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

Latest 60 Viscount photos

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Below are the latest 60 photos added to the museum starting with the most recent 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.

1

Austrian Airlines (AUA)
OE-LAF c/n 437
February 1960

Delivered new to Austrian Airlines (AUA). Taken at Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England in February 1960.

AUA Photo Ref 516.

Photo source - Nick Wiegersma collection

2

Air Commerz
D-ADAN c/n 421
February 1971

Purchased from Aer Lingus while on lease. Taken at Luqa Airport, Malta 14 February 1971.

Photo source - Godfrey Mangion via Neville Mangion

3

British Airways (BA)
G-AOHT c/n 168
June 1976

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England circa June 1976 in the maintenance area.

Photo source - Malcolm Hill collection

4

MMM Aero Services (3MAS)
9Q-CAH c/n 36
May 1985

Purchased from Janus Airways. Taken stored at Middelkerke Airport, Ostend, Belgium in May 1985.

It never flew again due to operational difficulties.

Photo source - David Hamilton collection

5

Air Zimbabwe
Z-WGB c/n 436
June 1990

Re-registered from VP-WGB. Taken arriving at Kariba Airport, Zimbabwe circa June 1990.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

6

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDT c/n 346
October 1958

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Blesbok'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in October 1958 prior to delivery.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

7

Aer Lingus - Irish International Airlines
EI-AKL c/n 423
August 1960

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Colmcille'. Taken at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland 26 August 1960.

A photo of the Irish Olympic team before they departed to Rome.

Colette's late brother Dermot Dunn is in this photo.

Photo source - Colette Lain collection

8

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYL c/n 261
December 1984

Purchased from British Airways (BA) and named 'Viscount Churchill'. Taken at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England circa December 1984 in a new BAF livery.

Photo source - Sarah Ward

9

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOHV c/n 170
February 1981

Purchased from British Airways (BA). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 6 February 1981 immediately after roll-out during a ceremony in the terminal building to celebrate the introduction of the first former British Airways (BA) Viscount.

It was named 'Winn' after the chief training hostess by British Air Ferries (BAF) Managing Director Mike Keegan.

Painted in the BAF diagonal stripes livery with a yellow cockpit roof to match the stripes, and Oasis Oil Co titles and Arabic script on the starboard side and BAF titles on the port side and also on the nose.

Photo source - Karl Skerstins

10

Air Rhodesia
VP-YNC c/n 100
June 1975

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change and now named 'Mazoe'. Taken at Bulawayo Airport, Rhodesia circa June 1975, now in the 'Calair' livery.

Photo source - Ian Hodkinson

11

Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVB c/n 424
June 1974

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken arriving at an unknown location circa June 1974.

The outboard R-R Dart engines have already been shut down.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

12

Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd
4X-AVB c/n 424
June 1970

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at an unknown location circa June 1970.

Note the blue tail motif which was later changed to orange.

An Arkia airline issue postcard.

Photo source - Tom van den Broeke collection

13

Air Malawi
7Q-YDL c/n 241
June 1974

Leased from Air Rhodesia. Taken at Chileka International Airport, Blantyre circa June 1974 alongside a British Airways Vickers Super VC10.

Photo source - Ron Whitehouse via Edmundo Sales

14

Central African Airways Corporation (CAA)
VP-YND c/n 101
October 1959

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named 'R M A Mweru'. Taken at Ndola Airport, Northern Rhodesia circa October 1959 with VP-YNC (C/N 100) in the foreground.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

15

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA c/n 172
November 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at an unknown location circa November 1957.

The aircraft cannot be identified and the reason for the low flypast is also not known.

This photograph has been reproduced as a period AEROHOBBY postcard.

With more information we can place it in the correct gallery.

Photo source - Gustaaf Kieft collection

16

Air Rhodesia
VP-YTE * c/n 243
July 1970

Leased from Overseas Holidays & Aircraft Hire (Pty). Taken at Louis Botha International Airport, Durban, South Africa in July 1970.

Photo source - Kjell O Granlund collection

17

Intra Airways
G-BDRC c/n 52
April 1977

Leased from Alidair. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands 30 April 1977.

Photo source - Jan Buisman

18

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYN c/n 263
July 1967

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England 30 July 1967 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's building.

Photo source - Geoff Fletcher

19

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-BAPF c/n 338
June 1984

Returned from Skyline Sweden lease. Taken landing at Heathrow Airport, London, England circa June 1984.

Photo source - Sarah Ward

20

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOHM c/n 162
July 1987

Returned from Loganair lease and now named 'Viscount Sir George Edwards'. Taken landing at Heathrow Airport, London, England circa July 1987.

