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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

Channel Airways
G-APPU c/n 364
May 1968

Purchased from Continental Airlines and re-registered. Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England on the 5 May 1968, the day after it slid off the end of the runway and collided with a railway embankment.

The Viscount has just returned from the Dutch Bulb fields with a part from the Women’s Institute organised by Clarksons.

Photo source - Flying Photos

2

Jersey European Airways (JEA)
G-AVJB c/n 375
September 1980

Operated by JEA under an agreement with Field Aviation Ltd., who owned the aircraft. Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England circa September 1980.

Photo source - Gordon Wilson

3

Alidair
F-BOEC c/n 10
April 1975

Leased from Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures). Taken at Zestienhoven Airport, Rotterdam, Netherlands now with a yellow tail and dark blue centre band.

Photo source - Alex Waning

4

Skyline Sweden
SE-CNM c/n 324
September 1971

Title transferred from Malmö Aero AB who were part of the same group. Taken at Bulltofta Airport, Malmö, Sweden circa September 1971.

It remained in Falconair Charter AB livery since its withdrawal from service in June 1970.


This airport closed in December 1971 and was replaced by the new one at Sturup.

Photo source - Alex Waning

5

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYT c/n 268
June 1963

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A James Watt'. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England circa June 1963.

An idyllic scene.

Note the very smart 'ESSO' fuel bowser with 'white-wall' tyres!

Photo source - Adrian M Balch collection

6

New Zealand National Airways Corp (NAC)
ZK-BRD c/n 281
June 1964

Delivered new to New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) named 'City of Wellington'. Taken at Harewood Airport, Christchurch, New Zealand circa June 1964.

It is undergoing scheduled maintenance during the winter period.

Photo source - Air New Zealand Photographic Archive

7

New Zealand National Airways Corp (NAC)
ZK-BRD c/n 281
December 1966

Delivered new to New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) named 'City of Wellington'. A nice aerial view of Harewood Airport, Christchurch, New Zealand circa December 1966 with redently delivered NAC Fokker F27-100 Friendships sharing the terminal ramp area.

Photo source - Discovery Wall New Zealand

8

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVF c/n 49
December 1957

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'Ernest Giles'. Taken at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia circa December 1957, in the maintenance area.

This was a publicity photo for Avis Rent a Car with a lineup of TAA Hosties in front of a fleet of Holden FJ saloon cars.

Marlene Darragh is sixth in from the left and managed to acquire a copy of the photo from the newspaper.

Photo source - The Australian Photographic Archive

9

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)
VH-TVL c/n 197
September 1962

Delivered new to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named 'James Cook'. Taken at Launceston Airport, Northern Tasmania, Australia circa September 1962.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

10

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMON c/n 27
July 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Thomas Cavendish'. Taken at Yesilkoy Airport, Istanbul, Turkey circa July 1956.

The rear baggage compartment is open ready to load lightweight bags and mail.

Note that the Decca 'sharks fin' navigation aerial on the tail has now been removed.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

11

Middle East Airlines (MEA)
OD-ACU c/n 240
June 1960

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Taken at Beirut International Airport, Lebanon circa June 1960.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

12

Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRC c/n 397
October 1958

Delivered new to Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP). Taken departing from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in October 1958 for a test flight.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

The Vickers production facility can just be seen to the right of the aircraft.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

13

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

Delivered new to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S. Taken departing from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in April 1957 for a test flight.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

14

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYN c/n 263
June 1962

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken landing at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa June 1962 in the later 'Red Square' livery.

The camera shutter speed has stopped the propellers.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

15

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-THW c/n 305
March 1958

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '641'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in March 1958 during the engine ground run phase.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

16

British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)
G-APTD c/n 426
October 1960

Operated by British United Airways on behalf of BOAC. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow) circa October 1960 with BOAC titles applied to the ex Hunting-Clan livery.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

17

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AORD * c/n 171
June 1961

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Arthur Philipp'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1961.

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

18

Misrair - Egyptian Airlines
SU-AID c/n 86
February 1956

Delivered new to Misrair - Egyptian Airlines. Taken departing from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 4 February 1957 on delivery to Egypt.

Note that the cabin has now been loaded with a lot of boxes of spare parts to support the fleet.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

19

Philippine Air Lines (PAL)
PI-C770 c/n 300
May 1957

Delivered new to Philippine Air Lines (PAL). Taken landing at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in May 1957 after a pre-delivery test flight.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

20

Capital Airlines (USA)
N7406 c/n 104
November 1955

Delivered new to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘325’. Taken departing from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in November 1955 on a pre-delivery test flight.

The forward cabin door still has the blue thermo-plastic protective coating on it for some reason and will be painted prior to delivery.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

21

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-THL c/n 272
December 1957

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '630'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in December 1957 during the pre-delivery test flight phase.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

22

Duxford Aviation Society (DAS)
G-ALWF c/n 5
June 2020

Title transferred from the Viscount Preservation Trust. Taken at Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire, England 20 June 2020.

