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Viscount c/n 419

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Below are the 63 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 419 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
ST-AAN
June 1959

Delivered new to Airwork Ltd. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in early June 1959.

It was delivered to Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in this livery, but before it left the Sudanese flag was added to the fuselage between the titles.

'Blue Nile Viscount' titles were added to the yellow tail after it arrived at Gatwick.

Vickers Photo Ref MP10311 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Airwork Ltd
ST-AAN
June 1959

Delivered new to Airwork Ltd. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in the maintenance area on the south side of the airport in 5 June 1959, soon after it arrived from Wisley.

William tried to get nearer to the aircraft but the two engineers working on the Dart engine suspended from the gantry would not let him.

The vehicles are a Vauxhall Wyvern and a Ford 300E 5CWT Van.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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Sudan Airways
ST-AAN
June 1959

Leased from Airwork Ltd. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 13 June 1959 with 'Blue Nile Viscount' titles on the tail undergoing engine ground runs.

Note that it now has extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks fitted.

Photo source - Stephen P Peltz

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Sudan Airways
ST-AAN
April 1960

Leased from Airwork Ltd. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 24 April 1960 in the southern maintenance area.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed.

It had presumably returned to the UK for servicing.

Photo source - Terence Wong-Lane collection

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Sudan Airways
ST-AAN
June 1961

Leased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 17 June 1961 on its return from the Sudan and is being towed across to the southern maintenance area.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been refitted.

It performed three services to Jersey for BUA before returning to the Sudan.

Vickers Photo Ref MP13261 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Sudan Airways
ST-AAN
June 1961

Leased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in June 1961.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been refitted.

Photo Ref V625

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Sudan Airways
ST-AAN
July 1961

Leased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy 5 July 1961.

Note that the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks have now been removed.

Photo source - Bo-Göran Lundkvist

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Sudan Airways
ST-AAN
August 1962

Leased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at an unknown location circa August 1962.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-ASED
April 1963

Transferred from Air Charter Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England 24 April 1963 in a hybrid livery with the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks now removed.

Photo Ref V162

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-ASED
July 1964

Transferred from Air Charter Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at Lohausen Airport, Düsseldorf, West Germany in July 1964 while flying troops for the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) between the UK and Germany.

Photo source - Günter Grondstein

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Aviaco
EC-AZK
May 1965

Leased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Barcelona Airport, Spain in May 1965.

Photo source - Jordi Rull Dalmau

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Aviaco
EC-AZK
July 1965

Leased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Son Sant Joan Airport, Palma de Mallorca, Spain in July 1965.

Photo source - Valentin Lainez

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Aviaco
EC-AZK
July 1965

Leased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken arriving at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in July 1965.

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

Photo source - Jerry Penwarden

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-ASED
January 1966

Returned from Aviaco lease. Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace Region, France 15 January 1966.

Photo source - Christoph Hartmann

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-ASED
September 1966

Returned from Aviaco lease. Taken arriving at Lohausen Airport, Düsseldorf, West Germany circa September 1966.

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

Photo source - Peter Scharkowski

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-ASED
September 1966

Returned from Aviaco lease. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands 25 September 1966.

On the busy ramp there is a KLM Douglas DC-8, DC-9 and Viscount.

Photo source - Peter Leuvenink

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-ASED
December 1966

Returned from Aviaco lease. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 5 December 1966.

In the background are three Caledonian Airways Bristol Britannias.

Photo source - William J Armstrong via John F Ciesla

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
March 1967

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken departing from Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland in March 1967.

It was on a crew training flight with the No.4 (starboard outer) Rolls-Royce Dart engine feathered to simulate a 'worst case' engine failure at maximum power during the takeoff run which results in a vicious yaw to starboard that needs to be quickly counteracted by the rudder.

There were several accidents during training or test flying for this scenario over the years. See G-AVJZ (C/N 360) as an example.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
June 1967

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1967.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
June 1967

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken landing at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England 18 June 1967 on a scheduled service.

Photo source - Robert A Edwards via Neil Aird Archives

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
July 1967

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken departing from Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in July 1967 on a scheduled service.

Note the runway threshold lights.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
February 1968

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken landing at Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland circa February 1968.

Photo source - Colin Lourie

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
June 1968

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in June 1968 with an Aer Lingus Viscount in the background.

Photo source - Keith Till

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
July 1968

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken inside the British Midland Airways (BMA) maintenance hangar at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in July 1968.

