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Viscount c/n 346

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Below are the 119 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 346 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.

1

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
June 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa June 1958 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

Note the plastic coating covering some of the alloy skin areas.

This was a blue transparent self adhesive material use to protect vulnerable areas until the last minute.

A photo from Tom's collection.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

2

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
September 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken departing from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in September 1958 for a test flight.

Note the titles in English were on the port side only.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

3

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
September 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 24 September 1958 during the test flight phase, a month before delivery.

Note the titles in English were on the port side only.

Photo source - Peter Foote via Chris Michell

4

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in October 1958 being towed out for another test flight.

The aircraft behind is TC-SEL (C/N 430) which had returned to Vickers for rectification work.

Vickers Photo Ref MP9225 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

5

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in October 1958 ready for another test flight.

Vickers Photo Ref MP9226 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

6

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 22 October 1958.

Note the titles in English were on the port side only.

Vickers Photo Ref MP9242 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

7

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 22 October 1958.

Note the titles in Afrikaans were on the starboard side only.

Vickers Photo Ref MP9245 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

8

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 22 October 1958.

Note the titles in Afrikaans were on the starboard side only.

Vickers Photo Ref MP9256

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

9

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 22 October 1958.

Note the titles in English were on the port side only.

Vickers Photo Ref MP9258

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

10

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 22 October 1958.

Note the titles in English were on the port side only.

Photo source - South African Airways Museum Society

11

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 22 October 1958.

Note the titles in Afrikaans were on the starboard side only.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

12

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 22 October 1958.

Note the titles in Afrikaans were on the starboard side only.

The high nose angle was so that the speed could be reduced to match the photographers aircraft which was usually a de Havilland DH104 Dove or DH114 Heron.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

13

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airlines (SAA) named ‘Blesbok’. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 29 October 1958 with Viscount ZS-CDU (C/N 347) in the background, which had just arrived from the UK.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

14

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airlines (SAA) named ‘Blesbok’. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 29 October 1958 with Viscount ZS-CDU (C/N 347) in the background, which had just arrived from the UK.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

15

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airlines (SAA) named ‘Blesbok’. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 29 October 1958 with Viscount ZS-CDU (C/N 347) in the background, which had just arrived from the UK.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

16

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airlines (SAA) named ‘Blesbok’. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 29 October 1958 with Viscount ZS-CDU (C/N 347) in the background, which had just arrived from the UK.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

17

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airlines (SAA) named ‘Blesbok’. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 29 October 1958 with Viscount ZS-CDU (C/N 347) in the background, which had just arrived from the UK.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

18

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airlines (SAA) named ‘Blesbok’. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 29 October 1958.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

19

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
November 1958

Delivered new to South African Airlines (SAA) named ‘Blesbok’. Taken flying over Table Bay, Cape Town. South Africa circa November 1958.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

20

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
December 1958

Delivered new to South African Airlines (SAA) named ‘Blesbok’. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in December 1958.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

21

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
June 1959

Delivered new to South African Airlines (SAA) named ‘Blesbok’. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1959 undergoing maintenance of the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 530 engines.

Note how easy it is to gain access to each section of the engine with the wide opening petal cowlings.

Photo source - Alan Evans collection

22

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
June 1959

Delivered new to South African Airlines (SAA) named ‘Blesbok’. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1959 undergoing maintenance of the No.2 (port inner) Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 530 engine.

Note how easy it is to gain access to each section of the engine with the wide opening petal cowlings.

Photo source - Alan Evans collection

23

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
June 1961

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken at H. F. Verwoerd Airport, Port Elizabeth, South Africa in June 1961.

An APC Publications postcard.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

24

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
March 1962

Delivered new to South African Airlines (SAA) named ‘Blesbok’. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in March 1962.

Photo source - Bruce Williams

25

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
June 1962

Delivered new to South African Airlines (SAA) named ‘Blesbok’. Taken at Cape Town, South Africa in June 1962 while boarding for a flight to Durban. This was Tom's first flight.

Photo source - Tom Martin

26

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
June 1962

Delivered new to South African Airlines (SAA) named ‘Blesbok’. Taken during a flight from Cape Town, South Africa to Durban in June 1962. This was Tom's first flight.

