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Viscount c/n 241

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Below are the 41 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 241 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.

1

Middle East Airlines (MEA)
OD-ACV
May 1958

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in May 1958.

Note the lack of arabic script.

Photo Ref V577

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

2

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd
OD-ACV
February 1961

Returned from lease to Middle East Airlines (MEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in early February 1961 now with Arabic script added.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

3

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd
OD-ACV
February 1961

Returned from lease to Middle East Airlines (MEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in early February 1961 inside the BEA engineering facility.

Photo source - Charles Darby

4

Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
OD-ACV
February 1961

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland 25 February 1961 after its arrival from the UK on delivery, still in its MEA livery.

On the left is Mr A.E.P. (later Sir Albert) Robinson, Chairman of CAA welcoming the delivery pilot.

On the right is Mr Max Stuart-Shaw, General Manager of CAA.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

5

Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
OD-ACV
February 1961

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland 25 February 1961 after its arrival from the UK on delivery, still in its MEA livery.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YTE *
June 1961

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and named 'Zambezi'. Taken at Kumalo Airport, Bulawayo, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa June 1961.

Photo source - Richard Darlow

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YTE *
June 1961

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and named 'Zambezi'. Taken at Kumalo Airport, Bulawayo, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa June 1961.

Photo source - Richard Darlow

8

Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YTE *
June 1961

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and named 'Zambezi'. Taken at Kumalo Airport, Bulawayo, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa June 1961.

Photo source - Richard Darlow

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YTE *
April 1962

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and named 'Zambezi'. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland 1 April 1962.

The facility in the background, known as New Sarum belongs to the Royal Rhodesian Air Force.

Note the company Morris 1000 vans in attendance.

Also note the national flag which was removed circa November 1965 after the unilateral declaration of independence (UDI).

Photo source - Bruce Williams

10

Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YTE *
June 1964

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and named 'Zambezi'. Taken near the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania circa June 1964. This dormant volcano reaches 19,341 feet (5,895 metres) above sea level.

Note the registration on the top of the wing which was later deleted.

Photo source - Richard Elliott

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YTE *
June 1964

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and named 'Zambezi'. Taken on approach to Dar es Salaam International Airport, Tanzania circa June 1964.

Note the registration on the top of the wing which was later deleted.

Photo source - Richard Elliott

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YTE *
July 1964

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and named 'Zambezi'. Taken at Eastleigh Airport, Nairobi, Kenya circa July 1964.

Although it is still a CAA aircraft it is operating a service for Air Malawi with temporary name plates fitted to the rear fuselage and the main CAA titles removed.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YTE *
July 1964

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and named 'Zambezi'. Taken at Chileka International Airport, Blantyre, Malawi circa July 1964.

This is a closeup of the nameboards applied when operating a service for Air Malawi

Photo source - Laird Scott

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YTE *
August 1965

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and named 'Zambezi'. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia in August 1965 operating a service for Air Rhodesia to Kariba.

This would appear to be a staged publicity photo.

No doubt they handed out the blue CAA flight bags in exchange for a happy smile.

The aircraft in the background are located at the Rhodesian Air Force base known as New Sarum.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

15

Air Malawi
7Q-YDL
January 1968

Leased from Air Rhodesia. Taken during a test flight from Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia in January 1968 before delivery.

Note the plain red tail.

AFTEL (PVT) Ltd Photo Ref TN4360

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

16

Air Malawi
7Q-YDL
April 1968

Leased from Air Rhodesia. Taken at Chileka Airport, Blantyre, Malawi in April 1968.

Note the plain red tail.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Air Malawi
7Q-YDL
June 1969

Leased from Air Rhodesia. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia in June 1969.

Note the flag now on the tail.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Air Malawi
7Q-YDL
July 1969

Leased from Air Rhodesia. Taken at Kariba Airport, Rhodesia in July 1969 probably operating an Air Rhodesia service.

Photo source - John Reid-Rowland

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Air Malawi
7Q-YDL
June 1970

Leased from Air Rhodesia. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia in June 1970 and now devoid of titles shortly before it was returned to Air Rhodesia.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

20

Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service
ZS-KJG
January 1980

Transferred from Air Rhodesia. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in early January 1980 painted in a semi low visibility livery and fitted out with engine exhaust deflectors to help reduce the risk of being hit by a surface to air heat seeking missile.

Not long after this photo was taken the aircraft had a landing accident and was then sold to Air Zimbabwe.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

21

Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service
ZS-KJG
January 1980

Transferred from Air Rhodesia. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in early January 1980 painted in a semi low visibility livery and fitted out with engine exhaust deflectors to help reduce the risk of being hit by a surface to air heat seeking missile.

Here is a closer view of one of the deflectors.

Not long after this photo was taken the aircraft had a landing accident and was then sold to Air Zimbabwe.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service
ZS-KJG
January 1980

Transferred from Air Rhodesia. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in early January 1980 painted in a semi low visibility livery and fitted out with engine exhaust deflectors to help reduce the risk of being hit by a surface to air heat seeking missile.

Here is an even closer view of one of the deflectors.

Not long after this photo was taken the aircraft had a landing accident and was then sold to Air Zimbabwe.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

23

Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service
ZS-KJG
January 1980

Transferred from Air Rhodesia. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe 25 January 1980 carrying out an emergency landing with the starboard main undercarriage leg still retracted.

Shortly afterwards the aircraft was sold to Air Zimbabwe.

