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Established 2005
Vickers Viscount Network
A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount

Vickers Viscount Network

December 2011 Newsletter


Dear Member

Welcome to the December issue of our popular newsletter. The team here at the Vickers Viscount Network would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to hearing from you with your Viscount stories and photos in the coming year.

Newsletter printable version



Transfer of the Ownership of G-ALWF

Duxford Viscount c/n 5 G-ALWF

The Duxford Aviation Society is now the proud owner of Viscount G-ALWF

John Overhill Viscount Crew Chief at the Duxford Aviation Society proudly tells us of the transfer of ownership of the oldest surviving Viscount c/n 5 G-ALWF.

"During the early part of 2011 I received a query from Brian Burrage, co-founder of the Vickers Viscount Network, concerning the future of G-ALWF which was owned by the Viscount Preservation Trust, and had been placed in the care of the Duxford Aviation Society on a 99 year lease which had commenced in 1976.

Paul St. John Turner signs the title transfer document
Paul St. John Turner signs
the title transfer document

Seemingly this appeared to be a question which needed to be answered. As I was fortunate enough to have long time contact with Romer Adams, one of the original Trust members, I decided to obtain his thoughts.

It appeared that apart from himself, only one of the original Trust members was still active, this being Paul St. John Turner the chairman who resided in Jersey, Channel Islands.

Romer and I thought that a meeting between himself and interested parties of the Duxford Aviation Society should be arranged to discuss the future, and perhaps even the transfer of ownership of the aircraft.

As a result a meeting took place at Duxford during June where proposals were put forward to transfer the ownership. The proposals were communicated to Paul St. John Turner in Jersey who seemed to think, that subject to a number of conditions, there was no reason why an agreement could not follow.

A document was drafted which was agreed upon, and a decision made to have the relevant documentation signed at Duxford on 26th November with Paul St. John Turner in attendance.

On the day of the handover it was extremely pleasing to welcome Paul St. John Turner who had flown over from Jersey especially for the occasion, and who along with Romer Adams and signatories of the Duxford Aviation Society, completed the official documentation.

The Duxford Aviation Society is now the proud owner of Vickers Viscount G-ALWF, and grateful thanks must go to Paul St. John Turner and Romer Adams for allowing this to happen."

Paul St John Turner and Romer Adams sitting in the cockpit of Viscount c/n 5 G-ALWF

Paul St John Turner and Romer Adams enjoying sitting in the cockpit after relinquishing ownership
of 'WF' to the Duxford Aviation Society. They formed the Viscount Preservation Trust in 1972
when they purchased 'WF' which meant that they officially owned her for 39 years!

History and photos of Viscount c/n 5 G-ALWF



Canary Islands Viscount needs help

Ignacio Llaneza has sent us this appeal concerning V.806 Viscount c/n 264 EC-DXU ex G-AOYO

“I am the manager of the aircraft maintenance engineers’ training centre (CETAC) at Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. We are interested in the restoration of a Vickers Viscount but I am unable to find the pertinent technical documentation (AMM, IPC and WDM). The purpose of this message is to see if you have the mentioned documentation, or the way I could find them, as well as any other useful info like spare parts etc. The cockpit is in very bad condition, it has no flight instruments, and also I’m trying to find the instrument panels."

Best regards
Ignacio Javier Llaneza Muñiz
Gerente Responsible

CENTRO DE ENSEÑANZA TÉCNICA AERONÁUTICA DE CANARIAS ES.147.012
Carretera General del Norte C-820, edif. Star nave Nº 2. 38297 los Rodeos, La Laguna, Tenerife.

Tf. 922 650365
E-mail

nacho@cetac.info


CETAC Viscount c/n 264 EC-DXU

CETAC Viscount c/n 264 EC-DXU taken in November 2011 by David Gaskell

Positive news like this soon attracts attention from Viscount followers and Brian Burrage, our co-founder and historian, promptly replied

"Thanks for contacting us regarding the ex LAC - Lineas Aereas Canarias Viscount at Tenerife Norte. We certainly hope that you and your training centre engineers can keep this aircraft from being scrapped. Within the Vickers Viscount Network we have a lot of technical data and can scan selected pages for you.

