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Viscount c/n 391

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Below are the 43 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 391 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.

1

Northeast Airlines Inc
N6597C
June 1959

Delivered new to Northeast Airlines Inc. Taken at Portland Airport, Maine, USA circa June 1959.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' being folded away ready for departure.

Photo source - Brian Wood collection

2

Northeast Airlines Inc
N6597C
September 1962

Delivered new to Northeast Airlines Inc. Taken at an unknown location in September 1962 with a group of Northeast aircraft temporarily grounded due to 'Operation Skyshield III'.

This was an exercise carried out by the US military at short notice to test the defences against a Soviet air attack.

The aircraft were grounded for five and a half hours!

The two previous Skyshield exercises took place in 1960 and 1961.

The 1963 event was the last time it was held.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Photo source - Brian Wood collection

3

Victor Comptometer Corporation
N3939V
June 1964

Purchased from the Irving Trust Company. Taken at an unknown location in June 1964.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize collection

4

Victor Comptometer Corporation
N3939V
September 1964

Purchased from the Irving Trust Company. Taken at Reno Airport, Nevada, USA 20 September 1964.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

5

Ron Clark Enterprises
N8989V
September 1973

Leased from the Trico Corporation. Taken at Reno Airport, Nevada, USA 15 September 1973.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Ger Buskermolen

6

Air Rent Inc
N8989V
March 1974

Purchased from the Trico Corporation. Taken at Oakland International Airport, California, USA 6 March 1974.

Note the name 'Steig' on the rear fuselage above the registration and the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

7

Go Transportation Inc
N8989V
April 1974

Purchased from Air Rent Inc by Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman. Taken at an unknown location circa April 1974 with an unrecognised logo on the nose, probably for a music tour.

Does anyone recognise the logo?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

8

Go Transportation Inc
N8989V
January 1975

Purchased from Air Rent Inc by Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman. Taken at Oakland International Airport, California, USA in January 1975.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Jay Sherlock

9

Go Transportation Inc
N8989V
May 1975

urchased from Air Rent Inc by Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman. Taken at Miami International Airport, Florida, USA 10 May 1975 with 'Bad Company' titles for a music tour.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Fred Barnes

10

Go Transportation Inc
N8989V
June 1975

Purchased from Air Rent Inc by Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman. Taken at Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington State, USA in June 1975 with 'Bad Company' titles for a music tour.

Photo source - Bob Harrington - aerobobqat.com

11

Go Transportation Inc
N8989V
June 1975

Purchased from Air Rent Inc by Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman. Taken at an unknown location in June 1975 with 'Bad Company' titles for a music tour.

Photo source - Glenn Thrower collection

12

Go Transportation Inc
N8989V
December 1975

Purchased from Air Rent Inc by Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman. Taken outside an American Airlines hangar at Midway Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA 6 December 1975 with 'Who' titles for a music tour.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Pat Bukiri collection

13

Go Transportation Inc
N8989V
May 1976

Purchased from Air Rent Inc by Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman. Taken at an unknown location in May 1976 in a new livery with 'Bad Company' titles for a music tour.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

14

Go Transportation Inc
N8989V
May 1976

Purchased from Air Rent Inc by Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman. Taken at Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia, Canada in May 1976 in a new livery with 'Bad Company' titles for a music tour.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

15

Go Transportation Inc
N8989V
May 1976

Purchased from Air Rent Inc by Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman. Taken at Midway Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA 29 May 1976 with 'Bad Company' titles for a music tour.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Pat Bukiri collection

16

Go Transportation Inc
N8989V
June 1976

Purchased from Air Rent Inc by Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman. Taken at an unknown location in June 1976. Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Does anyone recognise the location from the distinctive storage tanks in the background?

Photo source - John H Mounce collection

17

Go Transportation Inc
N8989V
July 1976

Purchased from Air Rent Inc by Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman. Taken at Miami International Airport, Florida, USA 18 July 1976.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - R A Scholefield collection

18

Go Transportation Inc
N8989V
March 1977

Purchased from Air Rent Inc by Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman. Taken landing at Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California, USA in March 1977.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Frank C Duarte Jr.

19

Go Transportation Inc
N8989V
May 1978

Purchased from Air Rent Inc by Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman. Taken at Burbank Airport, California, USA circa May 1978 with N200RC (C/N 392) in the hangar.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

20

Go Transportation Inc
N8989V
July 1978

Purchased from Air Rent Inc by Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman. Taken at an unknown location circa July 1978.

It has a Penguin cartoon logo on the tail from a Fleetwood Mac music tour.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

21

Go Transportation Inc
N8989V
September 1978

Purchased from Air Rent Inc by Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman. Taken at an unknown location circa September 1978 while on charter to Welsh singer Tom Jones for a music tour.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

The Fleetwood Mac penguin cartoon logo on the tail has been crudely painted out in cream rather than white.