Photo source - Tom Martin

27

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
April 1963

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken at H. F. Verwoerd Airport, Port Elizabeth, South Africa circa April 1963.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

28

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
June 1964

Delivered new to South African Airlines (SAA) named ‘Blesbok’. Taken flying over the coast at Durban, South Africa circa June 1964 in the later 'orange tail' livery.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

29

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
June 1964

Delivered new to South African Airlines (SAA) named ‘Blesbok’. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1964.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

30

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
June 1965

Delivered new to South African Airlines (SAA) named ‘Blesbok’. Taken arriving at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1965.

The outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

31

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
June 1968

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken arriving at H. F. Verwoerd Airport, Port Elizabeth, South Africa circa June 1968, unusually with all four engines still running.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

32

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
June 1968

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken at H. F. Verwoerd Airport, Port Elizabeth, South Africa circa June 1968.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

33

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT
December 1971

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in December 1971 just before the sale to British Midland Airways (BMA).

Photo source - Etienne du Plessis collection

34

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
January 1972

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 6 January 1972 in the basic SAA livery with the UK registration now applied to the aircraft ready for the ferry journey.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

35

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
January 1972

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in January 1972 in the basic SAA livery with the UK registration now applied to the aircraft ready for the ferry journey.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

36

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
January 1972

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in late January 1972 after delivery in the basic SAA – South African Airways livery.

Photo source - Kev Darling collection

37

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
April 1972

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 9 April 1972.

Photo source - Brian Mells

38

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
September 1972

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 2 September 1972 with a Northeast Viscount behind.

In the background is a BEA Vickers Vanguard, now converted as a pure freighter with a large freight door and marketed as the Merchantman.

Photo source - Jonathan Walton

39

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
June 1973

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1973.

Photo source - George Stringer

40

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
August 1973

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in August 1973 after its return from a short term lease to Air Anglia.

Photo source - Mick Bajcar

41

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
June 1974

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken departing from runway 15 at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland in June 1974.

Photo source - George Baczkowski

42

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
May 1975

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 18 May 1975.

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

43

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
June 1977

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland in June 1977.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

44

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
July 1977

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands circa July 1977.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

45

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
June 1978

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1978.

Photo source - Mick Bajcar

46

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
June 1978

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken landing at Heathrow Airport, London, England in June 1978.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

47

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
May 1979

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken at Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England on the 12 May 1979.

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

48

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
June 1980

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1980.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

49

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
July 1980

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in July 1980.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

50

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
May 1981

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken at Elmdon Airport, Birmingham, West Midlands, England on the 3 May 1981.

Photo source - David S Hall

51

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
June 1981

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in June 1981.

Photo source - Steve Williams

52

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
July 1981

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in July 1981.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

53

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
January 1982

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England on the 12 January 1982 on a weather diversion due to heavy snow.

Photo source - Ken Fielding

54

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
April 1982

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in April 1982 together with Viscount G-AZLS (C/N 348) in the foregrond and others behind.

Photo source - Derek Gaynor

55

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
May 1982

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England in May 1982 with its Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed.

Photo source - Andy Chetwyn

56

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLP
September 1982

Returned from Air Anglia lease. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 17 September 1982 now with its Rolls-Royce Dart engines installed again.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

57

Civil Aviation Authority Fire Training School
G-AZLP
March 2002

Transferred from Technical Aeroparts. Taken at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England in March 2002 while being employed as a cabin smoke trainer.

Photo source - Richard Bowater

58

Civil Aviation Authority Fire Training School
G-AZLP
November 2007

Transferred from Technical Aeroparts. Taken at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England in November 2007 while being employed as a cabin smoke trainer.

Photo source - John Irwin

59

North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM)
G-AZLP
July 2008

Fuselage transferred from the CAA Fire School at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England as a joint venture between the North East Aircraft Museum, Wearside, Sunderland, England and RAF Millom Aviation and Military Museum, Cumbria, England. Taken at Wearside, Sunderland, England 30 July 2008.

Photo source - Trevor S Hall

60

North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM)
G-AZLP
August 2008

Fuselage transferred from the CAA Fire School at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England as a joint venture between the North East Aircraft Museum, Wearside, Sunderland, England and RAF Millom Aviation and Military Museum, Cumbria, England. Taken at Wearside, Sunderland, England 1 August 2008.

