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Viscount c/n 355

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Below are the 40 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 355 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
N241V
February 1958

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

The aircraft behind is N242V (C/N 356).

Vickers Photo Ref MP8053 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

2

Continental Airlines
N241V
February 1958

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

Interesting that the aircraft is now fuelled to check the system for leaks and functionality nearly two months ahead of its first flight.

Vickers Photo Ref MP8054 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

3

Continental Airlines
N241V
February 1958

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

A view of the No.1 Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 525 engine.

Vickers Photo Ref MP8055 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

4

Continental Airlines
N241V
February 1958

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

A closeup view of the tail.

Vickers Photo Ref MP8059 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

5

Continental Airlines
N241V
March 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in March 1958 on the production line in the Erecting Shop final finish bay.

A view of the integral front 'airsteps' in operation.

Vickers Photo Ref MP8162 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

6

Continental Airlines
N241V
April 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in April 1958 being prepared for another pre-delivery test flight.

Vickers Photo Ref MP8174 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

7

Continental Airlines
N241V
April 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in April 1958 and about to depart on another pre-delivery test flight.

Vickers Photo Ref MP8175 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

8

Continental Airlines
N241V
April 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken departing from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in April 1958 on another pre-delivery test flight.

Vickers Photo Ref MP8176 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

9

Continental Airlines
N241V
April 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in April 1958 with passengers boarding for a demonstration flight.

This looks more like a flight for employees.

Vickers Photo Ref MP8179 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

10

Continental Airlines
N241V
April 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in April 1958 prior to departing on a demonstration flight.

A nice view of the integral front 'airsteps'.

Vickers Photo Ref MP8181 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

11

Continental Airlines
N241V
April 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in April 1958 prior to departing on a demonstration flight.

A nice view of the integral front 'airsteps'.

Vickers Photo Ref MP8182 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

12

Continental Airlines
N241V
April 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in April 1958 with passengers on board for a demonstration flight.

This looks more like a flight for employees.

Vickers Photo Ref MP8184 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

13

Continental Airlines
N241V
April 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in April 1958 during the pre-delivery flight test phase.

Photo Ref N/K

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

14

Continental Airlines
N241V
May 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in May 1958 during the pre-delivery flight test phase.

Note that the name 'Chicago' was not applied prior to delivery.

Photo source - Terry Tomkinson via Ann Page

15

Continental Airlines
N241V
June 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines and now named 'Chicago'. Taken at an unknown location in the USA in June 1958.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

16

Continental Airlines
N241V
June 1959

Delivered new to Continental Airlines and now named 'Chicago'. Taken at an unknown location in June 1959.

Photo source - Clinton H Groves collection (ATP)

17

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMK
September 1960

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Stapleton International Airport, Denver, Colorado, USA in September 1960 with the US registration retained for the initial delivery flights within the USA.

Photo Ref V684.

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMK
September 1960

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Omaha Airport, Nebraska, USA in September 1960 with the US registration now removed before continuing the long journey to Australia with Ansett pilots.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMK
October 1960

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 26 October 1960 now repainted in full livery. Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMK
October 1961

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in October 1961.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'. The aircraft behind is VH-TVC (C/N 46) which crashed 30 November 1961.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

21

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMK
June 1964

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 14 June 1964.

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and manager Brian Epstein have just arrived from Sydney, New South Wales.

They are catching up with the rest of the group who were two weeks into a world music tour and used a stand-in drummer named Jimmie Nicol.

Ringo had to be left behind in the UK, as he was suffering from tonsillitis and pharyngitis.

Meanwhile, the other three Beatles travelled from their last gig in Adelaide, South Australia on a chartered Ansett-ANA Fokker F27 Friendship.

Photo source - Beatles Fan website

22

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMK
October 1964

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in October 1964 in a later livery.

Note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMG (C/N 414).

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

23

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMK
January 1965

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa January 1965 with Associated Airlines de Havilland 114 Heron VH-ASH taxiing in the background.

Associated was not a scheduled airline but was the aviation department for mining company BHP.

Photo source - Kurt Finger

24

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMK
May 1965

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa May 1965.

Photo source - Kurt Finger

25

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMK
October 1965

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at an unknown location in October 1965.

Note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMG (C/N 414).

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

26

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMK
December 1966

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken landing at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa December 1966.

Photo source - Greg Bell

27

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMK
January 1967

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in January 1967.

Note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMG (C/N 414).

Photo source - Graham J Bennett

28

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMK
June 1968

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia circa June 1968.

Note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMG (C/N 414).

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

29

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMK
June 1969

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia circa June 1969 in a later livery taxying in from Runway 07.

Photo source - David A Carter

30

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMK
November 1969

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Austrlia in November 1969 awaiting disposal.

Note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMG (C/N 414).

Photo source - Robert N Smith collection

31

Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd
VH-RMK
February 1970

Transferred from ANSETT-ANA. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in early February 1970 awaiting disposal.

Note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMG (C/N 414).

Photo source - Graham J Bennett

32

Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd
VH-RMK
February 1970

Transferred from ANSETT-ANA. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 17 February 1970 awaiting disposal and now minus its titles.

Three of four Rolls-Royce Dart engines have now been removed.

Note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMG (C/N 414).

Photo source - Robert Zweck

33

Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd
VH-RMK
March 1970

Transferred from ANSETT-ANA. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 8 March 1970 now minus engines awaiting disposal.

Photo source - Aeronautica Australia

34

Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd
VH-RMK
May 1970

Transferred from ANSETT-ANA. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in May 1970 awaiting disposal.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

35

Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)
VH-RMK
June 1970

Purchased from Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in June 1970 in its smart FAT livery.

Titles and the Taiwnese registration were applied after it arrived in Taiwan.

Note that the No.2 and No.4 propellers are in the 'feathered' position for some reason.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

36

Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)
VH-RMK
July 1970

Purchased from Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in July 1970 shortly before delivery to Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) still carrying VH-RMK.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

37

Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)
B-2021
October 1972

Purchased from Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd. Taken at Songshan Airport, Taipei, Taiwan in October 1972.

Photo source - Robert N Smith collection

38

Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA)
PK-MVO
October 1977

Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) and named 'Buru'. Taken arriving at Kemayoran Airport, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia circa October 1977.

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

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

39

Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA)
PK-MVO
June 1980

Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) and named 'Buru'. Taken at Kemayoran Airport, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia in June 1980 in a later livery.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

40

Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA)
PK-MVO
December 1983

urchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) and named 'Buru'. Taken stored at Kemayoran Airport, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia in December 1983 in yet another livery.

It is minus its Rolls-Royce Dart engines and other useful parts.

It languished on until the end of 1985 before it was scrapped, and after this airport closed for redevelopment.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

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