Below are photos of complete cockpits of sister aircraft c/n 412 G-APIM and c/n 266 G-AOYR to show how EC-DXU would have looked when it retired and how it looked while with BEA - British European Airways in 1965."

Cockpit of sister aircraft c/n 412 G-APIM

Cockpit of sister aircraft c/n 412 G-APIM at retirement
Cockpit of sister aircraft c/n 266 G-AOYR

Cockpit of sister aircraft c/n 266 G-AOYR circa 1965

Brian went on to ask "Is the Viscount now formerly part of your training organisation? If so, will it be used for training the engineers in any way? Good luck with your project and keep us informed of your progress and needs."

Ed Jones the Vickers Viscount Network librarian commented "I think it would be very beneficial for us to get involved in the restoration of this aircraft. If it helps, we have in our library the following documents and all are scanned as pdf and/or word docs."

V.800 Engineers Pocket Book
V.802 Pilot Notes/Flight Manual
V.807 Pilot Notes/Flight Manual

In addition David Gaskell reports that he has just returned from Tenerife where he photographed EC-DXU (see above). He comments "Sadly in a bit of a bad way but a lovely sight. I remember so well as a child going to Manchester from Jersey on many occasions on the fantastic Viscount, a real work horse."


History and photos of Viscount c/n 264 EC-DXU/G-AOYO



Co-Pilot's seat required for Australian Viscount

Brookland Viscount c/n 148 VH-TVJ
QAM - Queensland Air Museum

Ron Cuskelly, Vice-President and Webmaster of QAM - Queensland Air Museum, has appealed for help locating a co-pilot's seat for their Viscount c/n 148 VH-TVJ nose section.

Ron and the team at the Queensland Air Museum know Denys Jones (Viscount c/n 283 ZK-BRF restoration team at Ferrymead) and Peter Layne (our Newsletter Editor and New Zealand researcher) and adds

"I believe we have already exhausted the New Zealand angle (short of a midnight creative acquisition raid on Ferrymead).

Similarly we have a close working relationship with Mark Pilkington (Viscount c/n 318 VH-TVR restoration team at the Australian National Aviation Museum) and I believe he is aware of our needs and reputation.

I've had a message from Vickers Viscount Network UK researcher Richard Stanton who has advised us where to find the maker’s plate on the captain's seat. That might save us from shipping a non-compatible seat from the other side of the world!"

If anyone can help, please contact Ron by e-mail.

vice-president@qam.com.au


Cockpit of Viscount c/n 148 VH-TVJ

Co-Pilot's seat required for Viscount c/n 148 VH-TVJ

History and photos of Viscount c/n 148 VH-TVJ



Cockpit seats in New Zealand Viscount

Ron Cuskelly's plea led to Denys Jones commenting

"One thing that I'm not sure of is whether the seats in our Viscount c/n 283 ZK-BRF are actually from a Viscount. When we got her in 1974 the seats were gone and when the guys were restoring her in the 1990s (back in the Air New Zealand hangar at Christchurch Airport) they obtained and installed the now present seats.

One of the guys told me that the seats were not from a Viscount but were close enough. I must admit I did wonder and I have meant to look for the part number, but that's another of those jobs I have not yet got around to.

Can anyone confirm from what type aircraft these seats originated?"

Cockpit of Viscount c/n 283 ZK-BRF

The non Viscount Captain's seat on ZK-BRF

History and photos of Viscount c/n 283 ZK-BRF



Retired NAC - New Zealand National Airways Corporation Captain Jim Pavitt was consulted.

His wife Suzanne, who was one of the hostesses on NAC's first Viscount revenue service, aboard Viscount c/n 281 ZK-BRD on 3 February 1958, drew his attention to this newspaper cutting featuring a Viscount flight occurring a few days earlier. The seats are rounded at the top and differ from those of the V.807 depicted above.


