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Viscount c/n 415

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Below are the 20 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 415 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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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMH
January 1959

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in January 1959 on the production line in the Erecting Shop with the tail being painted.

The aircraft behind is CF-TIF (C/N 386) for TCA and the others further ahead are G-APNE (C/N 403) for Airwork Ltd, VH-RMG (C/N 414) for Ansett and G-APND (C/N 402) for Airwork Ltd.

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

This line-up demonstrates the mix of C/N found in one line of aircraft being built.

Photo source - Lindsay Wise via Maurice Austin

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMH
March 1959

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in March 1959 during the engine ground running phase.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and that the rear cabin door has not yet been painted.

There is a large Vickers-Armstrongs logo on the front door and a small one at the top of the tail.

The cheatline is stepped down under the cockpit compared to VH-RMG (C/N 414) and VH-RMK (C/N 355)

Photo source - Lindsay Wise via Maurice Austin

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMH
March 1959

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in March 1959 during the flight test phase.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

The cheatline is stepped down under the cockpit compared to VH-RMG (C/N 414) and VH-RMK (C/N 355)

Photo source - Kenneth Hammond collection

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMH
April 1959

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Beirut Airport, Lebanon in April 1959 during the delivery to Australia.

Note that the cheatline is stepped down under the cockpit compared to VH-RMG (C/N 414) and VH-RMK (C/N 355).

Photo source - Gil White

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMH
April 1959

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 5 April 1959 after arriving from the UK.

The delivery crew are photographed on the integral front 'airsteps' and consisted of Captains Rod Pyke, Jack McAllister and Raymond Grocott with First Officer / Navigator Hank Hasselo and Engineer Ralph Cooper (in the suit).

Photo source - Journal of Ansett Transport Industries Ltd

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMH
January 1963

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken landing at Coolangatta Airport, Queensland, Australia circa January 1963 with a revised tail livery.

Note that the cheatline is stepped down under the cockpit compared to VH-RMG (C/N 414) and VH-RMK (C/N 355)

Photo source - Robert N Smith collection

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Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd
VH-RMH
December 1964

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken on approach to Llanherne Airport, Hobart, South East Tasmania, Australia circa December 1964.

A nice view of the No.1 Rolls-Royce Dart engine nacelle with the very distinctive livery addition.

Photo source - Greg Brown collection

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMH
September 1966

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia circa September 1966 with an ANSETT-ANA Boeing 727-77 landing.

Note the smoking Pratt & Whitney JT8D engines at flight idle which is now a thing of the past on modern engines.

This 'A' livery was never adopted on the Viscount.

The registration on the Viscount cannot be confirmed therefore the photo has been allocated here because of the nice comparison between the two aircraft types.

Photo source - Matt English

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMH
April 1967

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 18 April 1967.

Note that the cheatline is stepped down under the cockpit compared to VH-RMG (C/N 414) and VH-RMK (C/N 355)

Photo source - John Wilson

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMH
February 1968

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 23 February 1968.

Note that the cheatline is stepped down under the cockpit compared to VH-RMG (C/N 414) and VH-RMK (C/N 355)

Photo source - Peter R Keating

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMH
May 1968

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

Note that the cheatline is stepped down under the cockpit compared to VH-RMG (C/N 414) and VH-RMK (C/N 355)

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMH
August 1968

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Wynyard Airport, Burnie, Tasmania, Australia circa August 1968.

Note that the cheatline is stepped down under the cockpit compared to VH-RMG (C/N 414) and VH-RMK (C/N 355)

Photo source - Loco Les (flickr)

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMH
May 1969

Delivered new to ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia circa May 1969.

Note that the cheatline is stepped down under the cockpit compared to VH-RMG (C/N 414) and VH-RMK (C/N 355)

Photo source - David A Carter

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ANSETT-ANA
VH-RMH
January 1970

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

Note that the cheatline is stepped down under the cockpit compared to VH-RMG (C/N 414) and VH-RMK (C/N 355)

Photo source - Robert N Smith collection

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Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)
VH-RMH
July 1970

Purchased from ANSETT-ANA. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in July 1970.

It is painted up in Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) livery without titles and with VH-RMH applied for the delivery flight.

The FAT titles were applied after arrival.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)
B-2023
June 1973

Returned from Pelandok Airways lease. Taken at Songshan Airport, Taipei, Taiwan circa June 1973.

An interesting selection of aircraft in the background including a US Navy F-4 Phantom II.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)
B-2023
June 1975

Returned from Air Viet Nam lease. Taken at Songshan Airport, Taipei, Taiwan circa June 1975 being pushed back from the gate with all four Rolls-Royce Dart engines running.

An interesting selection of aircraft in the background including a FAT Handley Page HPR.7 Herald and a FAT Sud SE210 Caravelle.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Mandala Airlines
PK-RVN *
June 1978

Leased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT). Taken at Kemayoran Airport, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia circa June 1976 with a sister aircraft in the background.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Mandala Airlines
PK-RVN *
June 1980

Leased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) and now named 'Pesopati. Taken at Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport, East Jakarta, Java, Indonesia circa June 1980 in the third livery.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

20

Mandala Airlines
PK-RVN *
July 1980

Leased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) and now named 'Pesopati. Taken at Kemayoran Airport, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia circa July 1980.

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

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