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Viscount c/n 412

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Below are the 186 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 412 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

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APIM
August 1958

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

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

Photo source - Peter van Leeuwen collection

2

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APIM
October 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert Boyle'. Taken at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France 11 October 1958.

A photo from Tom's collection.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

3

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert Boyle'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1959.

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

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

4

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert Boyle'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1959 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building with the flight dispatcher in the white cap logging the time.

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

Note the apron speed limit for vehicles of 10 MPH.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

5

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert Boyle'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1959 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building with the flight dispatcher in the white cap logging the time.

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

Note the apron speed limit for vehicles of 10 MPH.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

6

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert Boyle'. A wonderful view of the port wing and No.1 Dart engine taken on a flight from London to Zurich in June 1959.

The photograph has been sent in by his grandson Mark Gilmore.

Photo source - Thomas Brooking Snell (Surgeon Captain RNVR)

7

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert Boyle'. Taken at Kloten Airport, Zurich, Switzerland in June 1959.

The photograph was sent in by his grandson Mark Gilmore.

Photo source - Thomas Brooking Snell (Surgeon Captain RNVR)

8

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APIM
June 1963

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken landing at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa June 1963.

It has now been repainted in the later 'Red Square' livery.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

9

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APIM
October 1963

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Budapest Airport, Hungary circa October 1963.

BEA Photo Ref 7601

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

10

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APIM
June 1964

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channels Islands circa June 1964.

Note the excellent viewing gallery on top of the terminal building.

A John Hinde Studios Postcard Ref 2J 11

Photo source - E Ludwig collection

11

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APIM
March 1966

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 9 March 1966.

Note the dual position registration.

Photo source - Ken Fielding

12

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APIM
July 1966

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken arriving at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland circa July 1966 with the outer Rolls-Royce Dart engines already shut down.

Note the dual position registration.

The oil stained concrete ramp relates to piston powered airliners, as the Dart engine was generally leak free.

Photo source - Malcolm Nason

13

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APIM
June 1967

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 19 June 1967.

Note the dual position registration.

Photo source - Fred Barnes

14

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APIM
June 1968

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in June 1968.

Note the re-positioned registration.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

15

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APIM
June 1968

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken arriving at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in June 1968.

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

Photo source - Caz Caswell collection

16

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APIM
September 1968

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken landing at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in September 1968.

Note the white band on the radome nose.

Photo source - Ulrich Neumann

17

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APIM
September 1968

Delivered to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken departing from Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in September 1968.

Note the white band on the radome nose.

Photo source - Ulrich Neumann

18

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APIM
February 1969

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken arriving at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England 21 February 1969 for storage with Marshall's.

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

Note the Fokker F27 Friendship in the background.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

19

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APIM
October 1969

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in October 1969 during a period in storage under the care of Marshall's.

The aircraft are, left to right: - G-APIM, G-APOX (C/N 418), G-AOYI (C/N 257) and G-AOYP (C/N 265).

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

20

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APIM
November 1969

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at a very murky Zaventum Airport, Brussels, Belgium circa November 1969.

Note the white band on the radome nose.

Photo source - Bob Godts

21

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APIM
July 1970

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in July 1970.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

22

Cambrian Airways
G-APIM
May 1972

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken departing from the gate at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands 19 May 1972.

Note the small 'British Air Services' titles on the forward lower fuselage.

In the background is a Rousseau Aviation Douglas DC-3.

Photo source - Mike Pitman

23

Cambrian Airways
G-APIM
June 1972

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Lohausen Airport, Düsseldorf, West Germany circa June 1972.

Note the small 'British Air Services' tiles on the forward lower fuselage.

A photo from Tom's collection.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

24

Cambrian Airways
G-APIM
June 1972

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Tegel Airport, Berlin, West Germany in June 1972.

Note the small 'British Air Services' tiles on the forward lower fuselage.

Photo source - Jürgen Lutz

25

Cambrian Airways
G-APIM
August 1972

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken landing at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in August 1972.

Note the small 'British Air Services' titles on the forward lower fuselage.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

26

Cambrian Airways
G-APIM
July 1973

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken departing from the gate at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England circa June 1973 shortly before its full transfer to British Airways.

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

Photo source - Alan Haynes

27

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
August 1974

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in August 1974.

