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

Bob O'Brien collection contributed photos

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The Bob O'Brien collection photo gallery contains 250 photos and they are displayed in the order that they were taken using the actual date if known or an estimate of that date based on clues such as the livery worn or other background information.

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1

Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF c/n 1
September 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England in September 1948 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

2

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOD c/n 15
June 1954

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A John Davis'. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in June 1954 whilst undergoing maintenance with Marshall's. Note the Decca 'sharks fin' navigational aerial on the tail, which was later deleted.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

3

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHB c/n 62
June 1955

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A Sir Henry Stanley'. Taken at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1955. Note the Decca 'sharks fin' navigation aerial on the tail which was later removed.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

4

British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA)
VP-TBN c/n 81
December 1955

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Miami International Airport, Florida, USA circa December 1955 with a BOAC Boeing 377 Stratocruiser in the background.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

5

Central African Airways (CAA)
VP-YNA c/n 98
May 1957

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named as 'R M A Malvern'. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa May 1957 after fitment of weather radar in a modified nose by Marshall's. It has just completed engine power runs in the area in the background where there is a grass embankment to help suppress the noise level and is now taxying out for an air-test. Note the ground power unit and service van.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

6

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S
LN-FOH c/n 250
May 1957

Delivered new to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa May 1957. Note English Electric Canberra B(1).6 WT322 in the background which crashed in West Germany 23 February 1967 with the sad loss of the three crew members.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

7

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG c/n 156
June 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A Richard Hakluyt'. Taken at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1957 departing from a stand in front of the Queen's Building.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

8

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S
LN-FOM c/n 247
June 1957

Delivered new to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in June 1957. The aircraft was having work done by Marshall's. Behind it is an English Electric Canberra and in front is a Vickers Valiant.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

9

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S
LN-FOM c/n 247
July 1957

Delivered to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S. Taken at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa July 1957 with BEA Airspeed Ambassador G-ALZN on the left. BEA operated them as the 'Elizabethan Class'.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

10

Central African Airways (CAA)
VP-YNC c/n 100
September 1957

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named as 'R M A Mlanje'. Taken departing from Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa September 1957 after the fitment of weather radar by Marshalls. Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks and that the federal flag has now been applied to the tail.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

11

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S
LN-FOM c/n 247
December 1957

Delivered to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S. Taken at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England in December 1957.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

12

Airwork London Ltd
G-AODG c/n 77
April 1958

Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England in April 1958 on a very wet day! A very brave photographer to brave the elements to take this photo.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

13

Air France
F-BGNM c/n 12
June 1958

Delivered new to Air France. Taken at a busy London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1958.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

14

Indian Air Force
IU-683 c/n 79
June 1958

Delivered new to the Indian Air Force named as ' Pushpaka '. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa June 1958 with the early morning sun showing off the highly polished fuselage. Presumably the aircraft was having work done by Marshalls and may have included fitment of the weather radar and radome, which it now has installed.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

15

Indian Air Force
IU-684 c/n 80
June 1958

Delivered new to the Indian Air Force named as 'Raj Humsa'. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa 1958. Presumably the aircraft was having work done by Marshalls, possibly the weather radar installation. Note the RAF Vickers Valiant in the background.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

16

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYO c/n 264
June 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A Adam Smith'. Taken at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, London, England in June 1958 with spectators looking on from the excellent view provided from the Queen's Building roof terrace. There was usually a running commentary provided by the airport staff, detailing the planes and the arrival and departure destinations.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

17

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APNF c/n 225
July 1958

Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd and named as 'R.M.A. Phillip Cartaret'. Taken arriving at Heathrow Airport, London, England in July 1958 on a stand in front of the Queen's Building. The outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down. Note the non-standard 'British European Airways' titles and the fuel tank discharge pipe on the wing trailing edge, something that was not adopted on the BEA owned fleet.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

18

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APNG c/n 228
July 1958

Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd and named as 'R M A Sir James Lancaster'. Taken arriving at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England in July 1958 on a stand in front of the Queen's building during a quiet period. The outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