Cockpit of Viscount c/n 281 ZK-BRD

Captains Jack Register and Allan Kenning, and Hostess Lorna Clark on board ZK-BRD


New Zealand Viscount to get a Soul Mate

Denys also mentioned that Ferrymead is acquiring a Fokker F-27, ZK-BXG, well parts of it anyway. Other parts of ZK-BXG are headed to QAM - Queensland Air Museum for use on their F-27 VH-FNQ.

Another aircraft (the cockpit section) which will also become a soul mate at Ferrymead, is former TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Ltd) Electra ZK-TEA, which for many years was the airline’s flagship. Already sharing the display hangar with the Viscount is the front section of Bristol Freighter ZK-CRK.

NZNAC Fokker ZK-BXG

NZNAC Fokker F27 ZK-BXG taken on the 21 December 1974 at Auckland

Editor’s footnote: A few years ago I was in an e-mail discussion with Jim Pavitt regarding an aircraft which had had an accident on 1 May 1967. I mentioned, in passing, that on that same day I had flown in F-27 ZK-BXG. His logbook revealed that he had in fact been my captain that morning.


Under-wing paint on New Zealand Viscounts

... and finally from Denys

"I'm just about to put the detachable rear cowls on the starboard nacelles of ZK-BRF and have been attending to the painting of the parts and the adjacent under-wing areas that were painted in a duck egg grey-green colour.

I reason that they were painted to protect the skin from the effects of the exhaust emission, and presumably to enable the surface to be kept clean on the basis that the paint was easier to get the muck off."

NZNAC Viscount c/n 281 ZK-BRD

NZNAC Viscount c/n 281 ZK-BRD showing off her painted under wings

"I wonder if anyone can provide insight into the effects of the exhaust on the dural, the frequency of cleaning, and perhaps if the Dart was a particularly grubby old thing etc, etc."

Comments please to

Membership@VickersViscount.net



From Weybridge to New Zealand via TCA - Part 3


Evidently Viscount seats have a long history of causing headaches judging by Norm Hogwood’s latest instalment.

"Having been employed by NZNAC since 1961, I decided to take a trip back to the United Kingdom in 1965. This entailed a TEAL (nowadays Air New Zealand) Electra flight from Wellington to Sydney and then a BOAC Boeing 707 to London via Darwin, Singapore, Calcutta, Karachi, Beirut and Rome. The return flight took me to Frankfurt, Bahrain, Bombay, Colombo, Singapore and then to Sydney where I again jumped on an Electra for the flight to Wellington.

It was during the stopover in Bahrain that a very strange thing happened, but first I must return to my days with Vickers-Armstrongs.

Air France Viscount c/n 12 F-BGNM

One Friday my boss asked me if I could go to Heathrow the next morning to collect some aircraft seats that Air France was shipping over for trial installation in one of their Viscounts. Reluctantly, I said I would although I could think of better ways to spend a Saturday.

I chased all over the airport for those damned seats and gave up in despair.

On the Monday I told the boss and he was disappointed and suggested that perhaps Air France had slipped up. A little while later he called me in and said that the Service Manager, John Davies, wanted him to sack me. The seats had been there all the time and I had upset everyone’s plans by not collecting them. The boss managed to save my bacon and I lived to spend more time gainfully employed by him.

Back to Bahrain: At 02:00 in the sticky heat there were just two aircraft on the ramp. Both were BOAC Boeing 707s, our one going south, the other heading north. All up I suppose there were about 200 passengers and many of them, like me, headed for the bar in the transit lounge.

As I made my way to the counter I realised I recognised the guy standing directly in front of me. It was none other than John Davies. I tapped him on the shoulder and he nearly fell over.

It turned out he was heading home after a visit to NAC and Viscount customers in Australia. We bought each other a beer and had a laugh over the Air France seats. Literally, ships that pass in the night!"

Another great recollection, thanks Norm. His fourth instalment will appear in the next newsletter.


RAF fly Viscounts to Berlin during 'Cold War'

Michael Joyce, who now lives in Australia, was recently sent our last newsletter by a friend in South Africa and has taken the initiative to contribute his own story.

