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Viscount c/n 363

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Below are the 42 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 363 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
N251V
June 1959

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Stapleton International Airport, Denver, Colorado, USA awaiting passengers in June 1959.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Photo source - George E Lawrence

2

Continental Airlines
N251V
September 1960

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at an unknown location circa September 1960.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

3

Continental Airlines
N251V
June 1963

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Love Field, Dallas, Texas, USA circa June 1963.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - Pete Bulban via Mike Martin

4

Channel Airways
G-AVHE
April 1967

Returned from Continental Airlines lease. Taken landing at Lohausen Airport, Düsseldorf, West Germany 14 April 1967, a month after entering service.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - Bill Bushell

5

Channel Airways
G-AVHE
June 1967

Returned from Continental Airlines lease. Taken arriving at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England circa June 1967.

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

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin and the packed terminal building viewing gallery.

Photo source - Mark Ward collection

6

Channel Airways
G-AVHE
August 1967

Returned from Continental Airlines lease. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in August 1967.

Note that the integral front 'airsteps' have been retained on this aircraft and also the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - R A Scholefield collection

7

Channel Airways
G-AVHE
September 1967

Returned from Continental Airlines lease. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex in September 1967 outside the main Channel Airways maintenance hangar.

This hangar was later used by British Air Ferries (BAF).

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

8

Channel Airways
G-AVHE
September 1967

Returned from Continental Airlines lease. Taken at an unknown location in September 1967.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

9

Air Ferry Ltd
G-AVHE
January 1968

Leased from Channel Airways. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in January 1968 in the southern maintenance area.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Also note the crane in the background that was used in the construction of the four storey office block above the terminal building and is now nearing completion.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

10

Air Ferry Ltd
G-AVHE
June 1968

Leased from Channel Airways. Taken at Manston Airport, Kent, England in June 1968 at the Air Ferry maintenance base.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

In the background is an Invicta Douglas DC-4.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

11

Air Ferry Ltd
G-AVHE
June 1968

Leased from Channel Airways. Taken at Manston Airport, Kent, England in June 1968 at the Air Ferry maintenance base.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

12

Air Ferry Ltd
G-AVHE
July 1968

Leased from Channel Airways. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in July 1968.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - Caz Caswell collection

13

Air Ferry Ltd
G-AVHE
July 1968

Leased from Channel Airways. Taken at Langenhagen Airport, Hannover, West Germany in July 1968 operating a charter flight.

A busy ramp with a British Eagle Bristol Britannia on the left, another Britannia on the right and Luxair Viscount LX-LGC and Sudflug Douglas DC-7C D-ABAC behind.

The German aircraft was soon to depart to Biafra in connection with the civil war against Nigeria.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

14

Air Ferry Ltd
G-AVHE
August 1968

Leased from Channel Airways. Taken at Manston Airport, Kent, England in August 1968 at the Air Ferry maintenance base.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

15

Air Ferry Ltd
G-AVHE
September 1968

Leased from Channel Airways. Taken about to depart Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in September 1968.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

In the background is a Caledonian Airways Bristol Britannia.

Photo source - Paul A Tomlin

16

Channel Airways
G-AVHE
August 1969

Returned from Air Ferry Ltd lease. Taken at Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland in August 1969 with 'Scottish Flyer' titles whilst operating a short-lived 'bus-stop' service from Rochford, Southend, Essex, England to Dyce, Aberdeen and Turnhouse, Edinburgh.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Behind is a Cambrian / British Air Services Viscount.

