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Viscount c/n 179

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Below are the 28 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 179 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-VIH
June 1958

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and now named 'Alberto Santos Dumont'. An atmospheric night shot taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands circa June 1958.

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

There are other KLM types in the background including a Lockheed Super Constellation and a Convair 340.

This was produced as a period postcard.

Photo source - Ron Mak collection

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIH
July 1958

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and now named 'Alberto Santos Dumont'. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands in July 1958.

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

Photo source - Bo-Göran Lundkvist

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIH
June 1959

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and now named 'Alberto Santos Dumont'.

An atmospheric night shot taken at London Airport (Heathow), Middlesex, England in June 1959.

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

In the background is a Trans World Airlines (TWA) Lockheed Constellation and a BOAC Boeing 377 Stratocruiser.

Photo source - George Trussell

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIH
June 1959

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and now named 'Alberto Santos Dumont'.

An atmospheric night shot taken at London Airport (Heathow), Middlesex, England in June 1959.

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

In the background is a Trans World Airlines (TWA) Lockheed Constellation and a BOAC Boeing 377 Stratocruiser.

Photo source - Richard Nash (Heathrow Historical)

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIH
June 1959

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and now named 'Alberto Santos Dumont'. An atmospheric night shot taken at London Airport (Heathow), Middlesex, England in June 1959.

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

In the background is a BOAC Boeing 377 Stratocruiser.

Photo source - Richard Nash (Heathrow Historical)

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIH
June 1959

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and now named 'Alberto Santos Dumont'. An atmospheric night shot taken at London Airport (Heathow), Middlesex, England in June 1959.

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

In the background are Lockheed Constellations operated by Trans World Airlines (TWA) and Qantas.

Photo source - Richard Nash (Heathrow Historical)

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIH
June 1959

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and now named 'Alberto Santos Dumont'. An atmospheric night shot taken at London Airport (later known as Heathow), Middlesex, England in June 1959.

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

In the background is a Trans World Airlines (TWA) Lockheed Constellation.

Photo source - Richard Nash (Heathrow Historical)

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

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and now named 'Alberto Santos Dumont'. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands circa October 1959 with an unidentified sister behind.

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

Apart from several other KLM aircraft there is also an Aeroflot Tupolev TU-104 in the far background.

Photo source - S S Klop

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

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and now named 'Alberto Santos Dumont'. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands circa October 1959.

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

Photo source - S S Klop

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

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

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIH
June 1961

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and now named 'Alberto Santos Dumont'. Taken at Zestienhoven Airport, Rotterdam, Netherlands circa June 1961 keeping a Channel Air Bridge Bristol 170 Freighter Mk.32 company.

Photo source - David Barry Lloyd

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIH
April 1962

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and now named 'Alberto Santos Dumont'. Taken at Brussels National Airport, Zaventem, Belgium in April 1962.

Photo source - Franc van Vliet collection

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIH
September 1964

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and now named 'Alberto Santos Dumont'. Taken at Kristiansand Airport, Kjevik, Norway 26 September 1964.

Photo source - Gunnar Flak

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Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIH
April 1966

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and now named 'Alberto Santos Dumont'. Taken at Zestienhoven Airport, Rotterdam, Netherlands 30 April 1966.

A busy scene with two Channel Airways Viscounts in the background.

This was the time of year when tourists from the UK made a day trip to see the colourful Dutch Tulip Fields.

Photo source - Peter Leuvenink

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

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and now named 'Alberto Santos Dumont'. This cockpit identification plate was removed by Regina's late father Wim when the Viscount was retired from KLM service.

Wim flew with KLM from 1954 to 1989.

The types he flew were the Constellation, Super Constellation, Convair 340, Viscount, DC-4, DC-6, DC-7, DC-8, DC9, 747 and latterly the preserved DC-2 'Uiver'.

The Selcal code (selective-calling) is normally a method of notifying the crew that there is a ground communication coming.

Note that they have not used the Albert part of the name.

The plate measures 5CM x 2CM.

Photo source - Regina Leonhart

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Aer Lingus - Irish International Airlines
EI-AOI
July 1966

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named 'St Fergal' / 'St Fearghal'. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland 8 July 1966 after a repaint in full Aer Lingus livery by Scottish Aviation Ltd (SAL).

Unlike EI-AOG (C/N 172) this aircraft did not have a weather radar system installed during the period it was at SAL.

Note the tail of the USAF Douglas C-124 Globemaster II on the left.

Photo source - Jim Cain via David Cain (Ayronautica)

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Aer Lingus - Irish International Airlines
EI-AOI
September 1966

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named 'St Fergal' / 'St Fearghal'. Taken at a very quiet Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in September 1966.

Photo source - Paul A Tomlin

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Aer Lingus - Irish International Airlines
EI-AOI
April 1967

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named 'St Fergal' / 'St Fearghal'. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England circa April 1967 with the Mersey Estuary in the background.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish International Airlines
EI-AOI
April 1968

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named 'St Fergal' / 'St Fearghal'. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland 18 April 1968.

Photo source - Matthew McGrath

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Aer Lingus - Irish International Airlines
EI-AOI
June 1968

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named 'St Fergal' / 'St Fearghal'. Taken departing from City of Birmingham Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England circa June 1968.

Note the airport apron security Bedford CA bus.

Photo source - Peter Shoesmith via Geoff Dowling

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
EI-AOI
March 1971

Wet leased from Aer Lingus but using BAF cabin crews. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in March 1971.

Surprising that it was repainted in a unique BAF livery for only a six month lease period.

Photo source - Brian Mells

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
EI-AOI
May 1971

Wet leased from Aer Lingus but using BAF cabin crews. Taken at Côte d'Opale Airport, Le Touquet, Northern France 28 May 1971.

Surprising that it was repainted in a unique BAF livery for only a six month lease period.

Photo source - John H Mounce collection

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
EI-AOI
May 1971

Wet leased from Aer Lingus but using BAF cabin crews. Taken at Middelkerke Airport, Ostend, Belgium 29 May 1971.

Surprising that it was repainted in a unique BAF livery for only a six month lease period.

In the background is Austrian Air Force Sikorsky S-65 5L-MA.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
EI-AOI
June 1971

Wet leased from Aer Lingus but using BAF cabin crews. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in June 1971. Surprising that it was repainted in a unique BAF livery for only a six month lease period.

Note the Southend-on-Sea Corporation Aviation Service Dennis Max fuel bowser and the BAF Bedford CA steps van.

Photo source - John Morris collection

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
EI-AOI
July 1971

Wet leased from Aer Lingus but using BAF cabin crews. Taken at Middelkerke Airport, Ostend, Belgium 2 July 1971.

Surprising that it was repainted in a unique BAF livery for only a six month lease period.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
EI-AOI
July 1971

Wet leased from Aer Lingus but using BAF cabin crews. Taken departing from Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in July 1971.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
EI-AOI
September 1971

Wet leased from Aer Lingus but using BAF cabin crews. Taken departing from Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in September 1971.

It is surprising that it was repainted in a unique BAF livery for only a six month lease period.

Note the Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair new forward fuselage section in the background. This was one of two that remained unused after the closure of the project with 21 aircraft converted.

These fuselage sections were eventually scrapped.

Photo source - Mick West

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Aer Lingus - Irish International Airlines
EI-AOI
June 1972

Returned from British Air Ferries lease. Taken stored at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in June 1972.

It went into store as soon as it arrived back.

A proposed sale to Air Viet Nam was not completed and it never flew again and was broken up for scrap circa June 1973.

Does anyone know the date it was scrapped?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Bill Sheridan

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