"I was Aircrew on Britannia aircraft with 511 Squadron at RAF Lyneham from 1962 to 1967, eventually becoming a Captain. This was the only turbo prop military aircraft in service until the arrival of the Argosy and Andover."

RAF Bristol Britannia in 1964

RAF Bristol Britannia XM518 'Spica' taken in 1964

"In 1963 through to 1964, the East Germans (Russians) at times tended to harass civil airliners in the corridors to Berlin.

The RAF - Royal Air Force decided to train two aircrews of Captain, Co-Pilot and Navigator, one from each Britannia Squadron 511 and 99 to fly empty or freight loaded Viscounts up and down the corridors to keep them open if things got too hairy for the airlines. Being military we were of course expendable if a collision occurred.

We were stationed in Berlin for a week as BEA - British European Airways aircrew, even with their allowances, but without uniforms. We flew several trips but did not touch the controls and looked over the shoulders of the BEA crew on their standard flights. Our main interest was the use of the Decca Navigator, a splendid piece of equipment and the only aircraft so fitted that I came across.

Before starting this we were sent to BEA Heathrow for some familiarisation with the Viscount V.802 at their Ground School and used the Viscount Simulator, which was a black and white camera moving over a 3D map of Heathrow and its surrounds.

I ended up on one occasion with two engines out going through the approach lights before reaching the runway.

After what was considered sufficient Ground School we went to Stansted to meet and fly with Captain Nicolle of BEA Training. We flew circuits and bumps with various engine combinations and were shown the short field landing technique of flying up to the threshold at circuit height, power to idle and putting out full flap. The resultant dive to the runway at such a steep angle was somewhat frightening."

BEA - British European Airways Viscount c/n 161 G-AOHL

BEA - British European Airways Viscount c/n 161 G-AOHL

"Our crew did three tours to Berlin which were preceded by three trips to Stansted with Captain Nicolle. Aircraft used at Stansted were: October '63 G-AOYT, March '64 G-APOX, June '64 G-AOYS. Each flight gave me 2.20 hrs. of experience. The 99 Squadron crew trained and flew alternatively to us. This requirement was turned over to the Argosys as soon as they came on line.

A most unusual experience for us as BEA civilians, when this operation was at the time supposed to be secret, was my first arrival at the hotel in Berlin where I was greeted by the person behind the desk: 'Welcome Flying Officer Joyce'.

Finally, I believe that the Americans and French were also doing this kind of thing though we never met any of them."


'Dog Whistles' flight attendants

Jim Griffith has sent in some stories to share with us and we will slot them into upcoming newsletters.

In 1950 Jim joined the RCAC - Royal Canadian Air Cadets and in time he went on to join the RCAF - Royal Canadian Air Force, Aer Lingus, and TCA - Trans-Canada Air Lines/Air Canada from where he retired from flying in October 1997.

"Back in the days of props some of the escapades that flight and ground crews inflicted on each other, in today’s straight jacket of political correctness, could be seen as being cruel and insensitive, which indeed there is no doubt some of those so called practical jokes were.

Mostly though, they were innocent, quite harmless stress relievers and if judged in the context of aviation cultural traditions back then, were accepted as a rite of passage; an initiation into the close knit community of aviation. Aside from the well-worn request for some junior neophyte whether pilot, mechanic or flight attendant to go get a bucket of prop wash, here are some of the more innocuous recollections of the fun and games indulged in during the heydays of the late sixties and early seventies.

It was an era when it was considered more important to have a sense of humour than to have the latest hand held electronic device for amusement.

Now on to the turbo-prop Viscounts, or 'Dog Whistles', so named for their ability to convert jet fuel into noise; a high pitched, teeth gritting whine well above the audible frequency that drives dogs and cats and other animals, and even some humans into a frenzied acoustic shock.

TCA - Trans-Canada Air Lines Viscount c/n 142 CF-TGX

Can anyone identify these three ladies?

