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Viscount c/n 182

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Below are the 19 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 182 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-AOFX
September 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Joseph Banks'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in September 1956 shortly after delivery.

Note the lack of a ventral cabin air intake on this aircraft which also applied to G-ANHF (C/N 66).

Also note the Decca ‘sharks fin’ navigation aerial on the tail which was later removed.

Photo source - Geoffrey C Cripps collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOFX
May 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Joseph Banks'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in May 1957.

The outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down.

Note that the Decca 'sharks fin' navigation aerial has now been removed and the lack of a ventral cabin air intake on this aircraft which also applied to G-ANHF (C/N 66).

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOFX
June 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Joseph Banks'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1958 on a remote stand.

Note the lack of a ventral cabin air intake on this aircraft which also applied to G-ANHF (C/N 66).

Photo Ref V358

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOFX
April 1960

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Joseph Banks'. Taken at Ruzyně International Airport, Prague, Czechoslovakia circa April 1960.

Note the lack of a ventral cabin air intake on this aircraft which also applied to G-ANHF (C/N 66).

Photo source - Petr Popelář

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Joseph Banks'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1960.

Dee's Father Iain Kirk was a Radio Officer on the Viscount which soon became a redundant position when the airline adopted a two man crew.

Note the registration plate top left and the aircraft's name top right and also the additional seat padding.

Photo source - Dee Thomas

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Joseph Banks'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1960.

Dee's Father Iain Kirk was a Radio Officer on the Viscount which soon became a redundant position when the airline adopted a two man crew.

Note the nose steering tiller wheel, reading lamp and the white square Rolls-Royce 'computer' which was used when setting up the fuel trim before starting the Dart engines.

Each engine Mark had a different 'computer'.

They occasionally appear for sale on collectable websites.

Photo source - Dee Thomas

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOFX
July 1960

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'Sir Joseph Banks' but now un-named. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in July 1960 in the later 'Red Square' livery with two BEA Douglas DC-3 'Pionairs' in the background.

Photo source - David Rich

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOFX
February 1961

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'Sir Joseph Banks' but now un-named. Taken departing from Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland 26 February 1961 with the 'Art Deco' Scottish Aviation facility in the background.

Photo source - Jim Cain via David Cain (Ayronautica)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOFX
June 1961

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'Sir Joseph Banks' but now un-named. Taken arriving at Kloten Airport, Zurich, Switzerland in June 1961.

The inboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down.

This was standard procedure for the early V.700 Viscounts as the hydraulic pumps were driven by the outer engines.

On later V.700/700D and all V.800/810 series Viscounts, the hydraulic pumps were driven by the inner engines and it was standard procedure to shut down the outer engines after landing.

On mixed fleet airlines such as the BEA V.701/802/806 fleets, this led to several potentially embarrassing arrivals!

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOFX
June 1962

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'Sir Joseph Banks' but now un-named. Taken at London Airport (Heathow), Middlesex, England in June 1962.

Note additional small window behind the rear entry door fitted during conversion to high density 60/63 seating, and the lack of the prominent ventral cabin air intake which also applied to G-ANHF (C/N 66).

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOFX
June 1962

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'Sir Joseph Banks' but now un-named. Taken probably in North Africa or the Mediterranean in June 1962.

The No.2 engine propeller is ‘feathered’ and may have been shut down in flight.

The engineer has now removed the spinner and the pitchlock assembly to enable him to finally remove the propeller.

Lifting out the pitchlock assembly was a very messy job as it enabled a large amount of oil to come flooding out and required the use of a large bucket and a brave volunteer!

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOFX
July 1962

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'Sir Joseph Banks' but now un-named. Taken departing from London Airport (Heathow), Middlesex, England in July 1962.

Note the crowded spectator areas on top of the Queen's Building.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOFX
August 1962

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'Sir Joseph Banks' but now un-named. Taken at an unknown location in August 1962 shortly before its sale to Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRS
April 1963

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in April 1963.

The other five are PP-SRN (C/N 62), PP-SRO (C/N 64), PP-SRP (C/N 61), PP-SRQ (C/N 65) and PP-SRR (C/N 66).

BEA Photo Ref D5174.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRS
July 1963

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathow), Middlesex, England in the BEA maintenance area in July 1963 shortly before delivery.

Photo source - Graham Hyslop

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRS
September 1963

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Santos Dumont Airport, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil in September 1963.

Photo source - Jetsite.com.br

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRS
June 1968

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, Brasil circa June 1968 with two Cruzeiro NAMC YS-11 behind, which were powered by the larger Rolls-Royce Dart RDa10 Mark 542-10 variant.

Photo source - Carlos F T Motta collection

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRS
September 1968

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, Brasil 9 September 1968.

Photo source - Martin Bernsmüller

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Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRS
June 1970

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken stored at Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, Brasil circa June 1970 along with PP-SRI (C/N 11), PP-SRJ (C/N 15) and PP-SRN (C/N 62).

Photo source - Carlos F T Motta collection

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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