Photo source - Sarah Ward

21

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BFZL c/n 435
October 1990

Returned from Manx Airlines sub-lease. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 27 October 1990.

Photo source - Jim Brazier

22

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOYP c/n 265
November 1982

Returned to service after the lease to Nile Valley Air Services was not completed. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England circa November 1982 in a later livery.

Photo source - Peter Jeffery

23

Mandala Airlines
PK-RVP c/n 414
December 1983

Purchased from Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) and now named 'Airlangga'. Taken at Kemayoran Airport, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia in December 1983 with a nice selection of mainly 'propliners' in the background.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

24

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEY c/n 382
August 1982

Returned from Sirte Oil Company lease. Taken at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England circa August 1982 in a later livery.

Photo source - Sarah Ward

25

British Airways (BA)
G-AOJF c/n 155
June 1979

Transferred from British European Airways (BEA) due to a corporate merger. Taken departing from Heathrow Airport, London, England circa June 1979.

Photo source - Sarah Ward

26

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIE c/n 176
August 1965

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Jan Olieslagers'. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands circa August 1965 with Olympic Airways de Havilland Comet 4B SX-DAK in the background.

Photo source - Gustaaf Kieft collection

27

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VII c/n 180
June 1958

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Daidalos' (Daedalus). Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands circa June 1958.

Photo source - Gustaaf Kieft collection

28

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIF c/n 177
July 1958

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Leonardo da Vinci'. Taken landing at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands circa July 1958.

Photo source - Gustaaf Kieft collection

29

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIB c/n 173
December 1958

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Louis Bleriot'. Taken arriving at an unknown location circa December 1958.

Photo source - Gustaaf Kieft collection

30

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA c/n 172
June 1958

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands circa June 1958.

Photo source - Gustaaf Kieft collection

31

Guernsey Airlines
G-AOYI * c/n 257
September 1983

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) named 'Island of Guernsey'. Taken landing at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England circa September 1983.

Photo source - Sarah Ward

32

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS c/n 267
July 1963

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at what looks like a remote Scottish Island airport circa July 1963.

There is a Rolls-Royce Dart engine in a transportation 'skid' stand which suggests that the No.1 powerplant has just been changed.

The ground engineer has taken up an interesting position with his hands clamped firmly over his ears!!!

A Dart engine can only be run for a maximum of five minutes at full power either as part of an installation ground run or under normal operating conditions.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

33

South African Air Force (SAAF)
150 c/n 280
August 1979

Delivered new to the South African Air Force (SAAF) named 'Casteel' (Castle). Taken at an unknown location circa August 1979 with a Canadair CF-86 Sabre 6 and a Lockheed C-130B Hercules in the background.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

34

South African Air Force (SAAF)
150 c/n 280
July 1979

Delivered new to the South African Air Force (SAAF) named 'Casteel' (Castle). Taken at an unknown location circa July 1979.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

35

Kuwait Airways
VP-YNB c/n 99
June 1958

Leased from Central African Airways (CAA). Taken at Kuwait City Airport, Kuwait circa June 1958 with an interesting fuel bowser in attendance.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

36

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVE c/n 48
September 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Charles Sturt'. Taken at an unknown location circa September 1955.

Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks fitted for the Adelaide to Perth sector.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

37

Brooklands Museum
G-APIM c/n 412
October 2023

On loan from British Air Ferries (BAF) and still named 'Viscount Stephen Piercey'. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 10 October 2023.

A nice view of the starboard propellers showing the two different tip profiles in common use and often mixed on the same aircraft.

Some of the dedicated volunteers responsible for caring for this prize exhibit have now refurbished the propellers before the winter weather arrives.

Only the Dowty decals are left to install.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

38

Austrian Airlines (AUA)
OE-LAH c/n 439
June 1963

Delivered new to Austrian Airlines (AUA) named 'Anton Bruckner'. Taken departing from Kranebitten Airport, Innsbruck, Austria circa June 1963.

A nice view of the 'bulged' engine nacelle, which was shaped to accomodate the larger Rolls-Royce Dart variants, in this case the RDa7 Mark 525.

Photo source - Nick Wiegersma collection

39

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-BAPF c/n 338
June 1984

Returned from Skyline Sweden lease. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England circa June 1984.

Photo source - Sarah Ward

40

Southern International Air Transport Ltd
G-BBDK c/n 291
June 1983

Purchased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC). Taken stored at Stansted Airport, Essex, England circa June 1983

The operator had ceased operating in September 1981.

British Air Ferries (BAF) purchased it in September 1983.

