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Viscount c/n 414

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Below are the 43 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 414 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

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
December 1958

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa December 1958 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

Note that the forward cabin door has not yet been fitted and also the integral front 'airsteps' in the foreground.

Photo source - E D Daw collection

2

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
December 1958

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa December 1958 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

The unpainted forward cabin door is now being fitted but the integral front 'airsteps' are still awaiting fitment.

Note the radome cover.

Lindsay was sent over by Ansett for six months to oversee the final construction of VH-RMG and flew home on it.

Photo source - Lindsay Wise via Maurice Austin

3

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
January 1959

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in January 1959 during the engine ground running phase. Note that the engine nacelles have not yet had the livery applied.

Also note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMK (C/N 355) and the radome cover.

Lindsay was sent over by Ansett for six months to oversee the final construction of VH-RMG and flew home on it.

Photo source - Lindsay Wise via Maurice Austin

4

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
February 1959

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 22 February 1959 outside the flight test hangar.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Also note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMK (C/N 355).

Lindsay was sent over by Ansett for six months to oversee the final construction of VH-RMG and flew home on it.

Photo source - Lindsay Wise via Maurice Austin

5

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
February 1959

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in February 1959 during the flight test phase.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and that the engine nacelles now have the livery painted on.

Also note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMK (C/N 355).

Lindsay was sent over by Ansett for six months to oversee the final construction of VH-RMG and flew home on it.

Photo source - Lindsay Wise via Maurice Austin

6

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
March 1959

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken during a test flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in March 1959.

The nose high angle was needed to reduce speed to match the speed of the aircraft carrying the photographer which was usually a de Havilland Dove.

Vickers Photo MP9920.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

7

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
March 1959

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken landing at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in March 1959 after a test flight.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Also note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMK (C/N 355).

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

8

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
March 1959

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 14 March 1959 shortly before it departed on the long delivery journey to Australia.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Also note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMK (C/N 355).

Photo source - Lindsay Wise via Maurice Austin

9

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
March 1959

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England 14 March 1959 shortly before it departed on the long delivery journey to Australia.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Also note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMK (C/N 355).

The five man Ansett crew were accompanied by Vickers pilot Peter Marsh as he was to help carry out crew training in Australia.

Photo source - Lindsay Wise via Maurice Austin

10

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
March 1959

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Zamboango Airport, Mindanao, Southern Philippines in March 1959 during a refuelling stop on the long delivery journey to Australia.

Note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMK (C/N 355).

Photo source - Lindsay Wise via Maurice Austin

11

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
March 1959

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Zamboango Airport, Mindanao, Southern Philippines in March 1959 during a refuelling stop on the long delivery journey to Australia.

The five Ansett crew members are waiting for the fuel bowser to complete the uplift of fuel with a couple of curious local boys checking them out.

Note the small Vickers-Armstrongs logo at the top of the tail.

Photo source - Lindsay Wise via Maurice Austin

12

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
March 1959

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in March 1959 after its arrival on delivery.

On the left is Captain Ken Ashmead.

Does anyone recognise the one on the right?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - National Library of Australia

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
March 1959

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in March 1959 after its arrival on delivery.

On the left is Captain Ken Ashmead.

Does anyone recognise the one on the right?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - National Library of Australia

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
February 1961

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 4 February 1961.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Also note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMK (C/N 355).

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

15

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
November 1961

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa November 1961 with a revised tail livery and light grey radome.

Photo source - Greg Bell

16

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
December 1961

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at an unknown location circa December 1961 with a Bedford TK fuel bowser in attendance.

Both pressure refuelling points on the No.1 and No.4 engine nacelles are being connected.

The delivery pressure must not exceed 50 PSI to prevent seals being blown.

All the equipment and the aircraft was bonded to a specified ramp connection to avoid the risk of a build up of static electricity.

Photo source - EXXON Archive

17

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
February 1963

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 23 February 1963 in a later livery with V 832 on the tail, now with a black radome again.

In the background is an Ansett-ANA Fokker F27 Friendship.

Note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMK (C/N 355).

Photo source - Aeronautica Australia

18

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
January 1965

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia circa January 1965.

Note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMK (C/N 355).

The aircraft behind is a BOAC Boeing 707-436 powered by Rolls-Royce Conway engines.

Photo source - Matt English

19

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
January 1967

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 6 January 1967.

