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Viscount c/n 172

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Below are the 37 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 172 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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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
November 1956

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 22 November 1956 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The fuselage had been constructed at the Hurn facility before tranferring to Weybridge in October 1956.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5098 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
December 1956

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in late December 1956 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The fuselage had been constructed at the Hurn facility before tranferring to Weybridge in October 1956.

Not the two white Vickers Valiant bombers, one with the forward pressure bulkhead exposed.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5337 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
February 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in February 1957 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

It is in the final assembly bay prior to going outside for engine ground runs.

It had 'De Vliegende Hollander' titles on the starboard side.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5633 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
February 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in February 1957 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

A nice view of the tail and starboard tailplane with various access panels open.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5688 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

5

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
March 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in March 1957.

It is being prepared for engine ground running power checks.

It had 'De Vliegende Hollander' titles on the starboard side.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
April 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 5 April 1957.

It is being towed out for its first flight.

It had 'The Flying Dutchman' titles on the port side.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5785 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
April 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England 5 April 1957.

It is being prepared for its first flight and is parked on the runway.

It had 'De Vliegende Hollander' titles on the starboard side.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5789 (NFB photo)

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
April 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in April 1957.

It is departing for another test flight.

It had 'De Vliegende Hollander' titles on the starboard side.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5817 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
April 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in April 1957.

It had 'The Flying Dutchman' titles on the port side.

Photo source - Wolfgang Muehlbauer collection

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
April 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in April 1957.

It had 'The Flying Dutchman' titles on the port side.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
April 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in April 1957.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
April 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in April 1957.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5851 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
April 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in April 1957.

It had 'De Vliegende Hollander' titles on the starboard side.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5852 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
April 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in April 1957.

It had 'De Vliegende Hollander' titles on the starboard side.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5853 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
May 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 31 May 1957 during the flight test phase.

It had 'De Vliegende Hollander' titles on the starboard side.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
June 1958

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands circa June 1958.

A busy scene with piston powered airliners still dominating, including KLM Douglas DC-7C PH-DSK in the foreground.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
June 1958

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands circa June 1958.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
October 1959

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands circa October 1959.

In the background there is a KLM Douglas DC-3 and a Tradair Vickers Viking.

It has the '40th Anniversary of KLM 1919 to 1959' logo on the rear fuselage, partially hidden by the open rear door.

Photo source - Erich Marek

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
May 1960

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands circa May 1960 in the new 'diagonal striped' tail second livery with 'KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines' titles.

KLM Photo Ref 617000

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
June 1960

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1960 in the new 'diagonal striped' tail second livery with 'KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines' titles.

Photo source - Ray Flynn collection

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
June 1962

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France in June 1962.

A nice group of immaculately polished Air France Douglas DC-3 in the background.

On the military ramp on the far side of the airfield is an French Air Force Breguet 761 Sahara.

Photo source - Mel Lawrence

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
August 1962

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France 13 August 1962.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
October 1962

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 6 October 1962 with a BEA Vickers Vanguard being towed across in the background.

Note the BOAC advert offering a service to New York for £15.00 down and 24 monthly payments of £7-4-1.

Was this one way or a return?

Photo source - Keith Burton

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
June 1964

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France circa June 1964.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
October 1964

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken departing from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 6 October 1964.

Photo source - Bo-Göran Lundkvist

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
January 1965

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands in January 1965 together with another Viscount PH-VIC (C/N 174) and Douglas DC-7 PH-DSE, Douglas DC-8 PH-DCC and Aeroflot Tupolev TU-104A CCCP-42459.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA
December 1965

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Riem Airport, Munich, Germany in December 1965 in the new 'horizontal striped' tail third livery.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
PH-VIA
February 1966

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM). Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland 20 February 1966.

It had arrived the previous day from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands for an overhaul and the installation of a weather radar system and also a repaint in Aer Lingus livery.

Photo source - Jim Cain via David Cain (Ayronautica)

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AOG
May 1966

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named 'St Finian / 'Finghin'. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland 19 May 1966 after an overhaul and repaint in Aer Lingus livery by Scottish Aviation Ltd (SAL).

It now has a weather radar system installed.

Photo source - Jim Cain via David Cain (Ayronautica)

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AOG
September 1966

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named 'St Finian / 'Finghin'. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in September 1966.

Photo source - Ray Flynn collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AOG
October 1967

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named 'St Finian / 'Finghin'. Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Switzerland 1 October 1967.

Photo source - Jorg Vogtlin

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AOG
February 1968

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named 'St Finian / 'Finghin'. Taken at an unknown location in February 1968.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AOG
April 1969

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named 'St Finian / 'Finghin'. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in April 1969.

Photo source - Bill Sheridan

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AOG
June 1969

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named 'St Finian / 'Finghin'. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in June 1969.

Photo source - Ray Flynn collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AOG
August 1969

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named 'St Finian / 'Finghin'. Taken at Brussels National Airport, Zaventum, Belgium circa August 1969 with a Sabena Boeing 707 in the background.

On the far side of the airport is the Belgian Air Force Melsbroek transport base with a long line of Fairchild C-119F and G Flying Boxcars.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AOG
October 1969

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named 'St Finian / 'Finghin'. Taken at Lulsgate Airport, Bristol, England 7 October 1969.

The aircraft is being recovered after a heavy landing on runway 28 resulted in the collapse of the nose undercarriage leg.

Sadly, that was the end of its service life.

Photo source - Bob Vandereyt

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AOG
June 1970

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named 'St Finian / 'Finghin'. Taken stored at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland circa June 1970.

The aircraft behind is EI-AJI (C/N 289).

Photo source - Malcolm Nason

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