Photo source - Sarah Ward

41

Transair (UK) Ltd
G-AOXU c/n 248
June 1958

Delivered new to Transair Ltd. Taken at Cote D'Azur Airport, Nice, France circa June 1958.

An Editions SEPT postcard.

Photo source - Tom van den Broeke collection

42

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BNAA c/n 311
July 1987

Purchased from Euroair Transport Ltd and now named 'Viscount Southampton'. Taken stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex 20 July 1987 and now robbed of all useful parts, particularly the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510F engines.

The aircraft on the left is G-AOHT (C/N 168) in a similar condition.

Photo source - Michael Field

43

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
CF-THS c/n 279
January 2023

Museum re-named from Western Canada Aviation Museum (WCAM). Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 5 January 2023.

This aircraft was active on its last day before preservation, hence the original condition cockpit with the usual wear and tear evident.

Photo source - Wendy Maree

44

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
CF-THS c/n 279
January 2023

Museum re-named from Western Canada Aviation Museum (WCAM). Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 5 January 2023.

The No.2 (port inner) nacelle has been opened up to show the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engine.

Photo source - Wendy Maree

45

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
CF-THS c/n 279
January 2023

Museum re-named from Western Canada Aviation Museum (WCAM). Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 5 January 2023.

The aircraft is now back to its former glory after enduring four harsh winters in open storage, waiting for the new museum to be built.

Photo source - Wendy Maree

46

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIF c/n 177
June 1958

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Leonardo da Vinci'. Taken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands circa June 1958 and about to depart from the stand.

It had 'De Vliegende Hollander' titles on the starboard side.

Photo source - Gustaaf Kieft collection

47

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VID c/n 175
September 1958

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Otto Lilienthal'. Taken at an unknown location circa September 1958.

It had 'The Flying Dutchman' titles on the port side.

Photo source - Gustaaf Kieft collection

48

East Midlands Aeropark
G-CSZB c/n 248
October 2023

Forward fuselage section loaned by Colin Jacobs to the Aeropark aircraft display. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 10 October 2023.

It now looks very smart after a repaint.

Photo source - Martin Lawless

49

Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc (WCAM)
CF-THS c/n 279
June 2006

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd, preserved and restored as CF-THS. Taken on display inside the museum at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada circa June 2006.

Photo source - Martin Lisowski

50

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA c/n 172
April 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England 5 April 1957.

It is being prepared for its first flight and is parked on the runway.

It had 'De Vliegende Hollander' titles on the starboard side.

Photo source - Gustaaf Kieft collection

51

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
PH-VIA c/n 172
April 1957

Delivered new to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) named 'Sir Sefton Brancker'. Taken at Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England 5 April 1957 and will soon depart on its first flight.

It had 'The Flying Dutchman' titles on the port side.

Photo source - Gustaaf Kieft collection

52

Cambrian Airways
G-AMNZ * c/n 20
July 1970

Returned from Air France lease. Taken at Heathrow Airport, London, England circa July 1970.

Photo source - David Everett collection

53

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYP c/n 265
June 1977

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken landing at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England circa June 1977.

Photo source - Clive Grant

54

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOO c/n 28
June 1954

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A John Oxenham'. Taken landing at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1954 with a nice view of the extensive BEA Engineering base in the background.

Note the Decca 'sharks fin' navigation aerial on the tail.

BEA Photo Ref 4697.

Photo source - Gustaaf Kieft collection

55

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYJ c/n 259
June 1962

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Edward Jenner'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1962 in the later 'Red Square' livery.

The outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down.

Photo source - Gustaaf Kieft collection

56

Beaver Enterprises Ltd
CF-THP c/n 276
June 1977

Purchased from Air Canada. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in June 1977 and now sitting back on its tail.

Photo source - Jerry Olenko

57

Beaver Enterprises Ltd
CF-THP c/n 276
June 1977

Purchased from Air Canada. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in June 1977 and now sitting back on its tail.

Photo source - Jerry Olenko

58

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOHT c/n 168
July 1987

Purchased from Euroair Transport Ltd. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England 18 March 1987 after removal of all useful parts.

It lingered on until March 1991 before it was scrapped.

Photo source - Michael Field

59

Aer Lingus - Irish International Airlines
EI-AOE c/n 177
November 1965

Purchased from Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM) and named 'St Dymphna' on the port side and just 'Damhnait' on the starboard side. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa November 1965.

Photo source - John Wilkinson

60

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-APKF c/n 396
June 1965

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Michael Faraday'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1965 on a stand in front of the Queen's Building.

Photo source - John Wilkinson

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