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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

Hot Air
G-BAPF c/n 338
April 1990

Returned from lease to Gambia Air Shuttle. Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England circa 1990.

Photo source - Gordon Wilson

2

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

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England on the 24 July 1985.

Photo source - Colin Jones

3

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

Purchased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England in 1985.

Photo source - Peter Morris

4

Capital Airlines (USA)
N7422 c/n 120
June 1957

Delivered new to Capital Airlines with fleet number '341'. Taken at Midway Airport, Chicago, Illinois circa June 1957.

Photo source - Pat Bukiri collection

5

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AWXI c/n 339
July 1969

Purchased from Deutsche Lufthansa AG. Taken at Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man circa July 1969.

Photo source - Peter George

6

Inter City Airlines
G-ARIR c/n 36
September 1982

Transferred from Alidair due to a corporate name change. Taken at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England in September 1982 with Redcoat Cargo Airlines Canadair CL-44D4-2 G-BRED in the background.

Photo source - Peter White

7

South African Airways (SAA)
ZS-CDY c/n 351
August 1967

Delivered new to South African Airways (SAA) named 'Gemsbok'. Taken arriving at Bulawayo Airport, Rhodesia in August 1967.

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

Photo source - Lindsay Bickers via Brian Bickers

8

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHG c/n 156
September 1969

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken landing at Heathrow Airport, Middlesex, England in September 1969.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

9

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHM c/n 162
July 1971

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken departing from Dalcross Airport, Inverness, Scotland 8 July 1971 on a service to Glasgow.

Photo source - Carl Ford

10

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AZNA c/n 350
July 1986

Leased back from British Aerospace. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in July 1986.

This was the final 'diamond' livery which was introduced for the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 and certainly modernised the Viscounts' appearance and this was the only Viscount painted in this livery.

Photo source - Lee McConnell collection

11

Northeast Airlines (UK)
G-AOYL c/n 261
July 1972

Transferred from BKS Air Transport Ltd. due to a corporate name change. Taken departing from Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in July 1972.

Note the small 'British Air Services' titles on the lower forward fuselage.

Photo source - Mike Pitman

12

Cambrian Airways
G-AOYG c/n 256
July 1972

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken arriving at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands in July 1972. The outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down.

Note the small 'British Air Services' titles on the forward lower fuselage.

Photo source - Mike Pitman

13

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

Delivered new to Austrian Airlines (AUA) named 'Joseph Haydn'. Taken at Schwechat Airport, Vienna, Austria circa June 1960 with two more AUA Viscounts and a Middle East Airlines (MEA) example in the background. Austrian Airlines Photo

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

14

Air France
F-BGNT c/n 37
June 1958

Delivered new to Air France. Taken at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France in June 1958 ready for a service to London Airport. Photo Ref V299.

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

15

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S
LN-FOK c/n 252
August 1957

Delivered new to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S. Taken at an unknown location circa August 1957.

Photo source - Rob Mulder

16

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJC c/n 152
July 1957

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert O'Hara Burke'. Taken arriving at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa July 1957. The outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down.

Photo source - Ragnarok31 (flickr)

17

Ray Charles Enterprises Inc
N923RC * c/n 320
December 1978

Re-registered from N500TL. N923RC had previously been used on Viscount C/N 201. Taken at Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix, Arizona, USA in December 1978 in a new gold and white livery. Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Photo source - syoumans07 (flickr)

18

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYP c/n 265
June 1968

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands in June 1968.

Photo source - Ron Bowyer

19

Austrian Airlines (AUA)
OE-LAM c/n 442
June 1962

Delivered new to Austrian Airlines (AUA) named 'L.v. Beethoven' (Ludwig van Beethoven). Taken at an unknown location circa June 1962. Note the integral front 'airsteps' and that the name is on the cabin door but was moved to the lower forward fuselage circa 1963.

This image is from a Wiener Sängerknaben (Vienna Boys) album cover produced for HMV records.

