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Viscount c/n 257

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Below are the 79 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 257 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-AOYH *
June 1957

Allocated registration G-AOYH but this was not taken up and was later used on C/N 311. Finally delivered as G-AOYI. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in June 1957 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft in front is G-AOYG (C/N 256) and the one behind is G-AOYI (C/N 258) which was finally completed as G-APDW for Eagle Airways Ltd as a V.805.

Vickers Photo Ref MP6196X1 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYI *
August 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Davy'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in August 1957 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The aircraft in front is G-AOYG (C/N 256) and the one behind was originally going to be G-AOYI (C/N 258) but was finally completed as G-APDW for Eagle Airways as a V.805.

Vickers Photo Ref MP6525X1 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYI *
June 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Davy'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1958 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's building.

Note the Hunting-Clan hangars in the background on the south side.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYI *
September 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Davy'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in September 1958.

Photo Ref V368

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYI *
June 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Davy'. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1959.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYI *
June 1961

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Humphrey Davy'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1961 in the later 'Red Square' livery on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's building with G-AOYG (256) on the left plus a BEA Comet 4B and a BEA Argosy in the background.

Note the two Foden 'ESSO' fuel bowsers.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYI *
June 1962

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1962 outside the BEA Engineering facility.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYI *
July 1963

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Dalcross Airport, Inverness, Scotland in July 1963.

Note that the steps have been positioned at the starboard rear door instead of the normal use of the portside door.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYI *
July 1965

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in July 1965.

Note the dual position registration that was recently introduced.

Also note the concrete base above the terminal building which was constructed in 1964 but the four storey office block was not built on it until 1967 for some reason.

Photo source - John Morris collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYI *
November 1965

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at City of Birmingham Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England in November 1965.

A great night shot! Note the dual position registration.

Photo source - Geoff Dowling

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYI *
June 1968

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in June 1968.

Note the repositioned registration.

Photo source - Keith Till

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYI *
October 1969

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken during a period of storage at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in October 1969 under the care of Marshalls.

The aircraft are, left to right: - G-APIM (C/N 412), G-APOX (C/N 418), G-AOYI (C/N 257) and G-AOYP (C/N 265).

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYI *
April 1970

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in April 1970 after a period of winter storage under the care of Marshall's and looking a bit grubby.

It is about to carry out ground running of the Rolls-Royce Dart engines in a dedicated area with a grass embankment nearby to help reduce the noise levels.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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Cambrian Airways
G-AOYI *
July 1970

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in late July 1970.

Although owned by Cambrian it operated BEA services into West Germany until 1 January 1971.

Note the small 'BEA' titles on the front door and near the rear door.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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Cambrian Airways
G-AOYI *
December 1970

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken landing at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany 23 December 1970.

Although owned by Cambrian it operated BEA services into West Germany until 1 January 1971.

Note the small 'BEA' titles on the front door and near the rear door.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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Cambrian Airways
G-AOYI *
December 1970

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany 23 December 1970.

Although owned by Cambrian it operated BEA services into West Germany until 1 January 1971.

Note the small 'BEA' titles on the front door and near the rear door.

Photo source - Peter Seemann

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Cambrian Airways
G-AOYI *
April 1971

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in April 1971 now with Cambrian titles and tail logo.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Cambrian Airways
G-AOYI *
July 1972

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Middelkerke Airport, Ostend, Belgium in July 1972 now repainted in the 'orange' livery.

Note the small 'British Air Services' logo on the forward fuselage.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Cambrian Airways
G-AOYI
January 1973

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in January 1973.

Note the small 'British Air Services' logo on the forward fuselage.

Photo source - Arquivo Jetsite

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Cambrian Airways
G-AOYI *
June 1973

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England circa June 1973.

Note the small 'British Airways' logo on the forward fuselage.

Photo source - G Stone

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Cambrian Airways
G-AOYI *
June 1973

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken arriving at Orly Airport, Paris, France in June 1973.

Note the small 'British Airways' logo on the forward fuselage.

Photo source - Reto Fasciati via Urs Baettig

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYI *
October 1973

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 27 October 1973.

It is still in the full Cambrian livery but with British Airways titles.

It is about to operate a special charter on behalf of the Merseyside Aviation Society.

Note the Bedford CA van which has been converted as a mobile steps vehicle complete with corner stabilisers.

Photo source - G Stone

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYI *
June 1974

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken taxiing out at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands circa June 1974 now in full BA livery with a sister aircraft in front.

Photo source - Mike Pitman

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYI *
September 1976

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken departing from Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in September 1976.

Photo source - Peter Fothergill

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYI *
April 1977

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 14 April 1977.