Note the small 'Cambrian' title just above the engine on the forward fuselage.

Photo source - Michael Blank

28

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
October 1975

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in October 1975.

Note the small 'Channel' title on the forward fuselage.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

29

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
April 1976

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 15 April 1976 with passengers boarding the aircraft using the front door.

With the irregular shape of the opening it was easy to bang your head compared to the rear door.

Photo source - Steve Aubury

30

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
April 1976

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 15 April 1976 taxying out for departure.

The spectator viewing galleries on top of the piers gave a great opportunity to photograph the arriving and departing aircraft.

Photo source - Steve Aubury

31

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
June 1977

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. A stunning view from a port cabin window of the No.1 and No.2 engine nacelles as the aircraft climbs away from an unknown UK location circa June 1977.

Photo source - Glen Fairweather

32

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
December 1977

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Kirkwall Airport, Orkney Islands, Scotland 7 December 1977 after it had skidded off the wet runway following its arrival from Dyce, Aberdeen, Scotland on flight BZ762.

There was only minor damage to the aircraft with no injuries to the passengers or crew.

Repaired locally and returned to service.

Photo source - Kirkwall Airport Fire Service via Neil Thain

33

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
December 1977

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Kirkwall Airport, Orkney Islands, Scotland 7 December 1977 after it had skidded off the wet runway following its arrival from Dyce, Aberdeen, Scotland on flight BZ762.

There was only minor damage to the aircraft with no injuries to the passengers or crew.

Repaired locally and returned to service.

Photo source - Kirkwall Airport Fire Service via Neil Thain

34

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
April 1978

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 6 April 1978 from the spectator viewing area.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

35

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
May 1978

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in May 1978.

Note the small 'Channel' title on the forward fuselage.

Photo source - Peter Fothergill

36

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
June 1978

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at an unknown location in June 1978.

Note the small 'Channel' title on the forward fuselage.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

37

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
July 1978

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in July 1978.

Photo source - David Oates

38

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
August 1978

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 11 August 1978 inside the British Airways engineering facility.

Photo source - Mike Gill

39

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
April 1979

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken departing from Heathrow Airport, London, England in April 1979.

Photo source - C A Gage

40

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
March 1980

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Dalcross Airport, Inverness, Scotland 13 March 1980.

A very peculiar sky as the sun starts to set behind the western hills.

Photo source - Fred Barnes

41

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
March 1980

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France 24 March 1980.

Photo source - Michel Gilliand

42

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
May 1980

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in May 1980 in the maintenance area outside Technical Block B.

Photo source - Steve Fitzgerald

43

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
June 1981

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England circa June 1981 with 'British' titles.

All four Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines are running at ground idle (Approx 7,000 RPM) and the Engineer in the white overalls is waiting under the fuselage for the signal to disconnect the Ground Power Unit (GPU).

Photo source - Graham Cowell collection

44

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
March 1982

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken arriving at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 26 March 1982 from Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland.

The outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines already shut down.

This was a special event as it was the very last British Airways Viscount service to this airport.

Photo source - Alain Skelding

45

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
March 1982

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 26 March 1982.

This was a special event as it had just operated the very last British Airways Viscount service to this airport.

It had arrived from Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Photo source - Alain Skelding

46

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
March 1982

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 26 March 1982.

This was a special event as it had just operated the very last British Airways Viscount service to this airport.

It had arrived from Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Photo source - Alain Skelding

47

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
March 1982

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 26 March 1982.

This was a special event as it had just operated the very last British Airways Viscount service to this airport.

It had arrived from Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Note the strange position of the under-wing registration.

Alain was allowed to join the press and dignitaries on the ramp and also gained access to the aircraft.

Photo source - Alain Skelding

48

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
March 1982

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 26 March 1982.

This was a special event as it had just operated the very last British Airways Viscount service to this airport.

It had arrived from Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Alain was allowed to join the press and dignitaries and gained access to the aircraft.

Photo source - Alain Skelding

49

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
March 1982

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 26 March 1982.

This was a special event as it had just operated the very last British Airways Viscount service to this airport.

It had arrived from Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland.

A nice group photo of Captain Robert (Bob) Parker with Purser Hilary Mitchell on his left and Stewardess Carol Shore on his right.

Photo source - Alain Skelding

50

British Airways (BA)
G-APIM
March 1982

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 26 March 1982.