Photo source - Victor Sherwood via Tony Ward

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Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service
ZS-KJG
January 1980

Transferred from Air Rhodesia. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe 25 January 1980 carrying out an emergency landing with the starboard main undercarriage leg still retracted.

Jerry Boyd supplied this press cutting which although of poor quality is nonetheless an important part of this aircraft's history.

Shortly afterwards the aircraft was sold to Air Zimbabwe.

Photo source - Herald Reporter (Salisbury, Zimbabwe Rhodesia)

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Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service
ZS-KJG
January 1980

Transferred from Air Rhodesia. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe 25 January 1980 after carrying out an emergency landing with the starboard main undercarriage leg still retracted.

Curled propeller blades meant that the starboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines needed an extensive repair to rectify any shockloading damage.

Jerry Boyd supplied this press cutting which although of poor quality is nonetheless an important part of this aircraft's history.

Shortly afterwards the aircraft was sold to Air Zimbabwe.

Photo source - Herald Reporter (Salisbury, Zimbabwe Rhodesia)

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Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service
ZS-KJG
January 1980

Transferred from Air Rhodesia. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe 25 January 1980 after carrying out an emergency landing with the starboard main undercarriage leg still retracted.

Curled propeller blades meant that the starboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines needed an extensive repair to rectify any shockloading damage.

Shortly afterwards the aircraft was sold to Air Zimbabwe.

Photo source - Victor Sherwood via Tony Ward

27

Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service
ZS-KJG
January 1980

Transferred from Air Rhodesia. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe 25 January 1980 after carrying out an emergency landing with the starboard main undercarriage leg still retracted.

Curled propeller blades meant that the starboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines needed an extensive repair to rectify any shockloading damage.

Shortly afterwards the aircraft was sold to Air Zimbabwe.

Photo source - Victor Sherwood via Tony Ward

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Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service
ZS-KJG
January 1980

Transferred from Air Rhodesia. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe 25 January 1980 after carrying out an emergency landing with the starboard main undercarriage leg still retracted.

Curled propeller blades meant that the starboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines needed an extensive repair to rectify any shockloading damage.

Shortly afterwards the aircraft was sold to Air Zimbabwe.

Photo source - Victor Sherwood via Tony Ward

29

Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service
ZS-KJG
January 1980

Transferred from Air Rhodesia. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe 25 January 1980 after carrying out an emergency landing with the starboard main undercarriage leg still retracted.

Curled propeller blades meant that the starboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines needed an extensive repair to rectify any shockloading damage.

Shortly afterwards the aircraft was sold to Air Zimbabwe.

Photo source - Victor Sherwood via Tony Ward

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Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service
ZS-KJG
January 1980

Transferred from Air Rhodesia. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe 25 January 1980 after carrying out an emergency landing with the starboard main undercarriage leg still retracted.

Curled propeller blades meant that the starboard Dart engines needed an extensive repair to rectify any shockloading damage.

For example, the propshaft that drives the propeller only has a 0.002" runout limit (F.I.R.) before it has to be replaced along with the associated ball and roller bearings.

Cracks in the reduction gearbox casings were another major problem.

Photo source - Mitch Stirling collection

31

Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service
ZS-KJG
January 1980

Transferred from Air Rhodesia. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe 26 January 1980.

It is being towed back to the maintenance area after its landing accident the day before.

Note the curled propeller blades and that the registration has been covered up.

Photo source - Gerry Hoole

32

Air Zimbabwe
VP-WJI
May 1980

Returned from Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in May 1980.

It has now been repaired and put back in service without a repaint.

Photo source - Gerry Hoole

33

Air Zimbabwe
VP-WJI
February 1981

Returned from Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in February 1981.

It has now been repainted in the full 'Calair' livery.

Photo source - Gerry Hoole

34

Air Zimbabwe
VP-WJI
December 1981

Returned from Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in December 1981.

Photo source - Gerry Hoole

35

Air Zimbabwe
VP-WJI
November 1982

Returned from Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service. Taken at Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in November 1982 in the maintenance area.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Air Zimbabwe
Z-WJI
November 1983

Returned from Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service and re-registered from VP-WJI. Taken at Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in November 1983.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Air Zimbabwe
Z-WJI
March 1984

Returned from Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service and re-registered from VP-WJI. Taken at Kariba Airport, Zimbabwe in March 1984.

This must be one of the prettiest departure gates of any airport worldwide.

Photo source - Leif Hellström

38

Air Zimbabwe
Z-WJI
March 1984

Returned from Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service and re-registered from VP-WJI. Taken at Kariba Airport, Zimbabwe in March 1984.

This must be one of the prettiest departure gates of any airport worldwide.

Photo source - Leif Hellström

39

Air Zimbabwe
Z-WJI
April 1984

Returned from Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service and re-registered from VP-WJI. Taken at Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe 15 April 1984 while the aircraft was boarding for Wankie (now Hwange) Airport, Zimbabwe.

Photo source - George Stewart

40

Air Zimbabwe
Z-WJI
April 1984

Returned from Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service and re-registered from VP-WJI. Taken at Wankie (now Hwange) Airport, Zimbabwe 17 April 1984.

Photo source - George Stewart

41

Air Zimbabwe
Z-WJI
February 1991

Returned from Aviation Equipment, Spares & Service and re-registered from VP-WJI. Taken stored at Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in February 1991 after having been robbed of all useful spares.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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