The nose undercarriage leg collapsed after the aircraft aquaplaned off the wet runway onto the soft ground.

Note the curled inner propeller blade which would mean that this Rolls-Royce Dart engine was now unserviceable due to internal and external shockload damage.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

20

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
January 1967

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 6 January 1967.

The nose undercarriage leg collapsed after the aircraft aquaplaned off the wet runway onto the soft ground.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

21

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
January 1967

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 6 January 1967.

The nose undercarriage leg collapsed on landing and the aircraft ran off onto the grass.

Here, the baggage is being unloaded from the rear hold.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

22

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
January 1967

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 6 January 1967.

The nose undercarriage leg collapsed after the aircraft aquaplaned off the wet runway onto the soft ground.

Photo source - Greg Thom collection

23

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
January 1967

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 6 January 1967.

The nose undercarriage leg collapsed after the aircraft aquaplaned off the wet runway onto the soft ground.

Photo source - Greg Thom collection

24

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
January 1967

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 6 January 1967.

The nose undercarriage leg collapsed after the aircraft aquaplaned off the wet runway onto the soft ground.

Photo source - Greg Thom collection

25

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
January 1967

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 6 January 1967.

The nose undercarriage leg collapsed after the aircraft aquaplaned off the wet runway onto the soft ground.

Photo source - Greg Thom collection

26

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
January 1967

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 6 January 1967.

The nose undercarriage leg collapsed after the aircraft aquaplaned off the wet runway onto the soft ground.

Photo source - Greg Thom collection

27

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
April 1967

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Parafield Airport, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia in April 1967.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Also note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMK (C/N 355).

Photo source - Frank Finney

28

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
May 1967

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Coolangatta Airport, Queensland, Australia 28 May 1967.

Photo source - John Woodside

29

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
June 1968

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in June 1968.

Note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMK (C/N 355).

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

30

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
October 1968

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANAA. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in October 1968.

Note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMK (C/N 355).

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

31

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
January 1969

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in January 1969 in the Ansett maintenance area.

Note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMK (C/N 355).

Photo source - David A Carter

32

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
September 1969

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in September 1969 awaiting a sale.

Note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMK (C/N 355).

Photo source - Aeronautica Australia

33

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
February 1970

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 12 February 1970 now minus three of its Rolls-Royce Dart engines awaiting a sale.

Photo source - Robert Zweck

34

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
February 1970

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 15 February 1970 now minus all four Rolls-Royce Dart engines awaiting a sale.

Note that the cheatline under the cockpit doesn't step down which also applied to VH-RMK (C/N 355).

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

35

ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMG
February 1970

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 17 February 1970.

It has now been towed to the maintenance area to prepare it for a sale to Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT).

Photo source - Robert Zweck

36

Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)
VH-RMG
April 1970

Purchased from ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in early April 1970 getting ready for its delivery to Taiwan in a smart new livery.

Photo source - Graham J Bennett

37

Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)
VH-RMG
April 1970

Purchased from ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 8 April 1970 departing on its delivery to Taiwan in a smart new livery.

Titles and the Taiwanese registration were applied after it arrived.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

38

Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)
B-2015
June 1973

Purchased from ANSETT-ANA and re-registered from VH-RMG. Taken at Songshan Airport, Taipei, Taiwan in June 1973.

Note that the integral front 'airsteps' have now been removed to save weight.

Photo source - Lee Cheng

39

Mandala Airlines
PK-RVP
July 1976

Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) and now named 'Airlangga'. Taken at Kemayoran Airport, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia circa July 1976.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

40

Mandala Airlines
PK-RVP
June 1984

Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) and now named 'Airlangga'. Taken at Kemayoran Airport, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia circa June 1984 in a later livery.

Note the Garuda Fokker F-28 Fellowship with the tail airbrake panels still deployed.

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

41

Mandala Airlines
PK-RVP
June 1989

Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) and now named 'Airlangga'. Taken at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia circa June 1989 in another later livery.

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

42

Mandala Airlines
PK-RVP
May 1991

Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) and now unnamed. Taken at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia 5 May 1991 in a slightly revised later livery.

Photo source - Ger Buskermolen

43

Mandala Airlines
PK-RVP
November 1993

Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) and now unnamed. Taken at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia 3 November 1993.

Photo source - Nigel Hitchman

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