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Viscount c/n 389

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Below are the 27 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 389 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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Continental Airlines
N247V
March 1958

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in March 1958 with the fuselage under construction in the main jig.

Vickers Photo Ref MP8166 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Continental Airlines
N247V
February 1964

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken at Love Field Airport, Dallas, Texas, USA in February 1964.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and the small cabin window at the rear.

Photo source - Mel Lawrence

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Channel Airways
G-AVJL
August 1967

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at City of Birmingham Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England in August 1967 with an unidentified sister in the foreground.

Note the small cabin window at the rear.

It was operating a tulip bulb field charter flight to Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The ground handling was being carried out by British Midland Airways (BMA) with a Ground Power Unit (GPU) behind a long wheelbase Land Rover and a BMC J2 crewbus by the steps.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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Channel Airways
G-AVJL
August 1967

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at City of Birmingham Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England in August 1967 operating a tulip bulb field charter flight to Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Note the small cabin window at the rear.

The ground handling was being carried out by British Midland Airways (BMA) with a Ground Power Unit (GPU) behind a long wheelbase Land Rover and a BMC J2 crewbus by the steps.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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Channel Airways
G-AVJL
April 1968

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands in April 1968.

Note the small cabin window at the rear.

Photo source - John A Stedman

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Channel Airways
G-AVJL
June 1968

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Middelkerke Airport, Ostend, Belgium in June 1968.

Note the small cabin window at the rear.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Channel Airways
G-AVJL
April 1970

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in April 1970 with a Dan-Air de Havilland Comet in the background.

Photo source - Richard Beale

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Channel Airways
G-AVJL
May 1971

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken departing from Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in May 1971.

Photo source - Mick West

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Channel Airways
G-AVJL
May 1971

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken arriving at North Weald Airfield, Essex, England during an Embassy International Air Tattoo 31 May 1971.

Note the small cabin window at the rear.

Photo source - Alex Christie

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Channel Airways
G-AVJL
July 1971

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 15 July 1971.

Note the small cabin window at the rear.

Photo source - Brian Mells

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Channel Airways
G-AVJL
April 1972

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 2 April 1972.

Note the small cabin window at the rear.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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Channel Airways
G-AVJL
June 1972

Purchased from Continental Airlines. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England June 1972.

Channel Airways had ceased all operations in February 1972.

Photo source - Dave Rowe

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Alidair
G-AVJL
June 1972

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1972 awaiting an overhaul and repaint.

Note the small cabin window at the rear.

The other Viscount is from Nora Air Services (NAS) in West Germany and was sold to British Midland Airways (BMA).

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Alidair
G-AVJL
November 1972

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Middelkerke Airport, Ostend, Belgium in November 1972.

Note the small cabin window at the rear.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Alidair
G-AVJL
June 1973

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken outside the Alidair hangar at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England circa June 1973.

This would appear to be a publicity photo, perhaps to advertise the new VIP interior that was fitted to this aircraft for special charters.

We would welcome more information on this photo including any names of the people.

Karen is second from the right in the group of four cabin crew and was Karen Bird at the time.

Photo source - Karen Brough collection

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Alidair
G-AVJL
June 1973

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1973.

A good comparison of liveries with G-ASED (C/N 419) on the right.

Photo source - George Stringer

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Alidair
G-AVJL
June 1973

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken departing from Kastrup Airport, Copenhagen, Denmark 27 June 1973.

Note the small cabin window at the rear.

Photo source - Kjell Nilsson

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Alidair
G-AVJL
September 1973

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England in September 1973.

The aircraft is about to depart for East Midlands Airport after an avionics upgrade.

Photo source - Graham Dives

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Alidair
G-AVJL
June 1974

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England in June 1974.

Note the small cabin window at the rear.

Photo source - Trevor S Hall

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Alidair
G-AVJL
June 1974

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken arriving at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland 29 June 1974.

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

Note the small cabin window at the rear.

Photo source - Lewis Grant

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Alidair
G-AVJL
October 1974

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 16 October 1974.

Note the small cabin window at the rear.

Photo source - Alex Burton

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Alidair
G-AVJL
October 1974

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 16 October 1974.

Note the small cabin window at the rear.

Photo source - Alex Burton

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Alidair
G-AVJL
October 1974

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 16 October 1974.

Photo source - Alex Burton

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Alidair
G-AVJL
October 1974

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 16 October 1974 from the wheel bay where Alex worked.

This is clearly a special occasion.

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Alex Burton

25

Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)
B-2033
March 1976

Purchased from Alidair. Taken departing from Songshan Airport, Taipei, Taiwan circa March 1976.

The tailplanes have been painted red which has given the tail a pink tinge.

Note the military Fairchild C-123 Provider and Douglas C-47 in the background.

A photo from Tom's collection.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

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Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)
B-2033
November 1979

Purchased from Alidair. Taken at Kaohsiung International Airport, Taiwan 2 November 1979.

Rolf had great difficulty in obtaining permission to be allowed onto the ramp to take this picture with an official escort but it was certainly well worth it!

Note the small cabin window at the rear.

Photo source - Rolf Larsson

27

Mandala Airlines
PK-RVW
October 1982

Leased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) and named 'Akasha'. Taken at Kemayoran Airport, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia in October 1982.

Note the small cabin window at the rear.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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