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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-LAL c/n 441
June 1962

Delivered new to Austrian Airlines (AUA) and now named as 'W A Mozart'. Taken at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1962.

Photo source - Sean Naghibi collection

2

Austrian Airlines (AUA)
OE-LAK c/n 440
June 1971

Returned from Austrian Air Transport lease. Taken at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England circa June 1971.

Photo source - Sean Naghibi collection

3

Ballyboughal Airfield Group
EI-AOH c/n 180
March 2019

Transferred from Aer Lingus still named as 'St Fiacre' / 'Fiachra'. Taken at Ballyboughal Airfield, County Dublin, Ireland 9 March 2019. It is wheeled out during flying days to be used as an office / rest area. When not in use it is protected inside this storage building. Does anyone know the date it was transferred from Dublin? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Illusion450 (flickr)

4

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJA c/n 150
July 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named as ‘R M A Sir Samuel White Baker’. Taken at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England 27 July 1956 taking off on its first flight. Note the white Vickers Valiant in the background. Vickers Photo Ref MP4600. (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

5

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-AOJA c/n 150
July 1956

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named as ‘R M A Sir Samuel White Baker’. Taken at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England 27 July 1956 taxying out for its first flight. Vickers Photo Ref MP4598. (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive

6

Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)
CX-AQN c/n 321
May 1972

Delivered new to Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA). Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland 27 May 1972 during its return to Uruguay following an extensive overhaul by the British Aircraft Corporation at their Hurn facility.

Photo source - Mark Piacentini

7

Central Training Establishment
G-BDRC c/n 52
May 1985

Donated by Hards Travel for emergency services training. Taken at Manston Airport, Kent, England circa May 1985 with an unfortunate altering of the operator's name.

Photo source - Tom Singfield collection

8

Alidair
G-ARGR c/n 14
September 1977

Returned from Dan-Air London lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in September 1977 with 'Alidair' titles applied by using an adhesive decal.

Photo source - Tom Singfield collection

9

Alidair
G-ARGR c/n 14
June 1977

Returned from Bursa Hava Yollari lease. Taken at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in early June 1977 with 'Alidair' titles applied to the ex Bursa Hava Yollari livery.

Photo source - Tom Singfield collection

10

Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Aeronáutica de Canarias (CETAC)
EC-DXU c/n 264
February 2019

Transferred from Lineas Aereas Canarias (LAC). Taken stored at Los Rodeos Airport, Santa Cruz, Tenerife Norte, Canary Islands, Spanish Territory 26 February 2019 and still looking in poor condition externally. The rudder appears to be unlocked which could cause damage in high winds.

Photo source - John Tomlinson

11

Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Aeronáutica de Canarias (CETAC)
EC-DXU c/n 264
February 2019

Transferred from Lineas Aereas Canarias (LAC). Taken stored at Los Rodeos Airport, Santa Cruz, Tenerife Norte, Canary Islands, Spanish Territory 26 February 2019 and still looking in poor condition externally.

Photo source - John Tomlinson

12

High Chaparral AB - Wild West Theme Park
SE-IVY c/n 375
March 2019

Transferred from Baltic Airlines (Sweden). Taken at a Wild West Theme Park near Kulltorp, Sweden in March 2019. The aircraft was put up for sale by auctioneers Klaravik AB. The auction closed 13 March 2019 at 10:46 local time. See the history section for full details.

Photo source - Klaravik AB

13

High Chaparral AB - Wild West Theme Park
SE-IVY c/n 375
March 2019

Transferred from Baltic Airlines (Sweden). Taken at a Wild West Theme Park near Kulltorp, Sweden in March 2019. The aircraft was put up for sale by auctioneers Klaravik AB. The auction closed 13 March 2019 at 10:46 local time. See the history section for full details.

Photo source - Klaravik AB

14

High Chaparral AB - Wild West Theme Park
SE-IVY c/n 375
March 2019

Transferred from Baltic Airlines (Sweden). Taken at a Wild West Theme Park near Kulltorp, Sweden in March 2019. The aircraft was put up for sale by auctioneers Klaravik AB. The auction closed 13 March 2019 at 10:46 local time. See the history section for full details.

