT' inclusive tour flights.

This photograph was taken from the 'south pier' which provided a great view of all the aircraft movements including those landing from the East.

Public access was eventually stopped for security reasons.

Photo source - Steve Aubury

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken arriving at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland circa June 1970 with BEA and 'Channel Islands' titles.

Photo source - Michel Gilliand

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHR
August 1970

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in August 1970 with BEA and 'Channel Islands' titles.

This was also issued as a Wingspan Postcard Ref W96

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHR
May 1972

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at an unknown location in May 1972 in the new 'Flying Union Jack' livery still with 'Channel Islands' titles.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHR
August 1972

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in August 1972 with 'Channel Islands' titles awaiting pushback clearance from apron control.

The small apron control cabin can be seen above the lower part of the terminal building.

In the background is a BEA Airtours de Havilland Comet 4B.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOHR
October 1973

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in October 1973 still operating on the Channel Islands route.

In the background is one of the recently delivered Boeing 747-212B for Singapore Airlines.

Photo source - Airlines & Airliners Germany

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOHR
October 1973

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands 4 October 1973.

Photo source - Mike Pitman

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOHR
September 1974

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken arriving at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands in September 1974 with the outer Dart engines already shut down.

Note the small 'Channel' logo on the forward fuselage.

Photo source - Dave Bougourd

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOHR
August 1975

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

It was broken up for scrap in June 1976 with only the forward fuselage section surviving.

The departing jet making all the smoke is a BAC One-Eleven with Rolls-Royce Spey engines.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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