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Viscount c/n 1

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Below are the 46 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 1 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.

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
June 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. Rolled out at Wisley, Surrey, England in a natural metal scheme with no markings except for the registration. Taken on the grass at Wisley, Surrey, England in June 1948.

Photo source - Brian Burrage collection

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
July 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. A view of the cockpit taken at Wisley, Surrey, England circa July 1948. The layout of the instruments is unique to this aircraft.

Photo source - Flight International Photo Library

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
July 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. The prototype Viscount is about to make its maiden flight from Wisley, Surrey, England on 16 July 1948. The Managing Director of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. G R Edwards (later Sir George) is in the centre foreground.

Photo source - Derek Harvey

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
July 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. Taken lifting off from the grass on its maiden flight at Wisley, Surrey, England 16 July 1948.

Photo source - Brian Burrage collection

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
July 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. Taken during its maiden flight from Wisley, Surrey, England 16 July 1948.

Photo source - Brian Burrage collection

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
July 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. Taken during its maiden flight from Wisley, Surrey, England 16 July 1948.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
August 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype.Taken flying over Poole Harbour, Dorset, England circa August 1948 with the Vickers livery now applied. This was a favourite location for Vickers press photographs. The photographer has become world famous for his classic air to air shots and a series of books has been published illustrating some of his most notable examples. The old chain hauled ferry to Sandbanks can be seen near the left edge of the photograph.

Photo source - Charles E Brown

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
September 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. Taken at Weybridge Surrey, England 2 September 1948 in the Vickers ' house ' livery. A large gathering of press representatives has assembled to inspect this new form of air travel.

Photo source - Flight International Photo Library

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
September 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. Taken outside the flight test hangar at Weybridge, Surrey, England 2 September 1948 in the Vickers livery. A large gathering of press representatives has assembled to inspect this new form of air travel.

Photo source - Flight International Photo Library

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
September 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. Taken outside the flight test hangar at Weybridge, Surrey, England 2 September 1948 in the Vickers livery. A large gathering of press representatives has assembled to inspect this new form of air travel.

Photo source - Flight International Photo Library

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
September 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. Taken outside the flight test hangar at Weybridge, Surrey, England 2 September 1948 in the Vickers livery. A large gathering of press representatives has assembled to inspect this new form of air travel.

Photo source - Flight International Photo Library

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
September 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. Taken outside the flight test hangar at Weybridge, Surrey, England 2 September 1948 in the Vickers livery. A large gathering of press representatives has assembled to inspect this new form of air travel.

Photo source - Brian Burrage collection

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
September 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. A nice view of the cabin interior taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 2 September 1948. A large gathering of press representatives has assembled to inspect this new form of air travel.

Photo source - Flight International Photo Library

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
September 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. Taken at Heathrow, London, England circa September 1948. Note the prominent aerial posts. The car is a 1930s Ford Model Y which had a four cylinder 1172 cc side-valve engine. Later versions of this body style and engine evolved into the Popular, Anglia and Prefect.

Photo source - Alan Beardmore collection

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AHRF
September 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. Taken at Weybridge, Surrey, England 2 September 1948 in the Vickers livery. A large gathering of press representatives has assembled to watch this new form of air travel fly by with partially extended flaps. (Keystone Press Agency Ltd Photo Ref 536410)

Photo source - Brian Burrage collection

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
September 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. Taken at Wisley, Surrey, England in September 1948 shortly before being exhibited at the SBAC (Society of British Aircraft Constructors) show at Farnborough, Hampshire, England including participation in the daily flying demonstrations. At this time it had accumulated a total of 15 hours flying time. This amount of flying was required before it could be given permission by the authorities to attend the air show.

Photo source - Charles E Brown

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
September 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. Taken at Wisley, Surrey, England in September 1948 shortly before being exhibited at the SBAC (Society of British Aircraft Constructors) show at Farnborough, Hampshire, England including participation in the daily flying demonstrations. At this time it had accumulated a total of 15 hours flying time. This amount of flying was required before it could be given permission by the authorities to attend the air show.

Photo source - Charles E Brown

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
September 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. Taken possibly on its way to the SBAC show at Farnborough in September 1948.

Photo source - Charles E Brown

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
September 1948

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

Photo source - Peter Upton collection

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
September 1948

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

Photo source - Bob O'Brien collection

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
September 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. Taken landing at Farnborough, Hampshire, England in September 1948 after taking part in the flying display during the SBAC (Society of British Aircraft Constructors) show. THE WORLD'S FIRST TURBOPROP AIR-LINER: BRITAIN'S VICKERS "VISCOUNT." The World's first airscrew-turbine air-liner coming in to land: The Vickers Viscount photographed during a recent flight. The clearly seen double-slotted landing-flaps and double-wheeled, forward-retracting, tricycle undercarriage are factors making for a safe landing. This caption was from 'The Illustrated London News' 1 January 1949.

