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Viscount c/n 421

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Below are the 27 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 421 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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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKJ
January 1959

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colman'. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in January 1959.

Photo source - Malcolm L Hill

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKO
June 1960

Re-registered from EI-AKJ and still named 'St Colman'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1960.

The registration was changed to avoid confusion with Viscount EI-AJK (C/N 291).

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKO
November 1960

Re-registered from EI-AKJ and still named 'St Colman'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa November 1960 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building and on a very murky day.

Photo source - David Winyard

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKO
October 1961

Re-registered from EI-AKJ and still named 'St Colman'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in October 1961 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building.

Photo source - Robert Piggott

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKO
April 1962

Re-registered from EI-AKJ and still named 'St Colman'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England circa April 1962 in a revised livery.

In the background there is an Avro York and a BEA Viscount.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKO
June 1963

Re-registered from EI-AKJ and still named 'St Colman'. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa June 1963 in a revised livery during maintenace with Marshalls.

Note the tractor towing the ground power unit (GPU) and then the aircraft.

An unusual combination!

In the background can be seen seven BOAC Bristol Britannias.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKO
July 1963

Re-registered from EI-AKJ and still named 'St Colman'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in July 1963.

Most Viscount operators used the rear door for passengers and the front door for the crew and dispatch.

Photo source - Peter Fitzmaurice

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKO
June 1964

Re-registered from EI-AKJ and still named 'St Colman'. Taken at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France in June 1964.

Passengers are being transferred to the terminal building in an airside coach.

Note the Beech 18 being towed in the background and several Douglas DC-3 including Air France examples.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKO
June 1964

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colman'. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland circa June 1966 with a very smart Dennis Shell-BP fuel bowser in attendance.

A John Hinde postcard.

Photo source - Sverker P Zethelius collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKO
August 1965

Re-registered from EI-AKJ and still named 'St Colman'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in August 1965 in a later livery.

Photo source - Malcolm Taylor

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKO
January 1967

Re-registered from EI-AKJ and still named 'St Colman'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England circa January 1967.

Photo source - John Pollitt

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKO
March 1969

Re-registered from EI-AKJ and still named 'St Colman'. Taken at Elmdon Airport, Birmingham, West Midlands, England 22 March 1969.

This aircraft was converted to a cargo V.808C in 1967 with the double freight doors clearly evident.

To the right is the tail of a Royal Air Force Vickers Valetta.

Photo source - Bill Rich

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKO
March 1970

Re-registered from EI-AKJ and still named 'St Colman'. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey in early March 1970 after undergoing work by Vickers on behalf of Aer Lingus.

It was not delivered to Air Commerz until October 1970.

Photo source - Peter Graham

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Air Commerz
D-ADAN
May 1971

Purchased from Aer Lingus while on lease. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 29 May 1971 with Dan-Air providing the ground support.

Photo source - Chris England

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Air Commerz
D-ADAN
August 1971

Purchased from Aer Lingus while on lease and re-registered. Taken at an unknown location circa August 1971.

This is an airline issue postcard.

Photo source - Leonardo Pin collection

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Air Commerz
D-ADAN
March 1972

Purchased from Aer Lingus while on lease. Taken at Lohausen Airport, Düsseldorf, West Germany in March 1972.

Photo source - Dietrich Eggert collection

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Air Commerz
D-ADAN
May 1972

Purchased from Aer Lingus while on lease and re-registered. Taken at Deurne Airport, Antwerp, Belgium circa May 1972 with a large group of spectators getting a closeup view.

Photo source - Bob Godts

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Air Commerz
D-ADAN
June 1972

Purchased from Aer Lingus while on lease. Taken at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England 21 June 1972 operating a charter flight.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
D-ADAN
September 1972

Repossessed from Air Commerz. Taken stored at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland in September 1972.

Photo source - Malcolm Nason

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Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO)
505
April 1973

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in April 1973 shortly before delivery.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO)
505
October 1974

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken departing from Luqa Airport, Malta 9 October 1974.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO)
505
June 1975

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Bait-al-Falaj, Oman circa June 1975 with BAC 167 Strikemasters in the background.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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Scibe Airlift Zaire
9Q-CBT
October 1976

Purchased from the Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 1 October 1976 still in the ex AFSO livery with the Zaire registration applied for the ferry flight from Hurn Airport, Dorset, England.

Photo source - Ken Perks

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Scibe Airlift Zaire
9Q-CBT
October 1976

Purchased from the Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in October 1976 still in the ex AFSO livery with the Zaire registration applied for the ferry flight.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Scibe Airlift Zaire
9Q-CBT
October 1976

Purchased from the Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in October 1976 with the repositioned registration and now awaiting the painting of the distinctive tail logo.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Scibe Airlift Zaire
9Q-CBT
November 1976

Purchased from the Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in November 1976, now carrying the Scibe tail logo.

Note the repositioned registration.

It departed on delivery 16 November 1976.

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

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Scibe Airlift Zaire
9Q-CBT
December 1978

Purchased from the Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO). Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia in December 1978 outside the Air Rhodesia maintenance facility.

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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