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Viscount c/n 280

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Below are the 16 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 280 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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South African Air Force (SAAF)
150
May 1958

Delivered new to the South African Air Force (SAAF) named 'Casteel' on the starboard side. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in May 1958.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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South African Air Force (SAAF)
150
May 1958

Delivered new to the South African Air Force (SAAF) named 'Casteel' on the starboard side. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in May 1958.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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South African Air Force (SAAF)
150
June 1958

Delivered new to the South African Air Force (SAAF) named 'Casteel' on the starboard side only. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in June 1958.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

The car under the tail is a Renault Dauphine which first appeared in 1956.

Vickers Photo Ref MP9548 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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South African Air Force (SAAF)
150
March 1959

Delivered new to the South African Air Force (SAAF) named 'Casteel' on the starboard side. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire. England in March 1959.

It had returned to Vickers for modification work.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks are no longer fitted, which seems strange considering the distance it has travelled.

Vickers Photo Ref MP9907 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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South African Air Force (SAAF)
150
June 1976

Delivered new to the South African Air Force (SAAF) named 'Casteel', now on both sides. Taken at an unknown location in June 1976.

Note the high visibility banding and tail top.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been refitted.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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South African Air Force (SAAF)
150
June 1979

Delivered new to the South African Air Force (SAAF) named 'Casteel'. Taken landing at an unknown location circa June 1979 looking very smart in the hot sun.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks are no longer fitted, again!

Photo source - Matthew Janse van Rensburg

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South African Air Force (SAAF)
150
June 1980

Delivered new to the South African Air Force (SAAF) named 'Casteel'. Taken at an onknown location circa June 1980.

It would appear to be an open day judging by the number of people on the ramp.

Photo source - Tim Musto via Ray Hattingh

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South African Air Force (SAAF)
ZS-LPR
June 1985

Re-registered from 150 and still named 'Casteel' but no other titles applied. Taken during a special photo sortie with a South African Air Force Douglas C-54 Skymaster and Douglas C-47 Skytrain in close formation.

Was this a special anniversary event?

Photo source - South African Air Force via Cornelis Janse Brand

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South African Air Force (SAAF)
ZS-LPR
June 1987

Re-registered from 150 and still named 'Casteel'. Taken at Swartkop AFB, Centurion, Tshwane, Gauteng Province, South Africa circa June 1987.

In the left background in one of the Air Force Douglas C-54 Skymasters and to the right is a locally built Atlas C4M Kudu.

Swartkop in Afrikaans means 'Black Hill'.

Photo source - Afavia via John H Mounce collection

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Field Aviation (South Africa) Ltd
ZS-LPR
November 1991

Purchased from South African Air Force (SAAF) and still named 'Casteel'. Taken at Rand Airport, Germiston, Johannesburg, South Africa in November 1991.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Air Charter Service (ACS)
9Q-CWL
December 1991

Purchased from Field Aviation (South Africa) Ltd still named 'Casteel'. Taken at Rand Airport, Germiston, Johannesburg, South Africa in December 1991.

Photo source - Dave Kemp

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Bazair
9Q-CWL
October 1996

Purchased from Filair. Taken at an unknown location in October 1996.

Photo source - Alain Van Severen

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Bazair
9Q-CWL
October 1996

Purchased from Filair. Taken at Matari Airport, Isiro, Democratic Republic of the Congo in October 1996.

Photo source - Alain Van Severen

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Bazair
9Q-CWL
October 1996

Purchased from Filair. Taken at Matari Airport, Isiro, Democratic Republic of the Congo in October 1996.

Photo source - Alain Van Severen

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Bazair
9Q-CWL
October 1996

Purchased from Filair. Taken at Matari Airport, Isiro, Democratic Republic of the Congo in October 1996.

Note the poor condition of the Rotol propeller blade due to operating from rough gravel airstrips.

Photo source - Alain Van Severen

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Bazair
9Q-CWL
October 1996

Purchased from Filair. Taken at Matari Airport, Isiro, Democratic Republic of the Congo in October 1996.

A very smart looking cockpit compared to the rest of the aircraft.

Photo source - Alain Van Severen

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