Photo source - Wallace Shackleton

61

North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM)
G-AZLP
August 2008

Fuselage transferred from the CAA Fire School at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England as a joint venture between the North East Aircraft Museum, Wearside, Sunderland, England and RAF Millom Aviation and Military Museum, Cumbria, England.

A nice view of the very smart cabin taken at Wearside, Sunderland, England 1 August 2008. Such a shame it wasn't preserved as a complete fuselage.

Photo source - Wallace Shackleton

62

North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM)
G-AZLP
July 2009

Fuselage transferred from the CAA Fire School at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England as a joint venture between the North East Aircraft Museum, Wearside, Sunderland, England and RAF Millom Aviation and Military Museum, Cumbria, England. Taken at Wearside, Sunderland, England 21 July 2009.

Photo source - Ian Haskell

63

North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM)
G-AZLP
August 2010

Fuselage transferred from the CAA Fire School at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England as a joint venture between the North East Aircraft Museum, Wearside, Sunderland, England and RAF Millom Aviation and Military Museum, Cumbria, England.

A view of the robbed cockpit taken at Wearside, Sunderland, England in August 2010.

Photo source - Dave Gregg

64

North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM)
G-AZLP
August 2010

Fuselage transferred from the CAA Fire School at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England as a joint venture between the North East Aircraft Museum, Wearside, Sunderland, England and RAF Millom Aviation and Military Museum, Cumbria, England.

A view of the Captain's position taken at Wearside, Sunderland, England in August 2010 and shows the Captains side panel area.

Photo source - Dave Gregg

65

North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM)
G-AZLP
August 2010

Fuselage transferred from the CAA Fire School at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England as a joint venture between the North East Aircraft Museum, Wearside, Sunderland, England and RAF Millom Aviation and Military Museum, Cumbria, England.

A view of the First Officer's position taken at Wearside, Sunderland, England in August 2010 and shows the First Officers side panel area.

Photo source - Dave Gregg

66

North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM)
G-AZLP
July 2011

Fuselage transferred from the CAA Fire School at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England as a joint venture between the North East Aircraft Museum, Wearside, Sunderland, England and RAF Millom Aviation and Military Museum, Cumbria, England.

A nice view of the chopped off rear section 31 July 2011.

Photo source - Chris Hall

67

North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM)
G-AZLP
March 2012

Fuselage transferred from the CAA Fire School at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England as a joint venture between the North East Aircraft Museum, Wearside, Sunderland, England and RAF Millom Aviation and Military Museum, Cumbria, England. Taken at Wearside, Sunderland, England 25 March 2012.

A bit more paint on the outside.

Photo source - Trevor S Hall

68

Imperial Air Salvage
G-AZLP
November 2013

Fuselage purchased from the North East Air Museum for scrap metal recovery. The forward fuselage section is being loaded onto the CMG Rescue Services low loader at Wearside, Sunderland, England 13 November 2013 prior to the long journey south to the Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

A very misty morning.

Photo source - Mustafa Azim (Captain retd)

69

Imperial Air Salvage
G-AZLP
November 2013

Fuselage purchased from the North East Air Museum for scrap metal recovery. The forward fuselage section is now loaded onto the CMG Rescue Services low loader at Wearside, Sunderland, England 13 November 2013 ready for the long journey south to the Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Photo source - Dave Stretton

70

Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
November 2013

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 14 November 2013 being unloaded from the delivery truck.

This venerable AEC Matador breakdown crane named 'Milly' has been very useful to the museum over the years and was involved in the movement of Viscount G-APIM (C/N 412) from Southend way back in February 1990.

Photo source - Andy Lambert

71

Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
November 2013

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 14 November 2013 having been unloaded from the delivery truck. This venerable AEC Matador breakdown crane named 'Milly' has been very useful to the museum over the years and was involved in the movement of Viscount G-APIM (C/N 412) from Southend way back in February 1990.

Photo source - John Woodhouse collection

72

Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
November 2013

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 14 November 2013 showing the poor condition of the cockpit area.

Photo source - John Woodhouse collection

73

Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
November 2013

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 19 November 2013 showing the current resting place behind Viscount G-APIM (C/N 412). It will remain here until the museum are ready to prepare it as an exhibit during 2014.

Photo source - John O'Dell

74

Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
December 2013

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 10 December 2013 stored behind Viscount G-APIM (C/N 412).

