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Viscount c/n 374

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Below are the 30 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 374 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-TVN
August 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'William Dampier'. Taken at West Beach Airport, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia in August 1958.

Photo source - Frank Finney

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVN
September 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'William Dampier'. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia September 1958.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

3

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

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'William Dampier'. Taken at Llanherne Airport, Hobart, South East Tasmania, Australia circa January 1962.

Photo source - Christopher George via Martin George

4

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVN
December 1963

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'William Dampier'. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia circa December 1963 in the orange tail interim livery.

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 - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVN
December 1965

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'William Dampier'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa December 1965 in the final livery with a TAA Lockheed 188 Electra landing in the background.

Photo source - Keith Hurwood

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVN
December 1966

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'William Dampier'. Taken at an unknown location in Australia circa December 1966.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVN
April 1967

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'William Dampier'. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia circa April 1967 in the TAA maintenance area.

The DC-3 behind is VH-RRA belonging to C.S.I.R.O. Division of Cloud Physics.

Photo source - David A Carter

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVN
December 1967

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'William Dampier'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa December 1967.

Photo source - Russell Garth via Greg Thom

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVN
June 1968

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'William Dampier'. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in June 1968

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVN
August 1968

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'William Dampier'. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in August 1968 in the final livery. Photo Ref V639

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Botswana National Airways (BNA)
A2-ZEL
June 1969

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Takan at an unknown location in June 1969

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Botswana National Airways (BNA)
A2-ZEL
July 1969

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken arriving at Francistown Airport, Botswana circa July 1969.

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

Photo source - Dan Morgan

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Botswana National Airways (BNA)
A2-ZEL
July 1969

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken at Francistown Airport, Botswana circa July 1969.

Note that the vertical stripe is missing from this side of the tail!

Photo source - Dan Morgan

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Botswana National Airways (BNA)
A2-ZEL
July 1969

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken at Francistown Airport, Botswana circa July 1969.

Photo source - Dan Morgan

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Botswana National Airways (BNA)
A2-ZEL
June 1970

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken stored at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in June 1970 with 'BAC' titles on the tail replacing 'BNA' but it was never flown as such.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Botswana National Airways (BNA)
A2-ZEL
July 1970

Purchased from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). Taken stored at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa July 1970 with 'BAC' titles on the tail replacing 'BNA' but it was never flown as such.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNI
May 1972

Purchased from Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty). Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Rhodesia in May 1972.

The facility in the background is the Rhodesian Air Force New Sarum base.

Photo source - Robin D W Norton

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNI
October 1975

Purchased from Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty) and named 'Sabie'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in October 1975 in the later 'Calair' livery.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNI
October 1975

Purchased from Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty) and named 'Sabie'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in October 1975.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNI
June 1977

Purchased from Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty) and named 'Sabie'. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Rhodesia circa 1977.

Photo source - Robert N Smith collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNI
September 1977

Purchased from Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty) and named 'Sabie'. Taken by navigator Paddy Morgan from a Rhodesian Air Force English Electric Canberra being flown by Gregg Todd after they had seen the Viscount take off from Victoria Falls Airport in September 1977.

The photograph was taken with the Viscount at about 2,000 ft AGL and the Canberra about 500 ft above the Viscount.

Note the very coarse angle of the Rotol props as the aircraft climbs.

Photo source - Paddy Morgan via Gregg Todd

22

Air Rhodesia
VP-YNI
December 1977

Purchased from Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty) and named 'Sabie'. Taken arriving at Salisbury International Airport, Rhodesia in December 1977.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Air Rhodesia
VP-YNI
May 1978

Purchased from Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty) and named 'Sabie'. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in May 1978.

Photo source - John Morris collection

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Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia
VP-YNI
July 1979

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to name change. Taken at Bulawayo Airport, Zimbabwe Rhodesia 20 July 1979 in a 'low-viz' matt livery with heat deflectors on the engine exhausts as a means of protection from Zimbabwe People's Revolution Army (ZIPRA) rebels.

It still carries the old name 'Air Rhodesia' but was soon repainted.

Luc took this photo before boarding for a service to Victoria Falls.

Photo source - Luc Ghys

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Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia
VP-YNI
July 1979

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to name change. Taken shortly after departing from Bulawayo Airport, Zimbabwe Rhodesia 20 July 1979 on a service to Victoria Falls.

As soon as they were airborne the Captain advised the passengers that they would be making a sharp turn to port.

Presumably this was to avoid flying over a known hostile area held by the Zimbabwe People's Revolution Army (ZIPRA) rebels.

Photo source - Luc Ghys

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Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia
VP-YNI
September 1979

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to name change. Taken at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa September 1979 painted in a matt semi low visibility livery due to terrorist activities.

Note the initial use of both Zimbabwe and Rhodesia in the titles.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia
VP-YNI
December 1979

Transferred from Air Rhodesia due to name change. Taken at Bulawayo Airport, Zimbabwe Rhodesia circa December 1979 painted in a matt semi low visibility livery due to terrorist activities.

Note the initial use of both Zimbabwe and Rhodesia in the titles.

The city skyline can just be seen in the background.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

28

Air Zimbabwe
Z-YNI
October 1984

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia due to name change and re-registered from VP-YNI. Taken at Kentucky Airport, Harare, Zimbabwe in October 1984.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

29

Harare Airport Fire Service
Z-YNI
October 2011

Donated by Air Zimbabwe for fire service emergency training. A Google Earth view taken at Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe 27 October 2011.

There is an earlier view available dated 20 April 2000 in the same location.

The remains may be visible from the road through a boundary fence.

Photo source - Google Earth

30

Harare Airport Fire Service
Z-YNI
May 1998

Donated by Air Zimbabwe for fire service emergency training. Taken at Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe 11 May 1998 in a derelict state.

Whilst the aircraft was being towed across the airfield in the 1990s it was substantially damaged when it fell back onto its tail and then back onto its nosewheel.

In 2003 it was extensively damaged by fire whilst being occupied by squatters.

Does anyone know the exact dates of the towing and fire incidents?

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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