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Viscount c/n 225

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Below are the 32 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 225 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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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7463 *
March 1957

The sale to Capital Airlines with fleet number '381' was not completed. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in March 1957 while in storage with other Capital Viscounts N7464 (C/N 226), N7465 (C/N 227) and N7466 (C/N 228).

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7463 *
March 1957

The sale to Capital Airlines with fleet number '381' was not taken completed. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 22 March 1957. Note the weather radar.

This was only the second Capital aircraft to be equipped with weather radar during construction.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

3

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7463 *
March 1957

The sale to Capital Airlines with fleet number '381' was not completed. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in March 1957 with a nice view of the weather radar.

This was only the second Capital aircraft to be equipped with weather radar during construction.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

4

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7463 *
September 1957

The sale to Capital Airlines with fleet number '381' was not completed. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in September 1957 after the removal of the Capital Airlines livery.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
N7463 *
November 1957

The sale to Capital Airlines with fleet number '381' was not completed. Taken landing at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa November 1957 after a test flight.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-16-4
February 1958

The sale to Capital Airlines as N7463 with fleet number '381' was not completed. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England early Feb 1958 with a B Conditions UK registration applied for test purposes.

The wool tufts stuck onto the bare fuselage are for airflow trials.

The direction of the airflow was observed and filmed from another aircraft flying in formation and was repeated at various speeds and angles.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-16-4
February 1958

The sale to Capital Airlines as N7463 with fleet number '381' was not completed. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England early Feb 1958 with a B Class UK registration applied for test purposes.

The wool tufts stuck onto the bare fuselage are for airflow trials.

The direction of the airflow was observed and filmed from another aircraft flying in formation and was repeated at various speeds and angles.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

8

Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AJW
May 1958

Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in May 1958.

The Aer Lingus lease was very short which hardly justified a full livery paint job!

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

9

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-APNF
June 1958

Returned from Aer Lingus lease. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 6 June 1958.

It went on lease to BEA the following day.

Note the non-standard 'British European Airways' titles which is not surprising as it was repainted in just a few days.

Vickers Photo Ref MP8587 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

10

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APNF
July 1958

Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd and named 'R M A Phillip Cartaret'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in July 1958 on a stand in front of the Queen's Building.

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

Note the non-standard 'British European Airways' titles and the fuel tank discharge pipe on the wing trailing edge, something that was not adopted on the BEA owned fleet.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APNF
July 1958

Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd and named 'R M A Phillip Cartaret'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in July 1958 on a stand in front of the Queen's Building.

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

Note the non-standard 'British European Airways' titles and the fuel tank discharge pipe on the wing trailing edge, something that was not adopted on the BEA owned fleet.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APNF
July 1958

Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd and named 'R M A Phillip Cartaret'. Taken departing from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in July 1958.

Note the non-standard 'British European Airways' titles.

Photo source - Louis Dightmaker collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APNF
August 1958

Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd and named 'R M A Phillip Cartaret'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in August 1958.

Note the non-standard 'British European Airways' titles.

Photo Ref V379

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-APNF
August 1958

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) lease. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in August 1958 at the end of the short lease period in a non-standard livery.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-APNF
August 1958

Returned from British European Airways (BEA) lease. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 19 August 1958 at the end of the short lease period in a non-standard livery.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

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British International Air Lines Ltd
G-APNF
October 1958

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken landing at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in early October 1958.

It had just completed an air test following a repaint in a basic BOAC livery.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

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Kuwait Oil Company
G-APNF
October 1958

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 20 October 1958 prior to delivery.

Note that it now has extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks fitted.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

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Kuwait Oil Company
G-APNF
June 1959

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1959 with Kuwaiti flags now applied to the nose of the basic BOAC livery.

It is parked outside the Field Aircraft Services Ltd maintenance hangar.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks and the Channel Airways Bristol B170 Freighter in the background which is likely to be G-AICT.

Also note the integral front 'airsteps' inherited from the Capital Airlines specification.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

19

Kuwait Oil Company
G-APNF
March 1960

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at an unknown location in March 1960.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been refitted.

Also note the integral front 'airsteps' inherited from the Capital Airlines specification.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

20

Kuwait Airways
G-APNF
June 1961

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Kuwait City Airport, Kuwait, Persian Gulf circa June 1961.

Clearly an important event.

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

21

Kuwait Oil Company
G-APNF
June 1961

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Kuwait City Airport, Kuwait, Persian Gulf circa June 1961.

Clearly an important event.

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Kuwait Oil Company
G-APNF
November 1961

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Kuwait City Airport, Kuwait, Persian Gulf in November 1961.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been refitted.

Also note the national flag on the forward fuselage which was adopted in September 1961.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Kuwait Oil Company
G-APNF
January 1962

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Kuwait City Airport, Kuwait, Persian Gulf in January 1962.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Also note the national flag on the forward fuselage which was adopted in September 1961 and the integral front 'airsteps' inherited from the Capital Airlines specification.

Photo source - Kenneth Atkinson

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Kuwait Oil Company
G-APNF
March 1962

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken departing Kuwait City Airport, Kuwait, Persian Gulf in March 1962.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Also note the national flag on the forward fuselage which was adopted in September 1961.

Photo source - Kenneth Atkinson

25

Kuwait Oil Company
G-APNF
March 1962

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken during a sunset climbout from Kuwait City, Kuwait, Persian Gulf in March 1962.

Note the line of ships at the offshore jetty neatly framed by the two Rolls-Royce Dart nacelles.

Photo source - Kenneth Atkinson

26

Kuwait Airways
9K-ACD
June 1965

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in June 1965.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks and the integral front 'airsteps' inherited from the Capital Airlines specification.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

27

BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-APNF
February 1967

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 25 February 1967 for overhaul by Channel Airways, after arriving from Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England on delivery to BKS.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks that were later removed.

Photo source - Military Aircraft Photos

28

BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-APNF
April 1967

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken arriving at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands circa April 1967.

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

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks that were later removed.

A photo from Tom's collection.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

29

BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-APNF
July 1967

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken departing from Leeds / Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England circa July 1967.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed.

Photo source - Patrick Hargreaves

30

BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-APNF
June 1968

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in June 1968.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed.

Photo Ref LP00107

Photo source - Chris Knott (Air Photographic International)

31

BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-APNF
October 1968

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England circa October 1968 with full ' British Air Services' titles.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Capital Airlines (USA)
N7463 *
February 1957

The sale to Capital Airlines with fleet number '381' was not taken completed. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in February 1957.

Note the weather radar.

This was only the second Capital aircraft to be equipped with weather radar during construction.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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