Photo source - The Illustrated London News

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Ministry of Supply
G-AHRF
September 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. Taken landing at Farnborough, Hampshire, England in September 1948 after taking part in the flying display during the SBAC (Society of British Aircraft Constructors) show .

Photo source - Brian Burrage collection

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Ministry of Supply
VX211
October 1948

Built for the Ministry of Supply as the type prototype. Taken at Wisley, Surrey, England in October 1948. The civil registration has now been cancelled and a military serial allocated. Roundels have been applied to the Vickers-Armstrongs livery. Note also that aerial masts have now been fitted.

Photo source - Brian Burrage collection

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Ministry of Supply
VX211
October 1948

Transferred from civil registration G-AHRF for military trials. Taken on a local flight from Wisley, Surrey, England and demonstrating its ability to maintain level flight only using her two starboard Dart engines. Both the propellers on the port engines have been feathered to reduce drag. Note the amount of rudder deflection needed to maintain directional control. Needless to say, the aircraft would not have been anywhere near its normal operating weight.

Photo source - Charles E Brown

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Ministry of Supply
VX211
October 1948

Transferred from civil registration G-AHRF for military trials. Taken on a local flight from Wisley, Surrey, England and demonstrating its ability to maintain level flight only using her two starboard Dart engines. Both the propellers on the port engines have been feathered to reduce drag. Note the amount of rudder deflection needed to maintain directional control. Needless to say, the aircraft would not have been anywhere near its normal operating weight.

Photo source - Charles E Brown

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Ministry of Supply
VX211
July 1949

Transferred from civil registration G-AHRF for military trials. Looking very smart in a mixed civil and military livery on a test flight above the clouds 29 July 1949 after fitment of the pressurisation system. Note the nose up attitude to keep formation with the photo aircraft which is probably a Ministry of Supply Vickers Valetta.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Ministry of Supply
VX211
July 1949

Transferred from civil registration G-AHRF for military trials. Looking very smart in a mixed civil and military livery on a test flight above the clouds 29 July 1949 after fitment of the pressurisation system. Note the nose up attitude to keep formation with the photo aircraft which is probably a Ministry of Supply Vickers Valetta.

Photo source - Sergei Tsvetkov collection

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Ministry of Supply
VX211
July 1949

Transferred from civil registration G-AHRF for military trials. Taken during a test flight 29 July 1949 after fitment of the pressurisation system, in a mixed civil and military livery. The photo aircraft is probably a Ministry of Supply Vickers Valetta.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AHRF
August 1949

Re-registered from the Ministry of Supply VX211 for civil trials use. Taken at Northolt, Middlesex, England in August 1949 in the early BEA 'flying key' livery.

Photo source - BEA - British European Airways

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AHRF
September 1949

Re-registered from the Ministry of Supply VX211 for civil trials use. Taken at the SBAC show at Farnborough, Hampshire, England 6 September 1949 with BEA - British European Airways titles, logo and Union flag applied to the basic Vickers livery. After the show on the 15 September 1949 a restricted Certificate of Airworthiness (No.7796) was issued after 290 hours and 160 flights. This was the first C of A issued to a turbine transport aircraft anywhere in the world.

Photo source - Brian Stainer (Aviation Photo News)

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AHRF
September 1949

Re-registered from the Ministry of Supply VX211 for civil trials use. Taken at the SBAC show at Farnborough, Hampshire, England in September 1949 on very early colour slide film. After the show a restricted Certificate of Airworthiness (No.7796) was issued after 290 hours and 160 flights. This was the first C of A issued to a turbine transport aircraft anywhere in the world.

Photo source - WO Dinsdale collection via Steven Jefferson

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AHRF
September 1949

Re-registered from the Ministry of Supply VX211 for civil trials use. Taken at the SBAC show at Farnborough, Hampshire, England in September 1949 on very early colour slide film. After the show a restricted Certificate of Airworthiness (No.7796) was issued after 290 hours and 160 flights. This was the first C of A issued to a turbine transport aircraft anywhere in the world.

Photo source - WO Dinsdale collection via Steven Jefferson

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AHRF
September 1949

Re-registered from the Ministry of Supply VX211 for civil trials use. Taken at the SBAC show at Farnborough, Hampshire, England 11 September 1949. After the show a restricted Certificate of Airworthiness (No.7796) was issued after 290 hours and 160 flights. This was the first C of A issued to a turbine transport aircraft anywhere in the world.

Photo source - MAP

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AHRF
October 1949

Re-registered from the Ministry of Supply VX211 for civil trials use. Taken arriving at Northolt, Middlesex, England circa October 1949.

Photo source - Daily Mail Photo Library

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AHRF
March 1950

Re-registered from the Ministry of Supply VX211 for civil trials use. Departed from Northolt, England on an eight European Capital tour with the aircraft painted in a new BEA - British European Airways livery. Taken at Schiphol, Amsterdam, Netherlands 24 March 1950.

