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Vickers Viscount (Paperback)

1948–2009

Aviation

By Barry Lloyd
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Historic Commercial Aircraft
Pages: 96
Illustrations: Over 140
ISBN: 9781802826456
Published: 28th June 2023

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First flown in 1948 and in service from 1953, the Viscount was manufactured to help transform the commercial travel market. In total, more than 400 were built and sold across every continent. Beloved by pilots, the groundcrew who maintained the aircraft, and by passengers, the Vickers Viscount proved to be transformative, providing air travel with pressurised cabin space, meaning a quiet journey for travellers with less noise vibration and windows that offered sweeping views. Many were sold to commercial airlines, while others were owned by private companies and individuals. Some changed hands quickly, while others stayed with their owners for years. Many Viscounts still exist, often now in museums and occasionally remodelled into quirky venues for lunch or weddings. With such a number of aircraft constructed and a long service life, inevitably there were accidents and incidents and the details of many are recounted here. This book also covers the service lives of the Viscounts, including construction and serial numbers and the routes served. With more than 140 historic black and white and colour photographs, this volume offers a comprehensive guide to one of the most popular passenger aircraft.

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About Barry Lloyd

Barry began his working life in aviation at Cambrian Airways at Liverpool Airport, before moving on to Pakistan International Airlines in Manchester. After some years out of the aviation industry, he returned to aviation, working for BIA/Air UK at Blackpool and Gatwick airports. Following this, he joined British Aerospace at Manchester, where he was sales manager for Latin America and the Caribbean. Later, he transferred to BAe’s Corporate Jets division, where, amongst other things, he led the team that achieved the certification of the BAe 125 in Russia. Since then, he has worked in the operations department of handling agents at Manchester, East Midlands and Luton airports.

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