Photo source - Bill Sheridan

17

Channel Airways
G-AVHE
October 1969

Returned from Air Ferry Ltd lease. Taken at Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland in October 1969 with 'Scottish Flyer' titles whilst operating a short-lived 'bus-stop' service from Southend to Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

The yellow baggage truck is a Karrier Bantam.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

18

Channel Airways
G-AVHE
November 1969

Returned from Air Ferry Ltd lease. Taken at Middelkerke Airport, Ostend, Belgium in November 1969 still with 'Scottish Flyer' titles.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

In the background is a Dan-Air London Douglas DC-3.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

19

Channel Airways
G-AVHE
January 1970

Returned from Air Ferry Ltd lease. Taken at Middelkerke Airport, Ostend, Belgium in January 1970 still with 'Scottish Flyer' titles.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

In the background is a British Air Ferries (BAF) Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair on a car ferry service.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

20

Channel Airways
G-AVHE
February 1970

Returned from Air Ferry Ltd lease. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 1 February 1970 now with 'Channel Airways' titles.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Behind is a Dan-Air London de Havilland Comet 4 and a Caledonian Airways Boeing 707.

A very foggy day!

Photo source - Caz Caswell collection

21

Channel Airways
G-AVHE
May 1971

Returned from Rousseau Aviation lease. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex in May 1971 after the collapse of the airline.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo Ref V1087

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

22

Channel Airways
G-AVHE
January 1972

Returned from Rousseau Aviation lease. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex in January 1972.

The aircraft behind is G-ATVE (C/N 366).

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

23

Channel Airways
G-AVHE
March 1972

Returned from Rousseau Aviation lease. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in March 1972.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize collection

24

Channel Airways
G-AVHE
April 1972

Returned from Rousseau Aviation lease. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in April 1972.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

The aircraft behind is G-ATVE (C/N 366).

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

25

Channel Airways
G-AVHE
June 1972

Returned from Rousseau Aviation lease. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 15 June 1972 now minus its Rolls-Royce Dart Mark 525 engines.

The aircraft behind is G-ATVE (C/N 366).

Both aircraft were broken up for scrap later in the year, but the forward fuselage section of this aircraft was saved and donated to the nearby Historic Aircraft Museum.

Photo source - Brian Mells

26

Channel Airways
G-AVHE
June 1972

Returned from Rousseau Aviation lease. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in June 1972 now minus its Rolls-Royce Dart Mark 525 engines.

The aircraft behind is G-ATVE (C/N 366).

Both aircraft were broken up for scrap later in the year, but the forward fuselage section of this aircraft was saved and donated to the nearby Historic Aircraft Museum.

Photo source - Dave Rowe

27

Channel Airways
G-AVHE
August 1972

Returned from Rousseau Aviation lease. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in August 197.

The aircraft behind is G-ATVE (C/N 366). Both aircraft were broken up for scrap later in the year, but the forward fuselage section of this aircraft was saved and donated to the nearby Historic Aircraft Museum.

Photo source - Reto Fasciati via Urs Baettig

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Historic Aircraft Museum
G-AVHE
October 1972

Forward fuselage section donated by Channel Airways. Taken at the Historic Aircraft Museum at Rochford, Southend, Essex, England circa October 1972.

Photo source - Bill Powderly

29

Historic Aircraft Museum
G-AVHE
November 1980

Forward fuselage section donated by Channel Airways. Taken at the Historic Aircraft Museum at Rochford, Southend, Essex, England 2 November 1980.

Curiously, it was painted in British Midland Airways (BMA) livery, even though it was never operated by them.

Photo source - Ian Haskell

30

Dusseldorf Airport Authority
G-AVHE
March 1987

Forward fuselage section transferred from the defunct Air Classik Museum. Taken at Dusseldorf Airport, West Germany 31 March 1987 displayed on top of a terminal building in a public terrace viewing area.

The information panel states it to be a Viscount 814 cockpit section as operated by Deutsche Lufthansa AG which is incorrect for this aircraft.

Photo source - Paul J Hooper

31

Dusseldorf Airport Authority
G-AVHE
June 1987

Forward fuselage section transferred from the defunct Air Classik Museum. Taken at Dusseldorf Airport, West Germany circa June 1987 displayed on top of a terminal building in a public terrace viewing area.

