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Viscount c/n 425

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Below are the 18 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 425 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-APTC
July 1959

Leased from British & Commonwealth Shipping Company. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland in July 1959.

Photo source - Brian Robbins

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

Leased from British & Commonwealth Shipping Company. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England circa June 1960.

Note the Bedford CA van and the BMW Isetta Bubble Car.

Photo source - Caz Caswell collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTC
June 1961

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken landing at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England circa June 1961.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Jerry Hughes collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTC
June 1965

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, West Germany in June 1965.

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

Photo source - Ralf Manteufel

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTC
July 1966

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

Note the Globe Air Handley Page HPR-7 Herald HB-AAK and Luxair Lockheed 1649A Starliner LX-LGY in the background.

Photo source - Malcolm Taylor

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTC
November 1966

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 15 November 1966 in the later 'sand and turquoise' livery.

Photo source - Richard Goring

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTC
September 1967

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken departing from Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in September 1967.

The light green structure in the left background is the 'gasometer' at Horley, Surrey, England.

They were needed at the time to control the gas delivery pressure and would rise up (as in this view) or sink down depending on the pressure adjustment required. Most have been phased out now, with the one adjacent to the Oval Cricket Ground in South London probably the most famous one in the UK.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTC
June 1968

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

Photo source - Jaime Escobar collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTC
June 1968

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

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTC
April 1969

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 30 April 1969.

Note the two stewardesses in their matching 'turquoise' uniform.

Photo source - Ken Fielding

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTC
June 1969

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France circa June 1969

Note the Iraqi Airways Hawker Siddeley Trident 1E in the background.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTC
September 1969

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in September 1969 shortly before it was sold to Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd.

Photo source - Steve Arthur

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVC
October 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 14 October 1969 two days before it was delivered to Israel.

It is being prepared for a test flight, strangely from a terminal stand.

Photo source - Fred Barnes

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVC
October 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 14 October 1969 four days before it was delivered to Israel.

It is being prepared for a test flight, strangely from a terminal stand.

Photo source - Keith Brooks

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVC
October 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 15 October 1969 three days before it was delivered to Israel.

Photo source - Peter Brown collection

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVC
October 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at a very busy Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 16 October 1969 two days before it was delivered to Israel.

It is being prepared for another test flight.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVC
October 1969

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 18 October 1969 shortly before it departed on delivery to Israel.

Only eight days later the aircraft was damaged beyond economic repair during a night training flight.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVC
June 1980

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken stored at Lod Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel circa June 1980.

It was robbed of all useful parts after its accident in October 1969!

It was finally scrapped circa 1982.

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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