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Viscount c/n 266

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Below are the 69 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 266 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-AOYR
September 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Richard Arkwright'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in September 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-AOYR
February 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Richard Arkwright'. Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace, France in February 1959 in the late afternoon sun with Swissair providing the ground support.

Photo source - Peter Frei

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Richard Arkwright'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1959 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's building.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYR
July 1962

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Luqa Airport, Malta circa July 1962 in the later 'Red Square' livery with the Maltese Cross and 'The Malta Airlines' logo applied for the service to London via Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy.

Photo Ref V407

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYR
September 1962

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

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYR
April 1965

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

Photo source - Dave Welch collection

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. A view of a well worn but functional cockpit taken circa June 1965.

BEA Photo Ref 9914

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYR
June 1967

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken landing at Heathrow Airport, London, England circa June 1967.

Note the repositioned registration.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-AOYR
August 1971

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd due to a corporate name change. Taken at Bromma Airport, Stockholm, Sweden 3 August 1971.

Photo source - Kjell Nilsson

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-AOYR
September 1971

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

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-AOYR
January 1973

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd due to a corporate name change. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in January 1973 in a later yellow livery.

Photo Ref V590

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-AOYR
February 1973

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd due to a corporate name change. Taken at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England circa February 1973.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYR
September 1974

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in September 1974 with a Dan-Air de Havilland Comet in the background.

Photo source - Peter Fothergill

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYR
October 1974

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at an unknown location circa October 1974.

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

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYR
June 1979

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in June 1979.

Photo source - David Oates

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYR
December 1979

Transferred from Northeast Airlines 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-AOYR
August 1980

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at an unknown location in August 1980.

Photo source - Fernando Mesquita collection

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYR
April 1982

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales in April 1982 in the 'British' livery shortly after its withdrawal from service.

Photo source - Dietrich Eggert collection

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYR
May 1982

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken stored at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales in May 1982 in the 'British' livery with G-AOYG (C/N 256) in the foreground and two others visible.

Photo source - George Rollo

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
February 1984

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in February 1984 soon after its arrival from Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
June 1984

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now in BAF livery named 'Viscount Aberdeen'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 10 June 1984 with two Britannia Airways Boeing 737-204 behind.

Photo source - R A Scholefield collection

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
July 1984

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named 'Viscount Aberdeen'. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland 17 July 1984.

Photo source - Eric Melrose

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
August 1984

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. Taken landing at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands circa August 1984.

Photo source - Tony Carre

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British Caledonian Airways (BCAL)
G-AOYR
April 1985

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. Taken at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England in April 1985.

The new North Terminal is under construction in the left background.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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British Caledonian Airways (BCAL)
G-AOYR
April 1985

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. Taken at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England in April 1985.

The new North Terminal is under construction in the right background.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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British Caledonian Airways (BCAL)
G-AOYR
April 1985

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. Taken at Brussels National Airport, Zaventem, Belgium in April 1985 shortly after delivery.

Photo source - Reinhard Zinabold

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British Caledonian Airways (BCAL)
G-AOYR
May 1985

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. Taken landing at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England in May 1985.

Photo source - Laurie Berryman via Mike Hooker

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British Caledonian Airways (BCAL)
G-AOYR
May 1985

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. Taken at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England in May 1985.

Photo source - Sarah Ward

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British Caledonian Airways (BCAL)
G-AOYR
May 1985

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 8 May 1985 whilst undergoing routine maintenance outside the BAF engineering facility.

Photo source - Paul Purser

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British Caledonian Airways (BCAL)
G-AOYR
June 1985

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. Taken at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England in June 1985.

Photo source - Richard Hunt

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British Caledonian Airways (BCAL)
G-AOYR
June 1985

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. Taken at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England circa June 1985

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

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British Caledonian Airways (BCAL)
G-AOYR
July 1985

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. Taken at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England in July 1985 in a revised livery with 'Commuter' sub-titles.

