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Viscount c/n 353

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Below are the 41 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 353 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

Continental Airlines
N240V
February 1957

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in February 1957.

The rear fuselage section is being built in the lefthand Jig 7 and the forward fuselage section is being built in the righthand Jig 8.

Jig 7 was loaded 11 January 1957 and had a target date of 20 February 1957.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5444 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

2

Continental Airlines
N240V
April 1957

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in April 1957.

The fuselage sections are now in the main assembly Jig with the cockpit area still to be built.

It has a target date of 30 April 1957.

Vickers Photo Ref MP5912 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

3

Continental Airlines
N240V
September 1957

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 13 September 1957 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

Vickers Photo Ref MP6686 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

4

Continental Airlines
N240V
October 1957

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in October 1957 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The stored aircraft behind belongs to the Hughes Tool Corporation (C/N 82).

Vickers Photo Ref MP6927 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

5

Continental Airlines
N240V
October 1957

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in October 1957 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The stored aircraft behind belongs to the Hughes Tool Corporation (C/N 82).

Vickers Photo Ref MP7038 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

6

Continental Airlines
N240V
December 1957

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in December 1957 on the production line in the Erecting Shop during the painting phase.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and also the non-standard 'horn balance' rudder which was replaced with a standard version after the initial flight testing.

Vickers Photo Ref MP7488 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

7

Continental Airlines
N240V
January 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in January 1958 on the production line in the Erecting Shop during the painting phase.

Note the non-standard 'horn balance' rudder which was replaced with a standard version after the initial flight testing.

The propellers are still in the 'feathered' position which is how they are installed.

There is a very smart guy in a suit and bow tie next to the No.2 engine and is probably a representative from the airline.

Vickers Photo Ref MP7584 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

8

Continental Airlines
N240V
February 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken departing from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England 14 February 1958 on its first flight.

It landed back at Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England to continue the test flying programme.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Vickers Photo Ref MP7778 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

9

Continental Airlines
N240V
February 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken departing from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England 14 February 1958 on its first flight.

It landed back at Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England to continue the test flying programme.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Vickers Photo Ref IK0091 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

10

Continental Airlines
N240V
February 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England 14 February 1958 getting ready for another test flight.

Note the non-standard 'horn balance' rudder which was replaced with a standard version before it was delivered.

Vickers Photo Ref MP7779 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Continental Airlines
N240V
February 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 14 February 1958 carrying out engine runs before another test flight.

Note the non-standard 'horn balance' rudder which was replaced with a standard version before it was delivered.

Vickers Photo Ref MP7780 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

12

Continental Airlines
N240V
February 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 14 February 1958 before another test flight.

Note the non-standard 'horn balance' rudder which was replaced with a standard version before it was delivered.

Vickers Photo Ref MP7781 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

13

Continental Airlines
N240V
February 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 14 February 1958 before another test flight.

Note the non-standard 'horn balance' rudder which was replaced with a standard version before it was delivered.

Vickers Photo Ref MP7782 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

14

Continental Airlines
N240V
February 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 14 February 1958 where it continued test flying before the fitment of a standard rudder.

Vickers Photo Ref MP7788 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Continental Airlines
N240V
May 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 10 May 1958 just before it departed on its delivery journey.

This view shows Nigel's wife Susan about to board the aircraft as she was travelling back to Washington, District of Columbia, USA, where Nigel worked for Vickers-Armstrongs in support of the North American based Viscounts.

There was only a temporary seat for her as the cabin was not furnished and contained a lot of boxes of spare parts.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and that the number '240' on the nose undercarriage door had not yet been adopted.

Photo source - Nigel Wemyss via Colville Wemyss

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Continental Airlines
N240V
June 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. A view of the club-lounge at the rear of the cabin circa June 1958 which had a small window on either side.

It was only occupied after takeoff and priviledged passengers returned to their seats during periods of heavy turbulence and before the landing phase commenced.

Continental Airlines publicity photo introducing the 'Viscount II' service from Denver to Los Angeles.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Continental Airlines
N240V
June 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Los Angeles International Airport, California, USA in late June 1958.

Photo source - Mel Lawrence

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Continental Airlines
N240V
July 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Midway Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA circa July 1958.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - Pat Bukiri collection

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Continental Airlines
N240V
June 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at El Paso Airport, Texas, USA circa June 1958, now named 'Los Angeles'.

It is nearly ready for departure with the terminal building canopy casting a deep shadow.

