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Viscount c/n 291

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Below are the 76 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 291 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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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AJK
June 1959

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Cillian'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1959.

Photo Ref V268

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AJK
March 1961

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Cillian'. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in March 1961.

Photo Ref V271

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AJK
April 1961

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Cillian'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, London, England circa April 1961.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AJK
May 1961

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Cillian'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, London, England in May 1961.

Photo source - Mel Lawrence

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AJK
October 1960

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Cillian'. Taken departing from Shannon Airport, County Clare, Ireland circa October 1960.

Note the group of press photographers that may be unrelated to the departing aircraft.

It's a shame that the tail was not captured in this fine view.

Photo source - Fergal Goodman

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AJK
October 1961

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Cillian'. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland circa October 1961. It is undergoing a major check with all the cabin windows removed.

Note that the propeller spinners have been removed and the blades are in the 'feathered' position which indicates that they are probably going to be removed for servicing or for a scheduled Rolls-Royce Dart engine change.

Photo taken by J R Cook Photography

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AJK
July 1962

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Cillian'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in July 1962.

Nick was on his way to Amsterdam when the aircraft returned to Manchester due to a technical problem with the No.2 Rolls-Royce Dart engine.

Nick took this photogragh as he left the aircraft.

Eventually the fault was repaired and the service was completed without further incident.

Photo source - Nick Coleman

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AJK
August 1962

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Cillian'. Taken landing at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 4 August 1962.

Photo source - R A Scholefield collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AJK
February 1968

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Cillian'. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in February 1968.

It has now been converted to V.808C freight or passenger configuration including the fitment of two large doors, seen here at the front of the fuselage.

Photo source - Jochen Beeck

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AJK
December 1968

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Cillian'. Taken at Lulsgate Airport, Bristol, England 30 December 1968.

It has now been converted to V.808C freight or passenger configuration including the fitment of two large doors, seen here at the front of the fuselage.

Photo source - Chris England

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AJK
February 1969

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Cillian'. Taken at City of Birmingham Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England in February 1969.

It has now been converted to V.808C freight or passenger configuration including the fitment of two large doors at the front of the fuselage.

Note the support pole under the rear fuselage which gave it some stability as the rear freight would be loaded on first which would alter the centre of gravity until everything was on board.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AJK
February 1969

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Cillian'. Taken at City of Birmingham Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England in February 1969.

This view shows a closeup of the forward freight doors which were installed by Scottish Aviation Ltd in July 1967.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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S.A. de Transport Aérien (SATA)
HB-ILR
June 1970

Leased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands in June 1970.

Photo source - Gerrit Bouma collection

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S.A. de Transport Aérien (SATA)
HB-ILR
January 1971

Leased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Kloten Airport, Zurich, Switzerland in January 1971 with Swissair providing the ground support.

Note the pressure refuelling hose attached to the rear of the No.4 engine nacelle.

There is another hose connected to the No.1 engine nacelle.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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S.A. de Transport Aérien (SATA)
HB-ILR
June 1971

Leased from Aer Lingus. Taken at an unknown location in June 1971.

Note the simplified titles.

A Dexempo postcard Ref DP096.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
HB-ILR
December 1971

Returned from S.A. de Transport Aérien Genéve (SATA) lease. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland circa December 1971.

Photo source - Malcolm Nason

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Air Tourisme Alpine (ATA)
HB-ILR
February 1972

Leased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace Region, France in February 1972.

Note the ex ARCO Bermuda Douglas DC-7C stored in the background.

Photo source - Jorg Vogtlin

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Air Tourisme Alpine (ATA)
HB-ILR
April 1972

Leased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace Region, France in April 1972.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

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S.A. de Transport Aérien (SATA)
HB-ILR
May 1972

Sub-leased from Air Tourisme Alpine (ATA). Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England circa May 1972 and parked on an stand near the southern pier.

Photo source - Phil Rawlings

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Air Tourisme Alpine (ATA)
HB-ILR
June 1972

Returned from S.A. de Transport Aérien Genéve (SATA) sub-lease. Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace Region, France in June 1972.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Overseas Aero Leasing
G-BBDK
July 1973

Purchased from the Land Sales Development Corporation. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in July 1973 with 'Educational Flight Services' titles on the tail and an unreadable name on the nose which looks like 'J…….. Jolly'.

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Overseas Aero Leasing
G-BBDK
July 1973

Purchased from the Land Sales Development Corporation. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in July 1973 with 'Educational Flight Services' titles on the tail.

Here is a closeup of the tail with a mortarboard academic cap logo above the titles.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Overseas Aero Leasing
G-BBDK
July 1973

Purchased from the Land Sales Development Corporation. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in July 1973 with 'Educational Flight Services' titles on the tail.

Here is a closeup of the nose with a name that looks like 'J…….. Jolly'.

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Overseas Aero Leasing
G-BBDK
July 1973

Purchased from the Land Sales Development Corporation. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in July 1973 with 'Educational Flight Services' titles on the tail and an unreadable name on the nose which looks like 'J…….. Jolly'.

