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Viscount c/n 424

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Below are the 38 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 424 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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Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA)
G-APTB
May 1959

Delivered new to Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA). Taken departing from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England 13 May 1959 for its first test flight.

It landed back at Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England

.Vickers Photo Ref 10202 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA)
G-APTB
May 1959

Delivered new to Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA). Taken departing from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England 13 May 1959 for its second test flight.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and further test flying.

The old banked motor racing track can be seen in the left background.

Vickers Photo Ref 10203 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA)
G-APTB
May 1959

Delivered new to Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA). Taken during a test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in May 1959.

Vickers Photo Ref 6587DD

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA)
G-APTB
May 1959

Delivered new to Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA). Taken during a test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in May 1959.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA)
G-APTB
May 1959

Delivered new to Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA). Taken during a test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in May 1959.

A fine underside shot taken as the aircraft banks away.

The bulged engine nacelles are clearly shown in this view and were introduced for the larger diameter compressor section on the RDa6 engine series which continued with the RDa7 series which powers this aircraft.

Photo source - Wolfgang Muehlbauer collection

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Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA)
G-APTB
June 1959

Delivered new to Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA). Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 17 June 1959.

This is the handing-over ceremony of the 400th Viscount.

Chief Designer George Edwards is standing second from the left.

Vickers Photo Ref 10263 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA)
G-APTB
June 1960

Delivered new to Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA). Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace Region, France in June 1960 operating a charter flight.

In the background there is a Hunting-Clan Vickers Viking which may have brought additional passengers on the same charter, so this may well be for an international football match.

Photo source - Peter Frei

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Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA)
G-APTB
July 1959

Delivered new to Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA). Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland 4 July 1959 operating the first 'African Safari' service from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England via Nairobi, Kenya.

The aircraft behind is a BOAC Bristol Britannia.

The facility in the left background, known as New Sarum belonged to the Rhodesian Air Force.

Photo source - Brian Robbins

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTB
August 1960

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace Region, France in August 1960 in a hybrid livery which looks very smart.

Photo source - Peter Frei

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTB
May 1961

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Alsace Region, France in May 1961.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTB
June 1961

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Ndola Airport, Northern Rhodesia in June 1961 during a service to various African destinations.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTB
June 1962

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at an unknown African location circa June 1962 during a service to various African destinations.

Photo source - Malcolm McCrow collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTB
January 1963

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at a very wintry Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in January 1963.

This was a particularly severe winter by UK standards.

It is not often that you see three BUA Viscounts in a line, with another unidentified Viscount behind and an Aer Lingus example at the rear.

Photo source - R A Scholefield collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTB
June 1966

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in June 1966.

Note the concrete base above the terminal building which was constructed in 1964 but the four storey office block was not constructed until 1967 for some reason.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTB
July 1966

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 12 July 1966.

Photo source - Ken Fielding

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTB
August 1966

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 4 August 1966.

Note the unusual mini-tug towing the Ground Power Unit (GPU).

Photo source - John Hamlin

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTB
July 1967

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland 29 July 1967 in the new 'Sand and turquoise' livery.

Photo source - R A Scholefield collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTB
September 1967

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in September 1967 with a Dan-Air de Havilland Comet 4 in the background.

Photo source - Tony Clarke collection via David Whitworth

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTB
May 1968

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in May 1968 from the viewing area on the south pier.

The aircraft behind is Transglobe Bristol Britannia G-ATLE and in the background is the BUA maintenance facility.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTB
June 1968

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England circa June 1968.

In the background is a BUA VC10 and a Balair Douglas DC-6.

Photo source - David Johnstone collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTB
June 1968

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. A view of the cabin looking towards the rear on a very quiet flight circa June 1968.

The pastel colours matched the sand and turquoise livery.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTB
July 1968

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Zestienhoven Airport, Rotterdam, Netherlands 18 July 1968.

Photo source - Reginald Rowe

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTB
September 1968

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands 11 September 1968.

The aircraft is being recovered after a very heavy nose first landing resulting in the nose undercarriage leg breaking away and being forced back under the fuselage.

The front end is being supported on a pallet truck while a tractor slowly tows it backwards with ropes attached to the main undercarriage legs.

It was on a Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) renewal test flight.

Photo source - Peter Treussard

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVB
March 1973

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa March 1973.

It was undergoing a major inspection with the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC).

This hangar was originally used as part of the Viscount assembly line.

In the background are two BAC One-Eleven jets on final assembly.

Photo source - Stephen Skinner collection

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVB
March 1973

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa March 1973.

It had returned to the UK for a major inspection with the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC).

Vickers Photo Ref MP41707 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVB
April 1973

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Nicosia Airport, Cyprus 9 April 1973 after an attempted terrorist attack.

As the flight was about to close for departure three armed Arab terrorists drove up to the aircraft in the Land Rover seen near the steps and tried to take over the aircraft.

Security guards killed one of the terrorists and arrested the other two.

Associated Press photo.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVB
June 1973

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel in June 1973 outside Terminal 2.

The grey structures in the background form part of a war memorial dedicated to the 8th Armoured Brigade which was an Israeli Defence Force mechanized unit headquartered near Jerusalem.

Photo source - Bob Weinwurzel

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVB
June 1975

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at an unknown location in June 1975.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVB
May 1982

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel circa June 1982 outside Terminal 2.

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVB
August 1979

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Riem Airport, Munich, West Germany 11 August 1979.

It is on its way to the UK for maintenance.

It arrived at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England the following day.

Photo source - Herwert Schneider

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVB
September 1979

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 7 September 1979 undergoing maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

The reason for the blacking out of the titles and logo is unknown especially as the Israeli registration is still on view.

Photo source - Mike Gill

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVB
April 1980

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 16 April 1980 undergoing maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

The reason for the blacking out of the titles and logo is unknown especially as the Israeli registration is still on view.

It has been at EMA since August 1979.

Photo source - Paul A Tomlin

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVB
May 1984

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken stored at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel 23 May 1984.

The aircraft behind is 4X-AVF (C/N 402). Both aircraft were later purchased by British Air Ferries (BAF) and broken up for spares.

Note the Israeli Defence Force aircraft in the background.

Photo source - Derek Gaynor

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVB
September 1987

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken stored at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel 15 September 1987 and now with its Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed.

The aircraft behind is 4X-AVF (C/N 402). Both aircraft were later purchased by British Air Ferries (BAF) and broken up for spares.

Photo source - Magnus Wall / Swedish Aviation Historical Society

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Chelmer Transport Hauliers
4X-AVB
May 1989

Forward fuselage section transferred from Hanningfield Metals. Taken in the yard of Chelmer Transport Hauliers at Coggleshall, Essex, England on the A120 in May 1989.

Photo source - Rich Tregear

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Chelmer Transport Hauliers
4X-AVB
June 1989

Forward fuselage section transferred from Hanningfield Metals. Taken in the yard of Chelmer Transport Hauliers at Coggleshall, Essex, England on the A120 in June 1989.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Chelmer Transport Hauliers
4X-AVB
June 1989

Forward fuselage section transferred from Hanningfield Metals. Taken in the yard of Chelmer Transport Hauliers at Coggleshall, Essex, England on the A120 in June 1989.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Chelmer Transport Hauliers
4X-AVB
September 1989

Forward fuselage section transferred from Hanningfield Metals. Taken in the yard of Chelmer Transport Hauliers at Coggleshall, Essex, England on the A120 in September 1989.

It was seen back in the Hanningfield Metals yard in 1994 and then disappeared.

Does anyone know what happened to it?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.

Photo source - Jamie Popplewell

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