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Viscount c/n 298

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Below are the 26 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 298 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-AHB
April 1958

Delivered new to the Iranian Government for use by United Iranian Airlines. Taken departing from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in April 1958 on a pre-delivery test flight.

Photo source - Roger Brown collection

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United Iranian Airlines
EP-AHB
April 1958

Delivered new to the Iranian Government for use by United Iranian Airlines. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, London, England in April 1958. Note the lack of airline titles.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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United Iranian Airlines
EP-AHB
May 1960

Delivered new to the Iranian Government for use by United Iranian Airlines. Taken arriving at Bromma Airport, Stockholm, Sweden 5 May 1960 bringing the Shah of Persia on a three day state visit. Note the lack of airline titles.

Photo source - Swedish Television Archive

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United Iranian Airlines
EP-AHB
May 1960

Delivered new to the Iranian Government for use by United Iranian Airlines. Taken arriving at Bromma Airport, Stockholm, Sweden 5 May 1960 bringing the Shah of Persia on a three day state visit.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks, unusual flag on the tail and a lack of airline titles.

Photo source - Swedish Television Archive

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United Iranian Airlines
EP-AHB
June 1961

Delivered new to the Iranian Government for United Iranian Airlines. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa June 1961 undergoing maintenance work with Marshall's.

Note the airline titles now applied and the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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United Iranian Airlines
EP-AHB
June 1961

Delivered new to the Iranian Government for United Iranian Airlines. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa June 1961 undergoing maintenance work with Marshall's.

Note the airline titles now applied and the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Also note the fire bottle trolley on the right which was more associated with the startup of piston engines and their more volatile high octane petrol.

Kerosine was much less prone to fires, certainly involving the Rolls-Royce Dart engine.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Iran National Airlines Corporation (Iranair)
EP-AHB
June 1962

Transferred from United Iranian Airlines. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1962 now without titles again.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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

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

Note the RAF Armstrong Whitworth Argosy in the background.

This may well be at an RAF Middle East base.

Photo source - Gordon Wilson

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAT
March 1969

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at an unknown location in March 1969.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAT
March 1969

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in March 1969.

Photo source - David Johnstone collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAT
March 1969

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in March 1969.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAT
June 1970

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia in June 1970.

The facility in the background, known as New Sarum belongs to the Rhodesian Air Force.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAT
August 1971

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Kariba Airport, Rhodesia in August 1971.

Photo source - Robin D W Norton

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAT
August 1973

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 21 August 1973.

Photo source - Steve Aubury

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAT
June 1976

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia in June 1976 and now in a later 'Calair' livery and named 'Lundi' which is a river in Rhodesia.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAT
June 1976

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia in June 1976 and now in a later 'Calair' livery and named 'Lundi' which is a river in Rhodesia.

In the background is the airport's ground radar tower.

Rhodesia became Zimbabwe Rhodesia 1 June 1979 with the Rhodesia part eventually being dropped altogether.

Salisbury became Harare 18 April 1982.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAT
June 1976

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named ‘Lundi’ which is a river in Rhodesia. A view of the smart cabin taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia in June 1976.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAT
June 1977

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named ‘Lundi’ which is a river in Rhodesia. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1977.

This is an un-named period postcard Ref V-001.

Photo source - Fernando Llorente Jimenez‎ collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAT
November 1978

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Lundi' which is a river in Rhodesia. Taken departing from Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in November 1978.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAT
June 1979

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe Rhodesia in June 1979.

The aircraft is painted in a low visibility livery with the heat deflectors partially covering the engine exhausts to give some protection from the heat-seeking SAM-7 (Soviet 9K32 Cтрела (Arrow) Strela-2) surface-to air-missile that was a serious threat at the time, having recently lost VP-YND (C/N 101) in February 1979 and VP-WAS (C/N 297) back in September 1978.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-WAT
June 1979

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe Rhodesia in June 1979.

A closeup of the heat deflectors partially covering the engine exhausts to give some protection from the heat-seeking SAM-7 (Soviet 9K32 Cтрела (Arrow) Strela-2) surface-to air-missile that was a serious threat at the time

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Air Zimbabwe
VP-WAT
April 1982

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to a name change. Taken at an unknown location circa April 1982.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Air Zimbabwe
VP-WAT
June 1983

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to a name change. Taken at Masvingo Airport, Zimbabwe circa June 1983.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Air Zimbabwe
Z-WAT
June 1984

Re-registered from VP-WAT. Taken at Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe in June 1984.

Photo source - John Reid-Rowland

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Air Zimbabwe
Z-WAT
July 1984

Re-registered from VP-WAT. Taken during a service from Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe to Llongwe, Malawi with Captain John Grimes and First Officer Robert Rickards.

A nice view of the No.1 Rolls-Royce Dart engine nacelle clearly showing the bulged profile required to accommodate the RDa6 series of engine and also the later RDa7 series.

The rectangle slot at the top is the air outlet for the engine oil cooler with the intake at the top of the black intake cowling.

Photo source - Michael Abington

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Air Zimbabwe
Z-WAT
October 1984

Re-registered from VP-WAT. Taken at Harare International Airport, Kentucky, Zimbabwe 29 October 1984.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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