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Viscount c/n 347

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Below are the 53 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 347 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-CDU
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in October 1958 during the flight test phase.

Note that the engine nacelle cowlings have not yet had their livery paint applied.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

2

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken landing at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in October 1958 after a test flight.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

3

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken arriving at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 29 October 1958 on delivery from the UK.

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

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

4

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 29 October 1958.

These are the two flight crew who brought the aircraft from the UK.

Does anyone recognise them?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

5

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 29 October 1958 after delivery from the UK.

ZS-CDT (C/N 346) is taxiing in in the background after a crew training flight.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

6

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 29 October 1958 after delivery from the UK with ZS-CDT (C/N 346) in the foreground.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

7

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
June 1959

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1959.

A busy scene.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

8

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
July 1959

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa July 1959.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

9

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
July 1959

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa July 1959.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

10

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
July 1959

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa July 1959.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

11

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
July 1959

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa July 1959.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

12

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
July 1959

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa July 1959.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

13

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
July 1959

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa July 1959.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Matthew Janse van Rensburg

14

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
July 1959

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa July 1959.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

15

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
May 1960

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa May 1960.

Clearly there were some V.I.P.s coming off this flight!

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

16

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
June 1960

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Bulawayo Airport, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa June 1960.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

17

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
June 1961

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at D. F. Malan Airport, Matroosfontein, Cape Town, South Africa circa June 1961 with all four Rolls-Royce Dart engines running and nearly ready for departure.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
September 1963

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa September 1963 in the later 'orange tail' livery.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
September 1963

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa September 1963 in the later 'orange tail' livery.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
September 1963

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa September 1963 in the later 'orange tail' livery.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

21

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
June 1964

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Bloemfontein Airport, Free State, South Africa circa June 1964 in the later 'orange tail' livery.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
June 1964

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Bloemfontein Airport, Free State, South Africa circa June 1964.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
September 1965

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken during a publicity photo circa September 1965 with both starboard propellers in the 'feathered' position.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
June 1967

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Lourenço Marques Airport, Mozambique circa June 1967.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
July 1967

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Lourenço Marques Airport, Mozambique circa July 1967 with an Aero Commander in front.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
August 1967

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Lourenço Marques Airport, Mozambique circa August 1967.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

27

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
June 1968

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Windhoek International Airport, South West Africa circa June 1968.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

28

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
June 1968

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Windhoek International Airport, South West Africa circa June 1968.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

29

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDU
July 1968

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Bosbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 24 July 1968.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

30

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
January 1972

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 10 January 1972.

It departed on delivery to the UK 18 January 1972.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

31

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
January 1972

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 18 January 1972 shortly before it departed on delivery to the UK.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

32

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
January 1973

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 19 January 1973 after the port main undercarriage leg collapsed on landing and the aircraft veered off onto the grass.

After repairs and replacement of the two shockloaded Dart engines the aircraft was returned to service.

Will was working at the airport at the time of the accident and managed to get permission to take this great photo of the aircraft surrounded by the airport fire crews.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

33

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
March 1973

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in March 1973.

Photo source - George Stringer

34

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
March 1974

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 16 March 1974.

Photo source - Michael Blank

35

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
June 1975

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands 20 June 1975 back in service with BMA but with Cyprus Airways titles still applied.

Photo source - Peter de Groot

36

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
June 1975

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 28 June 1975 back in service with BMA but with Cyprus Airways titles still applied.

Photo source - Mark Piacentini

37

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
July 1975

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands 22 July 1975 back in service with BMA but Cyprus Airways titles still applied.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

38

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
February 1977

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands in February 1977, now back in full BMA livery.

Photo source - Dietrich Eggert collection

39

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
March 1978

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken departing from East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in March 1978.

Note the Armstrong Whitworth Argosy in the background and the busy car park full of spectators.

Photo source - John Hennis

40

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
July 1979

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at Baginton Airport, Warwickshire, England 7 July 1979 having just arrived from Jersey, Channel Islands. BMA operated services to and from Jersey from this airport on summer weekends only.

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

41

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
July 1979

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken departing from Baginton Airport, Warwickshire, England 7 July 1979 on another service to Jersey, Channel Islands. BMA operated services to and from Jersey from this airport on summer weekends only.

The nose of SAN Viscount HC-ATV (C/N 458) can just be seen on the left, which was in the UK for maintenance work.

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

42

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
June 1985

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1985.

It has now been withdrawn from service and used as a cabin services trainer.

Photo source - Marc Horobin

43

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
October 1985

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England circa October 1985 in use as a cabin services trainer.

Photo source - Graham Fitzjohn

44

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
May 1986

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 11 May 1986 in use as a cabin services trainer.

Photo source - Chris Chennell

45

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
August 1986

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England circa August 1986 in use as a cabin services trainer.

Photo source - Jan Koppen

46

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
February 1989

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in February 1989.

It had previously been used by BMA as a cabin services trainer.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

47

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
March 1989

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 25 March 1989.

It had previously been used by BMA as a cabin services trainer.

Photo source - Neil D Brant

48

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
June 1989

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1989.

It had previously been used by BMA as a cabin services trainer.

Photo source - Kate Yates collection

49

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
July 1990

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 9 July 1990.

It had previously been used by BMA as a cabin services trainer.

Photo source - Eric Melrose

50

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
September 1991

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England circa September 1991.

It had previously been used by BMA as a cabin services trainer.

Photo source - Graham Robson

51

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLR
September 1991

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England circa September 1991.

It had previously been used by BMA as a cabin services trainer.

Photo source - Graham Robson

52

East Midlands Airport Fire Service
G-AZLR
July 1993

Fuselage and inner wings transferred from British Midland Airways (BMA) for non-destructive rescue training use. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 23 July 1993.

It had previously been used by BMA as a cabin services trainer.

Photo source - rods fotos (flickr)

53

East Midlands Aeropark
G-AZLR
October 1996

Fuselage and inner wings transferred from British Midland Airways (BMA) for non-destructive rescue training use. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in October 1996.

It was finally scrapped in March 1997.

Photo source - Graham Robson

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