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Viscount c/n 426

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Below are the 25 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 426 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

British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTD
July 1960

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Tangier Airport, Morocco 25 July 1960 shortly after its arrival.

Although now part of British United Airways (BUA), the aircraft has yet to be repainted in the new livery.

Photo source - Adrian Jeffs

2

British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)
G-APTD
October 1960

Operated by British United Airways on behalf of BOAC. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow) circa October 1960 with BOAC titles applied to the ex Hunting-Clan livery.

It was eventually painted in full BUA livery.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

3

British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)
G-APTD
May 1961

Operated by British United Airways on behalf of BOAC. Taken at a very wet London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa May 1961 operating a service to West Africa with their titles applied to the ex Hunting-Clan livery.

It was eventually painted in full BUA livery.

Note the smart BOAC Bedford trucks.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTD
June 1964

Returned from BOAC operations. A late afternoon shot taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England circa June 1964.

It is being towed from the BUA maintenance area, which was south of the runway, up to the terminal building area, which was north of the runway.

A taxiway existed far enough east of the runway to allow maintenance traffic to cross without interfering with landing traffic.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTD
June 1964

Returned from BOAC operations. A late afternoon shot taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England circa June 1964.

It is being towed from the BUA maintenance area, which was south of the runway, up to the terminal building area, which was north of the runway.

A taxiway existed far enough east of the runway to allow maintenance traffic to cross without interfering with landing traffic.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTD
November 1964

Returned from BOAC operations. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England circa November 1964 in the BUA maintenance area on the south side of the airport.

The Vickers VC-10 in the background was recently delivered to the airline.

Photo source - Dave Welch collection

7

British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTD
February 1965

Returned from BOAC operations. Taken landing at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in February 1965.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTD
March 1965

Returned from BOAC operations. During a departure from Bathurst Airport, Banjul, Gambia in March 1965 to Freetown, Sierra Leone and Accra, Ghana all four Dart engines 'seized' during the initial take-off run.

The engines had to be changed under very difficult circumstances.

Here the dead engines are ready to be removed using a locally hired crane.

See the history section for more details.

Photo source - Brian Robbins

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTD
June 1966

Returned from BOAC operations. Taken arriving at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in June 1966 with the outboard Dart engines already shut down.

Photo source - Caz Caswell collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTD
June 1966

Returned from BOAC operations. Taken departing from a south pier gate at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 8 June 1966.

The maintenance hangars in the background are on the other side of the runway which was reached by an easterly taxyway.

Photo source - John Varndell

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTD
June 1967

Returned from Alia Royal Jordanian Airlines lease. Taken arriving at an unknown location in June 1967 in the new 'sand and turquoise' livery.

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

Photo source - Des Pike collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTD
January 1968

Returned from Alia Royal Jordanian Airlines lease. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 16 January 1968.

Photo source - Fred Barnes

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTD
April 1968

Returned from Alia Royal Jordanian Airlines lease. Taken at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands in April 1968.

Photo source - John A Stedman

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTD
June 1968

Returned from Alia Royal Jordanian Airlines lease. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in June 1968.

The well worn ramp is gradually being resurfaced in sections which must have caused a lot of problems at the height of the summer season.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTD
August 1968

Returned from Alia Royal Jordanian Airlines lease. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England in June 1968 departing from a central pier stand.

The oily ramp is a result of the older radial piston engined airliners as the Rolls-Royce Dart engine was relatively leak free in comparison.

A Colourcard Postcard Ref 1/VV6

Photo source - Graham Glover

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTD
November 1968

Returned from Alia Royal Jordanian Airlines lease. Taken at a very wet Lohausen Airport, Düsseldorf, West Germany circa November 1968 with a BEA 'Red Square' Viscount arriving in the background.

Photo source - Peter Scharkowski

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British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTD
November 1968

Returned from Alia Royal Jordanian Airlines lease. Taken about to depart from a very wet Lohausen Airport, Düsseldorf, West Germany circa November 1968.

Photo source - Peter Scharkowski

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APTD
April 1969

Leased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in late April 1969 in a hybrid livery for the short period it was in service with BMA.

Photo source - Dave Jones

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APTD
May 1969

Leased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 5 May 1969 in a hybrid livery for the short period it was in service with BMA.

There is a Channel Airways Viscount and a Donaldson International Airways Bristol Britannia in the background.

A typical murky summers day.

Photo source - Ken Fielding

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APTD
June 1969

Leased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken about to depart from Groningen Airport, Eelde, Netherlands circa June 1969 in a hybrid livery for the short period it was in service with BMA.

The Channel Airways Viscount behind is G-AVNJ (C/N 361) which was also on lease to BMA at the time.

Two BMA aircraft at the same time at this unusual location suggests a charter operation.

Photo source - Gerrit Bouma collection

21

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

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken arriving at an unknown UK location circa March 1973 with the outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines already shut down.

It had presumably returned to the UK for maintenance.

Vickers Photo Ref MP41952 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

22

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

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

Photo source - Bob Weinwurzel

23

Field Aircraft Services Ltd
4X-AVD
April 1982

Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in April 1982 outside the Field Aircraft Services Ltd hangar having been robbed of all useful spares.

Photo source - Dietrich Eggert collection

24

Field Aircraft Services Ltd
4X-AVD
September 1982

Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in September 1982 outside the Field Aircraft Services Ltd hangar having been robbed of all useful spares.

The aircraft behind is Express Air Services Handley Page HPR.7 Herald G-BFRK which was also ex Arkia and returned to service in Italy.

Photo source - Dick Gilbert

25

Field Aircraft Services Ltd
4X-AVD
April 1983

Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in April 1983 outside the Field Aircraft Services Ltd hangar having been robbed of all useful spares.

It was finally scrapped in October 1983.

The aircraft behind is Express Air Services Handley Page HPR.7 Herald G-BFRK which was also ex Arkia and returned to service in Italy.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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