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Viscount c/n 171

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Below are the 31 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 171 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-AORD *
August 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Arthur Phillip'. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in August 1957 during the test flying phase.

Vickers Photo Ref MP6527. (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AORD *
August 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Arthur Phillip'. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in August 1957 during the test flying phase.

Vickers Photo Ref MP6528. (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AORD *
November 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Arthur Phillip'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in November 1958.

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-AORD *
June 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Arthur Phillip'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1959 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building with a Lufthansa Viscount in the background.

Note the Bedford CA van towing a Dunlop service trailer.

The Ford Anglia behind was used by the BEA Traffic Manager who would make sure that the work being carried out would not delay the departure.

Photo source - A J Jackson collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AORD *
June 1961

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Arthur Phillip'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1961.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AORD *
April 1964

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken landing at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in April 1964 in the later 'Red Square' livery.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AORD *
June 1965

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England circa June 1965.

The BEA Vanguard is being prepared for a service to Heathrow Airport, London and the Viscount has just arrived from Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland.

Note the Mini Countryman traffic vehicle.

Photo source - Lee Brown

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AORD *
June 1967

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken departing from Luqa Airport, Malta with all its Rolls-Royce Dart engines running circa June 1967 with 'Malta' logos replacing the BEA logos on the cheatline.

BEA operated a 'joint service' to Malta during the summer seasons. Note the repositioned registration.

Photo source - Assoc of Transport Photographers & Historians ATPH

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AORD *
October 1967

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in October 1967 at stand 9B.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AORD *
February 1968

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at a wintry Heathrow Airport, London, England in February 1968.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AORD *
April 1971

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken departing from Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany 12 April 1971 in the later 'Flying Union Jack' livery.

Photo source - Peter Seemann

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AORD *
July 1972

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 18 July 1972.

A perfect black and white photo, which is hard to beat for quality!

Photo source - Dave Heaney

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AORD *
August 1972

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England in August 1972 with another BEA Viscount in the background.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AORD *
September 1972

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken arriving at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in September 1972 in the 'flying Union Jack' livery now with 'Channel Islands' titles.

The outboard engines have already been shut down.

The cream coloured temporary building in the background belongs to the main construction company that was involved in the major extension of the terminal building.

This later became known as the 'south terminal' when a new 'north terminal' was built decades later.

Photo source - John Hamlin

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AORD *
October 1972

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken arriving at a very sparse Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in October 1972 with 'Channel Islands' titles.

A large section of the ramp has been cordoned off for re-surfacing.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AORD *
October 1972

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in October 1972 with 'Channel Islands' titles.

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

Photo source - Gerrit Bouma collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AORD *
February 1973

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken landing at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in February 1973 with 'Channel Islands' titles.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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British Airways (BA)
G-AORD *
August 1973

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken ready to be pushed back for departure at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in August 1973 with 'Channel Islands' main titles and small 'British Airways' on the forward lower fuselage.

Photo source - Caz Caswell collection

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British Airways (BA)
G-AORD *
August 1973

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken landing at Lohausen Airport, Düsseldorf, West Germany circa August 1973 with 'Channel Islands' titles and small 'British Airways' on the forward lower fuselage.

Photo source - Wolfgang Mendorf

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British Airways (BA)
G-AORD *
August 1973

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken being pushed back for departure at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in August 1973 with 'Channel Islands' main titles and small 'British Airways' on the forward lower fuselage.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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British Airways (BA)
G-AORD *
September 1973

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England circa September 1973 with 'Channel Islands' titles and small 'British Airways' on the forward lower fuselage.

The very distinctive double-sided terminal building with its integral control tower was opened in May 1939 and was later replaced by a much larger building in another part of the airport.

A Charles Skilton period postcard Ref 127.

Photo source - Claus Hudetz collection

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British Airways (BA)
G-AORD *
June 1974

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken being pushed back from the gate at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England in June 1974 now with 'British Airways' main titles.

Note that the airport is now in West Sussex due to a change of border position with Surrey.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize collection

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British Airways (BA)
G-AORD *
September 1974

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

Photo source - Peter Fothergill

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British Airways (BA)
G-AORD *
November 1974

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at an unknown location in November 1974.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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British Airways (BA)
G-AORD *
September 1975

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in September 1975.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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British Airways (BA)
G-AORD *
October 1975

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 24 October 1975.

Photo source - Paul Sencier

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Birmingham Airport Fire Service
G-AORD *
September 1979

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England minus engines in September 1979 with 'Airport Fire Service Training Aircraft' titles.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

28

Birmingham Airport Fire Service
G-AORD *
April 1980

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England in April 1980 with 'Airport Fire Service Training Aircraft' titles.

Photo source - David S Hall

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Birmingham Airport Fire Service
G-AORD *
May 1982

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 24 May 1982 with 'Airport Fire Service Training Aircraft' titles.

Photo source - Peter W Davis

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Birmingham Airport Fire Service
G-AORD *
November 1982

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England in November 1982 with 'Airport Fire Service Training Aircraft' titles.

Photo source - Simon Butler

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Birmingham Airport Fire Service
G-AORD *
October 1985

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England in October 1985 in the final phase of its existence.

Photo source - David S Hall

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