Andy took this fabulous photo from Beagle B.121 Pup 150 Series 2 G-AZEV.

The two historic Belfast Truss hangars date back to WWI but amazingly the vacant lot to the right was the site of a third one until it was blown up during the making of the film 'Battle of Britain' in 1968. Madness!!!!

No computer generated imagery (CGI) then, sadly!

Photo source - Andy Amor

23

Servicios Aereos Nacionales (SAN)
HC-ASP c/n 457
October 1970

Purchased from All Nippon Airways (ANA). Taken at Mariscal Lamar International Airport, Azuay Province, Ecuador circa October 1970.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' inherited from the ANA specification.

We don't actually know the true identity of this aircraft so it may well be HC-ATV (C/N 458).

Photo source - Luigi Preti via Santiago Toral

24

Beaver Enterprises Ltd
CF-TGZ c/n 144
June 1977

Purchased from Air Canada. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in June 1977 in ex Air Canada livery.

The aircraft to the left is CF-THY (C/N 307) and the one to the right is CF-TIB (C/N 310).

The forward fuselage section lying on the ground is CF-THC (C/N 220).

Landing in the background is Ilford Riverton Consolidated Canso C-GFFC.

Photo Ref CSL-1183

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

25

Beaver Enterprises Ltd
CF-THP c/n 276
July 1983

Purchased from Air Canada. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in July 1983.

The aircraft on the left is CF-THN (C/N 274).

Photo Ref NN-11

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

26

Beaver Enterprises Ltd
CF-THN c/n 274
July 1983

Purchased from Air Canada. Taken stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in July 1983.

The aircraft on the right is CF-THP (C/N 276).

Photo Ref NN-11

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

27

Goulet Enterprises
CF-THC c/n 220
June 1977

Purchased from Beaver Enterprises Ltd. Taken at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada in March 1977.

The forward fuselage section is lying on its starboard side.

Luckily the toilet is empty!

Photo Ref CSL-1179

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

28

Don Fyk
CF-THB c/n 219
February 1989

Gutted remains purchased from Ray Gilson. Taken at Garland, Manitoba, Canada in February 1989.

Note the mains cable connected through the rear lower fuselage.

Photo Ref CSL-1205

Photo source - Robert W Arnold collection

29

National Museum of Flight
G-AMOG * c/n 7
June 2006

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Cosford Airfield, Shropshire, England 2 June 2006 during the dismantling process prior to its transfer to Scotland.

This view shows that the Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines have already been removed.

Photo source - Dave Collins

30

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJE c/n 154
May 1960

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Alexander Mackenzie'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in May 1960, on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and the Queen's Building.

Photo source - Reg Butler via Chris Butler

31

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJE c/n 154
May 1960

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Sir Alexander Mackenzie'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in May 1960, on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and the Queen's Building.

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

Photo source - Reg Butler via Chris Butler

32

BKS Air Transport Ltd
G-ARGR c/n 14
September 1961

Leased from Maitland Drewery Aviation. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in September 1961.

The BEA Viscount in the foreground is G-AOYP (C/N 265).

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

33

Cambrian Airways
G-AOYP c/n 265
July 1972

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England in July 1972 with the Mersey estuary in the background.

Note the brand new Albion Super Reiver RE29 baggage truck.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

34

British Eagle International Airlines Ltd
G-AOCC c/n 93
May 1964

Transferred from Cunard Eagle Airways due to a corporate name change and named 'City of Belfast'. Taken at Luqa Airport, Malta in May 1964.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

35

Middle East Airlines (MEA)
OD-ACH c/n 75
June 1957

Leased from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA). Taken at Beirut International Airport, Lebanon circa June 1957.

The late afternoon sun has cast a glow on the aircraft and boarding passengers.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

36

Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd
G-PFBT c/n 265
December 2006

Purchased from British World Airlines (BWA). Taken at Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 27 December 2006 after the aircraft had been crudely hacked to pieces.

There were hopes that this aircraft could have been preserved in South African Airways livery but nothing came of it.

Photo source - Kevin Perry

37

Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd
G-PFBT c/n 265
December 2006

Purchased from British World Airlines (BWA). Taken at Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 27 December 2006 after the aircraft had been crudely hacked to pieces.

There were hopes that this aircraft could have been preserved in South African Airways livery but nothing came of it.

Photo source - Kevin Perry

38

Brownsville Airport Emergency Services
N3832S c/n 144
December 2014

Transferred from the Commemorative Air Force for non-destructive use by emergency crews for training purposes. Taken stored at South Padre International Airport, Brownsville, Texas, USA 28 December 2014.

The US 'N' registration was never applied to the aircraft.

Photo source - Kevin Perry

39

Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)
PP-SRF c/n 400
March 1974

Delivered new to Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP). Taken at Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, Brasil in March 1974.

Note the small window at the rear of the cabin.

