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Viscount c/n 402

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Below are the 35 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 402 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

Airwork Ltd
G-APND
May 1959

Delivered new to Airwork Ltd. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England circa May 1959.

This photo appears to have been taken at an open day and shows the aircraft fully painted in Sudan Airways livery.

There is no record of this aircraft being leased to them or issued with a Sudanese registration.

In the background is ST-AAN (C/N 419) which was delivered on lease in June 1959.

Perhaps there was a clause in the lease contract for ST-AAN that Airwork would provide a backup aircraft if required.

By November 1959 it was back in service in the full Airwork livery.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

2

Airwork Ltd
G-APND
November 1959

Delivered new to Airwork Ltd. Taken at Salisbury Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa November 1959.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed, which is somewhat strange considering how far it is from home on this charter flight.

The return flight to London went via Lusaka and Ndola - Northern Rhodesia, Entebbe - Uganda, Khartoum - Sudan, Benghazi - Libya and Hal Far - Malta.

Photo source - Brian Robbins

3

Airwork Ltd
G-APND
November 1959

Delivered new to Airwork Ltd. Taken at Salisbury Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa November 1959.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed, which is somewhat strange considering how far it is from home on this charter flight.

The return flight to London went via Lusaka and Ndola - Northern Rhodesia, Entebbe - Uganda, Khartoum - Sudan, Benghazi - Libya and Hal Far - Malta.


Photo source - Brian Robbins

4

British United Airways (BUA)
G-APND
August 1960

Transferred from Airwork Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace Region, France 13 August 1960.

It is still in full Airwork livery.

Photo source - Peter Frei

5

British United Airways (BUA)
G-APND
December 1960

Transferred from Airwork Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at Portela Airport, Lisbon, Portugal in December 1960.

A view of Captain Jack Milner, originally from Canada with his wife Barbara (nee Hey) returning from their honeymoon as passengers.

Both worked for the airline at the time.

As you can see the ground handling was catered for by Transportes Aereos Portugueses (TAP) who decided not to purchase the Viscount.

Note the lack of a Union Jack flag on the tail at this time.

Photo source - Geoff Milner

6

British United Airways (BUA)
G-APND
February 1961

Transferred from Airwork Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in February 1961.

Photo source - Dave Thaxter

7

British United Airways (BUA)
G-APND
May 1961

Transferred from Airwork Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 9 May 1961.

Presumably it had returned to Vickers for modification work.

The prototype Vanguard G-AOYW is lurking in the hangar.

Vickers Photo Ref MP13208 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

8

East African Airways Corporation (EAAC)
G-APND
June 1961

Leased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Luqa Airport, Malta 29 June 1961 with East African Airways Corporation (EAAC) titles whilst operating a service from East Africa to London.

Over on the far side of the airfield are two RAF Avro Shackleton MR.3 maritime reconnaissance aircraft.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

9

British United Airways (BUA)
G-APND
June 1963

Returned from East African Airways Corporation (EAAC) lease. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England circa June 1963.

Photo source - John Coupland via Paul Seymour

10

Alia - The Royal Jordanian Airlines
JY-ADB
November 1966

Leased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in November 1966 shortly before delivery in a modified BUA livery.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

11

Alia - The Royal Jordanian Airlines
JY-ADB
January 1967

Leased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at an unknown location in January 1967.

Considering the short lease period, it is surprising that this aircraft received a full repaint, which suggests that the lease period was cut short for some reason.

Note the full nacelle covers to protect the Rolls-Royce Dart engines from wind-blown sand ingestion.

Photo source - The Aviation Photo Company

12

British United Airways (BUA)
G-APND
August 1967

Returned from Alia - The Royal Jordanian Airlines lease. Taken at Exeter Airport, Devon, England 21 August 1967 operating a charter flight.

It has now been repainted in the new 'sand and turquoise' livery.

Photo source - Chris England

13

British United Airways (BUA)
G-APND
April 1968

Returned from Alia - The Royal Jordanian Airlines lease. Taken arriving at Exeter Airport, Devon, England 10 April 1968 operating a charter flight.

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

Note the RAF Gloster Meteor trainer in the background.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

14

British United Airways (BUA)
G-APND
February 1968

Returned from Alia - The Royal Jordanian Airlines lease. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in February 1968.

The four storey office block above the terminal building is now nearing completion.

Photo source - Geoff Blampied collection

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APND
April 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken arriving at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in April 1969.