Photo source - Klaravik AB

15

High Chaparral AB - Wild West Theme Park
SE-IVY c/n 375
March 2019

Transferred from Baltic Airlines (Sweden). Taken at a Wild West Theme Park near Kulltorp, Sweden in March 2019. The aircraft was put up for sale by auctioneers Klaravik AB. The auction closed 13 March 2019 at 10:46 local time. See the history section for full details.

Photo source - Klaravik AB

16

High Chaparral AB - Wild West Theme Park
SE-IVY c/n 375
March 2019

Transferred from Baltic Airlines (Sweden). Taken at a Wild West Theme Park near Kulltorp, Sweden in March 2019. The aircraft was put up for sale by auctioneers Klaravik AB. The auction closed 13 March 2019 at 10:46 local time. See the history section for full details.

Photo source - Klaravik AB

17

High Chaparral AB - Wild West Theme Park
SE-IVY c/n 375
March 2019

Transferred from Baltic Airlines (Sweden). Taken at a Wild West Theme Park near Kulltorp, Sweden in March 2019. The aircraft was put up for sale by auctioneers Klaravik AB. The auction closed 13 March 2019 at 10:46 local time. See the history section for full details.

Photo source - Klaravik AB

18

High Chaparral AB - Wild West Theme Park
SE-IVY c/n 375
March 2019

Transferred from Baltic Airlines (Sweden). Taken at a Wild West Theme Park near Kulltorp, Sweden in March 2019. The aircraft was put up for sale by auctioneers Klaravik AB. The auction closed 13 March 2019 at 10:46 local time. See the history section for full details.

Photo source - Klaravik AB

19

High Chaparral AB - Wild West Theme Park
SE-IVY c/n 375
March 2019

Transferred from Baltic Airlines (Sweden). Taken at a Wild West Theme Park near Kulltorp, Sweden in March 2019. The aircraft was put up for sale by auctioneers Klaravik AB. The auction closed 13 March 2019 at 10:46 local time. See the history section for full details.

Photo source - Klaravik AB

20

High Chaparral AB - Wild West Theme Park
SE-IVY c/n 375
March 2019

Transferred from Baltic Airlines (Sweden). Taken at a Wild West Theme Park near Kulltorp, Sweden in March 2019. The aircraft was put up for sale by auctioneers Klaravik AB. The auction closed 13 March 2019 at 10:46 local time. See the history section for full details.

Photo source - Klaravik AB

21

High Chaparral AB - Wild West Theme Park
SE-IVY c/n 375
March 2019

Transferred from Baltic Airlines (Sweden). Taken at a Wild West Theme Park near Kulltorp, Sweden in March 2019. The aircraft was put up for sale by auctioneers Klaravik AB. The auction closed 13 March 2019 at 10:46 local time. See the history section for full details.

Photo source - Klaravik AB

22

High Chaparral AB - Wild West Theme Park
SE-IVY c/n 375
March 2019

Transferred from Baltic Airlines (Sweden). Taken at a Wild West Theme Park near Kulltorp, Sweden in March 2019. The aircraft was put up for sale by auctioneers Klaravik AB. The auction closed 13 March 2019 at 10:46 local time. See the history section for full details.

Photo source - Klaravik AB

23

High Chaparral AB - Wild West Theme Park
SE-IVY c/n 375
March 2019

Transferred from Baltic Airlines (Sweden). Taken at a Wild West Theme Park near Kulltorp, Sweden in March 2019. The aircraft was put up for sale by auctioneers Klaravik AB. The auction closed 13 March 2019 at 10:46 local time. See the history section for full details.

Photo source - Klaravik AB

24

Central African Airways (CAA)
VP-YNE c/n 102
November 1956

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named as 'R M A Mpika'. Taken at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa November 1956. Note the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks and the Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) aerials under the wing near the tip and that the national flag has not yet been applied.

Photo source - Assoc of Transport Photographers & Historians ATPH

25

Air Rhodesia
VP-YNC c/n 100
February 1968

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change. Taken during a publicity flight circa February 1968. An Air Rhodesia photo.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 2)

26

Air Rhodesia
VP-WAS c/n 297
May 1968

Transferred from Central African Airways (CAA) due to a corporate name change still named as 'Hunyani'. Taken at Salisbury International Airport, Kentucky, Rhodesia circa May 1968.

