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Viscount c/n 243

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Below are the 27 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 243 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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BOAC Associated Companies Ltd
G-APCD
September 1957

Delivered new to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 27 September 1957 on the production line in the Erecting Shop in Cyprus Airways livery.

The lease contract had already been cancelled but the aircraft was delivered in this configuration and was subsequently repainted in Middle East Airlines (MEA) livery and re-registered as OD-ADD.

Photo source - Wolfgang Muehlbauer collection

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Cyprus Airways Ltd
G-APCD
November 1957

Delivered new to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 8 November 1957 in full Cyprus Airways livery.

The lease contract had been cancelled in September but the aircraft was delivered in this configuration and was subsequently repainted in Middle East Airlines (MEA) livery and re-registered OD-ADD.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

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Middle East Airlines (MEA)
OD-ADD
December 1957

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in December 1957.

Photo source - Peter R Keating

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Middle East Airlines (MEA)
OD-ADD
June 1959

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1959.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Middle East Airlines (MEA)
OD-ADD
October 1960

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken departing from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 1 October 1960.

Photo source - Bo-Göran Lundkvist

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Jordan Airways
JY-ACK
January 1963

Leased from Middle East Airlines (MEA). Taken arriving at Cairo International Airport, Egypt 14 January 1963 with an Ilyushin IL-18 on the next stand.

Note that it also has 'Jordanian' titles.

Photo source - Bo-Göran Lundkvist

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Middle East Airlines (MEA) / Air Liban
OD-ADD
June 1964

Returned from Jordan Airways lease. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1964.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YTE *
June 1973

Leased from Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty). Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1973 with a South African Airways Boeing 707 and 727 in the background.

Photo source - Carlos F T Motta collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YTE
June 1974

Leased from Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty). Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in June 1974.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YTE *
December 1974

Leased from Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty)'. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia 25 December 1974 with VP-YND and VP-WAS behind in the same row and VP-WAR and VP-YNI in the distance, all enjoying a day off.

Out of shot is VP-YNC.

Sadly VP-YND and VP-WAS were both shot down by rebel SAM-7 missiles.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YTE *
March 1975

Leased from Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty) and now named 'Gwai'. Taken at Kariba Airport, Rhodesia in March 1975 in the later 'Calair' livery.

It was returned off lease shortly after this photo was taken.

Photo source - John H Mounce collection

12

Aviation Hire & Travel Pty Ltd (AT)
ZS-JUJ
April 1976

Returned from Swazi Air lease. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia in April 1976 before departing on lease to Air Botswana.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Air Botswana
ZS-JUJ
June 1976

Leased from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in June 1976, still carrying 'AT' on the tail.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Air Botswana
ZS-JUJ
December 1976

Leased from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in December 1976 shortly before it was re-registered as A2-ABD.

It is still carrying 'AT' on the tail.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Air Botswana
A2-ABD
June 1977

Leased from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd and re-registered from ZS-JUJ. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in June 1977.

It is still in the AT livery but with a change in registration which didn't happen at the beginning of the lease period.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

16

United Air
ZS-JUJ
September 1979

Leased from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 11 September 1979.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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United Air
ZS-JUJ
June 1981

Leased from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in June 1981.

Note that the titles have now been removed.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Air Zimbabwe
VP-YTE *
September 1981

Returned from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in September 1981.

It is still in the basic Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd livery.

Photo source - Gerry Hoole

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Air Zimbabwe
VP-YTE *
May 1982

Returned from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd. A nice group photo taken at Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in May 1982.

The two other aircraft are VP-WJI (C/N 241) and VP-WAR (C/N 240) with a fourth one next to 'TE'.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Air Zimbabwe
VP-YTE *
June 1982

Returned from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd. Taken at Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in June 1982.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Air Zimbabwe
VP-YTE *
July 1982

Returned from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd. Taken at Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe circa July 1982.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Air Zimbabwe
Z-YTE
November 1984

Purchased from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd. Taken at Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in November 1984 in the final livery.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Air Zimbabwe
Z-YTE
June 1985

Purchased from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd. Taken at Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in June 1985 in the final livery.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize collection

24

Air Zimbabwe
Z-YTE
June 1985

Re-registered from VP-YTE. Taken at Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe in June 1983 ready for passengers to board on a service to Victoria Falls via Kariba and Hwange National Park.

Chris describes this 'milk run' trip as sometimes a bumpy ride.

Photo source - Chris (delticfan) (flickr)

25

Air Zimbabwe
Z-YTE
November 1986

Purchased from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd. Taken at Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe 25 November 1986.

Photo source - Colin S Carr

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Air Zimbabwe
Z-YTE
November 1986

Purchased from Aviation Hire & Travel Ltd. Taken at Kariba Airport, Zimbabwe 25 November 1986.

Photo source - Colin S Carr

27

Trans Service Airlift
9Q-CVF
May 1991

Purchased from Filair. Taken at Ndjili International Airport, Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire in May 1991.

Photo source - Tony de Bruyn

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