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Viscount c/n 348

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Below are the 45 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 348 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-CDV
September 1958

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

Here the Rotol propeller is being fitted to the No.2 (port inner) Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 525 engine.

Note that the propeller is in the 'feathered' position and that the pitchlock assembly has been removed so that the engineer in the white coat can see to align the splines. The other two guys are steadying the lower blades to prevent damage to the delicate parts as the splines engage.

The propeller is supported on an overhead gantry crane attached to a large black clamp around the pitchlock housing.

The retaining nut would then be fitted and torque loaded before the pitchlock assembly was fitted.

Carbon brushes at the front of the engine and copper slip rings at the rear of the propeller transmitted the electrical power needed to supply the anti-icing boots with current.

Photo source - George E Cooper collection

2

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDV
November 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Waterbok'. Taken landing at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in November 1958.

As the aircraft crosses the road on short finals all vehicles are stopped by traffic lights.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

3

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDV
June 1959

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Waterbok'. Taken arriving at Gate 2, Louis Botha International Airport, Durban, South Africa circa June 1959.

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

SAA Museum Society photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

4

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDV
June 1960

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Waterbok'. Taken at D. F. Malan Airport, Matroosfontein, Cape Town, South Africa circa June 1960.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

5

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDV
April 1961

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Waterbok'. Taken at H. F. Verwoerd Airport, Port Elizabeth, South Africa circa April 1961.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

6

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDV
March 1962

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Waterbok'. Taken at D. F. Malan Airport, Matroosfontein, Cape Town, South Africa 1 March 1962 with passengers disembarking and the baggage being unloaded from the forward hold.

Bruce took this nice shot as he walked towards the arrivals area.

Photo source - Bruce Williams

7

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDV
June 1965

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Waterbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1965 during an open day in the later 'orange tail' livery.

Does anyone have any more information on this event?

Photo source - Bernie King collection

8

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDV
June 1965

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Waterbok'. Taken departing from Louis Botha International Airport, Durban, South Africa circa June 1965.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

9

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDV
July 1965

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Waterbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa July 1965.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

10

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDV
June 1970

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Waterbok'. Taken at Louis Botha International Airport, Durban, South Africa in June 1970.

Photo source - Adrian M Balch collection

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
March 1972

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands 30 March 1972 arriving at the gate with the outer Dart engines already shut down.

The executive jet in the background is a Lockheed 1329 JetStar.

Photo source - Mike Pitman

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
June 1973

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England circa June 1973 with two colourful Court Line BAC One-Eleven in the background.

The skeletal structures are being built to accommodate the arrival of Court Line Lockheed 1011 Tristars.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

13

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
June 1974

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

Photo source - Mick Bajcar

14

Cyprus Airways Ltd
G-AZLS
April 1975

Leased from British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in April 1975 prior to departing on lease to Cyprus Airways.

Photo source - George Stringer

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Cyprus Airways Ltd
G-AZLS
April 1975

Leased from British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in April 1975 shortly before departing on lease.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

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Cyprus Airways Ltd
G-AZLS
June 1975

Leased from British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 8 June 1975.

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

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Cyprus Airways Ltd
G-AZLS
August 1975

Leased from British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken at Rhein-Main Airport, Frankfurt, West Germany 27 August 1975 on its return to the UK after the end of its lease period.

Photo source - Mick Bajcar

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
February 1976

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France 14 February 1976.

Photo source - Michel Gilliand

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
April 1976

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken departing from East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 21 April 1976.

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

20

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
March 1977

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 26 March 1977 with 'Rye Airlines' titles applied for use by a family with the surname Rye who won a 'TV Times' competition.

A party of 40 friends and relatives were taken to Le Bourget, Paris, France.

Photo source - Dave Thirlwall collection

21

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
March 1977

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 26 March 1977 with friends and family of the Rye family boarding the special 'Rye Airlines' flight to Le Bourget, Paris, France.

Photo source - Graham Rye (www.007magazine.co.uk)

22

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
March 1977

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken during the flight from Heathrow Airport, London, England to Le Bourget, Paris, France 26 March 1977 with friends and family of the Rye family enjoying the trip. As you can see not all the seats were occupied as there was only 40 passengers.

Photo source - Graham Rye (www.007magazine.co.uk)

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
March 1977

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken during the flight from Heathrow Airport, London, England to Le Bourget, Paris, France 26 March 1977 with friends and family of the Rye family enjoying the trip.

No doubt the cabin crew enjoyed it too as it was something different from the normal scheduled service.

Photo source - Graham Rye (www.007magazine.co.uk)

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
March 1977

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken during the flight from Heathrow Airport, London, England to Le Bourget, Paris, France 26 March 1977 with friends and family of the Rye family enjoying the trip.

Here Graham looks on as the Captain refers to his approach and landing charts ready for the arrival at Le Bourget.

Sadly, the days of passengers being allowed into the cockpit during a flight are long gone.

