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Viscount c/n 371

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Below are the 32 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 371 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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Ghana Airways
9G-AAV
April 1961

Delivered new to Ghana Airways. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 28 April 1961 with the fuselage awaiting its turn on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The fuselage in the foreground is 9G-AAW (C/N 372).

The four aircraft further down the line are G-ARKZ (C/N 445), D-ANAC (C/N 370), G-ARKY (C/N 444) and furthest away ZK-BWO (C/N 428).

Vickers Photo Ref MP13124 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

2

Ghana Airways
9G-AAV
September 1961

Delivered new to Ghana Airways. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 11 September 1961 during the test flight phase.

Vickers Photo Ref MP13632 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Ghana Airways
9G-AAV
September 1961

Delivered new to Ghana Airways. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 11 September 1961 during the test flight phase.

Vickers Photo Ref MP13631 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Ghana Airways
9G-AAV
September 1961

Delivered new to Ghana Airways. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in September 1961.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Ghana Airways
9G-AAV
September 1961

Delivered new to Ghana Airways. Taken during a pre-delivery test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in September 1961.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Ghana Airways
9G-AAV
January 1965

Delivered new to Ghana Airways. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 29 January 1965 clearing customs while returning to the UK for the Royal Radar and Signals Establishment (RRE), Pershore, Worcestershire, England.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo Ref V513

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE)
XT661
September 1971

Purchased from Ghana Airways. Taken landing at RAF St Mawgan, Newquay Airport, Cornwall, England 17 September 1971.

Note the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage and the white dome under the forward fuselage.

Also note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Stephen John Rendle

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Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE)
XT661
September 1971

Purchased from Ghana Airways. Taken landing at RAF St Mawgan, Newquay Airport, Cornwall, England 17 September 1971.

Note the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage and the white dome under the forward fuselage.

Also note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Chris England

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Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE)
XT661
September 1971

Purchased from Ghana Airways. Taken arriving at RAF St Mawgan, Newquay Airport, Cornwall, England 17 September 1971.

Note the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage and the white dome under the forward fuselage.

Also note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks and the HS Nimrod in the background.

Photo source - Chris England

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
June 1978

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken at Thurleigh Airfield, Bedfordshire, England circa June 1978.

Note the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage and now a short electronics pod under the forward fuselage replacing the dome.

Also note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

The propellers have been painted with high visibility black and white stripes.

Bedford Photo Ref B5066A

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
September 1978

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken on static display at RAF Abingdon, England 16 September 1978 during a Battle of Britian air show.

Note the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage and a short electronics pod under the forward fuselage.

Also note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Clive Newland

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
September 1978

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken on static display at RAF Abingdon, England 16 September 1978 during a Battle of Britian air show.

Note the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage and a short electronics pod under the forward fuselage.

Also note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Robin A Walker

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
June 1981

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken landing at RAF Greenham Common, Berkshire, England in June 1981 during the International Air Tattoo (IAT) air show.

Note the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage and a short electronics pod under the forward fuselage.

Also note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

The propellers have been painted with high visibility black and white stripes.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
June 1981

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken at RAF Greenham Common, Berkshire, England in June 1981 during the International Air Tattoo (IAT) air show.

A nice view of the short electronics pod under the forward fuselage.

The propellers have been painted with high visibility black and white stripes.

Photo source - Brian R Baker

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
June 1981

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken at RAF Greenham Common, Berkshire, England in June 1981 during the International Air Tattoo (IAT) air show.

A nice view of the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage.

The propellers have been painted with high visibility black and white stripes.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
September 1981

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken at RAF Finningley circa September 1981 during a Battle of Britain air show.

A nice view of the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage.

Photo source - John Reece

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
September 1981

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken at RAF Finningley circa September 1981 during a Battle of Britain air show.

A nice view of the short electronics pod under the forward fuselage.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

The propellers have been painted with high visibility black and white stripes.

Photo source - John Reece

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
June 1983

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken at RAF Cottesmore, Rutland, England 17 June 1983 in a later red livery.

Photo source - Kerry Taylor

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
July 1983

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken landing at RAF Greenham Common, Berkshire, England 22 July 1983 during the International Air Tattoo (IAT) air show.

Note the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage and a short electronic pod under the forward fuselage.

Also note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

The propellers have been painted with high visibility black and white stripes.

Photo source - Michael J Freer

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
July 1983

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken at RAF Greenham Common, Berkshire, England 22 July 1983 on static display during the International Air Tattoo (IAT) air show.