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Nor-Air Ltd
G-BBDK
August 1973

Leased from Overseas Aero Leasing. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 14 August 1973. It is taxiing in, having arrived from Dublin and moved on to Rochford, Southend, Essex the same day.

Note the small red Nor-Air titles, which was soon changed to black and a larger size.

Not the best of photos but an important part of its history.

Photo source - Michael Bernhard

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Overseas Aero Leasing
G-BBDK
October 1973

Returned from Nor-Air Ltd lease. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in October 1973.

The aircraft never entered service with Nor-Air due to problems obtaining their Air Operators Certificate (AOC).

Note the Nor-Air titles are now in black and a larger size compared to when it was delivered.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Overseas Aero Leasing
G-BBDK
January 1974

Returned from Nor-Air Ltd lease. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in January 1974.

The Nor-Air titles have now been painted out and the 'Educational Flight Services' titles and logo have been re-applied to the tail.

It still carries the name on the nose which is not yet known.

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC)
G-BBDK
September 1974

Purchased from Overseas Aero Leasing. Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England circa September 1974 with outlined titles.

Photo Ref V231

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Dan-Air London
G-BBDK
March 1975

Leased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in March 1975, after a fresh coat of paint and titles ready to be delivered on lease.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

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Dan-Air London
G-BBDK
May 1975

Leased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC). Taken at Ferryfield Airport, Lydd, Kent, England in May 1975.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Dan-Air London
G-BBDK
July 1975

Leased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in July 1975.

Photo source - Mike Thompson via John H Mounce collection

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Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC)
G-BBDK
July 1976

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in July 1976 with the Dan-Air titles removed.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

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Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC)
G-BBDK
September 1976

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England circa September 1976 with abbreviated titles on the fuselage.

Photo source - The Aviation Hobby Shop (TAHS)

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Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC)
G-BBDK
October 1976

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England in October 1976.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC)
G-BBDK
May 1977

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in May 1977 with full titles on the fuselage.

Photo source - Leslie Snelleman

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Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC)
G-BBDK
July 1977

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Riem Airport, Munich, West Germany 28 July 1977.

Photo source - Stefan Röhrich

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Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC)
G-BBDK
February 1978

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England circa February 1978.

The crowd of people in the background are in the old spectators area which gave a great view of the active ramp.

A Coincard Postcard Ref No. 003

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC)
G-BBDK
April 1978

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in April 1978 with the propellers in the 'feathered' position.

Photo source - Michel Gilliand

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Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC)
G-BBDK
April 1978

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in April 1978 with the propellers in the 'feathered' position.

Photo source - Dietrich Eggert collection

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Southern International Air Transport Ltd
G-BBDK
April 1980

Purchased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC). Taken at Eastleigh Airport, Southampton, Hampshire, England in April 1980.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Southern International Air Transport Ltd
G-BBDK
August 1980

Purchased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC). Taken at Stansted Airport, Essex, England 1 August 1980 with half the forward cargo door open.

Photo source - Ron Mak collection

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Southern International Air Transport Ltd
G-BBDK
October 1980

Purchased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC). Taken at Stansted Airport, Essex, England in October 1980 outside the Trans-Meridian Air Cargo Ltd hangar.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Southern International Air Transport Ltd
G-BBDK
November 1980

Purchased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC). Taken at Stansted Airport, Essex, England 30 November 1980.

Photo source - Keith Heywood

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Southern International Air Transport Ltd
G-BBDK
March 1981

Purchased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in March 1981.

Photo source - Dietrich Eggert collection

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Southern International Air Transport Ltd
G-BBDK
May 1982

Purchased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC). Taken at Stansted Airport, Essex, England in May 1982.

Photo source - Steve Barnes

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Southern International Air Transport Ltd
G-BBDK
May 1982

Purchased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC). Taken at Stansted Airport, Essex, England 26 May 1982.

Photo source - Eduard Marmet

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BBDK
April 1985

Purchased from Southern International Air Transport Ltd and and named 'Viscount Linley'. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 4 April 1985 outside the BAF engineering facility with 'Freightmaster' titles.

Photo source - Paul Purser

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BBDK
February 1986

Purchased from Southern International Air Transport Ltd and named 'Viscount Linley. Taken arriving at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands 10 February 1986.

Photo source - Mike Stedman

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BBDK
May 1986

Purchased from Southern International Air Transport Ltd and named 'Viscount Linley. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland in May 1986.

Photo source - Alastair T Gardiner

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BBDK
May 1986

Purchased from Southern International Air Transport Ltd and named 'Viscount Linley. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland in May 1986.

Photo source - Terry Fletcher

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BBDK
May 1986

Purchased from Southern International Air Transport Ltd and named 'Viscount Linley. Taken landing at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands in May 1986.

Photo source - Gerard Helmer

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BBDK
July 1986

Purchased from Southern International Air Transport Ltd and named 'Viscount Linley. Taken at an unknown location in July 1986.

