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Viscount c/n 433

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Below are the 31 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 433 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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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
May 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken landing at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in May 1959 after a test flight.

Note the higher than normal nose angle, which is because it is landing without flaps, either as part of the test requirement or a system failure.

The higher landing speed needs bleeding off with a higher angle of attack but not too much or the rear fuselage will scrape the runway!

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

2

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
May 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in May 1959 just prior to departing on delivery to Australia.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

3

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
November 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in November 1959 with a TAA Lockheed 188 Electra taxiing out in the background.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

4

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
June 1961

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1961 in a revised 'orange tail' livery.

This is a period airline issue postcard with dubious colour rendering.

Photo source - Merv Crowe collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
June 1963

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken at West Beach Airport, Adelaide, South Australia in June 1963.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Photo source - Geoff Goodhall

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
June 1966

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in June 1966 in a later livery.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' and the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

7

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
January 1967

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken arriving at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia circa January 1967.

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

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
November 1967

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in November 1967. Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Two Fokker F-27 Friendships from the same airline can also be seen and these also had Rolls-Royce Dart engines fitted.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
October 1968

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken arriving at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa October 1968.

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

Photo source - Graham J Bennett

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
March 1969

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken at an unknown location in March 1969.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
October 1969

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in October 1969.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
November 1969

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 22 November 1969.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
December 1969

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken landing at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia circa December 1969.

Photo source - David A Carter

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
January 1970

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia circa January 1970 during a stewardess escape training exercise through the overwing windows.

Anyone have any names?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Jenny Burrows

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
January 1970

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken departing from Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 26 January 1970.

Photo source - Nigel K Daw collection

16

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
February 1970

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3 February 1970.

Note that the No.4 nacelle rear panel has been removed to gain access for maintenance.

Photo source - Daniel Tanner

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
February 1970

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 17 February 1970.

Photo source - Robert Zweck

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
March 1970

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 28 March 1970.

Photo source - Daniel Tanner

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
February 1971

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken stored at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in February 1971 less titles.

Photo source - Robert N Smith collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
March 1971

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken at Darwin Airport, Northern Territory, Australia 3 March 1971 after its withdrawl from service and removal of all titles pending a sale.

Within a month it was sold.

Photo source - Robert Zweck

21

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
April 1971

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken arriving at West Beach Airport, Adelaide, South Australia 2 April 1971 without titles, en-route from Essendon to Darwin via Alice Springs.

The following day it departed Australia for the final time heading for Taiwan.

Photo source - Nigel K Daw collection

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Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVP
April 1971

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'John Gould'. Taken at West Beach Airport, Adelaide, South Australia 2 April 1971 without titles, en-route from Essendon to Darwin via Alice Springs.

The following day it departed Australia for the final time heading for Taiwan.

Photo source - Nigel K Daw collection

23

Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT)
B-2025
June 1976

Returned from Air Vietnam lease. Taken at Songshan Airport, Taipei, Taiwan in June 1976.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

24

Mandala Airlines
PK-RVS
May 1982

Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT). Taken at Kemayoran Airport, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia in May 1982.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Mandala Airlines
PK-RVS
March 1990

Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT). Taken at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia 24 March 1990.

Photo source - Andy Martin

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Mandala Airlines
PK-RVS
May 1991

Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT). Taken at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia 5 May 1991.

Photo source - Ger Buskermolen

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Mandala Airlines
PK-RVS
June 1991

Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT). Taken at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia circa June 1991.

Photo source - John H Mounce collection

28

Mandala Airlines
PK-RVS
October 1992

Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT). Taken at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia 9 October 1992 on a very smoggy day.

Photo source - Gerard Helmer

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Mandala Airlines
PK-RVS
August 1994

Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT). Taken at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia in August 1994 in a new livery.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

30

Mandala Airlines
PK-RVS
September 1994

Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT). Taken at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia in September 1994.

Photo source - Uli Schus

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Mandala Airlines
PK-RVS
September 1994

Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT). Taken at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia in September 1994.

Photo source - Uli Schus

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