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Viscount c/n 373

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Below are the 13 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 373 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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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVM
January 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Fawkner'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 2 January 1959.

The press are thronging around the rear steps as actress Eva Gardner descends with actor Gregory Peck emerging in the doorway.

They were here to take part in the movie 'On the Beach'.

Photo source - Rob McCutcheon collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVM
October 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Fawkner'. Taken landing at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in October 1959 in the later orange tail livery.

Photo source - B Colledge

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVM
December 1960

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Fawkner'. Taken at Perth Airport, Western Australia circa December 1960.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - John Dix collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVM
December 1960

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Fawkner'. Taken at Perth Airport, Western Australia circa December 1960.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - John Dix collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVM
January 1962

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Fawkner'. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia circa January 1962 with a revised orange tail livery with stripes added.

The TAA Fokker F27 Friendship in the background was also powered by the Rolls-Royce Dart engine.

Photo Ref 31361-BCC-B120

Photo source - Brisbane City Council Photographic Archive

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVM
January 1966

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Fawkner'. Taken at Llanherne Airport, Hobart, South East Tasmania, Australia circa January 1966 in a later livery with all four Rolls-Royce Dart engines running prior to departing on a service to Melbourne.

Note the weather radar nose which was installed circa 1962 as a result of an airworthiness directive following the crash of VH-TVC (C/N 46).

Photo source - Greg Brown collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVM
February 1968

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Fawkner'. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in February 1968 awaiting a possible sale.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVM
September 1968

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Fawkner'. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa September 1968 now minus two Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

Photo source - Graham J Bennett

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVM
March 1969

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Fawkner'. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in March 1969.

It now has only one Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engine installed.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVM
December 1969

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Fawkner'. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in December 1969 still with one Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engine installed.

Photo source - David A Carter

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVM
February 1970

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Fawkner'. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 12 February 1970 still with one Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engine installed.

The Viscount behind is VH-RMO (C/N 97).

Photo source - Robert Zweck

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVM
April 1970

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Fawkner'. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 11 April 1970.

All useful parts have now been removed including the remaining Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engine.

The TAA titles and logo are now being overpainted prior to the aircraft going for scrap.

A sale of this aircraft to Botswana National Airways (BNA) as A2-ZEK was not completed.

Photo source - Peter Kelly

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVM
June 1970

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Fawkner'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in June 1970 in the process of being scrapped.

Was this aircraft sold to Sims Metals for processing?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Graham J Bennett

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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