Photo source - Sean Naghibi collection

20

Air Algerie
G-AOYP c/n 265
January 1982

Dry leased from British Air Ferries (BAF). Taken at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in January 1982 after it returned for maintenance.

Photo source - Richard Vandervord

21

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

Returned from Air Algerie lease. Taken at Lulsgate Airport, Bristol, England in June 1982 in a hybrid livery.

Photo source - The Weston Mercury

22

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

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Thomas Cavendish'. Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1956. Note that the No.4 propeller is still the older 'Cutlass' style which were gradually being phased out on attrition.

Obviously this was a special occasion.

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

23

Starways Ltd
G-AMOC c/n 13
January 1964

Leased from British Eagle International Airlines Ltd. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 3 January 1964 in a modified British Eagle livery retaining the tail logo.

Photo source - Kenneth Roberts collection

24

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGM c/n 50
March 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '605'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in March 1955 during the test flight phase.

Note the Percival Prince in the right rear background.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

25

Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI)
I-LIFT c/n 326
April 1957

Delivered to Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI). Taken landing at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in April 1957 after a test flight.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

26

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOJ c/n 23
March 1963

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken arriving at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England circa March 1963.

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

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

27

Ray Charles Enterprises Inc
N923RC * c/n 201
June 1971

Purchased from East Coast Leasing Inc. Taken at an unknown US location circa June 1971 with the tail of Douglas B-26B On Mark Marketeer N3035S visible on the right. This was the first of two Viscounts to use this registration. The other one was C/N 320 from February 1977 until October 1985. Photo Ref V708.

Photo source - Brian N Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

28

Ray Charles Enterprises Inc
N923RC * c/n 201
September 1970

Purchased from East Coast Leasing Inc. Taken at an unknown US location circa September 1970. This was the first of two Viscounts to use this registration. The other one was C/N 320 from February 1977 until October 1985.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

29

New Zealand National Airways Corp (NAC)
ZK-BRD c/n 281
December 1960

Delivered new to New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) named 'City of Wellington'. Taken departing from Whenuapai Airport, Auckland, New Zealand circa December 1960 with a Bristol Britannia in the background.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

30

New Zealand National Airways Corp (NAC)
ZK-BRD c/n 281
December 1958

Delivered new to New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) named 'City of Wellington'. Taken at Whenuapai Airport, Auckland, New Zealand in December 1958 after the recent landing accident. The aircraft has now been repaired in five weeks thanks to the maintenance crew shown in this group photo.

Paul's father, who was an Engineer with NAC took the photo.

Photo source - Paul Smits

31

New Zealand National Airways Corp (NAC)
ZK-BRD c/n 281
November 1958

Delivered new to New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) named 'City of Wellington'. Taken at Whenuapai Airport, Auckland, New Zealand in November 1958 after the recent landing accident. It is now undergoing repairs and the fitment of replacement Rolls-Royce Dart engines and Rotol propellers.

Paul's father, who was an Engineer with NAC took the photo.

Photo source - Paul Smits

32

New Zealand National Airways Corp (NAC)
ZK-BRD c/n 281
November 1958

Delivered new to New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) named 'City of Wellington'. Taken at Whenuapai Airport, Auckland, New Zealand in November 1958 after the recent landing accident. It is now undergoing repairs and the fitment of replacement Rolls-Royce Dart engines and Rotol propellers. Note the 'Flagship' titles, which were in red.

Paul's father, who was an Engineer with NAC took the photo.

Photo source - Paul Smits

33

New Zealand National Airways Corp (NAC)
ZK-BRD c/n 281
November 1958

Delivered new to New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) named 'City of Wellington'. Taken at Whenuapai Airport, Auckland, New Zealand in November 1958 after the recent landing accident. It is now undergoing repairs and the fitment of replacement Rolls-Royce Dart engines and Rotol propellers.

Paul's father, who was an Engineer with NAC took the photo.