This was a special event as it had just operated the very last British Airways Viscount service to this airport.

It had arrived from Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland.

A nice photo of Stewardess Carol Shore on the left with Purser Hilary Mitchell on the right.

Photo source - Alain Skelding

51

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
February 1984

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in February 1984 after its arrival from Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales and now awaits a repaint in BAF livery.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

52

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
August 1984

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland 7 August 1984.

Photo source - Fergal Goodman

53

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
August 1984

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 25 August 1984 during a naming ceremony.

Ray and Patsy Piercey are unveiling the name of their son on the nose of the aircraft.

Stephen was tragically killed aged 26 during an air-to-air photo sortie at the Hanover Air Show 20 May 1984.

Ray was an airline pilot and regularly flew 'IM' hence the nice decision by BAF to name the aircraft after his son.

Photo source - Friends of Stephen Piercey

54

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
October 1984

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 11 October 1984.

Photo source - Carl Ford

55

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
February 1985

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland 9 February 1985.

Photo source - John Allen

56

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
May 1985

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands in May 1985.

Photo source - Mike Stedman

57

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
January 1986

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Köln Airport, West Germany in January 1986.

Photo source - Frank Schaefer

58

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
February 1986

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken arriving at Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England 16 February 1986.

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

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

59

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
March 1986

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken landing on runway 26L at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England 31 March 1986.

Photo source - Fergal Goodman

60

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
May 1986

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland in May 1986.

Photo source - Gary Watt

61

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
June 1986

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England in June 1986.

Photo source - Trevor S Hall

62

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
July 1987

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands circa July 1987.

The aircraft behind is G-AOYR (C/N 266) in the later 'British' livery.

Photo source - Jez Masterman

63

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
August 1987

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, Scotland in August 1987 with Peter standing in front.

He flew a total of 5,880 hours on Viscounts starting as a First Officer on G-AOHM 30 April 1986, Captain on G-AOYN 14 July 1987 and his final Viscount flight again on G-AOHM 19 January 1996.

Photo source - Peter A Scott

64

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
August 1987

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland 26 August 1987.

Photo source - Mike Hooker

65

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
September 1987

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland in September 1987.

A nice lineup now in the 'British' livery.

The aircraft behind is G-AOYN (C/N 263) and the one in front is G-AOHM (C/N 162).

Photo source - Fergal Goodman

66

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
January 1988

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 11 January 1988.

The Fairflight Shorts SD3-30 had problems with its hydraulic system and was going back to Biggin Hill, Kent, England for repairs.

As the aircraft was taxiing away the nose gear steering suddenly failed.

The aircraft then entered an un-commanded left turn and collided, virtually head-on with the stationary Viscount.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

67

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
March 1988

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in March 1988.

It was damaged in January after Fairflight Shorts SD3-30 G-BHWT taxied into it due to a hydraulic failure.

The aircraft was written off as it was beyond economic repair.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

68

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
March 1988

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in March 1988.

It was damaged in January after Fairflight Shorts SD3-30 G-BHWT taxied into it due to a hydraulic failure.

The aircraft was written off as it was beyond economic repair.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

69

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
March 1988

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in March 1988.

It was damaged in January after Fairflight Shorts SD3-30 G-BHWT taxied into it due to a hydraulic failure.

The aircraft was written off as it was beyond economic repair.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

70

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
April 1989

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 22 April 1989 when it was damaged beyond economic repair in January 1988 after Fairflight Shorts SD3-30 G-BHWT taxied into it.

It has been robbed of all useful parts.

Note the dummy nose undercarriage leg and port main undercarriage support strut.

Also note the temporary nose repair panels which were finally made good before it went on display at the museum.

The two remaining Dart engines have been retained in order to keep the centre of gravity within safe limits.

Photo source - Graham Tiller

71

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
April 1989

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 22 April 1989.

It was damaged beyond economic repair in January 1988 after Fairflight Shorts SD3-30 G-BHWT taxied into it.

It has been robbed of all useful parts.

Note the dummy nose undercarriage leg support strut.

Also note the temporary nose repair panels which were finally made good before it went on display at the museum.

The two remaining Dart engines have been retained in order to keep the centre of gravity within safe limits.

Photo source - Graham Tiller

72

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APIM
April 1989

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and now named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in April 1989.