Does anyone recognise the distinctive building behind the nose?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

22

Go Transportation Inc
N8989V
November 1978

Purchased from Air Rent Inc by Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman. Taken at Uplands Airport, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 30 November 1978.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Rod Digney

23

Ronald J Clark
N150RC
July 1981

Transferred from Go Transportation Inc. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in July 1981, probably on another music tour.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Gary Vincent

24

Ronald J Clark
N150RC
September 1981

Transferred from Go Transportation Inc. Taken at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA circa September 1981.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Karl Smalley

25

Ronald J Clark
N150RC
March 1982

Transferred from Go Transportation Inc. Taken at Lakefront Airport, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA 18 March 1982.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Peter Vercruijsse

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Ronald J Clark
N150RC
October 1983

Transferred from Go Transportation Inc. Taken at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA in October 1983 with an Aerosmith logo on the upper fuselage, after its return from the 'Rock in a Hard Place' music tour.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

The aircraft in the hangar is N140RA (C/N 191).

Photo source - Michael Zoeller

27

Go Transportation Inc
N150RC
August 1984

Transferred from Ronald J Clark. Taken at Lester B Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1 August 1984 while being used on a Rod Stewart music tour.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Bill Knight

28

Go Transportation Inc
N150RC
August 1984

Transferred from Ronald J Clark. Taken at an unknown location circa August 1984 while being used on a Rod Stewart music tour.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

29

Go Transportation Inc
N150RC
August 1987

Returned from Viscount Air Service Inc lease. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 19 August 1987 bringing David Bowie for a one-off concert as part of his 'Glass Spider' world tour.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo Ref CSL-323

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

30

Go Transportation Inc
N150RC
August 1987

Returned from Viscount Air Service Inc lease. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 19 August 1987 bringing David Bowie for a one-off concert as part of his 'Glass Spider' world tour. Note the integral front 'airsteps' and extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks. Photo Ref CSL327

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

31

Go Transportation Inc
N150RC
August 1987

Returned from Viscount Air Service Inc lease. Taken at Lester B Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada in August 1987 undergoing Rolls-Royce Dart engine servicing. Note the integral front 'airsteps' and extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Den Pascoe

32

Viscount Air Service Inc
N150RC
April 1988

Purchased from Go Transportation Inc. Taken at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA 8 April 1988.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Michael Prophet

33

Viscount Air Service Inc
N150RC
July 1988

Purchased from Go Transportation Inc. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 14 July 1988 during a music tour.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Tim Martin

34

Viscount Air Service Inc
N150RC
March 1989

Purchased from Go Transportation Inc. Taken at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA 5 March 1989 with N460RC (C/N 117) in the foreground.

Photo source - David Fox

35

Viscount Unlimited Inc
N150RC
April 1989

Purchased from Go Transportation Inc. Taken at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA 10 April 1989.

Photo source - Paul Seymour

36

Viscount Air Service Inc
N150RC
July 1989

Purchased from Go Transportation Inc. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 10 July 1989 bringing Rod Stewart for a one day concert as part of his 'Out of Order' tour.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo Ref CSL-1072

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

37

Viscount Air Service Inc
N150RC
July 1989

Purchased from Go Transportation Inc. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 10 July 1989 bringing Rod Stewart for a one day concert as part of his 'Out of Order' tour.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo Ref CSL-1075

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

38

Viscount Air Service Inc
N150RC
October 1989

Purchased from Go Transportation Inc. Taken at Los Angeles International Airport, California, USA in October 1989. Baggage is being unloaded from the rear cabin hold area.

Photo source - Linda Collucci Laidlaw

39

Viscount Air Service Inc
N150RC
April 1990

Purchased from Go Transportation Inc. Taken at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA 12 April 1990.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Peter T Lea

40

Aeroeslava
XA-RJL
March 1994

Purchased from Viscount Air Service Inc. Taken at Mexico City Airport, Mexico in March 1994.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

41

Aeroeslava
XA-RJL
March 1994

Purchased from Viscount Air Service Inc. Taken at Mexico City Airport, Mexico in March 1994.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

42

Lineas Ecuatoguineanas De Aviacion (LEA)
XA-RJL
August 1994

Leased / purchased from Aeroeslava. Taken at Mexico City Airport, Mexico 11 August 1994.

Note the extended range ' slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Augusto G Gomez R

43

General Numbi
9Q-CUW
June 2007

Transferred from Sankuru Air Services and reportedly now owned by General Numbi who was formerly the Commander of the Air Force. Taken stored at N’djili Airport, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo 30 June 2007 on the military ramp.

Judging by the amount of grime on the fuselage it hasn't flown for quite a while.

Photo source - Survivors / Gatwick Aviation Society

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