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Viscount c/n 317

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Below are the 14 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 317 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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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T621
June 1958

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England circa June 1958 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

An unknown Cubana representative poses with an unknown Vickers representative.

Vickers Photo Ref MP8786 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T621
August 1958

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England circa August 1958 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

Note the shortened Cubana name.

It wasn't delivered until August 1959.

The writing on the radome protective cover states 'Not to be removed until last in the line'.

Vickers Photo Ref MP8984 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T621
November 1958

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 3 November 1958 prior to the first flight.

Note the shortened Cubana name.

A nice closeup view of the port engine nacelles.

Vickers Photo Ref MP9325 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T621
November 1958

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in November 1958 during the pre-delivery test flight phase.

Note the shortened Cubana name.

It wasn't delivered until August 1959.

Note the Vickers Valiant in the background.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A.
CU-T621
June 1959

Delivered new to Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in June 1959 during the pre-delivery test flight phase.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CVA
March 1962

Purchased from Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A and named 'Rietbok'. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 18 March 1962 in Cubana livery with South African Airways (SAA) titles.

It was on its way to South Africa from Cuba.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CVA
March 1962

Purchased from Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A and named 'Rietbok'. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 18 March 1962 in Cubana livery with South African Airways (SAA) titles.

It was on its way to South Africa from Cuba.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CVA
March 1962

Purchased from Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. and named 'Rietbok'. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 18 March 1962 in Cubana livery with South African Airways (SAA) titles.

It was on its way to South Africa from Cuba.

Photo source - Robin A Walker

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CVA
May 1962

Purchased from Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. and named 'Rietbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa May 1962 after it was rolled out in the 'orange tail' livery.

SAA Museum Society photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CVA
June 1962

Purchased from Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. and named 'Rietbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1962.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CVA
June 1962

Purchased from Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. and named 'Rietbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1962.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CVA
June 1963

Purchased from Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. and named 'Rietbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1963.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CVA
July 1963

Purchased from Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. and named 'Rietbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa July 1963.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CVA
June 1966

Purchased from Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. and named 'Rietbok'. Taken at D. F. Malan Airport, Matroosfontein, Cape Town, South Africa 6 June 1966 with Robert 'Bobby' Francis Kennedy disembarking as part of a six day anti-apartheid tour with his wife Ethel.

Did he know that the Viscount he had just flown on once belonged to Fidel Castro's Cubana?

Exactly two years later, to the day, Bobby was assassinated during a Presidential campaign in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Photo source - Bob Roodt

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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