It was often said by pilots, when referring to flight attendants, that at least turbine engines stopped whining when they were shut down at the ramp. No need for flight attendants to get their knickers in a knot because the truth be told it was usually the flight attendants that had the last laugh. They, after all, were the last people to handle the pilots' food and drink before it went down their gullets.

Woe betide any mean spirited pilots who thoughtlessly or otherwise humiliated their fellow ship mates for it provided means, motive and opportunity for ugly retaliation.

In the mid to late sixties on an upswing in the never ending cycle of good years and bad in the industry there was a hiring frenzy. It produced a new youthful image to the airline. It also resulted in a plethora of pilot promotions from First Officer to Captain.

Some of the, 'older', flight attendants now had a chance to harass some of the new front end sprogs.

The normal routine on short-haul Viscount flights was for the flight attendants to come up front to the cockpit, if they weren’t already standing there for the take-off, oops; to take drink orders as soon as the wheels had safely thumped onto the up-locks.

This was nothing in the way of deferential or preferential treatment for pilots, rather the flight attendants wisely learned to take care of the pilots first so that they wouldn’t be interrupted with a cockpit request half way through their meal service.

Coffee was usually the beverage of choice as it was on this particular morning on a flight under the command of a particularly baby faced newly promoted captain. Although lithe and slim he had cute little chubby cheeks that would have done the, 'Gerber' baby food commercials proud.

Much to the sprog Captain's chagrin the flight attendant first handed the left-seater his coffee careful so as not to spill any on the radio console, then with much exaggerated aplomb presented the Captain with a baby-bottle filled with milk, topped with a rubber nipple on a tray that also contained a diaper."


Wonderful Capital Viscounts

Retired Captain Dick Russell has provided us with his experiences flying Viscounts for Capital Airlines.

"I was hired by Capital Airlines on 27 June 1955. My first interview occurred about ten days prior to that date and that is when I got my first look at a fantastic aircraft that I soon found out was a Vickers-Armstrongs Viscount V.745D."

Capital Airlines Viscount c/n 199 N7443

Capital Airlines Viscount c/n 199 N7443 over Washington, DC

"Being a junior birdman I had to wait until 1956 to become a Viscount co-pilot. During the next 7 years I logged 5,000 hours in what I considered a wonderful aircraft.

Captial Airlines Viscount c/n 356 N242V
N242V while on lease
to Capital Airlines

When two V.812 series Viscounts (N242V c/n 356 and N243V c/n 354) of Continental Airlines were leased, I was one of just a few co-pilots to be checked out. It was quite a lot of fun and the redline allowed us to descend almost as fast as the Douglas DC-7, which we raced from La Guardia New York to Chicago Midway on a daily basis.

The Viscount had some shortcomings and range was one of them. VMO (Velocity Maximum Operating) was another limitation. Initially it was 238 kts and later it was reduced to 233 kts. Management attempted to operate this aircraft on stage lengths that were just too long except when the weather was good. This caused the plane to get a bad name because of the frequent fuel stops that became necessary.

If I remember correctly, our V.745Ds held 15,390 pounds of fuel and I can’t remember the capacity of the V.812s, but believe is was slightly more. We could stretch it to about 4 plus hours but the weather had to be very good and we could not accept any air traffic delays.

A number of years ago, I contributed to the restoration of a V.745D being done by the Mid Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania. I have never heard from them since that time even though they promised, several years in a row, to do a flyover of a Capital Airlines reunion picnic.

When this fantastic plane disappeared from the scene it was almost forgotten. Thank you for keeping it alive."

Mid Atlantic Air Museum Viscount c/n 233 N7471

Mid Atlantic Air Museum Viscount c/n 233 N7471 taken in October 2011

History and photos of Viscount c/n 233 N7471



Carl B Jordan, who is also a retired captain, adds

"I was hired by Capital Airlines on 6 August 1956, a little over a year behind by long-time friend, Dick Russell. I had to sit behind him on the pilot's seniority list for some 35 years before he moved off the list ahead of me.