It was damaged beyond economic repair in January 1988 after Fairflight Shorts SD3-30 G-BHWT taxied into it.

It has been robbed of all useful parts.

Note the dummy nose undercarriage leg support strut.

Also note the temporary nose repair panels which were finally made good before it went on display at the museum.

The two remaining Dart engines have been retained in order to keep the centre of gravity within safe limits.

Photo source - panmanstan 001 (flickr)

73

Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
October 1989

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in October 1989 with Roger Hargreaves (left) of Proteus Aero Services and Julian Temple of Brooklands Museum standing in front with National Rescue Group Road Crane 'Millie' on the right.

The aircraft is gradually being dismantled ready for the road journey to Weybridge in February 1990.

Andy was the Managing Director of The National Rescue Group at the time and provided his services and equipment to the worthwhile cause.

Photo source - Andy Lambert

74

Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
October 1989

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in October 1989 with National Rescue Group (NRG) Road Crane 'Millie' in front.

The aircraft is gradually being dismantled ready for the road journey to Weybridge in February 1990.

Andy was the Managing Director of The National Rescue Group at the time and provided his services and equipment to the worthwhile cause.

Photo source - Andy Lambert

75

Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
February 1990

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 10 February 1990 with National Rescue Group (NRG) Road Cranes lifting the fuselage ready to place it on another NRG Ford low-loader.

Photo source - Andy Lambert

76

Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
February 1990

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken in a layby on the M25 motorway near Leatherhead, Surrey, England 11 February 1990 during the journey from Southend to Weybridge.

The National Rescue Group (NRG) Ford low-loader truck was stopped by the Surrey Police just one junction before the Brooklands Exit as they felt that it was getting too dark to travel any further that day.

It continued its journey to the Brooklands Museum the next morning.

Part of the journey was through the Dartford Tunnel, a unique experience for a Viscount!

Photo source - Andy Lambert

77

Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
February 1990

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 12 February 1990 in front of the 'Bellman' hangar.

It has just arrived from an overnight stay on the M25 motorway on the journey from Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

This distinguished group were there to meet it. Left to right Sir George Edwards, former Managing Director of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd and a founding member of the Viscount design team, Morag Barton, Director of Brooklands Museum, Iris Simmons MBE, Mayoress of Elmbridge Borough Council and Sir Peter Masefield, former Chairman of British European Airways (BEA).

Note the area of the forward fuselage that had to be repaired after the accident.

Photo source - Brooklands Museum

78

Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
February 1990

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken on the M25 motorway on the journey from Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England to Weybridge, Surrey, England 17 February 1990 bringing the wings and other smaller parts.

Photo source - Andy Lambert

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Brooklands Museum
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February 1990

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken on the museum access road at Weybridge, Surrey, England 17 February 1990 bringing the wings and other smaller parts from Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

Photo source - Andy Lambert

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Brooklands Museum
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June 1990

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in June 1990 during the reassembly.

Note the area of the forward fuselage that had to be repaired after the accident.

It was damaged beyond economic repair in January 1988 after Fairflight Shorts SD3-30 G-BHWT taxied into it at Southend.

BAF's loss was the museums gain!

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
September 1990

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in September 1990 in front of the WWII Bellman hangar.

Note the area of the forward fuselage that had to be repaired after the accident.

It was damaged beyond economic repair in January 1988 after Fairflight Shorts SD3-30 G-BHWT taxied into it at Southend.

BAF's loss was the museums gain!

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
June 1994

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England circa June 1994 in front of the WWII Bellman hangar and now looking very smart.

Photo source - Cliff Knox

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
July 1997

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 19 July 1997 in front of the WWII Bellman hangar.

Photo source - Fergal Goodman

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
February 2001

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 13 February 2001 in front of the WWII Bellman hangar.

Photo source - Ian Haskell

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
November 2003

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 15 November 2003 in front of the WWII Bellman hangar.

Photo source - TZ Aviation

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
November 2003

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 15 November 2003.

A nice view of the wonderful cockpit.

Photo source - TZ Aviation

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2004

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 1 May 2004.

The aircraft is being prepared for a move to a new location.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2004

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 1 May 2004.

The aircraft is being moved to a new location.

The outer wings have been removed to allow the aircraft to go through the gap between the WWII Bellman hangar (on the right) and the Stratochamber building (on the left).

