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Viscount c/n 351

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Below are the 26 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 351 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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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDY
June 1959

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Gemsbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1959 with an unidentified sister on the left.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDY
November 1962

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Gemsbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 21 November 1962.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDY
June 1964

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Gemsbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, 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-CDY
January 1965

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Gemsbok'. Taken at Louis Botha International Airport, Durban, South Africa in January 1965 with the engines starting up.

Note BOAC Vickers Super VC-10 G-ASGB in the background, which was conducting hot and high trials in Southern Africa at the time.

The photo was taken by Trevor's father.

Photo source - Trevor Friend

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDY
June 1965

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

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDY
June 1966

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Gemsbok'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1966.

Note the BOAC Vickers VC-10 in the background.

SAR Publicity and Travel Department photo.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDY
August 1967

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Gemsbok'. Taken arriving at Bulawayo Airport, Rhodesia in August 1967.

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

Photo source - Lindsay E Bickers

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDY
August 1968

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Gemsbok'. Taken arriving at Kimberley Airport, North Cape, South Africa 4 August 1968.

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

Photo source - Andy961 (flickr)

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South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDY
June 1969

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Gemsbok'. Taken at D. F. Malan Airport, Matroosfontein, Cape Town, South Africa circa June 1969.

Photo source - David C T Smith via Etienne du Plessis

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZNB
March 1972

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 10 March 1972 after its arrival from South Africa.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZNB
March 1972

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in March 1972 shortly after its arrival from South Africa.

The stored ex Nora Air Service (NAS) Viscounts behind are D-ANUN (C/N 338) and D-ANIP (C/N 341) which both went to BMA in 1973.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZNB
June 1973

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1973 while on a compass swing check.

Note that the access panel under the tail has been removed to allow the engineers to make adjustments to the compass system.

Photo source - George Stringer

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZNB
June 1973

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at Newquay Airport, Cornwall, England 5 June 1973. The hangar in the right background is part of the RAF St Mawgan facility which shared the same airfield.

Photo source - Chris England

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZNB
June 1974

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken landing at Heathrow Airport, London, England circa June 1974.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZNB
June 1974

Purchased from South African Airways (SAA). Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland circa June 1974.

Photo source - Mark Piacentini

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZNB
September 1975

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in September 1975 with a plain white tail.

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZNB
June 1976

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 13 June 1976, now back in full livery.

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZNB
July 1976

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at Newquay Airport, Cornwall, England 12 July 1976. This was a joint use airfield also known as RAF St Mawgan.

Photo source - Chris England

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZNB
August 1977

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in August 1977.

In the left background there is a Dan-Air London Hawker Siddeley 748, which was also Rolls-Royce Dart powered.

Photo source - Eduard Marmet

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZNB
January 1979

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. A very wintry scene at Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England 23 January 1979.

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZNB
May 1979

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 28 May 1979 while undergoing heavy maintenance.

Photo source - Peter Nicholson

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZNB
September 1981

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken landing at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands in September 1981.

Photo source - Allie

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZNB
December 1982

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at Leeds / Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England in December 1982 on a very wintry day.

Photo source - Clive Worboys

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZNB
March 1983

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England circa March 1983.

Photo source - Andy Chetwyn

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Technical Aeroparts
G-AZNB
August 1986

Purchased from Dowty Aerospace for spares recovery. Taken stored at Teesside Airport, Durham, England circa August 1986 being robbed of all useful spares along with three other ex BMA Viscounts.

Photo source - Julian Lloyd Hitt

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Orchid Wood Scrapyard
G-AZNB
February 1987

Purchased from Technical Aeroparts for scrap metal recovery. Taken at a small scrapyard opposite Orchid Wood, Sawley Road, near Draycott, Derbyshire, England in February 1987.

The remains of the forward lower fuselage with remnants of the cockpit still identifiable.

The yard has subsequently closed but still has a complete Viscount propeller on display.

Photo source - Steve Hall

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