Photo source - Richard Darlow

27

Birmingham Airport Fire Service
G-AORD * c/n 171
November 1982

Donated by British Airways (BA). Taken at Elmdon Airport, Birmingham, West Midlands, England in November 1982 with 'Airport Fire Service Training Aircraft' titles.

Photo source - Simon Butler

28

British Airways (BA)
G-AOYR c/n 266
August 1980

Transferred from Northeast Airlines due to a corporate merger. Taken at an unknown location in August 1980.

Photo source - Fernando Mesquita collection

29

British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA)
VP-TBM c/n 73
June 1957

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1957. Does anyone recognise the background? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Les Waters collection

30

British West Indian Overseas Airways (BWIA)
VP-TBM c/n 73
June 1957

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1957. The KLM service van suggests it could be the Netherlands Antilles. Does anyone recognise the distinctive background? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Les Waters collection

31

Virgin Atlantic Airways
G-APEY c/n 382
August 1988

Leased from British Air Ferries (BAF) named as 'Dublin Lady'. Taken at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England in August 1988.

Photo source - Fernando Mesquita collection

32

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-APEY c/n 382
June 1984

Returned from Sirte Oil Company lease and named as 'Viscount Shetland'. Taken at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France in June 1984.

Photo source - Fernando Mesquita collection

33

British World Airlines (BWA)
G-APEY c/n 382
November 1996

Transferred from British Air Ferries (BAF) due to a corporate name change. Taken at Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England in November 1996. Aircraft on display at the Midland Air Museum can be seen in the righthand background.

Photo source - Fernando Mesquita collection

34

Cambrian Airways
G-AOYJ c/n 259
April 1972

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken arriving at Lulsgate Airport, Bristol, England circa April 1972 with the outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines already shut down. Note the yellow Karrier Bantam baggage truck ready to spring into action.

Photo source - Bob Vandereyt

35

Cambrian Airways
G-AOYN c/n 263
October 1972

Purchased from British European Airways (BEA). Taken at Lulsgate Airport, Bristol, England circa October 1972.

Photo source - Bob Vandereyt

36

Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd
G-APEY c/n 382
January 1998

Purchased from British World Airlines (BWA). Taken departing from Faro Airport, Portugal in January 1998 after a short refuelling stop on its way from the UK to Gabon.

Photo source - Fernando Mesquita collection

37

Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd
G-APEY c/n 382
January 1998

Purchased from British World Airlines (BWA). Taken departing from Faro Airport, Portugal in January 1998 after a short refuelling stop on its way from the UK to Gabon.

Photo source - Fernando Mesquita collection

38

Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd
G-APEY c/n 382
January 1998

Purchased from British World Airlines (BWA). Taken at Faro Airport, Portugal in January 1998 during a short refuelling stop on its way from the UK to Gabon. A nice view of the cockpit.

Photo source - Fernando Mesquita collection

39

Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd
G-APEY c/n 382
January 1998

Purchased from British World Airlines (BWA). Taken at Faro Airport, Portugal in January 1998 during a short refuelling stop on its way from the UK to Gabon. A nice view of the cockpit.

Photo source - Fernando Mesquita collection

40

Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd
G-APEY c/n 382
January 1998

Purchased from British World Airlines (BWA). Taken at Faro Airport, Portugal in January 1998 during a short refuelling stop on its way from the UK to Gabon. A view of the smart cabin interior.

Photo source - Fernando Mesquita collection

41

Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd
G-APEY c/n 382
January 1998

Purchased from British World Airlines (BWA). Taken at Faro Airport, Portugal in January 1998 during a short refuelling stop on its way from the UK to Gabon. Ladder access to the aircraft was all that was needed.

Photo source - Fernando Mesquita collection

42

Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA)
TF-ISU c/n 149
December 1956

Delivered new to Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) for sale to Icelandair. Taken during a test flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in December 1956.

Photo source - Mike Forrest collection

43

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-ALWE c/n 4
August 1952

Initially registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd before being delivered to British European Airways (BEA) as their first Viscount. Taken during an early test flight in August 1952. Note the non-standard cheatline and direct vision (DV) window which were both changed prior to delivery. Also note the Decca 'sharks fin' navigation aerial on the tail. Temple Press Photo Ref 14819/211

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

44

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-ALWE c/n 4
October 1952

Initially registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd before being delivered to British European Airways (BEA) as their first Viscount. Taken during a test flight in October 1952. It now has the slatted direct vision (DV) window fitted and a straightened cheatline. Note the high angle of attack in order to reduce its speed to match the camera aircraft. Vickers Photo Ref 6176F

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

45

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
G-ANHD c/n 64
June 1958

Delivered new to British European Airways (BEA) named as 'R M A William Dampier'. Taken at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England circa June 1958.

