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Viscount c/n 261

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Below are the 43 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 261 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-AOYL
December 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Lord Joseph Lister'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in December 1957 on the production line in the Erecting Shop during the painting phase.

Vickers Photo Ref MP7401 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYL
September 1958

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

Photo source - Chris Knott (Air Photographic International)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYL
June 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Lord Joseph Lister'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, London, England circa June 1959 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's building with a Bedford CA Van in attendance.

Note the BOAC Boeing 377 Stratocruiser in the right background and their maintenance facility in the far background.

Photo source - Lee Holden collection

4

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYL
June 1960

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Lord Joseph Lister'. Taken at an unknown location, presumably somewhere in Scandinavia circa June 1960.

Walt Disney is pictured leaving the plane.

Does anyone know the location and date?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Diz Avenue (YouTube)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYL
April 1961

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Lord Joseph Lister'. Taken at East Fortune Airport, Scotland on Sunday 9 April 1961.

After landing on East Fortune's slightly downward sloping runway the aircraft ran off the end, slewing to a stop on the grass about 30 yards beyond the end of the runway.

Photo source - Colin Lourie

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYL
June 1962

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1962 in the later 'Red Square' livery.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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

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

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

Photo source - Bo-Göran Lundkvist

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYL
June 1965

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1965.

The Saturn Airways Douglas DC-7C in the background was more regularly seen at Gatwick Airport.

Note the Foden 'ESSO' fuel bowser in the foreground.

Photo source - Dave Welch collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYL
September 1965

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. A wonderful view taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland 4 September 1965 with no less than three Aer Lingus Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvairs in the background along with a Bristol 170 Freighter and a Douglas DC3.

Note the dual position registration and Bedford CA van converted into mobile steps.

Photo source - Dave Marshall

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BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-AOYL
July 1969

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken arriving at an unknown location in July 1969 in the original livery and BKS titles.

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

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-AOYL
June 1970

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in June 1970 undergoing maintenance with Marshall's.

It now has 'British Air Services' titles.

A Colourcard Postcard Ref 1/VV5

Photo source - Graham Glover

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BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-AOYL
June 1970

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in June 1970 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.

Note that the access panel under the tail has been removed.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-AOYL
September 1970

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England in September 1970.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-AOYL
April 1971

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd. due to a corporate name change. Taken at Tegel Airport, Berlin, West Germany 22 April 1971.

Note the small 'British Air Services' titles on the lower forward fuselage.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-AOYL
April 1971

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd. due to a corporate name change. Taken at Tegel Airport, Berlin, West Germany 22 April 1971.

Note the small 'British Air Services' titles on the lower forward fuselage.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-AOYL
May 1971

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd. due to a corporate name change. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in May 1971.

Photo source - Caz Caswell collection

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-AOYL
July 1972

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd. due to a corporate name change. Taken departing from Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in July 1972.

Note the small 'British Air Services' titles on the lower forward fuselage.

Photo source - Mike Pitman

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-AOYL
September 1972

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd. due to a corporate name change. Taken landing at Heathrow Airport, London, England in September 1972.

Note the small 'British Air Services' titles on the lower forward fuselage.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-AOYL
January 1973

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd. due to a corporate name change. Taken at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England 17 March 1973 with a Dan-Air London/Skyways HS748 behind.

Note the small 'British Air Services' titles on the lower forward fuselage.

Photo source - Trevor S Hall

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYL
May 1974

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England 5 May 1974.

Photo source - Trevor S Hall

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYL
September 1974

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 6 September 1974.

Note the small 'Northeast' titles on the forward lower fuselage.

In the background is G-AOYO (C/N 264), which is still in the Northeast livery but with British Airways titles.

The other aircraft are a Swissair Convair 990A Coronado and an Aeroflot Ilyushin IL-62.

Photo source - Chris England

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYL
October 1975

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 2 October 1975.

Photo source - John Smith

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYL
October 1975

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 3 October 1975.

Note the small 'Northeast' titles on the forward lower fuselage.

In the background is an ex Northeast DH121 Trident, now with British Airways titles.

Photo source - R A Scholefield collection

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYL
August 1976

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at Lulsgate Airport, Bristol, England 4 August 1976.

Photo source - Chris Spencer

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYL
August 1976

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland 19 August 1976.

Photo source - John Allen

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYL
June 1977

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, West Midlands, England circa June 1977.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYL
April 1980

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at the British Airways maintenance facility at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales in April 1980.

Photo source - Dietrich Eggert collection

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYL
October 1981

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland in October 1981.

Note the use of just the word 'British' which was later adopted by British Air Ferries (BAF) for a while.

The high ground behind is known as 'Compass Head' where the approach radar, NDB (non-directional beacon) and other navigation and radio aids were located.

Photo source - Cecil Duncan

29

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYL
January 1983

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken stored at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales circa January 1983 with others.

A very atmospheric shot!

Photo source - Chris Ware

30

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYL
February 1984

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in February 1984 in the basic British Airways livery with the tail painted white but with the 'British' titles left intact on the fuselage.

The aircaft behind is G-APIM (C/N 412).

Photo source - David Oates

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYL
July 1984

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in July 1984 with 'Jersey' titles and the 'three lions passant guardant' coat of arms on the tail.

There are no reported services operated in this livery and the aircraft is seen here with all four Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

32

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYL
March 1985

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in March 1985 in a new BAF livery.

Photo source - Kevin Colbran

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYL
March 1985

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands in March 1985 operating a service for Guernsey Airlines.

It was probably a replacement for their own aircraft, G-AOYG (C/N 256) while it was in for maintenance with BAF in Southend.

Photo source - Mike Stedman

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYL
March 1985

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands in March 1985 operating a service for Guernsey Airlines.

Mike got permission from a friend to go on board for a quick look prior to the passengers arrival.

Photo source - Mike Stedman

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYL
April 1985

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken landing at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands circa April 1985.

Photo source - Mike Stedman

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYL
June 1985

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in June 1985.

Photo source - David Oates

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYL
September 1985

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken arriving at Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland circa September 1985.

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

Photo source - Dennis Penny

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYL
September 1985

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken at Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland circa September 1985.

Note the three 'Archimedes screw' in the background, which were used to lift water.

Photo source - Dennis Penny

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYL
July 1987

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands circa July 1987 with G-AOYR (C/N 266) in the later 'British' livery and G-AOYN (C/N 263) behind.

Photo source - Jez Masterman

40

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYL
August 1987

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland in August 1987 now with 'British' titles.

Photo source - Jogibear

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYL
August 1987

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands 29 August 1987 now with 'British' titles.

Photo source - Mike Stedman

42

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYL
April 1991

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 3 April 1991.

It was to languish until February 1993 before it was finally broken up for scrap.

Photo source - Trevor S Hall

43

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYL
January 1993

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in January 1993 shortly before it was finally broken up for scrap.

Photo source - Nicholas Cox

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