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

75

Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
December 2013

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 10 December 2013 stored behind Viscount G-APIM (C/N 412).

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

76

Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
July 2014

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 24 July 2014 being lifted up by the venerable AEC Matador breakdown crane 'Milly' onto a flatbed trolley.

Photo source - Paul Rainbird

77

Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
July 2014

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 24 July 2014 being lifted up by the venerable AEC Matador breakdown crane 'Milly' onto a flatbed trolley.

Photo source - Paul Rainbird

78

Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
July 2014

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 24 July 2014 after being lifted onto a flatbed trolley.

Photo source - Paul Rainbird

79

Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
December 2014

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 9 December 2014.

The rear skin face has now been neatly trimmed and the five inch wide section removed was given to Brian as a momento.

The forward fuselage section is slowly being gutted out by the Viscount team as it will eventually go on display as an example of how the Viscount was built.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

80

Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
December 2014

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 9 December 2014.

The fibreglass radome has now been removed.

The forward fuselage section is slowly being gutted out by the Viscount team as it will eventually go on display as an example of how the Viscount was built.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

81

Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
December 2014

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 9 December 2014.

The fibreglass radome has now been removed and can be seen in the background.

The forward fuselage section is slowly being gutted out by the Viscount team as it will eventually go on display as an example of how the Viscount was built.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

82

Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
April 2015

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 7 April 2015.

Two Viscount outer wing sections have now been moved over the the working area so that the museum volunteers can prepare them as bare metal exhibits.

They will be put on display alongside the bare metal forward fuselage.

The wing on the left came from G-AOHT (C/N 168) at Southend in 1987.

This aircraft was finally broken up in March 1991.

The other outer wing came from G-AOYM C/N 262).

Still plenty of work to do, but the weather is getting better!

Photo source - Julian Bourn collection

83

Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
April 2015

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 7 April 2015.

The cockpit is now virtually stripped back as far as the museum wants to go as an exhibit to show how the Viscount was constructed.

It will now be cleaned up and where applicable, painted.

The window coverings will be the last thing to be removed as they currently provide some weather protection for the interior.

Photo source - John Alston

84

Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
April 2015

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 7 April 2015.

This view shows the cockpit central pedestal now removed.

Unfortunately all the control rods had to be cut through as there was no easy access to them.

Photo source - Julian Bourn collection

85

Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
September 2015

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 29 September 2015.

It has now been lifted up and placed in this position to allow work to commence on the outer skin to prepare it for eventual display.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

86

Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
September 2015

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 29 September 2015.

It has now been lifted up and placed in this position to allow work to commence on the outer skin to prepare it for eventual display.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
September 2015

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 29 September 2015.

It has now been lifted up and placed in this position to allow work to commence on the outer skin to prepare it for eventual display.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
July 2016

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 19 July 2016.

The current coat of grey paint will now be removed so that areas of the skin can be repaired.

Tom and his fellow volunteers appreciated the shelter from the scorching sun!

Photo source - Tom Singfield

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
July 2016

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 26 July 2016.

Work has now started to remove all the layers of paint so that the bare skin can be repaired and then repainted to represent a new build on the production line at Weybridge.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
July 2016

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 26 July 2016.

Part-time museum volunteer Julian Bourn is blasting off the strong paint stripper and remains of the paint, suitably kitted out to comply with current health and safety requirements.

A bit of a change from his normal job as a British Airways Boeing 777 Captain!

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
September 2016

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 20 September 2016.

Part-time museum volunteer Jim Thomas is applying strong paint stripper to soften the remains of the paint, suitably kitted out to comply with current health and safety requirements.

You can now see remains of a Union Flag being uncovered.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
September 2016

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 27 September 2016.

Part-time museum volunteer Tom Singfield is rubbing down areas stripped of paint prior to the application of a protective coating.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
June 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 21 June 2017.

It is about to be lifted up and transported to another area of the museum to allow for the painting phase to be completed.

Photo source - Paul Rainbird

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
June 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 21 June 2017.

It has now been lifted up ready to transport it to another area of the museum to allow for the painting phase to be completed.

Note the ex Sultan of Oman Vickers VC10 Type 1103 A4O-AB in the background, which arrived at the museum 6 July 1987.

Photo source - Paul Rainbird

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
June 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 21 June 2017.

It has now been moved to another area of the museum to allow for the painting phase to be completed.

