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Viscount c/n 423

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Below are the 38 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 423 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-AKL
March 1959

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 20 March 1959.

It is being prepared to depart on delivery to Dublin, Ireland.

Note the glimpse of the tail of a Vickers Valiant on the right.

Vickers Photo Ref MP9990 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
March 1959

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 20 March 1959.

It is being prepared to depart on delivery to Dublin, Ireland.

Vickers Photo Ref MP9991 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
March 1959

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 20 March 1959.

It is being prepared to depart on delivery to Dublin, Ireland.

Vickers Photo Ref MP9992 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
January 1960

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace Region, France 23 January 1960 with Swissair providing the ground support.

Photo source - Peter Frei

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
April 1962

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken landing at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa April 1962.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
June 1963

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 2 June 1963 taxiing out to runway 06 for a service to Dublin, Ireland.

Photo source - R A Scholefield collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
July 1964

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken in a new Aer Lingus livery circa July 1964.

Aer Lingus photo.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
July 1964

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands 29 July 1964.

In the background is LOT Viscount SP-LVA (C/N 249) and one belonging to KLM.

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
April 1965

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken at Kastrup Airport, Copenhagen, Denmark 17 April 1965.

Photo source - Bo-Göran Lundkvist

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
June 1965

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England circa June 1965.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
July 1965

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken at Cork Airport, Ballygarvan, County Cork, Ireland circa July 1965.

This was a fairly new airport and was opened 16 October 1961.

Both the Shell fuel bowsers are Bedfords, with a 1960s 'TK' model nearest the aircraft and a 1950s 'S' model in the foreground.

A period postcard by John Hinde Studios Ref 2/300.

Photo source - Tom van den Broeke collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
January 1966

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken at Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland circa January 1966.

Photo source - Colin Lourie

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
June 1966

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1966.

Photo source - Frank de Koster collection

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
July 1966

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken at Cork Airport, Ballygarvan, County Cork, Ireland 24 July 1966.

By this time the BAC One-Eleven in the background was being used on routes to mainland Europe with the Viscount operating the domestic routes and those to the UK.

Photo source - Gabriel Desmond

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
July 1966

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken at Cork Airport, Ballygarvan, County Cork, Ireland 24 July 1966.

Photo source - Gabriel Desmond

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
June 1967

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland in June 1967 after the installation of double forward freight doors during the conversion to V.808C standard by Scottish Aviation Ltd (SAL).

The top skins now need to be fitted.

Photo source - Brian Molloy

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
June 1967

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland in June 1967 after the installation of double forward freight doors during the conversion to V.808C standard by Scottish Aviation Ltd (SAL).

It is now ready to depart back to Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland.

Photo source - Jim Cain via David Cain (Ayronautica)

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
June 1969

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken stored at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland circa June 1969 with others in the background. Note the double forward freight doors, which were installed by Scottish Aviation Ltd (SAL).

Photo source - Malcolm Nason

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
EI-AKL
July 1969

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken at Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland 19 July 1969 with a BUA BAC One-Eleven behind and a Bulgarian Air Transport (TABSO) Ilyushin IL-18 taxiing by.

Photo source - Paul Thallon

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Air Commerz
D-ADAM
April 1970

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken arriving at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in April 1970.

Note the double forward freight doors, which were installed by Aer Lingus in 1967 during the conversion to V.808C standard.

Photo source - Charlie Stewart

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Air Commerz
D-ADAM
June 1971

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in June 1971.

Note the double forward freight doors, which were installed by Aer Lingus in 1967 during the conversion to V.808C standard.

Photo source - Caz Caswell collection

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Air Commerz
D-ADAM
May 1972

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken at W A Mozart Airport, Maxglan, Salzburg, Austria 27 May 1972.

Note the double forward freight doors, which were installed by Aer Lingus in 1967 during the conversion to V.808C standard.

Photo source - Michael Bernhard

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Air Commerz
D-ADAM
August 1972

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 3 August 1972.

A month later it was repossessed by Aer Lingus.

