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A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount
   

Viscount c/n 453

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Below are the 32 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 453 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-ASDS
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.

The aircraft in front is G-ASDR (C/N 452).

Vickers Photo Ref MP16891X1 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

2

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-ASDS
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 26 June 1963 on the production line in the Erecting Shop with G-ASDT (C/N 454) behind.

Note the batch of Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 Mark 525 engines awaiting fitment.

Also note that the overhead board doesn't mention CAAC, just Type 843 and 3 (third one for the airline).

Vickers Photo Ref MP17343 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

3

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-ASDS
August 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 August 1963 during the flight test phase.

It was painted up in full CAAC livery after its arrival in China.

Photo Ref V465

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-ASDS
September 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 September 1963 during the flight test phase.

Note the rainbow.

It was painted up in full CAAC livery after its arrival in China.

Photo source - Mike Higgins

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Chinese Air Force
50258
June 1986

Transferred from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Taken at an unknown location circa June 1986.

Note the integral front 'airsteps'.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 3)

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Chinese Air Force
50258
August 1986

Transferred from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Taken at an unknown location circa August 1986.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
May 1990

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China in May 1990 during its reassembly.

Note the support under the outer port wing.

Photo Ref CSL-5676

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
September 1992

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China in September 1992, now with a light blue lower half.

Photo source - Andrew Fraize collection

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
August 1996

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China in August 1996.

Photo source - John Chapman

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
May 1999

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China in May 1999.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
September 2002

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China circa September 2002 after another repaint.

Photo source - Uli Schus

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
January 2004

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China in January 2004.

Photo source - Islam Chen

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
March 2005

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 22 March 2005.

Photo source - Maartenw

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
April 2005

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China in April 2005.

Photo source - Dean Coryell

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
May 2006

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 5 May 2006.

Photo source - Mark Piacentini

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
June 2007

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 2 June 2007.

Photo source - David Lednicer

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
September 2008

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China in September 2008.

An almost surreal photo due to the dappled lighting and rain water reflections.

Photo source - Allen Watkin

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
March 2010

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 21 March 2010 with a newer coat of paint, but not recently.

The titles and flag have yet to be re-applied.

The chain posts are shaped like miniature rockets.

Photo source - Marlene Leutgeb

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
November 2010

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 13 November 2010.

The other aircraft nose belongs to a CAAC Ilyushin IL18.

Photo source - Eric Wang

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
February 2012

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 22 February 2012.

The chain posts are shaped like miniature rockets.

Photo source - Steve Arthur

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
November 2012

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 24 November 2012.

The chain posts are shaped like miniature rockets.

Photo source - Dick Curtis

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
November 2012

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 24 November 2012.

The chain posts are shaped like miniature rockets.

Photo source - Dick Curtis

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
November 2012

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 24 November 2012.

Photo source - Dick Curtis

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
May 2013

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 21 May 2013.

The chain posts are shaped like miniature rockets.

Photo source - Colin McKeeman

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
September 2013

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 13 September 2013.

The chain posts are shaped like miniature rockets.

Photo source - Kas van Zonneveld

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
September 2014

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 24 September 2014.

Note the new barrier system.

Photo source - Paul Looby

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
November 2014

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 10 November 2014.

Photo source - Flyboy (flickr)

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
September 2015

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 18 September 2015.

Photo source - Charles Cunlife

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
September 2017

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 18 September 2017.

Photo source - Grant Newman

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
April 2018

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 28 April 2018.

Photo source - Nigel Howarth

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
April 2018

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 28 April 2018.

Photo source - quoqi (flickr)

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China Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)
50258
July 2018

Transferred from the Chinese Air Force for preservation. Taken at Datangshan, near Beijing, China 25 July 2018.

Photo source - Ding Yi

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