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

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APND
January 1971

Returned from Ghana Airways lease. Taken at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm, Sweden 3 January 1971.

Photo source - Lars Söderström

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APND
April 1973

Returned from Ghana Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 10 April 1973 in the basic Arkia less titles livery after the sale was not completed.

It returned to BMA service in this condition for a short period before any titles were applied.

Photo source - George Stringer

18

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APND
April 1973

Returned from Ghana Airways lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in April 1973 in the basic Arkia less titles livery after the sale was not completed.

It returned to BMA service in this condition for a short period before any titles were applied.

Note the ex Nora Air Services (NAS) Viscount in the background.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

19

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APND
April 1973

Returned from Ghana Airways lease. Taken departing from East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 26 April 1973 in the basic Arkia less titles livery after the sale was not completed.

It returned to BMA service in this condition for a short period before any titles were applied.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

20

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APND
May 1973

Returned from Ghana Airways lease. Taken at an unknown location (possibly Jersey Airport, Channel Islands) in May 1973 still in the basic Arkia livery less titles after the sale was not completed.

Within a month BMA titles had been applied.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

21

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APND
June 1973

Returned from Ghana Airways lease. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in June 1973 in a modified Arkia livery as the sale was not completed.

Photo source - Mark Anderson

22

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APND
July 1973

Returned from Ghana Airways lease. Taken at Middelkerke Airport, Ostend, Belgium circa July 1973 in a modified Arkia livery as the sale was not completed.

Photo source - Bob Godts

23

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APND
August 1973

Returned from Ghana Airways lease. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in August 1973 in a modified Arkia livery as the sale was not completed.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

24

British Aircraft Corporation (BAC)
G-16-20
November 1973

Purchased from British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire in November 1973 with a 'B Conditions' test registration applied to the basic BMA / Arkia livery.

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVF
June 1974

Purchased from the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC). Taken at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel circa June 1974 outside Terminal 2 with a non-standard tail livery.

Photo source - Bob Weinwurzel

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVF
April 1975

Purchased from the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC). Taken at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel circa April 1975 outside Terminal 2 in a revised livery.

Photo source - Michael Sender

27

Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVF
June 1979

Purchased from the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC). Taken at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel circa June 1979 outside Terminal 2.

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

28

Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVF
May 1982

Purchased from the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC). Taken at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel circa May 1982 outside Terminal 2.

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

29

Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVF
May 1984

Purchased from the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC). Taken stored at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel 23 May 1984.

The aircraft in front is 4X-AVB (C/N 424).

Both aircraft were later purchased by British Air Ferries (BAF) and broken up for spares.

Note the Israeli Defence Force aircraft in the background.

Photo source - Derek Gaynor

30

Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVF
September 1987

Purchased from the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC). Taken stored at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel 15 September 1987 and now with its Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed.

The aircraft in front is 4X-AVB (C/N 424).

Both aircraft were later purchased by British Air Ferries (BAF) and broken up for spares.

Photo source - Magnus Wall / Swedish Aviation Historical Society

31

Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVF
April 1989

Purchased from the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC). This is the operator name plate that was normally installed on the forward cabin bulkhead.

The aircraft was purchased by British Air Ferries (BAF) for spares recovery and this nameplate was acquired by Mike Sessions during his time with this airline.

Photo source - Mike J Sessions

32

Chelmer Transport Hauliers
4X-AVE
May 1989

Forward fuselage section transferred from Hanningfield Metals. Taken in the yard of Chelmer Transport Hauliers at Coggleshall, Essex, England on the A120 road in May 1989.

Photo source - Rich Tregear

33

Chelmer Transport Hauliers
4X-AVF
May 1989

Forward fuselage section transferred from Hanningfield Metals. Taken in the yard of Chelmer Transport Hauliers at Coggleshall, Essex, England on the A120 road in May 1989.

Photo source - Rich Tregear

34

Chelmer Transport Hauliers
4X-AVF
September 1989

Forward fuselage section transferred from Hanningfield Metals. Taken in the yard of Chelmer Transport Hauliers at Coggleshall, Essex, England on the A120 road in September 1989.

Photo source - Jamie Popplewell

35

Chelmer Transport Hauliers
4X-AVF
June 1992

Forward fuselage section transferred from Hanningfield Metals. Presumably taken in the yard of Chelmer Transport Hauliers at Coggleshall, Essex, England on the A120 road circa June 1992.

Confirmation of the location, date and final fate of this relic needed.

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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