Photo source - Jerry Dixon collection

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Continental Airlines
N240V
July 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines and now named 'Los Angeles'. Taken at Stapleton Airport, Denver, Colorado, USA circa July 1958.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - Jerry Dixon collection

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Continental Airlines
N240V
August 1959

Delivered new to Continental Airlines and now named 'Los Angeles'. Taken at Kansas City Airport, Missouri, USA in August 1959.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin and the heavily oil stained ramp from the piston airliner era.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

22

Continental Airlines
N240V
August 1959

Delivered new to Continental Airlines and now named 'Los Angeles'. Taken at Kansas City Airport, Missouri, USA in August 1959.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin and the heavily oil stained ramp from the piston airliner era.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

23

Continental Airlines
N240V
March 1960

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Colorado Springs Airport, Colorado, USA March 1960 with a stunning backdrop.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and the 'Radar' logo now on the cabin door.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Continental Airlines
N240V
June 1960

Delivered new to Continental Airlines and now named 'Los Angeles'. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1960.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

25

Tennessee Gas Transmission Corporation
N501T
June 1963

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at San Francisco International Airport, California, USA in June 1963.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks and Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) exhaust at the rear.

The small window at the rear of the cabin has now been removed.

Photo source - William (Bill) T Larkins

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Tennessee Gas Transmission Corporation
N501T
April 1966

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Washington National Airport, District of Columbia, USA 6 April 1966.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks and Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) exhaust at the rear.

Photo source - Bo-Göran Lundkvist

27

Tenneco Inc
N501T
January 1971

Transferred from Tennessee Gas Transmission Corporation due to a corporate name change. Taken at Port Columbus Airport, Columbus, Ohio, USA circa January 1971.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Bob Garrard collection

28

Tenneco Inc
N501T
June 1972

Transferred from Tennessee Gas Transmission Corporation due to a corporate name change. Taken at San Francisco International Airport, California, USA circa June 1972.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Glenn Thrower collection

29

Alidair
N501TL
October 1975

Purchased from Tenneco Inc. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 11 October 1975.

It only arrived on this day but already 'ALIDAIR' titles are being applied to the Tenneco livery.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks and the integral front 'airsteps'.

Photo source - Carl Ford

30

Alidair
N501TL
October 1975

Purchased from Tenneco Inc. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 11 October 1975.

It only arrived on this day but already 'ALIDAIR' titles are being applied to the Tenneco livery.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Photo source - Carl Ford

31

Alidair
N501TL
November 1975

Purchased from Tenneco Inc. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in November 1975 with Alidair titles now applied to the Tenneco livery.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks and integral front 'airsteps'.

Photo source - John Smith

32

Alidair
N501TL
December 1975

Purchased from Tenneco Inc. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool. England in December 1975.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

33

Alidair
N501TL
December 1975

Purchased from Tenneco Inc. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands 13 December 1975 operating in the old Tenneco livery with Alidair titles.

It was never repainted in the current Alidair livery or registered in the UK and therefore had to be flown by pilots holding a temporary US Federal Aviation Administration licence, which is probably why it was soon phased out of the fleet.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Mike Pitman

34

Alidair
N501TL
February 1976

Purchased from Tenneco Inc. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 10 February 1976.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed.

Photo source - Mick Bajcar

35

Alidair
N501TL
March 1976

Purchased from Tenneco Inc. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 6 March 1976 shortly before delivery on lease to Cyprus Airways.

The titles on the forward cabin door state 'on lease from Alidair'.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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Alidair
N501TL
March 1976

Purchased from Tenneco Inc. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 6 March 1976 shortly before delivery on lease to Cyprus Airways.

The titles on the forward cabin door state 'on lease from Alidair'.

Photo source - Carl Ford

37

Cyprus Airways Ltd
N501TL
May 1976

Leased from Alidair in an adapted Tenneco Inc livery. Taken at an unknown location circa May 1976.

The titles on the forward cabin door state 'on lease from Alidair'.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

38

Alidair
N501TL
May 1976

Returned from Cyprus Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in May 1976 shortly after its return off of lease.

Photo source - Steve Gensler

39

Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)
B-2037
January 1979

Returned from Mandala Airlines lease. Taken at Songshan Airport, Taipei Taiwan in January 1979.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)
B-2037
November 1979

Returned from Mandala Airlines lease. Taken stored at Songshan Airport, Taipei, Taiwan 1 November 1979.

Note the missing wingtip.

Photo source - Rolf Larsson

41

Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)
B-2037
November 1979

Returned from Mandala Airlines lease. Taken stored at Songshan Airport, Taipei, Taiwan 1 November 1979.

Note the missing wingtip.

Photo source - Tommy Lakmaker

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