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYI *
June 1978

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken landing at Heathrow Airport, London, England in June 1978.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYI *
October 1978

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 14 October 1978.

Photo source - Mark Jones

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYI *
October 1978

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 14 October 1978.

Photo source - Mark Jones

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYI *
December 1979

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland in December 1979.

Photo source - Ian Oswald via Martin Stephen

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYI *
June 1980

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales in June 1980 in storage with two others.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Esso Standard Libya Inc
G-AOYI *
July 1981

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 12 July 1981 getting ready to depart to Libya.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

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Esso Standard Libya Inc
G-AOYI *
July 1981

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 12 July 1981 getting ready to depart to Libya.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYI *
April 1982

Returned from Occidental of Libya Inc lease. Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales in April 1982.

Photo source - Austin John Brown collection

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYI *
May 1982

Returned from Occidental of Libya Inc lease. Taken at Zestienhoven Airport, Rotterdam, Netherlands 25 May 1982 operating a BAF service.

It has both BAF and Sirte Oil Company titles and left on lease to Sirte at the beginning of June.

Photo source - Ron Mak collection

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Sirte Oil Company
G-AOYI *
June 1982

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Zestienhoven Airport, Rotterdam, Netherlands in June 1982 with BAF titles still applied to the nose and small Sirte Oil Company titles.

Sirte is a major town in Libya.

Photo source - Dave Thirlwall collection

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Polar Airways
G-AOYI *
September 1982

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England 30 September 1982.

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYI *
July 1983

Returned from Polar Airways lease. Taken landing at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in July 1983.

Photo source - Dave Gilligan

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Guernsey Airlines
G-AOYI
September 1983

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) named 'Island of Guernsey'. Taken at Riem Airport, Munich, West Germany in September 1983.

Photo source - Hans Resch

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Guernsey Airlines
G-AOYI *
December 1983

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) named 'Island of Guernsey'. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in December 1983.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

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Guernsey Airlines
G-AOYI *
February 1984

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) named 'Island of Guernsey'. Taken at Tegel Airport, Berlin, West Germany in February 1984.

Photo source - Ralf Stöckling

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYI *
March 1984

Returned from Guernsey Airlines lease and named 'City of Aberdeen'. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland in March 1984.

Photo source - Vernon Murphy collection

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYI *
April 1984

Returned from Guernsey Airlines lease and named 'City of Aberdeen'. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland in April 1984.

Photo source - Eric Melrose

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYI *
August 1984

Returned from Guernsey Airlines lease. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England 4 August 1984 arriving from Jersey, Channel Islands not long after being re-painted in the new British Air Ferries (BAF) livery and re-named as 'Viscount Jersey'.

Photo source - Roland Harrison

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYI *
August 1984

Returned from Guernsey Airlines lease and now named 'Viscount Jersey'. Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England in August 1984 preparing for a service to Jersey, Channel Islands. Britannia Airways are providing the ground support.

It has now been re-painted in the new British Air Ferries (BAF) livery.

Photo source - Tom Kendall

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYI *
August 1984

Returned from Guernsey Airlines lease and now named 'Viscount Jersey'. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England 4 August 1984 arriving from Jersey, Channel Islands.

Photo source - Roland Harrison

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYI *
August 1984

Returned from Guernsey Airlines lease and now named 'Viscount Jersey'. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 14 August 1984.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYI *
October 1984

Returned from Guernsey Airlines lease and now named 'Viscount Jersey'. Taken at Fuhlsbuttel Airport, Hamburg, West Germany 3 October 1984.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYI *
October 1984

Returned from Guernsey Airlines lease and now named 'Viscount Jersey'. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands 10 October 1984.

Photo source - Ian Kay

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYI *
October 1984

Returned from Guernsey Airlines lease and now named 'Viscount Jersey'. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in October 1984.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-LOND
January 1985

Returned from Guernsey Airlines lease. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in January 1985 now repainted in London European Airways livery prior to its delivery.

Photo source - David Oates

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-LOND
February 1985

Returned from Guernsey Airlines lease. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 6 February 1985 two days before it was officially handed over to London European Airways.

Photo source - Paul Purser

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London European Airways
G-LOND
March 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Danielle'. Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England in March 1985 with the remains of snow still evident.

Photo source - Ray Brettle

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London European Airways
G-LOND
March 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Danielle'. Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England circa March 1985.

A very atmospheric shot on a cold and frosty night with the remains of snow still evident.

Photo source - Gordon Wilson

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London European Airways
G-LOND
May 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Danielle'. Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England 12 May 1985.

Photo source - Kenneth Meegan

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London European Airways
G-LOND
May 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Danielle'. Taken departing from Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England circa May 1985.

