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Viscount c/n 381

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Below are the 43 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 381 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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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APEX
August 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A John Harrison'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in August 1958.

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

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APEX
June 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A John Harrison'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1959 during a very quiet period.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

3

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APEX
March 1963

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 24 March 1963 in the later 'Red Square' livery.

Photo source - Ken Fielding

4

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APEX
November 1965

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Luqa Airport, Malta 5 November 1965.

It was being operated by BEA on a joint service to Malta from London via Rome in BEA livery with the Maltese Cross and 'The Maltese Airlines' logo applied to the fuselage cheatline panels instead of the BEA logos.

Additionally, the red and white Maltese flag was applied to the port upper and starboard lower mainplane surfaces.

Note the dual position registration.

Photo source - Dennis W Robinson

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British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APEX
May 1967

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland circa May 1967.

The registration has now been repositioned to conform with new regulations.

Aer Lingus are providing the ground support equipment.

Photo source - Ray Flynn collection

6

BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-APEX
May 1970

Purchased from British European Airways Corporation (BEA). Taken at Zestienhoven Airport, Rotterdam, Netherlands circa May 1970 operating a charter flight bringing tourists to see the 'Dutch Bulb Fields'.

This was a popular period with Donaldson and Caledonian Bristol Britannias in the background doing the same thing.

Photo source - Ger Buskermolen

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-APEX
January 1971

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd. due to a corporate name change. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 5 January 1971 in a modified BKS livery.

Photo source - Paul A Tomlin

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-APEX
February 1971

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd. due to a corporate name change. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England circa February 1971.

Photo source - Dick Gilbert

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-APEX
April 1971

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd. due to a corporate name change. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in April 1971.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-APEX
July 1971

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd. due to a corporate name change. Taken at W A Mozart Airport, Maxglan, Salzburg, Austria 2 July 1971.

Photo source - Michael Bernhard

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-APEX
November 1971

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd. due to a corporate name change. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland 24 November 1971.

Photo source - Nick Ellis collection

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-APEX
June 1972

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd. due to a corporate name change. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England circa June 1972 in the later yellow livery.

Note the Bedford CA Van converted into a set of mobile steps.

In the background is a Kuwait Airways Boeing 707 and a BOAC Vickers VC10.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-APEX
June 1973

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd. due to a corporate name change. Taken at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England in June 1973.

Note the small 'British Airways' titles on the forward fuselage.

Photo source - Geoffrey C Cripps collection

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Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-APEX
June 1973

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd. due to a corporate name change. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands 24 June 1973.

The bright sunshine has changed the yellow livery to a burnt orange version.

Photo source - Mike Pitman

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British Airways (BA)
G-APEX
June 1974

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken arriving at Lulsgate Airport, Bristol, England circa June 1974.

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

Photo source - Bob Vandereyt

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British Airways (BA)
G-APEX
June 1975

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 24 June 1975.

Photo source - Mick Bajcar

17

British Airways (BA)
G-APEX
May 1976

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken arriving at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 25 May 1976.

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

The BA Viscount in the background is G-AMON (C/N 27).

Photo source - Chris England

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British Airways (BA)
G-APEX
May 1976

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken arriving at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 25 May 1976.

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

Photo source - Chris England

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British Airways (BA)
G-APEX
June 1976

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken landing on runway 24 at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in June 1976.

The landing lights under the wing remained flush with the underside of the wing until they were switched on.

This energised a Plessey motor that moved them down into a forward facing position.

The lamp itself was made by Varley.

Photo source - Martin Fisher

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British Airways (BA)
G-APEX
July 1976

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in July 1976.

Photo source - Julian Bourn collection

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British Airways (BA)
G-APEX
July 1978

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at Elmdon Airport, Birmingham, West Midlands, England 25 July 1978 with the old terminal building on the right which was opened in May 1939.

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

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British Airways (BA)
G-APEX
October 1979

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France in October 1979.

Photo source - Michel Gilliand

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British Airways (BA)
G-APEX
February 1981

This stainless steel nameplate was normally installed somewhere on the forward cabin bulkhead.

When the aircraft was sold to British Air Ferries (BAF) it would have been removed and replaced by a BAF version.

This item is now in Chris's collection.

Photo source - Chris Smith

24

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
March 1981

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in March 1981 after its arrival from Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales.

Photo source - Keith Burton

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
May 1981

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken arriving at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 20 May 1981.

The outboard Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines have already been shut down.

Photo source - Steve Barnes

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
June 1981

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 27 June 1981.

Photo source - Ron Mak collection

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
August 1981

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken departing from Billund Airport, Denmark 8 August 1981.

Photo source - Udo K Haafke

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
June 1982

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken at Abbottsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland circa June 1982.

An unusual location at this airport compared to the normal terminal building area.

Photo source - Mark Piacentini

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
August 1982

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace Region, France in August 1982.

Photo source - Eduard Marmet

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
January 1983

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 22 January 1983.

Note the three different BAF liveries.

Photo source - Steve Barnes

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
June 1983

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace Region, France in June 1983.

Photo source - Eduard Marmet

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
September 1983

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken arriving at Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland circa September 1983.

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

Note the Archimedes screws in the background, which were used to lift water.

Photo source - William Millar

33

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
February 1984

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland 9 February 1984.

The sister Viscount behind is in a totally different livery.

Photo source - Colin S Carr

34

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
May 1984

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in May 1984 and already robbed of its Rolls-Royce Dart engines and other useful parts.

It languished on for a further 10 years before it was finally scrapped.

Note Handley Page HPR.7 Herald G-APWA in the background which was preserved at Woodley, Berkshire from 1993.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

35

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
May 1984

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in May 1984 and already robbed of its Rolls-Royce Dart engines and other useful parts.

It languished on for a further 10 years before it was finally scrapped.

Note Handley Page HPR.7 Herald G-APWA in the background which was preserved at Woodley, Berkshire from 1993.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

36

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
February 1985

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 7 February 1985 having been robbed of all useful parts.

Photo source - Paul Purser

37

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
March 1985

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in March 1985 having been robbed of all useful parts.

The higher wing belongs to Handley Page HPR.7 Herald G-APWA which was preserved at Woodley, Berkshire from 1993.

Photo source - Roger Syratt

38

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
June 1986

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 23 June 1986 having been robbed of all useful parts.

Photo source - Mark Hall

39

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
December 1986

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in December 1986 having been robbed of all useful parts.

Note the green tubular Engine Mouting Strut which was also used on the Argosy, Herald, HS748 and Gulfstream I.

The Handley Page HPR.7 Herald on the right is G-APWA, which was preserved at Woodley, Berkshire from 1993.

Photo source - Mike Stedman

40

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
July 1987

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in July 1987 having been robbed of all useful parts.

It languished on as a fuselage until it was scrapped in June 1994.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

41

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
April 1989

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in April 1989 having been robbed of all useful parts.

It languished on as a fuselage until it was scrapped in June 1994.

Note Handley Page HPR.7 Herald G-APWA on the right, which was preserved at Woodley, Berkshire from 1993.

Photo source - David Oates

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British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
September 1989

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England circa September 1989 having been robbed of all useful parts.

It languished on as a fuselage until it was scrapped in June 1994.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

43

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEX
June 1990

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England circa June 1990, now just a fuselage lying on its belly.

It wasn't finally scrapped until June 1994.

The fuselage behind is ex BMA Viscount G-AYOX (C/N 370) which was scrapped in 1991.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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