Photo source - Brian Burrage collection

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AHRF
March 1950

Re-registered from the Ministry of Supply VX211 for civil trials use. Taken at Kastrup, Copenhagen, Denmark 25 March 1950 during an eight European Capital tour with the aircraft painted in a new BEA - British European Airways livery. BEA Captain W J Wakelin in uniform and Vickers test pilot Joseph 'Mutt' Summers are photographed after their arrival.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AHRF
June 1950

Re-registered from the Ministry of Supply VX211 for civil trials use. Taken flying near Mount Kilimanjaro, (Kibo cone), Tanganyika during hot and high tropical trials in Africa 22 June 1950. The photograph was taken from a Ministry of Supply Vickers Valetta VX541 which was being flown solo by Vickers Test Pilot Brian Powell with the photographer in the cabin at the removed port rear door position wearing a tethered safety harness. The Valetta was on loan from the Ministry as a tender and photo hack and was delivered to them on its return to the UK.

Photo source - Derek Harvey

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AHRF
June 1950

Re-registered from the Ministry of Supply VX211 for civil trials use. Taken flying near Mount Kilimanjaro (Kibo cone), Tanganyika at 19,600 feet during hot and high tropical trials in Africa 22 June 1950. The photograph was taken from a Ministry of Supply Vickers Valetta VX541 which was being flown solo by Vickers Test Pilot Brian Powell with the photographer in the cabin at the removed port rear door position wearing a tethered safety harness. The Valetta was on loan from the Ministry as a tender and photo hack and was delivered to them on its return to the UK.

Photo source - Brian Burrage collection

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BEA - British European Airways Corporation
G-AHRF
July 1950

Loaned to BEA - British European Airways Corporation to carry out trial commercial operations. Taken at Northolt, Middlesex, England 29 July 1950 prior to the departure of the world's first turbine powered scheduled commercial service, flight number BE392X2 to Le Bourget Paris, France. In the bacground is a Swissair Convair 240.

Photo source - NA3T (See 'LINKS' for details)

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BEA - British European Airways Corporation
G-AHRF
July 1950

Loaned to BEA - British European Airways Corporation to carry out trial commercial operations. Taken at Northolt, Middlesex, England 29 July 1950 prior to the departure of the world's first turbine powered scheduled commercial service, flight number BE392X2 to Le Bourget Paris, France. Notable amongst this group is Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle (carrying the briefcase) and Peter Masefield, Chairman of BEAC (standing left of the lady with his back turned). Does anyone recognise any of the others? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

Photo source - Arthur Hustwitt (Memorial) collection via NA3T

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BEA - British European Airways Corporation
G-AHRF
July 1950

Loaned to BEA - British European Airways Corporation to carry out trial commercial operations. Taken at Northolt, Middlesex, England 29 July 1950 prior to the departure of the world's first turbine powered scheduled commercial service, flight number BE392X2 to Le Bourget Paris, France. Notable amongst this group is George Edwards (front row, third from the left), Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle (front row, fourth from the left) and Peter Masefield, Chairman of BEAC (standing on the steps, left top). Does anyone recognise any of the others? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net (Keystone Press Photo Ref BM/564592)

Photo source - Brian Burrage collection

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BEA - British European Airways Corporation
G-AHRF
July 1950

Loaned to BEA - British European Airways Corporation to carry out trial commercial operations. Taken at Northolt, Middlesex, England 29 July 1950 prior to the departure of the world's first turbine powered scheduled commercial service, flight number BE392X2 to Le Bourget Paris, France. Everyone is now on board and the engines are being started. Other passengers are casually walking out to their aircraft blissfully unaware of this historic occasion.

Photo source - Arthur Hustwitt (Memorial) collection via NA3T

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BEA - British European Airways Corporation
G-AHRF
July 1950

Loaned to BEA - British European Airways Corporation to carry out trial commercial operations. Taken at Northolt, Middlesex, England 29 July 1950 taxying out to the runway with the departure of the world's first turbine powered scheduled commercial service, flight number BE392X2 to Le Bourget, Paris, France.

Photo source - Brian Burrage collection

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BEA - British European Airways Corporation
G-AHRF
July 1950

Loaned to BEA - British European Airways Corporation to carry out trial commercial operations. Taken at Le Bourget, Paris, France 29 July 1950, having operated the world's first turbine powered scheduled commercial service, flight number BE392X2 from Northolt, Middlesex, England. The flight took 70 minutes.

Photo source - Richard Stanton collection

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AHRF
September 1950

Returned from BEA commercial operation trials. Exhibited at the September 1950 SBAC show at Farnborough, Hampshire, England still in BEA livery but did not take part in the flying display.

Photo source - Brian Burrage collection

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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
G-AHRF
September 1950

Returned from BEA commercial operation trials. Exhibited at the September 1950 SBAC show at Farnborough, Hampshire, England still in BEA livery but did not take part in the flying display.

Photo source - Brian Burrage collection

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