Note the non-operational TSR-2 forward fuselage section on the right.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2004

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 1 May 2004.

The aircraft is being moved to a new location.

The outer wings have been removed to allow the aircraft to go through the gap between the WWII Bellman hangar (on the right) and the Stratochamber building (on the left).

Note the non-operational TSR-2 forward fuselage section on the right.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2004

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 1 May 2004. The aircraft is being moved to a new location.

The outer wings have been removed to allow the aircraft to go through the gap between the WWII Bellman hangar (on the right) and the Stratochamber building (on the left).

Note the tail of Hawker P.1127 XP984 on the left and the non-operational TSR-2 forward fuselage section on the right.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2004

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 1 May 2004.

The aircraft is being moved to a new location.

The outer wings have been removed to allow the aircraft to go through the gap between the WWII Bellman hangar (on the left) and the Stratochamber building (on the right).

It is now being prepared to be pushed over sections of wooden sheeting to stop it from bogging down in the soft ground.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2004

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 5 May 2004 in a temporary new location.

Note that the outer wing sections had to be removed during the repositioning process.

The aircraft was moved to make room for the assembly of BAC Concorde G-BBDG.

Photo source - Ian Haskell

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
February 2005

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 12 February 2005 in its new location.

The aircraft behind is an RAF Vickers Varsity developed from the Vickers Viking the forerunner of the Viscount.

The famous 'banked' car racing track can be seen in the background.

Photo source - Toby Vickers

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
April 2005

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 12 April 2005.

A view of the very smart cabin.

Photo source - Ian Haskell

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
July 2005

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 17 July 2005.

Photo source - Simon Brooke

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
April 2006

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in April 2006.

It shows the main group of airliners and RAF Varsity that perhaps one day will be under cover.

The photo was taken from the famous 'banked' car racing track.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
April 2007

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in April 2007.

The famous 'banked' car racing track can be seen in the background.

Photo source - Matt Clackson

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
February 2009

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 16 February 2009.

A well worn Co-Pilot's seat!

Photo source - Paul Markman

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
June 2009

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 13 June 2009.

Photo source - Michael Blank

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
December 2009

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 4 December 2009.

Still looking good despite the outdoor conditions thanks to the dedicated restoration team at Brooklands Museum.

Note the addition of a Dart RDa6 engine on display.

Another one in the background is scheduled to be fitted to the No.1 (port outer) position during 2010 in place of the dummy gearbox.

The famous 'banked' car racing track can be seen in the background.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
January 2010

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 13 January 2010.

This winter view clearly shows what the museum volunteers are up against in trying to keep this and other aircraft at the museum from slowly corroding away.

Photo source - Robert Hodgson

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2010

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 7 May 2010 after removal of the Rotol propeller in preparation for the removal of the Dart engine the following day.

On the right is Julian Temple who is the Brooklands Museum General Manager responsible for all operations.

On the left is Julian Bourn, one of the website researchers specialising in the history of the British Airways, BEA and Cambrian Viscount operations.

JB was responsible for planning this project, putting together the team and most importantly in this day and age, writing the method statement and risk assessment that ensured that everything was done in a safe way that met the museum's health and safety requirements.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2010

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 8 May 2010.

Here, Tony Amos, the amiable and indispensible crane driver moves into position to start lifting up the first of the two Dart engines to be moved.

Without Tony's skills, this project would not have been possible.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2010

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 8 May 2010.

The Rolls-Royce Dart engine sling (manufactured in 1958) is being attached to the front lifting eyes on the Air Intake Casing by Julian Bourn and Jim Dillon.

Appropriately, the sling is the same age as the aircraft!

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2010

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 8 May 2010.

The No.1 (port outer) engine has now been removed and is being moved around the front of the aircraft ready for fitment into the No.4 (starboard outer) position.

Note that the rear legs of the lifting sling could not be used as the turbine module is missing.

A strong lifting strop around the red engine mounting strut provides the correct lift instead.

In the left foreground is John Woodhouse who is the Viscount team leader at the Brooklands Museum.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2010

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 8 May 2010.

Here Millie, as the AEC Matador Crane Truck is affectionately known at the museum squeezes between the Viscount and the Viscount forward fuselage section with the No.1 (port outer) engine hanging off the back.

Millie smoked a lot but considering her age this is not surprising.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2010

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 8 May 2010.

