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Viscount c/n 233

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Below are the 67 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 233 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)
N7471
September 1957

The sale to Capital Airlines with fleet number '389' was not completed. Taken stored at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa September 1957.

The bare metal has been covered in a protective coating with the registration still visible on the tail.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

2

Northeast Airlines Inc
N6591C
August 1958

Delivered new to Northeast Airlines Inc. after conversion. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 8 August 1958 just prior to its departure on delivery together with Viscount N6590C (C/N 232).

Photo Ref V592

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Northeast Airlines Inc
N6591C
April 1959

Delivered new to Northeast Airlines Inc. after conversion. Taken at La Guardia Airport, New York, USA circa April 1959.

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

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

4

Northeast Airlines Inc
N6591C
June 1960

Delivered new to Northeast Airlines Inc. after conversion. Taken at La Guardia Airport, New York, USA circa June 1960.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

5

Blaw-Knox Corporation
N820BK
June 1964

Purchased from the Irving Trust Company, repainted and re-registered from N6591C. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1964.

Note the Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) now fitted with a black air intake at the rear and the exhaust with its stainless steel heat panel on the starboard rear section.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

6

Kearney & Trecker Corporation
N820BK
April 1969

Purchased from the Blaw-Knox Corporation. Taken at an unknown location circa April 1969.

The Blaw Knox white diamond logo has been modified to now include a smaller black diamond. Note the Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) black air intake at the rear with the exhaust on the starboard rear section.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

7

Kearney & Trecker Corporation
N820BK
May 1969

Purchased from the Blaw-Knox Corporation. Taken at San Jose International Airport, California, USA in May 1969.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' inherited from the original Capital Airlines specification and the Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) black air intake at the rear with the exhaust on the starboard rear section.

Photo source - Jay Sherlock

8

Kearney & Trecker Corporation
N1898T
June 1969

Purchased from the Blaw-Knox Corporation and re-registered from N820BK. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1969.

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

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

9

Kearney & Trecker Corporation
N1898T
June 1970

Purchased from the Blaw-Knox Corporation and re-registered from N820BK. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1969.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' inherited from the original Capital Airlines specification and the Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) black air intake at the rear with the exhaust on the starboard rear section.

The light aircraft in front is a Beechcraft Musketeer.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

10

Kearney & Trecker Corporation
N98KT
June 1978

Purchased from the Blaw Knox Corporation and re-registered from N1898T. Taken at an unknown location in June 1978.

Note the black intake below the tailplane for the Auxilliary Power Unit (APU), which was a later addition.

The air intake was at the rear and the exhaust was on the starboard side.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

11

Kearney & Trecker Corporation
N555SL
September 1983

Re-registered from N98KT. Taken at Chino Airport, California, USA 7 September 1983.

Note the Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) at the rear which was a rare addition to a Viscount.

Photo source - Eduard Marmet

12

Monarch Aircraft Inc
N555SL
June 1984

Purchased from the Kearney & Trecker Corporation. Taken at Chino Airport, California, USA in June 1984.

Note that this aircraft is fitted with an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) with the exhaust on the other side surrounded by a stainless steel heat plate and an air intake at the rear, below the tailplane.

Photo source - Paul Filmer

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Monarch Aircraft Inc
N555SL
September 1984

Purchased from the Kearney & Trecker Corporation. Taken at Chino Airport, California, USA 3 September 1984.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Photo source - Bill Blanchard

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Monarch Aircraft Inc
N555SL
May 1985

Purchased from the Kearney & Trecker Corporation. Taken at Chino Airport, California, USA in May 1985.

Note that this aircraft is fitted with an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) with the exhaust on this side surrounded by a stainless steel heat plate and an air intake at the rear, below the tailplane.

Photo source - AirNikon

15

Monarch Aircraft Inc
N555SL
May 1985

Purchased from the Kearney & Trecker Corporation. Taken at Chino Airport, California, USA in July 1985.

Photo source - Barrie Monks

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Monarch Aircraft Inc
N555SL
October 1986

Purchased from the Kearney & Trecker Corporation. Taken at Chino Airport, California, USA 8 October 1986.

Note the Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) at the rear which was a rare addition on a Viscount.

Photo source - Ralph Lunt

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Monarch Aircraft Inc
N555SL
August 1988

Purchased from the Kearney & Trecker Corporation. Taken at Chino Airport, California, USA 9 August 1988.