Note the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage and a short electronics pod under the forward fuselage.

Also note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Brian G Nichols

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
July 1983

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken at RAF Greenham Common, Berkshire, England 23 July 1983 on static display during the International Air Tattoo (IAT) air show.

Note the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage and a short electronics pod under the forward fuselage.

Also note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Chris England

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
July 1983

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken at RAF Greenham Common, Berkshire, England 23 July 1983 on static display during the International Air Tattoo (IAT) air show.

Note the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage and a short electronics pod under the forward fuselage.

Also note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Rob Schleiffert

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
June 1984

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken at RAF Gütersloh, West Germany circa June 1984.

Note the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage and a short electronics pod under the forward fuselage.

The aircraft in front are both English Electric Canberras.

The camouflaged PR Mark 9 belongs to the RAF and the other one belongs to the RAE.

Photo source - Geof Delmage

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
August 1984

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken landing at RAF St Mawgan, Cornwall, England 7 August 1984.

Note the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage and a short electronics pod under the forward fuselage.

Photo source - Chris England

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
August 1984

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Dorset, England on static display during the Television South (TVS) air show 18 August 1984.

Note the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage and a short electronics pod under the forward fuselage.

Photo source - Nigel Musgrove

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
March 1985

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken landing at Newquay Airport, Cornwall, England 27 March 1985.

Note the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage and a short electronics pod under the forward fuselage.

Also note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Stephen John Rendle

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Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
XT661
July 1988

Transferred from the Royal Radar & Signals Establishment (RRE). Taken at an unknown location during an air show circa July 1988.

Note the long electronics pod under the rear fuselage and a short electronics pod under the forward fuselage.

Also note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

The propellers have been painted with high visibility black and white stripes.

Photo source - Paul Filmen

28

Hanningfield Metals
XT661
August 1993

Purchased from International Turbine Service Inc (ITS) less the Rolls-Royce Dart engines. Taken at Hanningfield Metals, Templewood Industrial Estate, Stock Road, West Hanningfield, Essex, England in August 1993 during the scrapping process.

International Turbine Service Inc of Grapevine, near Dallas, Texas, USA who purchased the aircraft purely for its Dart engines and their UK representative Phil Reid insisted that the forward fuselage section should be saved for preservation.

This also applied to the other RAE Bedford Viscount XT575 (C/N 438), that was scrapped at the same time.

A commendable attitude.

Photo source - oldprops.ukhome.net

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Hanningfield Metals
XT661
August 1993

Purchased from International Turbine Service Inc (ITS) less the Rolls-Royce Dart engines. Taken at Hanningfield Metals, Templewood Industrial Estate, Stock Road, West Hanningfield, Essex, England in August 1993 together with sister RAE - Royal Aircraft Establishment Viscount XT575 (C/N 438) (on the right) during the scrapping process.

International Turbine Service Inc of Grapevine, near Dallas, Texas, USA who purchased both aircraft purely for their Dart engines and their UK representative Phil Reid insisted that both forward fuselage sections should be saved for preservation.

A commendable attitude.

Photo source - oldprops.ukhome.net

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Hanningfield Metals
XT661
August 1993

Purchased from International Turbine Service Inc (ITS). Taken at Hanningfield Metals, Templewood Industrial Estate, Stock Road, West Hanningfield, Essex, England in August 1993 with XT575 (C/N 438) on the left.

The forward fuselage of XT575 escaped into preservation but it is thought that XT661 was finally scrapped at the end of 1996.

Photo source - Alan Allen

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International Turbine Service Inc (ITS)
XT661
November 1994

Purchased from International Turbine Service Inc (ITS) less the Rolls-Royce Dart engines. Taken at Hanningfield Metals, Templewood Industrial Estate, Stock Road, West Hanningfield, Essex, England 1 November 1994.

It is still awaiting a good home which sadly did not happen.

Photo source - Richard Szczygielski

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Hanningfield Metals
XT661
November 1994

Purchased from International Turbine Service Inc (ITS) less the Rolls-Royce Dart engines. Taken at Hanningfield Metals, Templewood Industrial Estate, Stock Road, West Hanningfield, Essex, England in November 1994 with the rear fuselage section lying behind XT575 (C/N 438).

The forward fuselage section of XT575 ended up with the Brooklands Museum but there is no evidence of the forward fuselage section of XT661 escaping and was scrapped towards the end of 1996.

Photo source - Alan Allen

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