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Viscount c/n 446

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Below are the 65 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 446 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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Ghana Airways
9G-AAU
August 1961

Delivered new to Ghana Airways. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 16 August 1961 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

Vickers Photo Ref MP13557 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Ghana Airways
9G-AAU
June 1962

Delivered new to Ghana Airways. Taken at Accra Airport, Ghana circa June 1962.

This period advert featured the Mercedes-Benz 0319 minibus.

Photo source - Anthony Clegg-Butt collection

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Ghana Airways
9G-AAU
November 1963

Delivered new to Ghana Airways. Taken at Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England in November 1963 after an overhaul with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Ghana Airways
9G-AAU
June 1966

Delivered new to Ghana Airways. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England in June 1966.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Ghana Airways
9G-AAU
June 1968

Delivered new to Ghana Airways. Taken at Accra Airport, Ghana in June 1968 with additional Nigeria Airways titles on the rear fuselage for a joint service with Ghana Airways between Accra, Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Ghana Airways
9G-AAU
May 1973

Delivered new to Ghana Airways. Taken arriving at Accra Airport, Ghana, West Africa 15 May 1973.

Photo source - Steve Aubury

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Field Aircraft Services Ltd
G-BCZR
April 1975

Purchased from Ghana Airways. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 22 April 1975 shortly after its arrival from West Africa.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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Mandala Airlines
PK-RVN *
May 1975

The sale to Mandala Airlines was not completed. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in May 1975 fully painted up in Mandala Airlines livery.

It was later leased to British Midland Airways (BMA) in their livery.

The Viscount behind is ex Channel Airways G-ATUE (C/N 357) that had been purchased by Alidair for spares recovery.

Photo source - Carl Ford

9

Mandala Airlines
PK-RVN *
November 1975

Painted up in full Mandala livery but the sale was not completed. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in November 1975 outside the Field Aircraft Services Ltd hangar.

This registration was then used on C/N 415 in April 1976 but with a revised livery.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Field Aircraft Services Ltd
G-BCZR
February 1976

The sale to Mandala Airlines was not completed. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 24 February 1976 fully painted up in Mandala Airlines livery with the Indonesian registration blacked out and the UK registration re-applied.

It was later leased to British Midland Airways (BMA) in their livery.

Photo source - Steve Barnes

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-BCZR
June 1976

Dry leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken departing from East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 6 June 1976.

Photo source - Rob Hodgkins

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-BCZR
October 1976

Dry leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in October 1976 with Intra Airways Douglas DC-3 G-AMPO in the background.

Photo source - Peter Fothergill

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-BCZR
June 1977

Dry leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. for a second period. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands circa June 1977.

Photo source - EX/ZX (flickr)

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British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-BCZR
August 1977

Dry leased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd. for a second period. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in August 1977

It is parked outside the World War II T2 hangar after coming off a check and being prepared for engine ground runs.

Photo source - George Stringer

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Field Aircraft Services Ltd
G-BCZR
October 1977

Returned from British Midland Airways (BMA) lease. Taken stored at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England circa October 1977.

Note that the Rolls-Royce Dart engine intakes have been blanked off and the propellers are in the 'feathered' position ready for removal.

Photo source - Carl Ford

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Dan-Air London
G-BCZR
March 1979

Dry leased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC) Ltd. Taken at an unknown location in March 1979.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Dan-Air London
G-BCZR
April 1979

Dry leased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd. (ABC). Taken at a very wet Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in April 1979.

Photo source - Steve Barnes

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Dan-Air London
G-BCZR
December 1979

Dry leased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd. (ABC). Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in December 1979 whilst undergoing maintenance.

It is currently awaiting a replacement No.1 Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 525F engine.

This view would make a nice Christmas card!

Photo source - Carl Ford

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Dan-Air London
G-BCZR
February 1980

Dry leased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd. (ABC). Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands 25 February 1980.