Photo source - Paul Smits

34

New Zealand National Airways Corp (NAC)
ZK-BRD c/n 281
November 1958

Delivered new to New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) named 'City of Wellington'. Taken at Whenuapai Airport, Auckland, New Zealand in November 1958 after the recent landing accident. It is now undergoing repairs and the fitment of replacement Rolls-Royce Dart engines and Rotol propellers.

Paul's father, who was an Engineer with NAC took the photo.

Photo source - Paul Smits

35

New Zealand National Airways Corp (NAC)
ZK-BRD c/n 281
November 1958

Delivered new to New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) named 'City of Wellington'. Taken at Whenuapai Airport, Auckland, New Zealand 13 November 1958 after the landing accident the previous day. A view of the curled No.1 propeller which means that the Rolls-Royce Dart engine needs to be removed due to shockload damage. Note the Royal New Zealand Air Force Handley Page Hastings C.3 in the background and the Morris Commercial J Type crew bus by the hangar.

Paul's father, who was an Engineer with NAC took the photo.

Photo source - Paul Smits

36

New Zealand National Airways Corp (NAC)
ZK-BRD c/n 281
November 1958

Delivered new to New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) named 'City of Wellington'. Taken at Whenuapai Airport, Auckland, New Zealand 13 November 1958 after the landing accident the previous day. A view of the damage to the nose undercarriage bay and lower fuselage.

Paul's father, who was an Engineer with NAC took the photo.

Photo source - Paul Smits

37

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-APNG c/n 228
June 1958

Returned from Aer Lingus lease. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in a basic livery before the BEA livery was applied for another lease period.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

38

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AMOG * c/n 7
March 1953

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named 'R M A Robert Falcon Scott'. Taken at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England during a pre-delivery test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England. Note the 'Cutlass' style propeller blades and the Decca 'sharks fin' navigation aerial on the tail.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

39

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)
CF-TGL c/n 43
February 1955

Delivered new to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '604'. Taken departing from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in February 1955 for a test flight.

Photo source - R A Woodcock via Steve Burland

40

Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA)
PK-MVM c/n 459
July 1984

Purchased from All Nippon Airways (ANA) and now named 'Lombok'. Taken at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia in July 1984.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

41

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOYS c/n 267
June 1968

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at Ringway Airport, Manchester, England in June 1968.

Photo source - Des Pike collection

42

Brownsville Airport Emergency Services
N3832S c/n 144
February 2019

Transferred from the Commemorative Air Force for non-destructive training by the emergency services. Taken stored at Brownsville Airport, Texas, USA 16 February 2019. The US 'N' registration was never applied to the aircraft.

Photo source - Mark Prange

43

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AHRF c/n 1
June 1950

Re-registered from the Ministry of Supply VX211 for civil trials use. Taken at Khartoum Airport, Sudan circa June 1950 during tropical trials.

Photo source - Evans / Pharcide

44

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYM c/n 262
May 1982

Transferred from Cambrian Airways due to a corporate merger. Taken at Dalcross Airport, Inverness, Scotland 10 May 1982 before operating the last British Airways Viscount service from this airport down to Glasgow.

Captains Macdonald and Stenhouse were on the crew. Do you know any of the other names? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Ian Donn

45

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-AYOX c/n 370
September 1981

Purchased from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines and re-registered. Taken at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands circa September 1981. It is being pushed back from the gate with the inner Rolls-Royce Dart engines already running. The outboard engines will be started using internal batteries, boosted by the generators from the running engines. In the background is Guernsey Airlines G-BDRC (C/N 52).

A photo from Tom's collection.

Photo source - Tom Singfield

46

Flugzeug Restaurant Silbervogel
D-ANAB c/n 369
October 2015

Transferred from Holzen-Ith, near Escherhausen, Germany for use as a restaurant. Taken at Ricklingen, Mercedesstrasse 1 near Hannover, Germany 9 October 2015.