Apparently there were objections within BCAL regarding the use of the lion logo on the tail.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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British Caledonian Airways (BCAL)
G-AOYR
July 1985

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. Taken landing at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England 27 July 1985 in a revised livery with 'Commuter' sub-titles.

Photo source - Laurie Berryman via Mike Hooker

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British Caledonian Airways (BCAL)
G-AOYR
August 1985

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. Taken at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England circa August 1985 in a revised livery with 'Commuter' sub-titles.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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British Caledonian Airways (BCAL)
G-AOYR
August 1985

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. A very atmospheric shot of the No.1 and No.2 Dart engine nacelles with a reflection of the BCAL livery clearly evident.

Photo source - Adrian M Balch collection

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British Caledonian Airways (BCAL)
G-AOYR
August 1985

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. A very atmospheric shot of the No.1 and No.2 Dart engine nacelles with a reflection of the BCAL livery clearly evident.

Photo source - Mike J Sessions

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British Caledonian Airways (BCAL)
G-AOYR
September 1985

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. Taken landing at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England in September 1985.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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British Caledonian Airways (BCAL)
G-AOYR
February 1986

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland 15 February 1986.

Photo source - Alastair T Gardiner

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British Caledonian Airways (BCAL)
G-AOYR
May 1986

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. Taken at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England in May 1986.

Photo source - Paul Robinson

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British Caledonian Airways (BCAL)
G-AOYR
May 1986

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount Caledonian Sky'. Taken at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England in May 1986.

Photo source - Paul Robinson

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
June 1986

Returned from British Caledonian Airways (BCAL) lease and named 'Viscount Gatwick'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 21 June 1986 with 'British' titles which were previously used by British Airways on their fleet.

Vince boarded this aircraft for a service to Jersey, Channel Islands and as he held a Private Pilot's Licence (PPL) he managed to gain access to the cockpit for the duration of the flight, albeit standing up!

Photo source - Vince Chadwick

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
June 1986

Returned from British Caledonian Airways (BCAL) lease and named 'Viscount Gatwick'. Taken on a service from Manchester, England to Jersey, Channel Islands 21 June 1986.

As Vince held a Private Pilot's Licence (PPL) he managed to gain access to the cockpit for the duration of the flight, albeit standing up!

This view shows the Captain adjusting the engine throttles for the descent into Jersey.

There was a requirement to maintain about 40 PSI of engine torque oil pressure on the gauges as this was the only way that some of the Reduction Gear bearings were lubricated.

Photo source - Vince Chadwick

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
March 1987

Returned from British Caledonian Airways (BCAL) lease and named 'Viscount Gatwick'. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland in March 1987 with 'British' titles which were previously used by British Airways on their fleet.

The aircraft behind is an Air UK Fokker F27 Friendship.

Photo source - John W Meneely

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
April 1987

Returned from British Caledonian Airways (BCAL) lease and named 'Viscount Gatwick'. Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England circa April 1987 with 'British' titles which were previously used by British Airways on their fleet.

Photo source - Mike Harper

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
June 1987

Returned from British Caledonian Airways (BCAL) lease and named 'Viscount Gatwick'. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England circa June 1987.

Photo source - Fernando Mesquita collection

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
July 1987

Returned from British Caledonian Airways (BCAL) lease and named 'Viscount Gatwick'. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 11 July 1987 with 'British' titles which were previously used by British Airways on their fleet.

Photo source - Gary Watt

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
July 1987

Returned from British Caledonian Airways (BCAL) lease and named 'Viscount Gatwick'. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands circa July 1987 with G-AOYL (C/N 261) in front and G-AOYN (C/N 263) behind, both in an earlier livery.

Photo source - Jez Masterman

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
August 1987

Returned from British Caledonian Airways (BCAL) lease and named 'Viscount Gatwick'. Taken at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands 17 August 1987 with 'British' titles which were previously used by British Airways on their fleet.

It was operating a newspaper delivery contract flight.