Note the air intake below the tailplane for the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) which was a rare addition on a Viscount.

Photo source - Guido Allieri

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Clara Strauss Abad
N555SL
November 1989

Purchased from Monarch Aircraft. Taken at Chino Airport, California, USA 10 November 1989.

Note the Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) at the rear which was a rare addition on a Viscount.

Photo source - Michael J Freer

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Clara Strauss Abad
N555SL
March 1990

Purchased from Monarch Aircraft. Taken at Chino Airport, California, USA 4 March 1990.

Note the Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) air intake at the rear which was a rare addition on a Viscount.

Photo source - Peter Smithson

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Clara Strauss Abad
N555SL
May 1990

Purchased from Monarch Aircraft. Taken at Chino Airport, California, USA 2 May 1990.

Note the Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) air intake at the rear which was a rare addition on a Viscount.

Photo source - Kjell Nilsson

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Clara Strauss Abad
N555SL
September 1990

Purchased from Monarch Aircraft. Taken at Chino Airport, California, USA circa September 1990.

Photo source - Stephen Allen

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Clara Strauss Abad
N555SL
March 1992

Purchased from Monarch Aircraft. Taken stored at Chino Airport, California, USA 8 March 1992.

Two months later it was donated to the Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM).

Photo source - John H Mounce collection

23

Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N555SL
May 1992

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad. Taken at Chino Airport, California, USA in May 1992.

It departed to North Central West Virginia Airport at Clarkesburg, West Virginia in June 1992 where it was repainted in a Capital Airlines livery as N7471.

Photo source - Gerry Rudman

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
August 1992

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken during an airshow at Wilkes-Barre airshow, Scranton Airport, Pennsylvania, USA 22 August 1992.

This view clearly shows the bulged outer engine nacelle needed to accommodate the larger compressor diameter of the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engine.

Photo source - George W Hamlin

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
June 1993

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA circa June 1993.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and incorrect fleet number '384' applied by the museum.

Note the air intake below the tailplane for the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) which was a rare addition on a Viscount and certainly not fitted to the Capital Airlines Viscount fleet.

Photo source - Michael Bludworth

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
July 1993

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Dulles Airport, Washington, DC, USA 10 July 1993.

Note the incorrect fleet number '384' applied by the museum.

Also note the integral front 'airsteps' and Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) at the rear.

The APU was a rare addition on a Viscount and certainly not fitted to the Capital Airlines Viscount fleet.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
July 1993

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Dulles Airport, Washington, DC, USA 10 July 1993.

Note the incorrect fleet number '384' applied by the museum.

Also note the integral front 'airsteps' and Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) at the rear.

The APU was a rare addition on a Viscount and certainly not fitted to the Capital Airlines Viscount fleet.

Photo source - Trevor Ogle collection

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
July 1993

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Dulles Airport, Washington, DC, USA 10 July 1993.

Note the incorrect fleet number '384' applied by the museum.

Also note the integral front 'airsteps' and Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) at the rear.

The APU was a rare addition on a Viscount and certainly not fitted to the Capital Airlines Viscount fleet.

Photo source - Michael Bludworth

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
July 1993

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Dulles Airport, Washington, DC, USA 10 July 1993.

Note the incorrect fleet number '384' applied by the museum.

Also note the integral front 'airsteps' and Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) at the rear.

The APU was a rare addition on a Viscount and certainly not fitted to the Capital fleet.

Photo source - Bill Hough

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
May 1995

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 20 May 1995.

Note the incorrect fleet number '384' applied by the museum.

Photo source - Ralph M Pettersen

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
August 1996

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 31 August 1996.

Photo source - Ralph M Pettersen

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
September 2000

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 28 September 2000.

This view shows the cockpit which is in very good condition.

Photo source - Ralph M Pettersen

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
September 2000

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 28 September 2000.

This view shows the cabin undergoing a restoration back to standard passenger configuration.

Photo source - Ralph M Pettersen

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
October 2002

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA in October 2002 with the paint starting to fade.

Photo source - Colin McKeeman

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
May 2004

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 30 May 2004 with the paint fading fast.

Photo source - Howard Chaloner

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
October 2006

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 17 October 2006.

Photo source - Don Prytherch

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
July 2007

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 21 July 2007.

Photo source - Don Prytherch

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
July 2007

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 21 July 2007.

Photo source - Don Prytherch

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
July 2007

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 21 July 2007.

Photo source - Don Prytherch

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
July 2007

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 21 July 2007.