Photo source - Tony Ward collection

40

Ministry of Supply
VX217 c/n 2
September 1950

Delivered new to the Ministry of Supply for high altitude trials. Taken at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England 4 September 1950 during the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show.

An ESSO / Anglo-American Oil Company Ltd photo.

Photo source - Chris Smith

41

Ansett-ANA
VH-RML c/n 319
February 1968

Purchased from Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. Taken at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in February 1968.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

42

Baltic Airlines (Sweden)
SE-IVY c/n 375
June 1987

Transferred from SADCO. Taken landing at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England circa June 1987.

Photo source - Gordon Wilson

43

West Africa Air Cargo
9G-ACL c/n 342
September 1977

Purchased from Alidair. Taken at a very wet Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England 18 September 1977 during its delivery to West Africa.

It is not known why it was here.

Details please to information@vickrsviscount.net

Photo source - Gordon Wilson

44

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDW c/n 349
June 1960

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Rooibok'. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland circa June 1960.

A porter is carrying a passenger's hand luggage as she carries the baby.

Photo source - Etienne du Plessis collection

45

Air Canada
CF-TGX c/n 142
June 1972

Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '616'. Taken at Great Falls Airport, Montana, USA circa June 1972.

This was not a scheduled Air Canada destination so the reason for the visit is unknown.

Photo source - Benjamin Donnelly

46

Wales Aircraft Museum
G-AOJC c/n 152
February 1996

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales 10 February 1996, a few months before it was dismantled and the fuselage moved to Enstone Airfield, Oxfordshire.

Does anyone know the date it was dismantled and when the fuselage section was transferred to Enstone Airfield, Oxfordshire?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Neil D Brant

47

Iran National Airlines Corporation (Iranair)
EP-AHB c/n 298
April 1964

Transferred from United Iranian Airlines. Taken at an unknown location circa April 1964.

Note the RAF Armstrong Whitworth Argosy in the background.

This may well be at an RAF Middle East base.

Photo source - Gordon Wilson

48

London European Airways
G-LOND c/n 257
May 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Danielle'. Taken departing from Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England circa May 1985.

Photo source - Gordon Wilson

49

Southern International Air Transport Ltd
G-CSZA c/n 282
April 1979

Purchased from Garnish Best Ltd. Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England circa April 1979.

Photo source - Gordon Wilson

50

London European Airways
G-LOND c/n 257
March 1985

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Danielle'. Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England circa March 1985.

A very atmospheric shot on a cold and frosty night with the remains of snow still evident.

Photo source - Gordon Wilson

51

Aerolineas Condor
HC-BHB c/n 205
March 1980

Purchased from Sunny South Inc. Taken at Fort Lauderdale Airport, Florida, USA circa late March 1980.

It now has 'Condor' titles applied just prior to delivery.

Photo source - Santiago Toral collection

52

East Midlands Airport Fire Service
G-AZLR c/n 347
March 1989

Remains transferred from British Midland Airways (BMA) for non-destructive rescue training use. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 25 March 1989.

It had previously been used by BMA as a cabin services trainer.

Photo source - Neil D Brant

53

Air Zimbabwe
VP-WGC c/n 446
May 1981

Purchased from Air Bridge Carriers Ltd (ABC). Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England 1 May 1981.

The Zimbabwe registration has now been applied to the ex Dan-Air livery.

Photo source - Peter Fothergill

54

Baltic Airlines (UK)
G-OHOT c/n 349
July 1989

Leased from Sean T Hully (Sales) Ltd in full Hot Air livery. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in July 1989.

Photo source - Peter Fothergill

55

National Museum of Flight
G-AMOG * c/n 7
February 2016

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, Scotland circa February 2016 and showing the fuselage outside and wrapped in light blue plastic.

This was necessary as the hangar it was in is being refurbished.

The plastic is actually a vapour phase corrosion inhibitor supplied by Hitek-Nology Solutions Ltd.

Photo source - Peter Forbes

56

Guernsey Airlines
G-BLOA c/n 259
June 1987

Sub-leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) and named 'Viscount de Sausmarez'. Taken at City of Birmingham Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England in June 1987.

Photo source - Peter Fothergill

57

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-BLNB c/n 170
June 1987

Purchased from Euroair Transport Ltd and now named 'Viscount Winston Churchill'. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in June 1987.

Photo source - Peter Fothergill

58

Alidair
G-BFMW c/n 67
April 1979

Purchased from Iraqi Airways. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in April 1979.

Noted the 'Scotland' title changed from outline to bold type.

Photo source - Peter Fothergill

59

Aer Lingus
EI-AJI c/n 289
October 1957

Delivered new to Aer Lingus named 'St Gall'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa October 1957 on a stand in front of the Europa Terminal and Queen's Building.

Photo source - David Johnstone collection

60

Home Office Fire & Emergency Training Centre
G-BAPF c/n 338
August 2006

Transferred from Sean T Hully (Sales). Taken at Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, England 19 August 2006.

It was being used for non-destructive evacuation training.

Photo source - Alex Elsom

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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