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Viscount c/n 452

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Below are the 19 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 452 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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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-ASDR
January 1963

Registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd prior to the sale to Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in January 1963 on the production line in the Erecting Shop.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

The aircraft behind is G-ASDS (C/N 453).

Vickers Photo Ref MP16891 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-ASDR
June 1963

Registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd prior to the sale to Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in late June 1963.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

The aircraft on the right is G-ASDP (C/N 451).

Vickers Photo Ref MP17389X2 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-ASDR
June 1963

Registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd prior to the sale to Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in late June 1963.

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

Photo source - John Morris collection

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Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)
B-404
June 1976

Re-registered from 404. Taken at Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong in June 1976 outside the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (HAECO) maintenance facility.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)
B-404
June 1976

Re-registered from 404. Taken at Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong in June 1976 outside the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (HAECO) maintenance facility.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Bouraq Indonesia Airlines
RP-C794
May 1983

Purchased from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Taken at Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong in May 1983 after being repainted in Bouraq livery by Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (HAECO).

Here it is undergoing further maintenance prior to being delivered to Indonesia.

Note the supporting jacks by the nose and main undercarriage legs and also the integral front 'airsteps'.

The use of a Philippines registration during this period has not yet been explained.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Bouraq Indonesia Airlines
PK-IVW
April 1984

Purchased from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and re-registered from RP-C794. Taken at Kemayoran Airport, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia 16 April 1984.

Photo source - Fred de Ruiter

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Bouraq Indonesia Airlines
PK-IVW
January 1985

Purchased from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and re-registered from RP-C794. Taken at Kemayoran Airport, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia in January 1985.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Bouraq Indonesia Airlines
PK-IVW
May 1988

Purchased from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and re-registered from RP-C794. Taken at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia circa May 1988 departing from the gate.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - William H Blunt collection

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Unknown (Foreign)
PK-IVW
April 1999

Transferred from Bouraq Indonesia Airlines. Taken at a military camp near Balikpapan, Borneo, Indonesia in April 1999.

This military area has restricted access.

The support legs don't look strong enough to hold up the aircraft if there was a high wind.

Photo source - Chris Gibson

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Indonesian Army
PK-IVW
October 2007

Transferred from Bouraq Indonesia Airlines. Taken at a military camp near Balikpapan, Borneo, Indonesia 14 October 2007, now repainted in a very colourful camouflage livery.

The titles on it are CEPAT SENYAP TEPAT which translates as Fast Silent Accurate, which is the motto of an army commando unit known as the Batalyan Raiders 600.

Their unit badge is painted on the forward fuselage.

This military area has restricted access.

Photo source - Semut Kriminal

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Unknown (Foreign)
PK-IVW
March 2014

Transferred from Bouraq Indonesia Airlines. Taken at a military camp near Balikpapan, Borneo, Indonesia 27 March 2014 repainted in a very colourful camouflage livery.

The titles on it are CEPAT SENYAP TEPAT which translates as Fast Silent Accurate, which is the motto of an army commando unit known as the Batalyan Raiders 600.

Their unit badge is painted on the forward fuselage.

This military area has restricted access.

The support legs don't look strong enough to hold up the aircraft if there was a high wind.

The collection of vehicles are no longer parked near the aircraft.

Photo source - Chris Herbert

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Indonesian Army
PK-IVW
October 2014

Transferred from Bouraq Indonesia Airlines. Taken at a military camp near Balikpapan, Borneo, Indonesia 25 October 2014 in a very colourful camouflage livery.

The titles on it are CEPAT SENYAP TEPAT which translates as Fast Silent Accurate, which is the motto of an army commando unit known as the Batalyan Raiders 600.

Their unit badge is painted on the forward fuselage.

This military area has restricted access.

The support legs don't look strong enough to hold up the aircraft if there was a high wind.

Photo source - Chris Herbert

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Indonesian Army
PK-IVW
October 2014

Transferred from Bouraq Indonesia Airlines. Taken at a military camp near Balikpapan, Borneo, Indonesia 25 October 2014 in a very colourful camouflage livery.

The titles on it are CEPAT SENYAP TEPAT which translates as Fast Silent Accurate, which is the motto of an army commando unit known as the Batalyan Raiders 600.

Their unit badge is painted on the forward fuselage.

This military area has restricted access.

The support legs don't look strong enough to hold up the aircraft if there was a high wind.

Photo source - Chris Herbert

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Indonesian Army
PK-IVW
October 2014

Transferred from Bouraq Indonesia Airlines. Taken at a military camp near Balikpapan, Borneo, Indonesia 25 October 2014 in a very colourful camouflage livery.

The titles on it are CEPAT SENYAP TEPAT which translates as Fast Silent Accurate, which is the motto of an army commando unit known as the Batalyan Raiders 600.

Their unit badge is painted on the forward fuselage.

This military area has restricted access.

The support legs don't look strong enough to hold up the aircraft if there was a high wind.

Photo source - Chris Herbert

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Indonesian Army
PK-IVW
October 2014

Transferred from Bouraq Indonesia Airlines. Taken at a military camp near Balikpapan, Borneo, Indonesia 25 October 2014 in a very colourful camouflage livery.

The titles on it are CEPAT SENYAP TEPAT which translates as Fast Silent Accurate, which is the motto of an army commando unit known as the Batalyan Raiders 600.

Their unit badge is painted on the forward fuselage.

This military area has restricted access.

The support legs don't look strong enough to hold up the aircraft if there was a high wind.

Photo source - Chris Herbert

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Indonesian Army
PK-IVW
October 2014

Transferred from Bouraq Indonesia Airlines. Taken at a military camp near Balikpapan, Borneo, Indonesia 25 October 2014 in a very colourful camouflage livery.

The titles on it are CEPAT SENYAP TEPAT which translates as Fast Silent Accurate, which is the motto of an army commando unit known as the Batalyan Raiders 600.

Their unit badge is painted on the forward fuselage.

This military area has restricted access.

The support legs don't look strong enough to hold up the aircraft if there was a high wind.

Photo source - Chris Herbert

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Indonesian Army
PK-IVW
October 2014

Transferred from Bouraq Indonesia Airlines. Taken at a military camp near Balikpapan, Borneo, Indonesia 25 October 2014 in a very colourful camouflage livery.

The titles on it are CEPAT SENYAP TEPAT which translates as Fast Silent Accurate, which is the motto of an army commando unit known as the Batalyan Raiders 600.

Their unit badge is painted on the forward fuselage.

This military area has restricted access.

The support legs don't look strong enough to hold up the aircraft if there was a high wind.

Photo source - Chris Herbert

19

Indonesian Army
PK-IVW
February 2018

Transferred from Bouraq Indonesia Airlines. A Google Earth view taken at a military camp near Balikpapan, Borneo, Indonesia 27 February 2018.

The location is 1 degree 12’ 34.20” S and 116 degrees 58’ 30.40” E.

Photo source - Google Earth

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