Photo source - Udo K Haafke

32

Albatros Flugmuseum
G-AVHE
May 2004

Forward fuselage section acquired from the Historic Aircraft Museum. Taken from the spectators roof terrace on top of the terminal building at Echterdingen Airport, Stuttgart, Germany 1 May 2004 in a basic Lufthansa livery.

Photo source - Jochen Hoenle - STR Aviation

33

Albatros Flugmuseum
G-AVHE
April 2006

Forward fuselage section acquired from the Historic Aircraft Museum. Taken from the spectators roof terrace on top of the terminal building at Echterdingen Airport, Stuttgart, Germany 25 April 2006 in a basic Lufthansa livery.

Photo source - Ian Haskell

34

Albatros Flugmuseum
G-AVHE
June 2011

Forward fuselage section acquired from the Historic Aircraft Museum. Taken from the spectators roof terrace on top of the terminal building at Echterdingen Airport, Stuttgart, Germany circa June 2011 in a basic Lufthansa livery.

To the right is the rotor blades of a helicopter also on display.

Photo source - Manfred Poznanski

35

Albatros Flugmuseum
G-AVHE
June 2011

Forward fuselage section acquired from the Historic Aircraft Museum. Taken from the spectators roof terrace on top of the terminal building at Echterdingen Airport, Stuttgart, Germany circa June 2011 in a basic Lufthansa livery.

The rear of the fuselage has been boarded off with an access door and windows.

The paintwork has started to show its age now.

Photo source - Manfred Poznanski

36

Albatros Flugmuseum
G-AVHE
June 2011

Forward fuselage section acquired from the Historic Aircraft Museum. Taken from the spectators roof terrace on top of the terminal building at Echterdingen Airport, Stuttgart, Germany circa June 2011 in a basic Lufthansa livery.

Photo source - Manfred Poznanski

37

Kiemele Museum
G-AVHE
March 2015

Forward fuselage section transferred from Albatros Flugmuseum at Stuttgart Airport, Germany. Taken at Seifertshofen, near Eschach, Germany 20 March 2015.

Note the ex West German Air Force Nord 2501D Noratlas top left and an ex East German Air Force Antonov on the right.

Photo source - Google Earth

38

Buccara Base
G-AVHE
August 2016

Forward fuselage section purchased from Morlock Motors. This view shows the industrial area near the River Rhein at Bad Honnef, a spa town in the Rhein-Sieg district, North Rhein-Westphalia, Germany and was taken 28 August 2016, before the arrival of the Viscount section.

The arrow points to an aluminium caravan that is just visible in the next photo.

Photo source - Google Earth

39

Buccara Base
G-AVHE
April 2019

Forward fuselage section purchased from Morlock Motors. Taken at Bad Honnef, a spa town in the Rhein-Sieg district, North Rhein-Westphalia, Germany 15 April 2019.

It is on display along with other transport exhibits.

Photo source - Erwin Alexander

40

Buccara Base
G-AVHE
March 2021

Forward fuselage section purchased from Morlock Motors. Taken at Bad Honnef, a spa town in the Rhein-Sieg district, North Rhein-Westphalia, Germany 10 March 2021.

It is on display along with other transport exhibits but is now in poor condition externally.

Photo source - Anton van Ruiten

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Buccara Base
G-AVHE
March 2021

Forward fuselage section purchased from Morlock Motors. Taken at Bad Honnef, a spa town in the Rhein-Sieg district, North Rhein-Westphalia, Germany 10 March 2021.

It is on display along with other transport exhibits but is now in poor condition externally.

Photo source - Anton van Ruiten

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Buccara Base
G-AVHE
March 2021

Forward fuselage section purchased from Morlock Motors. Taken at Bad Honnef, a spa town in the Rhein-Sieg district, North Rhein-Westphalia, Germany 10 March 2021.

It is on display along with other transport exhibits but is now in poor condition externally.

Photo source - Anton van Ruiten

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