Photo source - Stephen Knight

47

Flugzeug Restaurant Silbervogel
D-ANAB c/n 369
October 2015

Transferred from Holzen-Ith, near Escherhausen, Germany for use as a restaurant. Taken at Ricklingen, Mercedesstrasse 1 near Hannover, Germany 9 October 2015.

Photo source - Stephen Knight

48

Flugzeug Restaurant Silbervogel
D-ANAB c/n 369
October 2015

Transferred from Holzen-Ith, near Escherhausen, Germany for use as a restaurant. Taken at Ricklingen, Mercedesstrasse 1 near Hannover, Germany 9 October 2015.

Photo source - Stephen Knight

49

Flugzeug Restaurant Silbervogel
D-ANAB c/n 369
October 2015

Transferred from Holzen-Ith, near Escherhausen, Germany for use as a restaurant. Taken at Ricklingen, Mercedesstrasse 1 near Hannover, Germany 9 October 2015.

Photo source - Stephen Knight

50

Starways Ltd
G-ARIR c/n 36
April 1962

Purchased from Air France. Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England circa April 1962.

In the background is a British European Airways (BEA) V.701 series Viscount.

Photo source - Kenneth Roberts collection

51

Cambrian Airways
G-AMON c/n 27
May 1963

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Speke Airport, Liverpool, England 26 May 1963 operating the first Liverpool/Jersey/Liverpool service.

Note the integral front 'airsteps' which were originally installed by BEA in 1959.

Photo source - North West Air News

52

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYO c/n 264
January 1980

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at Dalcross Airport, Inverness, Scotland in January 1980 being repaired after the starboard undercarriage leg failed to extend during a landing on the 10 January 1980. Once the initial work had been completed it was flown to Glasgow with its gear locked down for further repairs.

Photo source - Ian Donn

53

Cambrian Airways
G-AMOP c/n 29
April 1967

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in April 1967.

Note that the registration has now been moved from the top of the fin to the rear fuselage to meet new regulation requirements.

There is plenty going on in the background of this picture, which also features a Sudan Airways Comet 4C, Alitalia and Finnair Caravelles, a British Eagle Viscount, three BEA Viscounts, a Vanguard or two, a pair of BEA Tridents and even a BEA Argosy.

Photo source - Propliner Magizine

54

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 in September 1950 at the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show taxiing out for its flying display, which was flown by Vickers test pilot Brian Trubshaw. This was Brian's first major air show.

In the background is the Bristol Brabazon prototype G-AGPW.

Photo source - FlightGlobal Photo Library

55

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOHI c/n 158
April 1972

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) and now un-named. Taken at John O'Groats Airport, Wick, Scotland circa April 1972.

Photo source - Ian Donn

56

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYO c/n 264
January 1980

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at Dalcross Airport, Inverness, Scotland in January 1980 being repaired after the starboard undercarriage leg failed to extend during a landing on the 10 January 1980. Once the initial work had been completed it was flown to Glasgow with its gear locked down for further repairs.

Photo source - Ian Donn

57

Alidair
G-BFYZ c/n 69
December 1978

Purchased from Iraqi Airways. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England 4 December 1978 shortly after roll-out while being prepared for the Guernsey Airlines lease.

Photo source - Ron Kosys

58

Institute Aéronautique Amaury de la Grange (IAAG)
F-BMCF c/n 54
June 1987

Donated by Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures) and used by a Technical School for training. Taken at Calonne Airfield, near Merville, France in June 1987. Note that the No.4 propeller is almost in the 'feathered' position.

Photo source - Rich Tregear

59

Turbo Aire Holdings Inc
N140RA * c/n 191
February 1992

Purchased from the Bank of America. Taken stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA 1 February 1992 with the tail of N145RA (C/N 341) in the background.

Photo source - Rich Tregear

60

Viscount Unlimited Inc
N145RA c/n 341
February 1992

Purchased from Fred S Brown Enterprises. Taken stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA 1 February 1992. Note the 'Rod Stewart' titles on the forward fuselage from a music tour in 1988 and the 'feathered' propeller.

Photo source - Rich Tregear

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