Note the double cargo doors that were installed by Aer Lingus in 1967 during the conversion to V.808C standard.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

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Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines
D-ADAM
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)
504
October 1976

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 1 October 1976 outside the Field Aircraft Services Ltd (FAS) hangar prior to the sale to Zaire.

Note the number 4 on the tail.

In the background is a de Havilland Heron and an ex RAF Armstrong Whitworth Argosy.

Photo source - Ken Perks

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Scibe Airlift Zaire
9Q-CBS
October 1976

Purchased from Aer Lingus. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in October 1976 inside the Field Aircraft Services Ltd hangar during the removal of AFSO markings and the application of the distinctive Scibe tail logo.

The AFSO Viscount in the background is 505 (C/N 421) which also went to Scibe as 9Q-CBT.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Scibe Airlift Zaire
9Q-CBS
January 1977

Purchased from the Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO). Taken at Rand Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa January 1977 where it was receiving some maintenance work.

Photo source - Roger Caratini

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Scibe Airlift Zaire
9Q-CBS
June 1977

Purchased from the Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO). Taken at Rand Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1977.

Note the double forward freight doors, which was installed when the aircraft was owned by Aer Lingus.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

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Scibe Airlift Zaire
9Q-CBS
June 1978

Purchased from the Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO). Taken at Jan Smuts Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1978 in the South African Airways (SAA) maintenance area with an SAA Boeing 707 in the background.

It is undergoing engine runs but it won't be flying until they refit the radome!

Note the double forward freight doors, which was installed when the aircraft was owned by Aer Lingus.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Scibe Airlift Zaire
9Q-CBS
December 1978

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

Photo source - Jerry Boyd collection

31

Scibe Airlift Zaire
9Q-CBS
March 1979

Purchased from the Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO). Taken at Rand Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa in March 1979.

Note the double forward freight doors, which was installed when the aircraft was owned by Aer Lingus.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Scibe Airlift Zaire
9Q-CBS
June 1982

Purchased from the Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO). Taken at Rand Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa circa June 1982.

Note the double forward freight doors, which was installed when the aircraft was owned by Aer Lingus.

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

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MMM Aero Services (3MAS)
9Q-CAN *
July 2018

Purchased from Scibe Airlift Zaire. Taken in a floodplain area of the Cuando River in Angola in July 2018. The remains of the aircraft were discovered during a National Geographic aerial survey of this remote area.

It reportedly force landed in 1984 after running out of fuel.

Further details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - National Geographic

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MMM Aero Services (3MAS)
9Q-CAN *
July 2018

Purchased from Scibe Airlift Zaire. Taken in a floodplain area of the Cuando River in Angola in July 2018.

The remains of the aircraft were discovered during a survey of this remote area.

This view of one of the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines shows that they remained installed.

However, from this view it looks like the propellers were removed at some point.

Photo source - National Geographic

35

MMM Aero Services (3MAS)
9Q-CAN *
July 2018

Purchased from Scibe Airlift Zaire. Taken in a floodplain area of the Cuando River in Angola 25 July 2018.

This photo was taken from a drone.

The remains of the aircraft were originally discovered during a National Geographic aerial survey of this remote area.

Photo source - Stefan Van Wyk

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MMM Aero Services (3MAS)
9Q-CAN *
July 2018

Purchased from Scibe Airlift Zaire. Taken in a floodplain area of the Cuando River in Angola 25 July 2018.

This photo was taken from a drone.

The remains of the aircraft were originally discovered during a National Geographic aerial survey of this remote area.

Photo source - Stefan Van Wyk

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MMM Aero Services (3MAS)
9Q-CAN *
July 2018

Purchased from Scibe Airlift Zaire. Taken in a floodplain area of the Cuando River in Angola 25 July 2018.

This photo was taken from a drone.

The remains of the aircraft were originally discovered during a National Geographic aerial survey of this remote area.

Photo source - Stefan Van Wyk

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MMM Aero Services (3MAS)
9Q-CAN *
July 2018

Purchased from Scibe Airlift Zaire. Taken in a floodplain area of the Cuando River in Angola 25 July 2018.

This photo was taken from a drone.

The remains of the aircraft were originally discovered during a National Geographic aerial survey of this remote area.

Photo source - Stefan Van Wyk

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