Whilst other team members are busy removing the No.4 (starboard outer) engine Tony Birth is fitting a turbine module from a spare Dart engine donated to the museum which came off of a Fokker F27 Series 100 aircraft (Dart RDa6 Mark 514-7).

The turbine module is identical on both aircraft types.

This will add some more weight to the forward end of the aircraft and make it sit correctly on the ground.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2010

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 8 May 2010.

The No.4 (starboard outer) Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engine has now been removed complete with the Rotol propeller ready for transferring to the No.1 (port outer) position, where it will be restored for public viewing.

Left to right - Nigel Hancock, Julian Bourn and Max New.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2010

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 8 May 2010.

The best condition Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engine is being carefully positioned into the No.1 (port outer) position, having been removed from the No.4 (starboard outer) position complete with the Rotol propeller.

The crane lorry is a 1954 AEC Matador that helped move parts of the aircraft to the museum from Southend in 1990.

Left to right - Nigel Hancock, Julian Bourn and Max New.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2010

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 8 May 2010.

The best condition Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engine is being carefully positioned into the No.1 (port outer) position, having been removed from the No.4 (starboard outer) position complete with the Rotol propeller.

Left to right - Nigel Hancock, Julian Bourn and Max New.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2010

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 8 May 2010.

The Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engine is nearly in position in the No.1 (port outer) position, with the lower rear expanding bolts loosely in position and the upper ones awaiting the raising of the engine and mounting strut to line up.

As can be seen, the condition of this engine is much better than the engine removed but still needs a lot of work to make it presentable.

The weight of the engine and propeller is about 1000 Kg and is lifted through four small hardened steel pins on the end of the sling arms.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2010

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 8 May 2010.

The old No.1 (port outer) Dart engine is nearly ready to be fitted into the No.4 (starboard outer) position after fitment of the turbine heatshield, exhaust unit and thermocouple harness, all donated from a spare engine.

Supervising is Brian R Burrage (second from right) who is a Dart overhaul engineer by trade and provided the specialist lifting equipment and tooling.

Note, we can now use the lifting sling properly without the need for a strop.

This was probably the only Viscount engine change carried out this year, if not longer!

In the background is the crew caravan where tea was regularly brewed.

Left to right - John Dillon, John Woodhouse, Tony Birth, BRB and Max New.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2010

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 8 May 2010.

The old No.1 (port outer) Dart engine is now being fitted to the No.4 (starboard outer) position.

Although the day was overcast the rain that was forecast never really came to much.

Left to right - Julian Bourn, Tony Birth and Max New.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2010

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 8 May 2010.

The Rotol propeller is now being refitted to the No.4 (starboard outer) engine with lots of assistance in helping to slide it onto the greased propshaft splines.

Left to right - Jim Dillon, Max New, John Woodhouse and Stuart James who was responsible for controlling the crowd but there wasn't much to control on such a dull day!

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
May 2010

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 8 May 2010.

After the double engine change (No.1 to No.4 and vice-versa) there is now nothing to show for it externally.

Having started at 9AM the exercise was completed at 4PM.

Now the suns starts to shine through!

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
October 2010

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 17 October 2010.

A view of the nose of Vickers Viking G-AGRU that was recently moved to the same area of the museum as the Viscount and Vanguard in order to show a natural progression in the civil airliners produced by Vickers.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
October 2010

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 17 October 2010. A view of Vickers Viking G-AGRU that was recently moved to the same area of the museum as the Viscount and Vanguard in order to show a natural progression in the civil airliners produced by Vickers. As can be seen, the wings and engines have yet to be installed.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
April 2011

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 1 April 2011.

A view from the side not normally accessible to visitors with the forward fuselage section of XT575 (C/N 438) to the right and the Oman Royal Flight VC10 tail in front.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
August 2011

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England in August 2011.

The aircraft is currently undergoing a full repaint including new artwork in the correct style it wore when in service with BAF.

The cabin was still open for visitors to enjoy.

Photo source - Peter Forbes

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Brooklands Museum
G-APIM
October 2011

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 1 October 2011 during the 'Brooklands Viscount Day' organised by the Vickers Viscount Network.

The aircraft is currently undergoing a full repaint including new artwork in the correct style it wore when in service with BAF.

On the left is the front fuselage section of Viscount XT575 (C/N 438).

Photo source - Geoff Blampied collection

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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