Photo source - Graham Rye (www.007magazine.co.uk)

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
March 1977

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken after arrival at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France 26 March 1977 with friends and family of the Rye family disembarking ready for the coach connection into Paris for lunch and a tour of the city.

Photo source - Graham Rye (www.007magazine.co.uk)

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
March 1977

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken after arrival at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France 26 March 1977 with Graham holding the Pink Panther which formed the basis of the TV Times competition which he won.

Photographers from the TV Times magazine and the Surrey Herald newspaper accompanied the day trippers and all their photos are in black and white.

Photo source - Graham Rye (www.007magazine.co.uk)

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
June 1978

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

Photo source - Steve Barnes

28

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
July 1979

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England circa July 1979.

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

29

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
April 1980

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in April 1980 during a major overhaul.

Photo source - Dietrich Eggert collection

30

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
August 1980

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken departing from Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire 30 August 1980 on a service to Jersey, Channel Islands.

BMA operated services to and from Jersey from this airport on summer weekends only.

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

31

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
February 1981

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England in February 1981.

Photo source - Kevin Pitt

32

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
June 1981

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands circa June 1981. Note the Aurigny Air Services Britten-Norman BN-2A Mk III Trislander which was nicknamed the poor mans DC-10.

Photo source - Mike Stedman

33

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
July 1981

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken landing at Heathrow Airport, London, England 28 July 1981.

Photo source - Johan Ljungdahl

34

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
April 1982

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in April 1982 after recently being withdrawn from service and only two years since a major overhaul.

The valuable Rolls-Royce Dart engines have been removed.

It was returned to service in June but was finally withdrawn from service at Teesside International Airport in November 1982.

Photo source - Dietrich Eggert collection

35

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZLS
November 1983

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken stored at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England in November 1983 inside a hangar with several others for company.

Photo source - Graham Robson

36

Civil Aviation Authority Fire Training School
G-AZLS
August 1991

Donated by Technical Aeroparts and used by the fire training school. Taken at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England in August 1991 with the fuselage in a simulated crash position.

Photo source - Graham Robson

37

Civil Aviation Authority Fire Training School
G-AZLS
June 1998

Donated by Technical Aeroparts and used by the fire training school. Taken at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England circa June 1998 with the fuselage in a simulated crash position.

Photo source - David Blaney

38

Civil Aviation Authority Fire Training School
G-AZLS
August 2000

Donated by Technical Aeroparts and used by the fire training school. Taken at Teeside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England in August 2000 with the fuselage in a simulated crash position.

Photo source - Richard Bowater

39

Civil Aviation Authority Fire Training School
G-AZLS
May 2007

Donated by Technical Aeroparts and used by the fire training school. Taken at Tees Valley Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England 19 May 2007 and shows the fuselage section which is used for evacuation training under dense smoke conditions.

Photo source - Stuart Reid (www.stuartsaviationpictures.co.uk)

40

Civil Aviation Authority Fire Training School
G-AZLS
July 2009

Donated by Technical Aeroparts and used by the fire training school. Taken at Tees Valley Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England 21 July 2009 and shows the fuselage section which is used for evacuation training under dense smoke conditions.

Photo source - Ian Haskell

41

Civil Aviation Authority Fire Training School
G-AZLS
July 2009

Donated by Technical Aeroparts and used by the fire training school. Taken at Tees Valley Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England 21 July 2009 and shows the cabin interior looking forwards which is used for evacuation training under dense smoke conditions.

Photo source - Ian Haskell

42

International Fire Training Centre (IFTC)
G-AZLS
June 2010

Donated by Technical Aeroparts for use by the fire training school. Taken at Tees Valley Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England in June 2010 and shows the fuselage section which is used for evacuation training under dense smoke conditions.

Photo source - Matt Falcus

43

International Fire Training Centre (IFTC)
G-AZLS
June 2010

Donated by Technical Aeroparts for use by the fire training school. Taken at Tees Valley Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England in June 2010 and shows the cabin interior looking rearwards which is used for evacuation training under dense smoke conditions.

Photo source - Matt Falcus

44

International Fire Training Centre (IFTC)
G-AZLS
May 2011

Donated by Technical Aeroparts for use by the fire training school. Taken at Tees Valley Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England 19 May 2011 and shows the cabin interior which is now used for evacuation training under dense smoke conditions. Note that the British Midland titles can still be seen.

Photo source - airTeeside.com

45

International Fire Training Centre (IFTC)
G-AZLS
July 2018

Donated by Technical Aeroparts for use by the fire training school. A Google Earth view of the training compound taken at Tees Valley Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England 1 July 2018.

The other aircraft in view are HS Trident 3B G-AWZS, Short SD3-30-100 G-BKIE and Westland Whirlwind XP330.

Location details are: - 54 degrees 30 minutes 45.09 North / 1 degree 24 minutes 27.00 West

Photo source - Google Earth

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