Photo source - Udo K Haafke

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Dan-Air London
G-BCZR
June 1980

Dry leased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd. (ABC). Taken at Ferryfield Airport, Lydd, Kent, England circa June 1980 with the ground engineer waiting for the aircraft to taxy off the stand.

Photo source - Mike Swift

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Dan-Air London
G-BCZR
August 1980

Dry leased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd. (ABC). Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, Wales 16 August 1980 with the Bristol Channel in the background.

Photo source - Chris Chennell

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Dan-Air London
G-BCZR
September 1980

Dry leased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd. (ABC). Taken at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands in September 1980.

Photo source - Stephen Knight

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Dan-Air London
G-BCZR
November 1980

Dry leased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd. (ABC). Taken at Teesside International Airport, Darlington, County Durham, England circa November 1980.

Photo source - Alan Beardmore collection

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Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC)
G-BCZR
April 1981

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 30 April 1981 in the basic Dan-Air livery.

Photo source - Steve Barnes

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Air Zimbabwe
VP-WGC
May 1981

Purchased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC). Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 1 May 1981.

The Zimbabwe registration has now been applied to the ex Dan-Air livery.

Photo source - Peter Fothergill

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Air Zimbabwe
VP-WGC
May 1981

Purchased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC). Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 2 May 1981 outside the Dan-Air maintenance facility prior to delivery to Air Zimbabwe, still in the ex Dan-Air livery.

Photo source - Simon Lowe

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Air Zimbabwe
VP-WGC
May 1981

Purchased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC). Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 2 May 1981 outside the Dan-Air maintenance facility prior to delivery to Air Zimbabwe, still in the ex Dan-Air livery.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Air Zimbabwe
VP-WGC
June 1982

Purchased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC). Taken at Harare Airport, Zimbabwe in June 1982 inside the Air Zimbabwe maintenance facility undergoing heavy maintenance with all four Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed.

Having been in service for about a year the opportunity was taken to standardise the cockpit layout and galley arrangement to match the rest of the fleet as the ex ABC aircraft were unpopular with the crews. This also applied to VP-WGB (C/N 436).

Photo source - Gerry Hoole

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Air Zimbabwe
Z-WGC
February 1991

Re-registered from VP-WGC. Taken stored at Kentucky Airport, Harare, Zimbabwe in February 1991 and offered for sale.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Air Zimbabwe
Z-WGC
February 1991

Re-registered from VP-WGC. Taken stored at Kentucky Airport, Harare, Zimbabwe in February 1991 and offered for sale.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Air Zimbabwe
Z-WGC
June 1995

Re-registered from VP-WGC. Taken stored at Kentucky Airport, Harare, Zimbabwe circa June 1995, now with all four Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
July 1997

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Bulawayo in July 1997 together with Viscount Z-WGB (C/N 436).

Note the café being constructed behind Z-WGC on the right.

Photo source - Tony Rickelton

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
October 1999

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo in October 1999 after being repainted and carrying 'Flying Pot Restaurant' titles and Coca-Cola sponsorship.

Photo source - Martin Longmore

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
October 1999

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo in October 1999 after being repainted and carrying 'Flying Pot Restaurant' titles and Coca-Cola sponsorship.

Photo source - Martin Longmore

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
October 1999

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo in October 1999.

The starboard wing was not refitted after the move.

Photo source - Martin Longmore

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
May 2003

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo in May 2003 together with Viscount Z-WGB (C/N 436) which is nose on in this view.

Photo source - Martin Addison

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
August 2011

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. A Google Earth view taken of the restaurant site 25 August 2011.

The main road from Chegutu (further up the road to the right) to Kadoma and Bulawayo can be seen.

The aircraft furthest from the building is Z-WGB (C/N 436).

Only one wing is fitted on either aircraft.

Photo source - Google Earth

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2012

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 24 April 2012 looking very shabby and obviously abandoned now and the grass uncut.