Photo source - Mike Stedman

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
September 1987

Returned from British Caledonian Airways (BCAL) lease and named 'Viscount Gatwick'. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in September 1987 with 'British' titles which were previously used by British Airways on their fleet.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
February 1988

Returned from British Caledonian Airways (BCAL) lease and now unnamed. Taken arriving at Middelkerke Airport, Ostend, Belgium in February 1988 with 'British' titles which were previously used by British Airways on their fleet.

The name 'Viscount Gatwick' has now been removed.

Note that the outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down.

Photo source - Gerard Helmer

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
April 1988

Returned from British Caledonian Airways (BCAL) lease and now unnamed. Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England 28 April 1988 with 'British' titles which were previously used by British Airways on their fleet.

Martin has perfectly captured the moment the port main tyre has contacted the runway creating the blue rubber smoke.

Photo source - Martin Pole

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
June 1988

Returned from British Caledonian Airways (BCAL) lease and named 'Viscount Gatwick'. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland circa June 1988 with 'British' titles which were previously used by British Airways on their fleet.

Photo source - Stephen Allen

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
September 1988

Returned from British Caledonian Airways lease (BCAL) and now unnamed. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England 4 September 1988 during an SBAC fly-by.

Photo source - Paul Dopson

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
February 1990

Returned from Aer Lingus lease. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in February 1990 in a new livery.

This was issued as a postcard by BAF.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
February 1990

Returned from Aer Lingus lease. Taken at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland in February 1990.

Peter took this photo from the open rear door of a local Search & Rescue Sikorsky S-61N.

He often volunteered to be flown offshore, lowered into the sea and then be winched back on board as part of a training exercise.

A nice view of the airport terminal building.

Photo source - Peter A Scott

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British Airways (BA)
G-AOYR
April 1990

Returned from Aer Lingus lease. Taken at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland circa April 1990.

Peter requested this stand on arrival so that he could take this photo with the terminal building in the background.

The stand was normally used by British Airways.

Photo source - Peter A Scott

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
June 1990

Returned from Aer Lingus lease. Taken at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands 12 June 1990.

Photo source - Mike Stedman

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
July 1990

Returned from Aer Lingus lease. Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England circa July 1990.

Photo source - Roger Syratt

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
October 1990

Returned from Aer Lingus lease. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland in October 1990 in a later livery.

Photo source - Bob Logan

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
June 1992

Returned from Aer Lingus lease. Taken at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland 10 June 1992.

Peter took this lovely photo of a departure from Runway 15 from Compass Head, where he was primarily photographing Puffins.

Photo source - Peter A Scott

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
September 1992

Returned from Aer Lingus lease. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands 12 September 1992.

Photo source - Mike Stedman

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
October 1992

Returned from Aer Lingus lease. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland 8 October 1992.

Photo source - James Gardner

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
March 1993

Returned from Aer Lingus lease. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland in March 1993.

The aircraft is being pushed back from the stand, with all four Rolls-Royce Dart engines running, ready for another shuttle service to Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland.

Photo source - Colin S Carr

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
March 1993

Returned from Aer Lingus lease. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland in March 1993, taxying out on another shuttle service to Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland.

Photo source - Colin S Carr

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
March 1993

Returned from Aer Lingus lease. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland in March 1993, departing on another shuttle service to Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland.

Photo source - Colin S Carr

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
March 1993

Returned from Aer Lingus lease. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland in March 1993, departing on another shuttle service to Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland.

Photo source - Colin S Carr

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYR
June 1993

Returned from Aer Lingus lease. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland circa June 1993.

This Viscount often operated the shuttle service to Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland.

Photo source - David Johnstone collection

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-AOYR
July 1994

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) due to a corporate name change. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 31 July 1994 with all four Rolls-Royce Dart engine removed and also the rudder.

Photo source - David Oates

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-AOYR
May 1996

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) due to a corporate name change. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in May 1996, a month before it was scrapped.

Photo source - Matt Long

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