Here, Engine Inspector Dick Chester is making adjustments to the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 530 control rod connected to the Water Methanol Control Unit.

This unit supplied a mixture of water and methanol which was injected during takeoff at high pressure into the low pressure (LP) compressor to artificially cool down the inlet temperature.

This was mainly used when the outside air temperature was above 20 C and/or the airport was at a high altitude above sea level.

Once the system was armed electrically which opened the supply valve and turned on the boost pump the WMCU opened the delivery valve as the engine speed approached the maximum of 15,000 RPM hence the control rod which is linked to the engine throttle.

The water methanol stainless steel supply pipe can be seen coming down towards the unit at an angle.

Photo source - Dick Chester

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
September 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 29 September 1969 in the second livery with all four Dart engines running and about to be pushed back from the gate.

In the background parked on the grass are several light aircraft which nowadays would not be possible at such a busy airport or affordable.

The other aircraft is a Spantax Convair 990A Coronado, which had very smokey engines.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
May 1970

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 6 May 1970.

Dan-Air are providing the ground support.

Photo source - Nick Ellis collection

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
June 1970

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in June 1970.

The ground agent is signalling to the captain that everything is safe to start the Rolls-Royce Dart engines when he gets tower clearance to do so.

There is a BUA BAC One-Eleven and a British Airtours de Havilland Comet in the background.

Photo source - Brian Mells

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
June 1970

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken arriving at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in June 1970 on a central pier stand.

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

Note the ramp expansion work in the background.

A photo from Tom's collection.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
January 1971

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm, Sweden 3 January 1971 while operating flight BD 802 from Luton, Bedfordshire, England.

Photo source - Kjell Nilsson

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
June 1971

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England circa June 1971 taxying out to the runway.

Photo source - Pentakrom (flickr)

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
September 1971

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland 7 September 1971.

The nose undercarriage leg collapsed as the aircraft taxied out for departure.

More details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Geoff Copley collection

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
September 1971

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland 7 September 1971.

The nose undercarriage leg collapsed as the aircraft taxied out for departure.

More details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - David Fox

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
September 1971

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland 7 September 1971.

The nose undercarriage leg collapsed as the aircraft taxied out for departure.

More details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - David Fox

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
May 1972

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England circa May 1972 in yet another revised livery.

Photo Ref V453

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-ASED
May 1972

This BMA name plate was removed from the aircraft cabin forward bulkhead in May 1972 when the aircraft was sold to Alidair. Malcolm used to work for BMA at Heathrow Terminal 1 as a Duty Officer between 1982 and 1986 and acquired this stainless steel plate in 2019 for posterity.

Photo source - Malcolm Day collection

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Alidair
G-ASED
June 1972

Purchased from British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands 17 June 1972.

In the background is a Rousseau Aviation Hawker Siddeley HS 748 which operated routes to Northern France and to the south of England including Gatwick.

The baggage truck is a BMC FG with cab doors that opened backwards and are at an angle which means they do not extend beyond the cab side panels which is ideal in confined spaces.

Photo source - Mike Pitman

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Alidair
G-ASED
July 1972

Purchased from British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in July 1972.

Photo source - Alan Gordon

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Alidair
G-ASED
August 1972

Purchased from British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 21 August 1972.

Note the use of the starboard rear door, which is unusual.

Photo source - Brian Mells

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Alidair
G-ASED
February 1973

Purchased from British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 18 February 1973.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

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Alidair
G-ASED
June 1973

Purchased from British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in June 1973.

A good comparison of liveries with G-AVJL (C/N 389) on the left.

Photo source - George Stringer

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Alidair
G-ASED
August 1973

Purchased from British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken arriving at Newquay Airport, Cornwall, England 8 August 1973.

This was a joint use airfield also known as RAF St Mawgan.

Photo source - Clinton H Groves collection (ATP)

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Alidair
G-ASED
August 1973

Purchased from British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken at Newquay Airport, Cornwall, England 8 August 1973.

In the right background is an RAF English Electric Lightning which was visiting RAF St Mawgan, located on the other side of the airfield, no doubt to refuel as they had a very short endurance.

Photo source - Chris England

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Alidair
G-ASED
September 1973

Purchased from British Midland Airways (BMA). Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Switzerland in September 1973 with Swissair providing the ground support.

In the background is a BEA Airtours de Havilland Comet 4B and a Phoenix Boeing 707.

Photo source - Oddvar Paulsen

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVG
June 1978

Purchased from Alidair. Taken at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel circa June 1978 outside Terminal 2.

