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Viscount c/n 260

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Below are the 16 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 260 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-AOYK
October 1957

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

The aircraft in front is G-APDW (C/N 258) which was originally going to be G-AOYI for BEA before being completed for Eagle Airways Ltd.

Vickers Photo Ref MP6914 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYK
April 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Edmund Cartwright'. Taken landing at Renfrew Airport, Glasgow, Scotland 7 April 1958 with an Aer Lingus Douglas DC-3 awaiting its turn to take off.

Note the very accurate sign, but why is it there as it is clearly next to a boundary fence!

The airport closed in May 1966 when nearby Abbottsinch was rebuilt as a modern commercial airport.

Photo source - Jim Cain via David Cain (Ayronautica)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYK
June 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Edmund Cartwright'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1958.

Note the BOAC hangars in the background with three Lockheed Constellations visible. Photo Ref V369

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYK
October 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Edmund Cartwright'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in October 1958.

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

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYK
October 1960

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Edmund Cartwright'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in October 1960 on a very murky day in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's building.

The BEA Viscount behind has already been repainted in the later 'Red Square' livery.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYK
July 1963

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in July 1963 in the later 'Red Square' livery.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYK
September 1964

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England circa September 1964.

Photo source - Stephen Morrin collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYK
October 1964

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 3 October 1964.

A nice lineup of British aircraft in the background, from left to right: - Bristol 170 Freighter, Avro York, de Havilland Dove and Airspeed Ambassador.

Photo source - Bo-Göran Lundkvist

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Cyprus Airways Ltd
G-AOYK
August 1966

Leased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in August 1966 undergoing maintenance with Marshall's.

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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Cyprus Airways Ltd
G-AOYK
May 1968

Leased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England circa May 1968 with temporary 'The Malta Airlines' logos applied to the ex Cyprus Airways livery for services to Luqa from Heathrow.

Quite a smart combination particularly with the logo on the tail.

Does anyone know when this aircraft was operated in this livery combination?

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Cyprus Airways Ltd
G-AOYK
September 1969

Leased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at at Heathrow Airport, London, England in September 1969.

The white building behind is an engine test bed facility.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Mandala Airlines
PK-RVK
April 1970

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA) and named 'Garuda Mataram'. Taken landing at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland 16 April 1970 after an air test prior to acceptance.

It finally left Heathrow Airport 16 May 1970 on delivery to Indonesia.

Photo source - J Guthrie

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Mandala Airlines
PK-RVK
May 1970

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA) and named 'Garuda Mataram'. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 12 May 1970 outside the BEA engineering base, four days before delivery.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Mandala Airlines
PK-RVK
May 1970

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA) and named 'Garuda Mataram'. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 13 May 1970 outside the BEA engineering base, three days before delivery.

The panel under the rear fuselage has been removed to allow an engineer to gain access to the systems and controls in the tail section.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Mandala Airlines
PK-RVK
April 1971

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA) and named 'Garuda Mataram'. Taken at an unknown location in April 1971.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Mandala Airlines
PK-RVK
June 1971

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA) and named 'Garuda Mataram'. Taken at Kemayoran Airport, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia in June 1971.

In the background is sister aircraft PK-RVL (C/N 418) which had recently been prematurely withdrawn from service and is already missing the No.4 (starboard outer) propeller.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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