Photo source - Andreas Wecker

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BBDK
July 1987

Purchased from Southern International Air Transport Ltd and named 'Viscount Linley. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland in July 1987.

Photo source - Hugh McMillan

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BBDK
June 1988

Purchased from Southern International Air Transport Ltd and named 'Viscount Linley. Taken at an unknown location (Italy?) in June 1988.

Photo source - John H Mounce collection

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BBDK
February 1989

Purchased from Southern International Air Transport Ltd and named 'Viscount Linley. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in February 1989.

Photo source - Jamie Popplewell

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BBDK
May 1990

Purchased from Southern International Air Transport Ltd. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland 2 May 1990 in the new polished metal livery, still with 'Freightmaster' titles.

Photo source - Fergal Goodman

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BBDK
September 1990

Purchased from Southern International Air Transport Ltd. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in September 1990 in the new polished metal livery.

Photo source - Chris Witt via John H Mounce collection

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BBDK
July 1991

Purchased from Southern International Air Transport Ltd. Taken at Stansted Airport, Essex, England 7 July 1991 now with 'BAF' titles on the tail, replacing the rampant Lion.

Photo source - JetPix

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BBDK
July 1991

Purchased from Southern International Air Transport Ltd. Taken landing at Heathrow Airport, London, England 22 July 1991.

Photo source - Zege

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BBDK
September 1991

Purchased from Southern International Air Transport Ltd. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 18 September 1991 in the cargo area on a frosty morning.

Photo source - Steven Curl

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BBDK
September 1991

Purchased from Southern International Air Transport Ltd. Taken at Stansted Airport, Essex, England 22 September 1991 with Hawker Siddeley Trident 3B G-AWZU and a Busy Bee Fokker F27 Friendship in the background.

Photo source - David Fox

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BBDK
June 1992

Purchased from Southern International Air Transport Ltd. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland 19 June 1992.

Photo source - Alastair T Gardiner

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-BBDK
June 1993

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) due to a corporate name change. Taken at an unknown location in June 1993.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-BBDK
July 1993

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland in July 1993.

Photo source - James Gardner

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-BBDK
July 1993

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 26 July 1993.

Photo source - David Oates

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-BBDK
August 1993

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) due to a corporate name change. Taken at an unknown location in August 1993.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-BBDK
March 1994

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) due to a corporate name change and used on Parcel Force International contracts. Taken at Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland 24 March 1996 painted in Parcel Force livery with a spectacular lightning strike in the background.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-BBDK
July 1994

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) due to a corporate name change and used on Parcel Force International contracts. Taken at Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland 9 July 1994.

Photo source - Eric Melrose

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-BBDK
July 1994

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) due to a corporate name change and used on Parcel Force International contracts. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 19 July 1994 outside the BWA maintenance facility.

Photo source - David Oates

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-BBDK
September 1994

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) due to a corporate name change and used on Parcel Force International contracts. Taken at Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland 19 September 1994.

Photo source - Paul Callaghan

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-BBDK
September 1994

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) due to a corporate name change and used on Parcel Force International contracts. Taken at Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland in September 1994.

The BAe 748 in the background is in the 'Royal Mail' postal livery.

Photo source - Perry Hoppe

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-OPFE
November 1994

Re-registered from G-BBDK. Still used on Parcel Force International contracts. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 9 November 1994 with the No.4 Rolls-Royce Dart engine removed.

Note that the No.3 propeller is in the 'feathered' position which allows it to be removed from the engine.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-OPFE
December 1994

Re-registered from G-BBDK. Still used on Parcel Force International contracts. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland 2 December 1994.

Photo source - James Gardner

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-OPFE
April 1996

Re-registered from G-BBDK. Still used on Parcel Force International contracts. Taken at Belfast International Airport, Aldergrove, Northern Ireland in April 1996.

It is now back on its undercarriage following its inadvertant wheels up landing in March 1996 during a training exercise.

The curled propellers are clerly evident which means that the Rolls-Royce Dart engines will have suffered from shockload damage internally.

Photo source - Ulster Aviation Society

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-OPFE
April 1996

Re-registered from G-BBDK. Still used on Parcel Force International contracts. Taken at Belfast International Airport, Aldergrove, Northern Ireland in April 1996.

It is now back on its undercarriage following its inadvertant wheels up landing in March 1996 during a training exercise.

The curled propellers are clerly evident which means that the Rolls-Royce Dart engines will have suffered from shockload damage internally.

Photo source - Ulster Aviation Society

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British World Airlines (BWA)
G-OPFE
June 1996

Re-registered from G-BBDK. This is the operator name plate that was normally installed on the forward cabin bulkhead.

The aircraft was damaged beyond repair in an indavertant wheels up landing at Belfast International Airport, Aldergrove, Northern Ireland in March 1996 and this nameplate was acquired by Mike Sessions during his time with this airline.

Note that this plate also states where the finance came from to purchase the aircraft.

Photo source - Mike J Sessions

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