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

New Zealand National Airways Corporation

1963 Royal Visit

NAC - New Zealand National Airways Corporation Viscount c/n 282 ZK-BRE, named 'City of Auckland', was prepared for the visit to New Zealand of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and was used on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th February 1963.

New Zealand National Airways Corporation Viscount c/n 282 ZK-BRE

Chief hostess Natalie Coe (left) with hostess Dianna Brabant in the Royal interior of Viscount ZK-BRE

The aircraft was fitted out with prefabricated furnishings, plastic panels for the walls in off-white, the ceiling covered in a doeskin type of fabric, and carpeting of a rich gold colour. After the visit the fittings were stored for future use.

First Officer Jim Pavitt told the Vickers Viscount Network that his main job on the flights was to look after the Royal Standard, with strict orders not to drop it overboard!

History and photos of Viscount c/n 282 ZK-BRE



Crew operating instructions for Viscounts c/n 282 ZK-BRE and c/n 428 ZK-BWO

New Zealand National Airways Corporation 1963 Royal Visit operating instructions

New Zealand National Airways Corporation 1963 Royal Visit operating instructions - page 1

New Zealand National Airways Corporation 1963 Royal Visit crew routines

New Zealand National Airways Corporation 1963 Royal Visit operating instructions - page 2

New Zealand National Airways Corporation 1963 Royal Visit general information

New Zealand National Airways Corporation 1963 Royal Visit general information

The back-up Viscount

A second NAC - New Zealand National Airways Corporation Viscount c/n 428 ZK-BWO, named 'City of Dunedin', was operated during the Royal visit as the number 2 aircraft.

New Zealand National Airways Corporation Viscount c/n 428 ZK-BWO slid down an embankment at Rongotai, Wellington, New Zealand

Viscount c/n 428 ZK-BWO slid down an embankment at Rongotai, Wellington, New Zealand

On Sunday 17 February 1963 the day after it had been the Royal visit back up aircraft, ZK-BWO slid down an embankment at Rongotai, Wellington, New Zealand damaging No.3 and 4 propellers.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 428 ZK-BWO



Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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