Note the support trolley which it will now be lowered into.

Photo source - Paul Rainbird

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
June 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 21 June 2017.

It has now been moved to another area of the museum to allow for the painting phase to be completed and is being lifted up in order to lower it into its support trolley.

Photo source - Paul Rainbird

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
June 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 21 June 2017.

It has now been moved to another area of the museum to allow for the painting phase to be completed and is being lifted up in order to lower it into its support trolley.

Photo source - Paul Rainbird

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
June 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 21 June 2017.

It has now been moved to another area of the museum to allow for the painting phase to be completed and is now being lowered into its support trolley.

Photo source - Paul Rainbird

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
June 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 27 June 2017.

It has now been moved to another area of the museum to allow for the painting phase to be completed in its support trolley.

Viscount volunteer team leader Paul Rainbird is working on the radar housing bulkhead with Concorde 202 G-BBDG in the background.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
June 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 27 June 2017.

It has now been moved to another area of the museum to allow for the painting phase to be completed in its support trolley.

Viscount volunteer team leader Paul Rainbird is working on the radar housing bulkhead.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
June 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 27 June 2017.

It has now been moved to another area of the museum to allow for the painting phase to be completed in its support trolley.

A closeup of the cockpit starboard window area.

The aperture at the rear was for a wing leading edge illumination lamp which had a clear perspex covering.

This allowed the flight crew to check for ice build-up.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
June 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 27 June 2017.

It has now been moved to another area of the museum to allow for the painting phase to be completed in its support trolley.

A closeup of the cockpit port window area.

The aperture at the rear was for a wing leading edge illumination lamp which had a clear perspex covering.

This allowed the flight crew to check for ice build-up.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
June 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 27 June 2017.

It has now been moved to another area of the museum to allow for the painting phase to be completed in its support trolley with Concorde 202 G-BBDG in the background.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
June 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 27 June 2017.

It has now been moved to another area of the museum to allow for the painting phase to be completed in its support trolley.

A view of the radar housing pressure bulkhead area.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
August 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 8 August 2017.

It has now been fully painted in an etch primer colour on the outside with Vickers green paint in the cockpit and forward cabin areas.

Technically speaking, Viscounts were not painted in etch primer during construction but had a blue thermo-plastic coating to protect the bare aluminium sheeting before the operator's livery was applied.

This was the most practical way of preserving this exhibit and to also cover up areas of damage sustained before it arrived at the museum.

Photo source - Paul Rainbird

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
August 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 8 August 2017.

It has now been fully painted in an etch primer colour on the outside with Vickers green paint in the cockpit and forward cabin areas.

Technically speaking, Viscounts were not painted in etch primer during construction but had a blue thermo-plastic coating to protect the bare aluminium sheeting before the operator's livery was applied.

This was the most practical way of preserving this exhibit and to also cover up areas of damage sustained before it arrived at the museum.

Photo source - Paul Rainbird

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
August 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 8 August 2017.

It has now been fully painted in an etch primer colour on the outside with Vickers green paint in the cockpit and forward cabin areas.

Technically speaking, Viscounts were not painted in etch primer during construction but had a blue thermo-plastic coating to protect the bare aluminium sheeting before the operator's livery was applied.

This was the most practical way of preserving this exhibit and to also cover up areas of damage sustained before it arrived at the museum. It will now be moved into the relocated Bellman Hangar to represent a Viscount being built on the production line.

Photo source - Gulfstream Chaser (flickr)

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
October 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 3 October 2017.

It has now been positioned inside its new home, which is the relocated and refurbished 'Bellman' hangar.

It will represent a Viscount being built on the production line.

The new 'Aircraft Factory' hangar opened to the public on Tuesday 14th November.

Photo source - Paul Rainbird

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
October 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 3 October 2017.

It has now been positioned inside its new home, which is the relocated and refurbished 'Bellman' hangar.

It will represent a Viscount being built on the production line. On the right is Vickers Wellington Mk.1A N2980.

In the left background is Supermarine Swift WK198 with Hawker P.1127 XP984 hanging above.

The new 'Aircraft Factory' hangar opened to the public on Tuesday 14th November.

Photo source - Paul Rainbird

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
December 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 5 December 2017 inside its new home, which is the relocated and refurbished 'Bellman' hangar.