A crusty nose!

Photo source - Don Prytherch

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
July 2007

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 21 July 2007.

Note the air intake below the tailplane for the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) which was a rare addition on a Viscount and certainly not fitted to the Capital Airlines Viscount fleet.

Photo source - Don Prytherch

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
July 2007

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 21 July 2007.

Photo source - Don Prytherch

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
May 2011

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 18 May 2011.

Note the air intake below the tailplane for the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) which was a rare addition on a Viscount and certainly not fitted to the Capital Airlines Viscount fleet.

Photo source - Bob Logan

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
October 2011

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 18 October 2011.

Although the paintwork has faded it doesn’t look in too bad a condition, at least from a distance.

Jim is the guy in the blue jeans and his wife Esther took the picture.

Photo source - Jim Striplin

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
May 2012

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 3 May 2012 looking very faded and unloved.

Her chances of ever returning to the skies seem more and more unlikely as each year passes.

Photo source - Rory Kay

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
May 2012

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 3 May 2012 looking very faded and unloved.

Plenty of bird droppings on the tail. Note the incorrect fleet number '384' applied by the museum.

Also note the air intake below the tailplane for the Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) which was a rare addition on a Viscount and certainly not fitted to the Capital Airlines Viscount fleet.

Photo source - Rory Kay

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
May 2012

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 3 May 2012 looking very faded and unloved.

Photo source - Rory Kay

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
December 2013

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 29 December 2013 on a very wet day with the remains of snow on the ground.

Photo source - Dave McGee

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
December 2013

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 29 December 2013 on a very wet day with the remains of snow on the ground.

Photo source - Dave McGee

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
December 2013

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 29 December 2013 on a very wet day with the remains of snow on the ground.

Photo source - Dave McGee

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
December 2013

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 29 December 2013 on a very wet day.

Photo source - Dave McGee

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
December 2013

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 29 December 2013 on a very wet day with the remains of snow on the ground.

Photo source - Dave McGee

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
December 2013

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 29 December 2013 on a very wet day with the remains of snow on the ground.

Photo source - Dave McGee

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
December 2013

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 29 December 2013 on a very wet day with the remains of snow on the ground.

Photo source - Dave McGee

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
December 2013

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 29 December 2013 on a very wet day with the remains of snow on the ground.

Photo source - Dave McGee

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
December 2013

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA on a very wet day on the 29 December 2013 with the remains of snow on the ground.

Photo source - Dave McGee

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
December 2013

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 29 December 2013 on a very wet day.

Photo source - Dave McGee

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
December 2013

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 29 December 2013 on a very wet day.

Note the incorrect fleet number '384' applied by the museum.

Also note the air intake below the tailplane for the Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) which was a rare addition on a Viscount and certainly not fitted to the Capital Airlines Viscount fleet.

Photo source - Dave McGee

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
May 2014

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 26 May 2014.

Note the incorrect fleet number '384' applied by the museum.

Also note the air intake below the tailplane for the Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) which was a rare addition on a Viscount and certainly not fitted to the Capital Airlines Viscount fleet.

Photo source - John Maloney

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
June 2014

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 1 June 2014.

It has been moved temporarily to accommodate other aircraft visiting for a World War II airshow.

Photo source - Thomas Jones

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
October 2015

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 26 October 2015.

Photo source - Ora Lassila

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
August 2016

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 1 August 2016.

Note the air intake below the tailplane and the exhaust by the registration for the Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) which was a rare addition on a Viscount and certainly not fitted to the Capital Airlines Viscount fleet.

Photo source - Vince Horan

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
November 2016

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 25 November 2016.

Photo source - Allen Hess

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
March 2017

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 13 March 2017.

Photo source - Frank Jäger

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
April 2017

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 9 April 2017 and now looking shabby as it is outside in all weathers.

None of this would help any ambition to get her flying again.

Corrosion in hidden areas would be the main concern as well of the cost of getting all the systems and engines running again.

An almost impossibe situation these days without the technical backing of the original manufacturers.

Photo source - Mark Carlisle

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
November 2018

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 3 November 2018 and still looking shabby and faded, as it is outside in all weathers.

Photo source - Peter Miller

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Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM)
N7471
November 2018

Donated by Clara Strauss Abad and re-registered from N555SL. Taken at Carl A Spaatz Field, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 3 November 2018 with a very crusty radome nose.

Photo source - Peter Miller

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