Photo source - Gordon Wilson

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London European Airways
G-LOND
May 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in late May 1985 whilst undergoing routine maintenance with BAF.

The name 'Danielle' has now been removed for some reason.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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London European Airways
G-LOND
June 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands 7 June 1985.

Photo source - Udo K Haafke

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London European Airways
G-LOND
June 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England in June 1985.

Photo source - Peter Morris

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London European Airways
G-LOND
July 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Stansted Airport, Essex, England in July 1985.

Photo source - Sarah Ward

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London European Airways
G-LOND
July 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands 15 July 1985.

Photo source - Johan Ljungdahl

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London European Airways
G-LOND
July 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England 24 July 1985.

Photo source - Colin Jones

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London European Airways
G-LOND
July 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands in July 1985.

Photo source - Fernando Mesquita collection

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London European Airways
G-LOND
July 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken departing from Jersey Airport, Channel Islands 28 July 1985.

Photo source - Michael T (flickr)

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London European Airways
G-LOND
August 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken arriving at Elmdon Airport, Birmingham, West Midlands, England 10 August 1985.

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

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

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London European Airways
G-LOND
August 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England in August 1985.

Photo source - Peter Frei

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London European Airways
G-LOND
September 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken on a photo sortie over the Thames Estuary, England in September 1985.

Note the high nose angle to allow the photo aircraft to keep pace.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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London European Airways
G-LOND
November 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England circa November 1985.

Photo source - Pentakrom (flickr)

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYI *
September 1986

Leased from Caicos International Airways and named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken landing at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England in September 1986.

Photo source - Kevin Colbran

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-LOND
July 1987

Leased from Caicos International Airways still named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken at Eastleigh Airport, Southampton, Hampshire, England in July 1987 with 'British' titles during this brief period back with BAF.

Photo source - Richard Hunt

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-LOND
July 1987

Leased from Caicos International Airways still named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands 25 July 1987 with 'British' titles during this brief period back with BAF.

Photo source - Mike Stedman

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-LOND
August 1987

Leased from Caicos International Airways still named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands in August 1987 with 'British' titles during this brief period back with BAF.

Photo source - Austin John Brown collection

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-LOND
August 1987

Leased from Caicos International Airways still named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken departing from Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England in August 1987.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Caicos International Airways Ltd
G-LOND
February 1991

Returned from British Air Ferries (BAF) lease. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England circa February 1991 still in its BAF 'British' livery.

It was finally scrapped in February 1993.

Note Avro Vulcan B.2 XL426 / G-VJET in the background

Photo source - Nicholas Cox

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Caicos International Airways Ltd
G-LOND
July 1991

Returned from British Air Ferries (BAF) lease. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 9 July 1991 still in its BAF 'British' livery.

It was finally scrapped in February 1993.

Photo source - JetPix

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Hanningfield Metals
G-LOND
February 1993

Purchased from Caicos International Airways. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in February 1993 in the process of being dismantled.

With all the Rolls-Royce Dart engines off and the nacelles the centre of gravity of adveresly affected with this result.

This brings back memories of lines and lines of USAF Douglas C-124 Globemaster II at MASDC, Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona in 1974 with the same pose.

The aircraft behind is G-AOHL (C/N 161) which lingered on for another eleven years before it was chopped up!

Photo source - Graham Robson

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Hanningfield Metals
G-LOND
February 1993

Purchased from Caicos International Airways. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in February 1993 in the process of being dismantled.

Photo source - Graham Robson

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Hanningfield Metals
G-LOND
February 1993

Purchased from Caicos International Airways. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in February 1993 with the forward fuselage section ready to be trucked off to West Hanningfield, Essex, England for final processing.

Photo source - Graham Robson

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Hanningfield Metals
G-LOND
March 1993

Purchased from Caicos International Airways. Taken at Templewood Industrial Estate, Stock Road, West Hanningfield, Essex, England in March 1993.

These sections were still identifiable in their yard in November 1994.

Another ex BAF Viscount forward fuselage section visible is G-AOYL (C/N 261) and can also be seen beyond McDonnell FGR.2 Phantom II XV486.

Photo source - Alan Allen

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Hanningfield Metals
G-LOND
November 1994

Purchased from Caicos International Airways. Taken at Templewood Industrial Estate, Stock Road, West Hanningfield, Essex, England in November 1994 with the fuselage sections still awaiting the final processing.

The red, white and blue fuselage on the left is XT575 (C/N 438).

Other aircraft sections are identified as English Electric Canberra PR.7 WT518 and a McDonnell F-4 Phanthom II coded CI.

Photo source - Alan Allen

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