It represents a Viscount being built on the production line.

On the left is a glimpse of the geodetic skeletal frame of the starboard wing of Vickers Wellington Mk.1A N2980.

This photo was taken from an upper gallery which allows you to view all the exhibits and get closer to the Hawker P.1127 XP984 which is hanging above.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
December 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 5 December 2017 inside its new home, which is the relocated and refurbished 'Bellman' hangar.

It represents a Viscount being built on the production line.

Note the section of fuselage skin which has been left as polished aluminium, which was how this aircraft was delivered to South African Airways (SAA) with their livery painted on the upper half.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
December 2017

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage.Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 5 December 2017 inside its new home, which is the relocated and refurbished 'Bellman' hangar.

It represents a Viscount being built on the production line. A closeup of the section of fuselage skin which has been left as polished aluminium, which was how this aircraft was delivered to South African Airways (SAA) with their livery painted on the upper half.

Due to the poor condition of the aircraft skin it wasn't practical to leave it all in bare metal, hence the yellow primer finish.

Shame the 'static discharge' plate couldn't be left unpainted, for accuracy!

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
March 2018

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 7 March 2018 inside its new home, which is the relocated and refurbished 'Bellman' hangar.

It represents a Viscount being built on the production line.

A section of the fuselage skin has been left as polished aluminium, which was how this aircraft was delivered to South African Airways (SAA) with their livery painted on the upper half.

Due to the poor condition of the aircraft skin it wasn't practical to leave it all in bare metal, hence the yellow primer finish.

Shame the 'static discharge' plate couldn't be left unpainted, for accuracy!

Photo source - London Eye (flickr)

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
June 2018

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 3 June 2018 inside its new home, which is the relocated and refurbished 'Bellman' hangar.

It represents a Viscount being built on the production line.

On the left is a glimpse of the geodetic skeletal frame of the starboard wing of Vickers Wellington Mk.1A N2980.

This photo was taken from an upper gallery which allows you to view all the exhibits.

Photo source - Eric Wang

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
June 2018

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 3 June 2018 inside its new home, which is the relocated and refurbished 'Bellman' hangar.

It represents a Viscount being built on the production line.

A section of the fuselage skin has been left as polished aluminium, which was how this aircraft was delivered to South African Airways (SAA) with their livery painted on the upper half.

Due to the poor condition of the aircraft skin it wasn't practical to leave it all in bare metal, hence the yellow primer finish.

Photo source - Eric Wang

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
July 2018

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 14 October 2018 inside its new home, which is the relocated and refurbished 'Bellman' hangar.

It represents a Viscount being built on the production line.

A section of the fuselage skin has been left as polished aluminium, which was how this aircraft was delivered to South African Airways (SAA) with their livery painted on the upper half.

Due to the poor condition of the aircraft skin it wasn't practical to leave it all in bare metal, hence the yellow primer finish.

Photo source - Mike Didsbury

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
October 2018

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 14 October 2018 inside its new home, which is the relocated and refurbished 'Bellman' hangar.

It represents a Viscount being built on the production line.

A section of the fuselage skin has been left as polished aluminium, which was how this aircraft was delivered to South African Airways (SAA) with their livery painted on the upper half.

Due to the poor condition of the aircraft skin it wasn't practical to leave it all in bare metal, hence the yellow primer finish.

Photo source - Rob Stock

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
July 2019

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 15 July 2019 inside its new home, which is the relocated and refurbished 'Bellman' hangar.

It represents a Viscount being built on the production line.

A section of the fuselage skin has been left as polished aluminium, which was how this aircraft was delivered to South African Airways (SAA) with their livery painted on the upper half.

Due to the poor condition of the aircraft skin it wasn't practical to leave it all in bare metal, hence the yellow primer finish.

Photo source - Simon Brooke

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Brooklands Museum
G-AZLP
November 2019

Forward fuselage donated by Imperial Air Salvage. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 27 November 2019 inside its new home, which is the relocated and refurbished 'Bellman' hangar.

It represents a Viscount being built on the production line.

A section of the fuselage skin has been left as polished aluminium, which was how this aircraft was delivered to South African Airways (SAA) with their livery painted on the upper half.

Due to the poor condition of the aircraft skin it wasn't practical to leave it all in bare metal, hence the yellow primer finish.

Photo source - Andy Chetwyn

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