19

Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd
VR-BAX c/n 258
July 1958

Transferred from Eagle Airways Ltd named as 'Enterprise'. Taken arriving at Idlewild Airport, New York, USA circa July 1958 with the outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines already shut down.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

20

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)
AP-AJC c/n 335
January 1959

Delivered new to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). Taken at Karachi Airport, Pakistan in January 1959 with a lineup of VIP dignitaries awaiting their chance to fly in this newly delivered aircraft which sadly lasted for only a few months.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

21

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)
AP-AJC c/n 335
January 1959

Delivered new to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). Taken at Karachi Airport, Pakistan in January 1959 with VIP dignitaries boarding for their flight in this newly delivered aircraft which sadly lasted for only a few months.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

22

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)
AP-AJC c/n 335
January 1959

Delivered new to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). A stewardess photographed in front of the first PIA Viscount at Karachi Airport, Pakistan in January 1959 before she boarded to take care of the VIP dignitaries awaiting their first flight.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

23

Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd
VR-BAY c/n 312
May 1959

Transferred from Eagle Airways Ltd now named as 'Spirit of Friendship'. Taken at Friendship International Airport, Baltimore, Maryland, USA circa May 1959. The aircraft in the background is a US Air Force Douglas C-124 Globemaster II.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

24

Kuwait Airways
G-APPX c/n 73
June 1959

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Kuwait City Airport circa June 1960 with revised titles and a flag on the tail.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

25

British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA)
VP-TBU c/n 237
June 1959

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken arriving at Idlewild Airport, New York, USA in June 1959. Note that the full registration has also been applied to the nose undercarriage doors. In the bottom right hand corner is a wing tip tank from a Lufthansa Lockheed 1049 Super Constellation or 1649 Starliner.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

26

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TIA c/n 309
June 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '645'. Taken at an unknown location in June 1959.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

27

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APIM c/n 412
June 1959

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A Robert Boyle'. Taken arriving at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England in June 1959 on a stand in front of the Queen's building with the flight dispatcher in the white cap logging the time. The outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down. Note the apron speed limit for vehicles of 10 MPH.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

28

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TIC c/n 383
July 1959

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '647'. Taken at Idlewild Airport, Washington, District of Columbia, USA circa July 1959 with another TCA Viscount behind. In the foreground is a National Airlines Lockheed 188 Electra with a Northwest Airlines example in the background.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

29

Misrair - Egyptian Airlines
SU-AKY c/n 75
September 1959

Purchased from the Northern Aircraft Operating Company Ltd. Taken at an unknown location circa September 1959 after a basic repaint.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

30

British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA)
VP-TBX c/n 238
September 1959

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at Miami International Airport, Florida, USA 22 September 1959.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

31

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S
LN-FOK c/n 252
April 1960

Returned from Austrian Airlines (AUA) lease. Taken arriving at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in April 1960 for a repaint in Fred Olsen livery. The aircraft in the background is a Royal Air Force Vickers Valiant B Mark 1 which is parked in front of the noise reduction grassy mound used when ground running engines. Note the partially painted out Austrian Airlines titles.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

32

Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd
VR-BBH c/n 32
June 1960

Purchased from Sea Products Company. Taken at an unknown location in June 1960 in a later livery.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

33

Continental Airlines
N253V c/n 365
October 1960

Delivered new to Continental Airlines. Taken departing from the gate at Stapleton International Airport, Denver, Colorado, USA in October 1960.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

34

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)
LN-FOI c/n 251
November 1960

Leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in November 1960 just prior to delivery after a repaint in full SAS livery with Marshall's. It seems strange that the full SAS livery was applied for such a short lease period, but perhaps it was intended to be much longer. In the background is Icelandair Douglas DC4 TF-RVH which was on lease from Loftleidir Icelandic Airlines.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

35

Austrian Airlines (AUA)
OE-LAN c/n 112
February 1961

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd named as 'Johannes Brahms'. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England on a misty morning in early February 1961 still in the basic Capital livery with the Austrian registration applied. It is being towed to the hangar where it will be overhauled and repainted by Marshall's.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