Photo source - Norman Leask

46

Walter S Skwarck
N905G c/n 183
May 1973

Purchased from Holiday Air of America. Taken at Wold–Chamberlain Airport, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA 28 May 1973. It was purchased the day before, hence the previous operator's livery.

Photo source - Michael Bernhard

47

British Air Ferries (BAF)
G-AOHM c/n 162
April 1986

Returned from Loganair lease and now named as 'Viscount Sir George Edwards'. Taken during a marketing publicity flight circa April 1986 using the 'British' title which had previously been used by British Airways.

Photo source - Tom Singfield collection

48

Heli-Jet Aviation Ltd
G-PFBT c/n 265
October 2000

Purchased from British World Airlines (BWA). Taken stored at Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 24 October 2000 with the No.2 Rolls-Royce Dart engine and the No.4 propeller removed.

Photo source - Simon Brooke

49

Indian Air Force
IU-684 c/n 80
May 1964

Delivered new to the Indian Air Force named as 'Raj Humsa'. Taken at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland 20 May 1964. It was undergoing maintenance work with Scottish Aviation Ltd (SAL). Note the Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) aerials hanging down near the port wingtip.

Photo source - Jim Cain via David Cain (Ayronautica)

50

Aden Airways
VR-AAW c/n 186
March 1965

Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd. Taken at RAF Khormaksar, Aden circa March 1965. Note the revised 'white nose' livery and the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

51

Cambrian Airways
G-AMOO c/n 28
July 1968

Purchased from Channel Airways. Taken at Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man 30 July 1968.

Photo source - Gordon Riley

52

British Midland Airways (BMA)
G-APNE c/n 403
July 1968

Purchased from British United Airways (BUA). Taken at Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man 30 July 1968 with the starboard rear door being used, which is not common.

Photo source - Gordon Riley

53

Shackleton Aviation Ltd
XR801 c/n 89
June 1972

Purchased from the Empire Test Pilots School. Taken stored at Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England 24 June 1972. The engines were the most valuable parts on the aircraft and have already been removed.

Photo source - Gordon Riley

54

Shackleton Aviation Ltd
XR802 c/n 198
June 1972

Purchased from the Ministry of Defence / Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS). Taken stored at Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England 24 June 1972. The propellers have now been removed.

Photo source - Gordon Riley

55

Museu de Armas
PP-SRO c/n 64
December 2018

Acquired by Eduardo André Matarazzo from Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP). Taken at Jardim Recanto, Bebedouro, State of São Paulo, Brasil 29 December 2018. It has obviously had a good wash recently.

Photo source - Alex Pelicer

56

Museu de Armas
PP-SRO c/n 64
December 2018

Acquired by Eduardo André Matarazzo from Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP). Taken at Jardim Recanto, Bebedouro, State of São Paulo, Brasil 29 December 2018. It has obviously had a good wash recently.

Photo source - Alex Pelicer

57

Alitalia
I-LARK c/n 329
December 1968

Transferred from Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI) due to a corporate merger. Taken departing from Luqa Airport, Malta 29 December 1968 to Linate Airport, Milan, Italy.

Photo source - Godfrey Mangion

58

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

Delivered new to Central African Airways (CAA) named as 'R M A Mweru'. Taken arriving at Chileka Airport, Blantyre, Malawi circa June 1959. The outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down.

Photo source - Derek Lee

59

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-ALWE c/n 4
August 1952

Initially registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd before being delivered to British European Airways (BEA) as their first Viscount. Taken departing from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England in August 1952 on a test flight. At this stage the cabin seats have not yet been fitted. Note the non-standard cheatline and direct vision (DV) window which were both changed prior to delivery. Also note the Decca 'sharks fin' navigation aerial on the tail.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

60

Ansett-ANA
VH-RMG c/n 414
May 1967

Delivered new to Ansett-ANA. Taken at Coolangatta Airport, Queensland, Australia 28 May 1967.

Photo source - John Woodside

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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