Like Dick, I too enjoyed flying the Viscount. It was very popular with the travelling public, and Capital became the number one airline on the Chicago-Washington and the Chicago-New York routes. At that time, they were the two top passenger-carrying routes in the world. The passengers enjoyed the smoothness of the engines and also the large windows in the cabin.

SAA Viscount c/n 346 ZS-CDT
Rolls-Royce Dart

The advertising slogan was 'A New Sound in the Sky'. Our Viscounts were originally powered by the 506 series of Rolls-Royce engines, but eventually the entire fleet was powered by the 510 series.

Rolls-Royce was noted for their craftsmanship. It turned out that there were no gaskets in the engines. They were machined to such close tolerances that gaskets were not necessary.

The outboard props swung close to the ground. Initially, there were several instances where the outboard props were bent after coming into contact with runway or taxiway lights. A real culprit was Elmira, NY. They had installed higher than usual taxiway lights so they would appear over the top of a heavy snowfall. Captains learned to be especially careful when taxiing the Viscount to avoid damage to the outboard props.

I hope Dick won’t mind if I make a correction. The VMO on all of the Viscounts varied from 238 kts down to 233 kts, depending on the amount of fuel in the wings. If the wings became light, then the VMO was reduced, accordingly. The VMO didn’t vary with the aircraft model.

He’s right in stating that four hours was about tops in endurance. However, one winter night, I was flying with Captain Bob Klienke from Cleveland to Miami. We stayed airborne for 5 hours and 19 minutes that night. My wife happened to be on board. She said that the stewardess (that’s what they were called back then) kept complaining that her watch was wrong '- - because we just could NOT be airborne this long.' But, we were. Of course we were rather tight on fuel when we touched down.

Another nice thing about the Viscount was that it sure had a soft landing gear. However, if the captain happened to stub his toes on a landing, then the co-pilot was naturally expected to stub even harder on his next landing. One NEVER showed up the captain!

We used to tick-off the guys flying DC-6s and Connies because we didn’t have to get into line in the run-up box. We’d taxi from the gate and announce to the tower that we were 'ready for take-off'. The piston-powered guys were frustrated that we didn’t have to get into line behind them and were cleared for take-off.

Also, for a while Capital got away with a little known fact. Unlike high octane gasoline, in those early days Viscount fuel (kerosene) was not encumbered with an 'aviation fuel tax'. It took a while for the powers-that-be to catch on and fill this loop-hole. Finally, Capital had to 'Pay the Piper'. This just proved that old adage about death and taxes."


We must not forget

Terry Bannon contacted us several years ago about the tragic accident involving BEA - British European Airways Viscount c/n 63 G-ANHC in which his father James Bannon lost his life, and the memorial he had just erected near Nettuno, Italy. Since his story was published on the pages of the Vickers Viscount Network in December 2008, he has been contacted, via our museum, by several relatives of people who also lost their lives in the crash.

G-ANHC memorial unveiled in April 2006

The G-ANHC memorial was unveiled in April 2006

Sally Dowdle has just sent us this message

"I have just found your website whilst searching for information on the crash that my father dies on.

I saw the article on Terry Bannon whose father dies in the same crash as mine over Anzio, near Nettuno in Italy on 22 Oct 1958. I was just 10 months old when my father was killed, and have been considering trying to go out to where he was killed, and have been researching to find out exactly where it was. I wondered if you could pass my details on to Terry as I would love to find out any other details.

My father was Brian Fogaty, a newspaper photographer for the Daily Sketch, and I have some of the articles that were printed at the time – there was a 3 person team flying out with a model who was going to confront her lover, who I believe was a Prince.

As well as him being able to maybe give me some information I would be happy to copy the articles I have and send them to him. I realise your article was written in 2008 and I am hoping that you may still have his details."

The team here at the Vickers Viscount Network have been very happy to pass on Sally's details to Terry.

BEA - British European Airways Viscount c/n 63 G-ANHC

BEA - British European Airways Viscount c/n 63 G-ANHC
on which Sally's and Terry's fathers died in 1958

History and photos of Viscount c/n 63 G-ANHC



Aero Commander ZK-BWA
Aero Commander ZK-BWA

For many years our Newsletter Editor and New Zealand researcher Peter Layne has been involved in the dedication of plaques to mark aviation accidents in New Zealand, and has shared in considerable moments of sorrow and closure.

