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Viscount c/n 297

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Below are the 28 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 297 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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United Iranian Airlines
EP-AHA
May 1958

Delivered new to the Iranian Government. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in May 1958 in the original livery.

Photo Ref V529

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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United Iranian Airlines
EP-AHA
April 1959

Delivered new to the Iranian Government for use by United Iranian Airlines. Taken at an unknown location in April 1959 in the second livery with confusing 'National Iranian Airways' titles.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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United Iranian Airlines
EP-AHA
April 1961

Delivered new to the Iranian Government for use by United Iranian Airlines. Taken at an unknown location circa April 1961 in the third livery.

Photo Ref V530

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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United Iranian Airlines
EP-AHA
May 1961

Delivered new to the Iranian Government for use by United Iranian Airlines. Taken at an unknown location circa May 1961 in the third livery.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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United Iranian Airlines
EP-AHA
June 1961

Delivered new to the Iranian Government for use by United Iranian Airlines. Taken at Tehran Airport, Iran circa June 1961 in the third livery.

In the background is US Navy Convair C-131F 141021 and another unidentified civil Convair.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Iran National Airlines Corporation (Iranair)
EP-AHA
April 1964

Transferred from United Iranian Airlines. Taken at an unknown location in April 1964.

Photo source - Leon Manoucherians

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Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-WAS
June 1967

Purchased from Iran National Airlines Corporation (Iranair) and named 'Hunyani'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in June 1967 with a Union de Transports Aériens (UTA) Douglas DC-8 in the background.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
May 1968

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia circa May 1968.

Photo source - Richard Darlow

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
July 1969

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Bulawayo Airport, Rhodesia in June 1969.

Photo source - Richard Poulton

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
September 1969

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Bulawayo Airport, Rhodesia 28 September 1969 flying low with the two starboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines feathered during an airshow.

It was being flown by Captain John Heap.

Photo source - Richard Darlow

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
September 1969

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Bulawayo Airport, Rhodesia 28 September 1969 flying low with the two starboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines feathered during an airshow.

It was being flown by Captain John Heap.

Photo source - Richard Darlow

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
June 1970

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in June 1970.

Note that the emergency exit windows have now been circled in white.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
July 1970

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in July 1970.

Photo source - Len Preskow

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
September 1970

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in September 1970 in the maintenance area.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
December 1970

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken on a flight from Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia to Beira Airport, Mozambique 7 December 1970.

At 10:35 AM they are crossing the Rhodesia / Mozambigue border.

Jerry, who was sixteen and going on holiday with the rest of his family used a very simple bellows camera but the result is very atmospheric.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
December 1970

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken on a flight from Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia to Beira Airport, Mozambique 7 December 1970.

At 10:50 AM they are crossing the Pungwe or Pungue River on approach to Beira which was the second largest city in Mozambique and at the the time was a Portuguese colony.

Jerry, who was sixteen and going on holiday with the rest of his family used a very simple bellows camera but the result is very atmospheric.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
December 1970

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken on a flight from Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia to Beira Airport, Mozambique 7 December 1970.

At 10:55 AM they are now crossing the Indian Ocean beaches on a steep approach to Beira which was the second largest city in Mozambique and at the the time was a Portuguese colony.

Jerry, who was sixteen and going on holiday with the rest of his family used a very simple bellows camera but the result is very atmospheric.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
December 1970

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken on a flight from Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia to Beira Airport, Mozambique 7 December 1970.

At 11:05 AM they have just landed at Beira which was the second largest city in Mozambique and a very popular destination for Rhodesians as their currency was accepted.

Jerry, who was sixteen and going on holiday with the rest of his family used a very simple bellows camera but the result is very atmospheric.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
July 1971

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Louis Botha International Airport, Durban, South Africa 3 July 1971 prior to its departure to Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia as flight number RH770.

Photo source - Richard Poulton

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
July 1971

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken shortly after takeoff from Louis Botha International Airport, Durban, South Africa and crossing the Golden Mile beachfront on its way to Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia as flight number RH770.

Photo source - Richard Poulton

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
June 1974

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Hunyani'. Taken at Chileka International Airport, Blantyre, Malawi circa June 1974 in the later 'Calair' livery with a typical African cloudscape.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
December 1976

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Hunyani'. An atmospheric night shot taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia in December 1976.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
June 1977

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Hunyani'. Taken at Bulawayo Airport, Rhodesia circa June 1977 with a sister aircraft behind.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
November 1977

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Hunyani'. Taken at Victoria Falls Airport, Rhodesia in November 1977.

Photo source - Werner Fischdick

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
September 1978

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Hunyani'. This aircraft crashed in Whamira Hills, near Karoi, 16 KM from the southern shores of Lake Kariba, Rhodesia after being hit by a heat-seeking SAM-7 (Soviet 9K32 Strela-2) surface-to air-missile fired by anti-government rebels 3 September 1978.

This view shows Rhodesian SAS troops guarding the area.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
September 2012

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken in the gardens of the South African Voortrekker Monument at Pretoria, South Africa 2 September 2012 shortly after the unveiling and consecration ceremony.

The wreaths were mainly laid by members of the families who lost relatives in this tragic incident or that involving VP-YND (C/N 101).

Photo source - Rob Ainslie

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
September 2012

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken in the gardens of the South African Voortrekker Monument at Pretoria, South Africa 2 September 2012 shortly after the memorial unveiling and consecration ceremony.

Photo source - Rob Ainslie

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS
September 2012

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken in the gardens of the South African Voortrekker Monument at Pretoria, South Africa 2 September 2012 shortly after the unveiling and consecration ceremony.

Listed here on the memorial granite is the names of all those killed in this tragic incident along with their ages and country of birth.

Photo source - Rob Ainslie

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