Photo source - Michael Kelsey

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2012

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 24 April 2012 looking very shabby and obviously abandoned now and the grass uncut.

Photo source - Michael Kelsey

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2012

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 24 April 2012 looking very shabby and obviously abandoned now and the grass uncut.

The tail of Z-WGB (C/N 436) is also in view.

Photo source - Michael Kelsey

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2012

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 24 April 2012 looking very shabby and obviously abandoned now and the grass uncut.

Photo source - Michael Kelsey

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013 still looking very shabby and obviously abandoned but with the grass freshly cut around the aircraft. Z-WGB (C/N 436) is on the left.

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013 looking very shabby and obviously abandoned but at least the grass has been cut.

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013 looking very shabby and obviously abandoned but at least the grass has been cut around the aircraft.

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013 looking very shabby and obviously abandoned.

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013 looking very shabby and obviously abandoned.

A nice closeup view of the 'Coca-Cola' bottle sign on the tail.

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013 looking very shabby and obviously abandoned.

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013 looking very shabby and obviously abandoned but at least the grass has been cut around the aircraft.

The aircraft behind is Viscount Z-WGB (C/N 436).

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013 looking very shabby and obviously abandoned but at least the grass has been cut around the aircraft.

The aircraft behind is Viscount Z-WGB (C/N 436).

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013 looking very shabby and obviously abandoned.

Note that the direct vision 'DV' window is partially open.

The heat inside the cabin and cockpit must be unbearable.

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013 looking very shabby and obviously abandoned but at least the grass has been cut around the aircraft.

The aircraft behind is Viscount Z-WGB (C/N 436).

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013 looking very shabby and obviously abandoned.

The aircraft behind is Viscount Z-WGB (C/N 436).

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013 looking very shabby and obviously abandoned.

Note that the direct vision 'DV' window is partially open. The heat inside the cabin and cockpit must be unbearable.

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013.

This view shows the port main undercarriage bay.

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013.

This view is looking up into the port main undercarriage bay.

It looks pretty good considering the harsh conditions.

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013.

Another view looking up into the port main undercarriage bay.

The port inner engine jet pipe trunking can be seen and an undercarriage retraction bump stop at the top of the photo.

Again, it looks pretty good considering the harsh conditions.

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013.

This view shows the port main undercarriage leg.

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013.

This view shows the port inner engine nacelle and firewall.

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
April 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo 25 April 2013.

This view shows the port outer engine nacelle and firewall.

Photo source - Teresa Gasston via John Gasston

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
May 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. A Google Earth view taken of the restaurant site 5 May 2013.

The aircraft are near the centre of the photo with the main road from Chegutu to Kadoma and Bulawayo above them.

Photo source - Google Earth

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
May 2013

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. A Google Earth view taken of the restaurant site 5 May 2013.

The main road from Chegutu (further up the road to the right) to Kadoma and Bulawayo can be seen.

The aircraft furthest from the building is Viscount Z-WGB (C/N 436).

Only one wing is fitted on either aircraft.

Photo source - Google Earth

62

Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
March 2014

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Bulawayo 2 March 2014.

It has not been used as a restaurant for several years now and there are reports that it and sister Viscount Z-WGB (C/N 436) will soon be scrapped.

However, they were still there in January 2020, as viewed on Google Earth!

Photo source - Hein Steyn

63

Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
August 2016

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo in August 2016 still looking very shabby and abandoned.

Photo source - Mike Tucker

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
August 2016

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo in August 2016 still looking very shabby and abandoned.

Photo source - Mike Tucker

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Flying Pot Restaurant
Z-WGC
August 2016

Transferred from Air Zimbabwe for use as a restaurant. Taken at Chegutu, 70 km southwest of Harare, Zimbabwe on the road to Kadoma and Bulawayo in August 2016 still looking very shabby and abandoned.

The tail of Viscount Z-WGB (C/N 436) can be seen in the left background.

Photo source - Mike Tucker

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