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Viscount c/n 198

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Below are the 17 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 198 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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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7442
September 1956

Delivered new to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘361’. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in September 1956 during the flight test programme.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize collection

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7442
September 1956

Delivered new to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘361’. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in September 1956 during the flight test programme.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize collection

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Ministry of Aviation
G-ARUU
May 1962

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in early May 1962.

The aircraft has just been overhauled and repainted by Marshall's ready for delivery to the Empire Test Pilots School.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Ministry of Aviation
G-ARUU
May 1962

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in early May 1962.

The aircraft has just been overhauled and repainted by Marshall's ready for delivery to the Empire Test Pilots School.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR802
May 1962

Transferred from the Ministry of Aviation. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in late May 1962 after an overhaul and repaint by Marshall's.

It now carries its military serial and is undergoing Rolls-Royce Dart engine ground runs prior to a test flight.

The grass embankment in the background helps to reduce the noise levels for nearby houses.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR802
September 1964

Transferred from the Ministry of Aviation. Taken at RAF Abingdon Airfield, Oxfordshire, England 19 September 1964 on static display at the annual 'Battle of Britain' air show.

Photo source - Michael T (flickr)

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR802
September 1965

Transferred from the Ministry of Aviation. Taken at RAF Finningley Airfield, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England in September 1965 on static display at the annual 'Battle of Britain' air show.

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR802
September 1965

Transferred from the Ministry of Aviation. Taken at RAF Finningley Airfield, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England in September 1965 on static display at the annual 'Battle of Britain' air show.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR802
September 1966

Transferred from the Ministry of Aviation. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England 9 September 1966 parked outside its maintenance hangar.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR802
July 1970

Transferred from the Ministry of Aviation. Taken landing at Boscombe Down Airfield, Wiltshire, England 13 July 1970 which was now its home base.

Photo source - Adrian M Balch collection

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR802
April 1971

Transferred from the Ministry of Aviation. Taken at Boscombe Down Airfield, Wiltshire, England in April 1971.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' inherited from the Capital Airlines specification.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
XR802
October 1971

Transferred from the Ministry of Aviation. Taken at Boscombe Down Airfield, Wiltshire, England circa October 1971.

Photo source - Dave Mant

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Shackleton Aviation Ltd
XR802
June 1972

Purchased from the Ministry of Defence / Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS). Taken stored at Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England 21 June 1972 with the propellers removed.

XR801 (C/N 89) and Bristol 175 Britannia 317 G-APNA are seen behind.

Photo source - David Jones

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Shackleton Aviation Ltd
XR802
June 1972

Purchased from the Ministry of Defence / Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS). Taken stored at Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England 24 June 1972 with the propellers removed.

Photo source - Gordon Riley

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Shackleton Aviation Ltd
XR802
September 1972

Purchased from the Ministry of Defence / Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS). Taken stored at Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England 9 September 1972.

The engines were the most valuable parts on the aircraft and have now been removed.

Photo source - R A Scholefield collection

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Shackleton Aviation Ltd
XR802
November 1972

Purchased from the Ministry of Defence / Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS). Taken stored at Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England in November 1972.

The engines were the most valuable parts on the aircraft and have already been removed.

In the background is engineless sister Viscount XR801 (C/N 89) and Donaldson Airways Bristol 175 Britannia 317 G-APNA.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Shackleton Aviation Ltd
XR802
March 1973

Purchased from the Ministry of Defence / Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS). Taken at Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England 16 March 1973 at the beginning of the scrapping process.

The valuable Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been removed for use elsewhere.

Behind is Donaldson International Airways Bristol 175 Britannia 317 G-APNA which was scrapped in July 1973.

Photo source - Michael Blank

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