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Viscount c/n 255

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Below are the 17 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 255 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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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYF
November 1956

Ordered by British European Airways (BEA) but not delivered. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 23 November 1956.

The forward fuselage section less the cockpit is being built in Jig 6.

The target date is 24 October 1956 so they are obviously running behind schedule.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5100 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYF
November 1956

Ordered by British European Airways (BEA) but not delivered. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 23 November 1956.

The rear fuselage section is being built in Jig 7.

It was loaded 10 October 1956 with a completion target date of 21 November 1956 so they are obviously running behind schedule as the skin panels have not yet been applied.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5101 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AOYF
April 1957

Loaned from British European Airways (BEA) for hot and high flight trials. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in April 1957 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5983 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AOYF
June 1957

Loaned from British European Airways (BEA) for hot and high flight trials. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in June 1957 on the production line in the Erecting Shop during the painting phase.

Note the non-standard 'horn balance' rudder.

Vickers Photo Ref MP6197 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AOYF
July 1957

Loaned from British European Airways (BEA) for hot and high flight trials. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in July 1957 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

Note the non-standard 'horn balance' rudder and the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Also note the 'trapezoidal' propeller blades normally associated with the later Dart RDa7 Mark 525 and 530 engines.

The notice near the front of the aircraft reads 'caution this aircraft is fuelled'.

Fuelling was carried out at this stage to check for leaks in the wing tanks and delivery systems prior to the engine ground running phase.

Vickers Photo Ref MP6443 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AOYF
August 1957

Loaned from British European Airways (BEA) for hot and high flight trials. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 9 August 1957 being towed out for its first flight.

Note the non-standard 'horn balance' rudder and the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Vickers Photo Ref MP6456 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AOYF
August 1957

Loaned from British European Airways (BEA) for hot and high flight trials. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 9 August 1957 being towed out for its first flight.

Note the non-standard 'horn balance' rudder and the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Vickers Photo Ref MP6457 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AOYF
August 1957

Loaned from British European Airways (BEA) for hot and high flight trials. Taken at Brooklands Airfield, Surrey, England 9 August 1957 on the runway, being prepared for its first flight .

One of the factory buildings can be seen in the left background.

Note the non-standard 'horn balance' rudder and the extended range 'slipper' fuel tank.

Vickers Photo Ref MP6458 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AOYF
August 1957

Loaned from British European Airways (BEA) for hot and high flight trials. Taken at Brooklands Airfield, Surrey, England 9 August 1957 on the runway, being prepared for its first flight .

A nice closeup of the No.3 and the No.4 Rolls-Royce Dart engine nacelles.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tank.

Vickers Photo Ref MP6460 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AOYF
August 1957

Loaned from British European Airways (BEA) for hot and high flight trials. Taken departing from Brooklands Airfield, Surrey, England 9 August 1957 on its first flight.

One of the factory buildings can be seen in the background.

Vickers Photo Ref MP6459 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AOYF
August 1957

Loaned from British European Airways (BEA) for hot and high flight trials. Taken during a test flight from Brooklands Airfield, Surrey, England in August 1957.

Note the non-standard 'horn balance' rudder which was not a success as the aircraft became unstable above 290 knots.

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

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AOYF
August 1957

Loaned from British European Airways (BEA) for hot and high flight trials. Taken during a test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in August 1957.

Note the mast above the cockpit which carried equipment to measure the amount of yaw encountered during varying flight conditions.

Also note the non-standard 'horn balance' rudder which was not a success as the aircraft became unstable above 290 knots.

Vickers Photo Ref MP6469

Photo source - Roger Humm collection

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AOYF
August 1957

Loaned from British European Airways (BEA) for hot and high flight trials. Taken during a test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in August 1957.

A closeup of the forward fuselage showing the mast now fitted above the cockpit.

Note the lettering and logo below the cockpit.

Photo source - Roger Humm collection

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AOYF
August 1957

Loaned from British European Airways (BEA) for hot and high flight trials. Taken departing from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 15 August 1957 on a test flight.

Note the pylon fitted above the cockpit that often appeared on Vickers flight development aircraft.

It allowed accurate measurements of speed and yaw.

Also note the non-standard 'horn balance' rudder which was not a success as the aircraft became unstable above 290 knots.

Vickers Photo Ref MP6489 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AOYF
September 1957

Loaned from British European Airways (BEA) for hot and high flight trials. Taken during a test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in September 1957.

Note the mast above the cockpit which carried equipment to measure the amount of yaw encountered during varying flight conditions.

Also note the non-standard 'horn balance' rudder which was not a success as the aircraft became unstable above 290 knots.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AOYF
September 1957

Loaned from British European Airways (BEA) for hot and high flight trials. Taken during a test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in September 1957.

Note the mast above the cockpit which carried equipment to measure the amount of yaw encountered during varying flight conditions.

Also note the non-standard 'horn balance' rudder which was not a success as the aircraft became unstable above 290 knots.

Vickers Photo Ref 6469S

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AOYF
September 1957

Loaned from British European Airways (BEA) for hot and high flight trials. Taken during a test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in September 1957.

Note the mast above the cockpit which carried equipment to measure the amount of yaw encountered during varying flight conditions.

Also note the non-standard 'horn balance' rudder which was not a success as the aircraft became unstable above 290 knots.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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