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVG
August 1978

Purchased from Alidair. Taken at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel in August 1978.

Photo source - Michael Blank

46

Go Transportation Inc
4X-AVG
May 1982

Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland 18 May 1982 while en-route with Viscount 4X-AVE (C/N 403) to Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

Photo source - John W Meneely

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Go Transportation Inc
4X-AVG
June 1982

Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines. Taken at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA in June 1982 still in its Arkia livery.

Photo source - Gerard Helmer

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Go Transportation Inc
4X-AVG
September 1982

Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines. Taken at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA circa September 1982 still in its Arkia livery.

The aircraft behind is N776M (C/N 230)

Photo source - Brisnace collection (flickr)

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Go Transportation Inc
4X-AVG
November 1982

Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines. Taken at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA in November 1982 still in its Arkia livery.

The No.3 propeller has now been removed.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Go Transportation Inc
4X-AVG
October 1983

Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines. Taken at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA 11 October 1983 still in its Arkia livery.

The Rolls-Royce Dart engines have now been removed.

The Viscount nose just visible on the left is XA-MOS (C/N 334).

The aircraft behind is Sud SE210 Caravelle VI-R N777VV.

Photo source - Harry Campbell

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Go Transportation Inc
4X-AVG
August 1985

Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines. Taken stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA in August 1985 still in its Arkia livery.

The Viscount behind is N7458 (C/N 213) in bare metal.

The debris in the foreground including a cabin door in United Air Lines livery belongs to N7435 (C/N 133) which had recently been scrapped.

Photo source - Bob Garrard collection

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Go Transportation Inc
4X-AVG
August 1985

Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines. Taken stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA in August 1985 still in its Arkia livery.

The Viscount behind is N776M (C/N 230).

Photo source - AirNikon

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Go Transportation Inc
4X-AVG
June 1986

Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines. Taken stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA in June 1986 still in its Arkia livery.

The Viscount behind is N7458 (C/N 213) in bare metal.

The debris in the foreground including a cabin door in United Air Lines livery and a nose undercarriage door with fleet number '354' on it belongs to N7435 (C/N 133) which was scrapped in July 1985.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

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Go Transportation Inc
4X-AVG
November 1987

Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines. Taken stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA 14 November 1987 still in its Arkia livery.

The Viscount behind is N776M (C/N 230).

Photo source - Johan Ljungdahl

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Go Transportation Inc
4X-AVG
July 1988

Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines. Taken stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA in July 1988 still in its Arkia livery.

The two Viscounts behind are N776M (C/N 230) with the blue stripe on the tail and N7458 (C/N 213) in bare metal.

Photo source - Frank Schaefer

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Go Transportation Inc
4X-AVG
March 1989

Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines. Taken stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA 5 March 1989 still in its Arkia livery.

The two Viscounts behind are N776M (C/N 230) with the blue stripe on the tail and N7458 (C/N 213) in bare metal.

Photo source - David Fox

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Go Transportation Inc
4X-AVG
June 1990

Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines. Taken stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA circa June 1990 still in its Arkia livery.

Photo source - Stephen Allen

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Tucson Airport Authority
4X-AVG
May 1992

Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines. Taken stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA 17 May 1992 still in its Arkia livery.

Photo source - Danny Grew

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Tucson Airport Authority
4X-AVG
October 1993

Remains donated from Go Transportation Inc. Taken stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA 5 October 1993 still in its Arkia livery.

Photo source - eLaReF (flickr)

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Tucson Airport Authority
4X-AVG
October 1993

Remains donated from Go Transportation Inc. Taken stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA 16 October 1993 still in its Arkia livery.

The aiecraft behind is 4X-AVE (C/N 403).

Photo source - Rob Braithwaite

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Tucson Airport Authority
4X-AVG
October 1994

Remains donated from Go Transportation Inc. Taken stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA in October 1994 still in its Arkia livery.

The aiecraft behind is 4X-AVE (C/N 403).

Photo source - Roger Syratt

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Tucson Airport Authority
4X-AVG
March 1995

Remains donated from Go Transportation Inc. Taken stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA in March 1995 still in its Arkia livery.

A section of fuselage has been chopped out as part of the rescue training.

Photo source - Barry Ballard

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Tucson Airport Authority
4X-AVG
September 1995

Remains donated from Go Transportation Inc. Taken stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA 19 September 1995 still in its Arkia livery.

An even bigger section of fuselage has now been chopped out as part of the rescue training.

Photo source - rods fotos (flickr)

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