36

Cunard Eagle Airways Ltd
G-ARKH c/n 31
March 1961

Transferred from Eagle Airways (Bermuda) Ltd and re-registered. Taken in the maintenance area at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England in March 1961. Under the tail and behind the bus is the rear fuselage section of Vickers Viking 1B G-AIVH (C/N 221) in Cunard livery which was being used as a cabin procedures trainer.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

37

Icelandair
TF-ISN c/n 140
April 1961

Purchased from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) and named as 'Gullfaxi'. Taken at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England in April 1961 parked on a stand in front of the 'Queen's Building'. Taxying behind is an Air Safaris Handley Page Hermes with a pair of BEA Viscounts in the old and new livery behind it.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

38

Capital Airlines (USA)
N7444 c/n 200
May 1961

Delivered new to Capital Airlines with fleet number '363'. Taken at an unknown location circa May 1961 in a later livery which was only applied to this aircraft. A nice comparison between the new and the old with an Allegheny Airlines Douglas DC3 in the foreground.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

39

British United Airways (BUA)
G-APTB c/n 424
May 1961

Transferred from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Mulhouse Airport, Basel, Switzerland in May 1961.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

40

Austrian Airlines (AUA)
OE-LAN c/n 112
May 1961

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd named as 'Johannes Brahms'. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England 26 May 1961 prior to its post-overhaul test flight looking very smart in its new livery.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

41

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMNZ c/n 20
June 1961

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in June 1961.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

42

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOI c/n 22
June 1961

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England circa 1961. This was one of the first Viscounts to carry the later 'red square' livery.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

43

British United Airways (BUA)
G-AODG c/n 77
June 1961

Transferred from Transair (UK) Ltd due to a corporate merger. Taken at Elmdon Airport, Birmingham, West Midlands, England circa June 1961.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

44

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOFX c/n 182
June 1961

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'Sir Joseph Banks' but now un-named. Taken arriving at Kloten Airport, Zurich, Switzerland in June 1961. The inboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down. This was standard procedure for the early V.700 Viscounts as the hydraulic pumps were driven by the outer engines. On later V.700/700D and all V.800/810 series Viscounts, the hydraulic pumps were driven by the inner engines and it was standard procedure to shut down the outer engines after landing. On mixed fleet airlines such as the BEA V.701/802/806 fleets, this led to several potentially embarrassing arrivals!

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

45

United Iranian Airlines
EP-AHB c/n 298
June 1961

Delivered new to the Persian Government for United Iranian Airlines. Taken at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England circa June 1961 undergoing maintenance work with Marshall's. Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks. Also note the fire bottle trolley on the right which was more associated with the startup of piston engines and their more volatile high octane petrol. Kerosine was much less prone to fires, certainly involving the Rolls-Royce Dart engine.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

46

Philippine Air Lines (PAL)
PI-C772 c/n 227
July 1961

Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. Taken at Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong in July 1961. Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

47

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S
LN-FOK c/n 252
September 1961

Returned from Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) lease. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in September 1961 outside the very distinctive terminal building which is now part of a hotel complex with preserved aircraft on this same ramp.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

48

United Iranian Airlines
EP-AHC c/n 299
September 1961

Delivered new to the Iranian Government for operation by United Iranian Airlines. Taken at Tehran Airport, Iran circa September 1961.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

49

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CVA c/n 317
March 1962

Purchased from Compania Cubana de Aviación S.A and named as 'Rietbok'. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England 18 March 1962 in Cubana livery with South African Airways (SAA) titles. It was on its way to South Africa from Cuba.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

50

Aer Lingus
EI-AJI c/n 289
April 1962

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named as 'St Gall'. Taken at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, London, England circa April 1962. Note the Foden ESSO fuel tanker.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

51

Aer Lingus
EI-AKO c/n 421
April 1962

Re-registered from EI-AKJ still named as 'St Colman'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England circa April 1962 in a revised livery. The registration was changed to avoid confusion with Viscount EI-AJK (C/N 291). In the background there is an Avro York and a BEA Viscount.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection


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