On 21 November 2011 a plaque, designed by Graeme McConnell, was dedicated at Tauranga Airport to mark the 50th Anniversary of the accident involving Aero Commander ZK-BWA overhead Mount Ruapehu. The starboard wing had come off due to progressive structural failure of the spar cap.

Over the years the accident has been shrouded in controversy as to exactly what happened. Among the 250 attendees of the unveiling was Steve Swift, former Fatigue Evaluation Engineer of Civil Aviation Safety Authority in Australia, who later gave a presentation on structural failures.

He presented a photo of MMA - MacRobertson Miller Airlines Viscount c/n 45 VH-RMQ and focussed on the starboard wing. He specifically mentioned that the wing failed just days after the image was taken.

MMA - MacRobertson Miller Airlines Viscount c/n 45 VH-RMQ

MMA - MacRobertson Miller Airlines Viscount c/n 45 VH-RMQ
taken just days before it crashed

History and photos of Viscount c/n 45 VH-RMQ



The Union Flag

Those of you who attended the 'Brooklands Viscount Day' in October would have seen the great work that the team working on Viscount c/n 412 G-APIM have been accomplishing.

Brookland Viscount c/n 412 G-APIM
The Union Jack

John Woodhouse, the Brooklands Museum's Viscount team leader, reports that the Union flag has now been applied. Considerable discussion has resulted on this subject including the convention of flag placement on aircraft.

In case you are not aware, airlines which are members of ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) follow the convention that the fuselage serves as a flagpole when the country’s flag is applied. On the port side the flag is presented as you would expect to see it (left to right) but on the starboard side it is in the reverse fashion as if you were seeing it (right to left) which would happen if you went round the other side of a flagpole, or if the flag changed direction.

John also mentioned that the flag is right way up. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the Union Jack doesn't have a top and bottom.


All things Southend Airport

Vickers Viscount Network UK researcher Jamie Popplewell has been looking through 'Flickr' for all things Southend Airport. During his research he found these Viscount photos, not all from Southend Airport.

He says, "For those who have not been on 'Flickr' please enjoy the following links:-"

Link 1 Link 2 Link 3
Link 4 Link 5 Link 6



Website not available

For 36 hours in November our website was not available. The company that hosts our website, 1&1, had suffered a major server problem that caused our site, along with many others, not to work. Be assured that all steps were taken by our co-founder and webmaster Geoff Blampied to have the problem resolved as quickly as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience. This was the first major crash of our website since 2005 when we had several days without a service.


Visitors from 89 countries/territories

Geoff has provided some impressive facts about our website for the period 19 October to 18 November 2011.

We had 4,353 visitors from 89 countries/territories
The average number of pages visited was 5.62, the highest average in one day was 8.72 pages visited
The average time on site was 5 minutes 7 seconds, the highest average on one day was 8 minutes 46 seconds
51.92% of these visits were from new visitors, 48.08% were returning visitors
24,449 pages were issued
545 visitors visited 201 or more times
259 visitors visited more than 20 pages during a visit
Our most popular page is the latest 60 photos added
In the last week of November, 48 new photos were loaded.

If you look at the top of any webpage on our site you will see the current number of Viscounts photographs loaded.


New web pages

Please help us identify these photos
ANSETT-ANA advert promoting the 'System of the Golden Jets'
TAA - Trans-Australia Airlines proudly presents the Vickers Viscount to Australia
TAA – Trans-Australia Airlines Viscounts for sale
TCA -Trans-Canada Air Lines cartoons



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Membership@VickersViscount.net



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Don't worry about the condition of your photos as we can work wonders with most images that have strange colours or dust marks, blemishes etc.


Newsletter Editorial and Production Team

Peter Layne - Chief Editor, Wellington, New Zealand.
Ed Jones - Editor, Manchester, England.
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