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Books about the Viscount and its development

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Vickers Viscount and Vanguard

by Malcolm L Hill

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Built in response to the famous Brabazon Committee's requirements for an aircraft to replace the Douglas DC-3 on European and Empire routes, the Viscount became the world's first turboprop-powered airliner, and the most successful British airliner of all.

Operated initially by BEA, the Viscount soon became a favourite of passengers, pilots and aircraft enthusiasts alike. Its heyday was brief, as the advent of the jet airliner soon relegated it to secondline service, in which it remained.

This book presents the complete design, development and operational history of the Viscount and its bigger sibling, the Vanguard.

Vickers Viscount

by Robin Macrae Dunn

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This is the definitive account of an important landmark in civil aviation - the arrival of the world's first turboprop airliner. The aircraft has been scandalously ignored by US-based historians (the Viscount being British) so it's good to see someone putting in the effort to write about this important design.

However, on a less historic level, I'd venture that the most notable thing about the Viscount was its amazing 'porthole' windows, unlike anything on today's aircraft. It was a time when the passenger really got to the see the world, and airlines were attempting to make air travel an interesting experience in all sorts of ways that are long-discarded now.

I'd recommend the book as a meticulous and readable account of the plane's history an excellent number of colour, B&W photographs and plans. Aircraft need to be looked at not just written about so it's good that the author got this element right.

Considering the number of music stars who have died tragically in air accidents over the years, it's cheering to ponder the good fortune of Ray Charles to have crashed in a Viscount in 1985 (see picture on page 64) and lived to fly another day. By contrast, I reckon the chances of walking away from a Boeing 707 (Hollywood take note) are pretty slim.

It's a Viscount: Vickers Viscount

by Nick Corrie

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This is the concise illustrated history of the world's first turbine-powered passenger airliner.

With its combined Vickers-Armstrongs and Rolls-Royce pedigree, the revolutionary turbo-prop Viscount was bought by some 60 airline operators in some 40 countries - it became a familiar sight in the skies around the world from 1948 to the late 1960s.

It was this British aircraft which proved the viability of turbine-powered commercial flying until the advent of the jet.

This is the story of the plane's development, it's first prototype test flight from Wisley, Surrey in 1948 and it's prestigious introduction to the public by BEA - British European Airways Corporation.

Vickers Viscount

by Jesse Russell

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The Vickers Viscount was a British medium-range turboprop airliner first flown in 1948 by Vickers-Armstrongs, making it the first such aircraft to enter service in the world. It would go on to be one of the most successful of the first generation postwar transports, with 444 being built.

Vickers Viscount 700 Series

by Reg Baram

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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