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Viscount c/n 174

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Below are the 26 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 174 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-VIC
May 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named "J C Ellehammer". Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in May 1957 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft behind is PH-VID (C/N 175).

Vickers Photo Ref MP6063 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named "J C Ellehammer". Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in May 1957 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft behind is PH-VID (C/N 175).

Vickers Photo Ref MP6064 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIC
October 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named "J C Ellehammer". Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands 23 October 1957 being named 'Louis Bleriot' and christened with champagne by Madame Bleriot.

The only problem is that PH-VIB (C/N 173) carried this name from delivery but was unavailable for the naming ceremony and VH-VIC was hurredly substituted instead.

The photo was taken by J Peters of Flash International Photo Service, Badhoevedorp, Netherlands.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIC
September 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'J C Ellehammer'. Taken departing from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa September 1957.

A photo from Tom's collection.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIC
April 1958

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'J C Ellehammer'. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands circa April 1958 with a party of Dutch ladies.

This is an anniversary flight for the service to Geneva, Switzerland.

Photo source - Alan D Baker

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIC
June 1963

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'J C Ellehammer'. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands circa June 1963 in the new 'diagonal striped' tail second livery with 'KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines' titles.

Photo source - Jacques Vooren

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIC
October 1963

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'J C Ellehammer'. Taken at a very wet Ringway Airport, Manchester, England circa October 1963.

The aircraft behind is a British United Airways (BUA) Handley Page Herald, still in its Jersey Airlines livery but with BUA titles and behind that a Caledonian Airways Douglas DC-7C.

Photo source - Howard (flickr)

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIC
July 1964

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'J C Ellehammer'. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland circa July 1964.

Photo source - Ray Flynn collection

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIC
August 1964

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'J C Ellehammer'. Taken at Bremen Airport, West Germany circa August 1964.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIC
November 1964

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'J C Ellehammer'. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1 November 1964.

In the background is a KLM Lockheed 188 Electra, BEA Vickers Vanguard and an Aeroflot Tupolev TU104.

Photo source - Peter Leuvenink

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIC
June 1965

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'J C Ellehammer'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1965 with spectators looking on from the Queen's Building viewing gallery.

Most basic roll film cameras in use then such as the Box Brownie did not have a long enough lens to get closeup shots of the aircraft taxiing by.

Note the BOAC advert offering to fly you to New York for £15 pounds down and 24 monthly payments of £2 pounds 4 shillings and a penny!

This makes a total of £67 pounds 16 shillings and 24 pence.

Hopefully this was for a return!

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIC
July 1965

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named "J C Ellehammer". Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 24 July 1965.

Photo source - Frank Croom

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIC
June 1966

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'J C Ellehammer'. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands circa June 1966 with passengers disembarking from KLM Douglas DC-8 Series 53 PH-DCO.

A KLM publicity photo.

Photo source - KLM Photo Library

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIC
August 1966

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'J C Ellehammer'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in August 1966.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-APD
June 1967

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named "St Finbar". Taken landing at Heathrow Airport, London, England in June 1967.

Photo source - Mick West

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-APD
June 1967

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named "St Finbar". Taken at City of Birmingham Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England circa June 1967.

A nice sunset shot with BEA ground support equipment in the foreground including a Dennis Maxim tug.

Photo source - Peter Shoesmith via Geoff Dowling

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-APD
March 1968

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named 'St Finbar'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in March 1968.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-APD
June 1968

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named 'St Finbar'. Taken at Lulsgate Airport, Bristol, England in June 1968.

The steps to the rear door belong to Cambrian Airways who provided the ground handling.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-APD
May 1969

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named "St Finbar". Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland 3 May 1969 in a modified Aer Lingus livery with Air Ulster titles.

It was still operating for Aer Lingus as the lease to Air Ulster did not start until 11 July 1969.

Photo source - Don Stirling

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Air Ulster
EI-APD
August 1969

Leased from Aer Lingus. Taken landing at an unknown location circa August 1969 in a modified Aer Lingus livery.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Air Ulster
EI-APD
September 1969

Leased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Squires Gate Airport, Blackpool, Lancashire, England in September 1969 in a modified Aer Lingus livery.

Photo source - Paul A Tomlin

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Air Ulster
EI-APD
September 1969

Leased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Squires Gate Airport, Blackpool, Lancashire, England in September 1969 in a modified Aer Lingus livery.

Photo source - Glyn Woods

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Air Ulster
EI-APD
September 1969

Leased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland in September 1969 in a modified Aer Lingus livery.

Photo source - Glenn Thrower collection

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Air Ulster
EI-APD
September 1969

Leased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace Region, France 16 September 1969 in a modified Aer Lingus livery.

It was operating a charter flight, possibly in connection with an international football match.

Photo source - Jorg Vogtlin

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Air Ulster
EI-APD
October 1969

Leased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland in October 1969.

Note the temporary decals on the forward fuselage and upper rear fuselage stating 'On Charter to BOAC' during a feeder service from Aldergrove Airport, Belfast, Northern Ireland to connect with a transatlantic jet service.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Air Ulster
EI-APD
November 1969

Leased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Aldergrove Airport, Belfast, Northern Ireland 13 November 1969, a few days before it was returned to Aer Lingus.

Merv is at the top of the steps with fellow Servisair Traffic Officer Christie Smith to his left and BOAC Area Manager John Smithers to his right and two Air Ulster Stewardesses in front.

There is a temporary decal on the upper fuselage stating 'On Charter to BOAC' as it was just about to operate another feeder service to Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland to connect with a transatlantic jet service.

Photo source - Merv Crowe collection

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