Part 2 of a 5 part mini series:
Vickers Weybridge, Surrey, England is where the Vickers Vanguards were manufactured in the 1960s. And the today, the World’s last operation Vickers Vanguard is at the Brooklands Aviation Museum at Weybridge for inspection by all museum visitors.
Join JetFlix TV founder Henry Tenby for a comprehensive and immersive tour of this remarkable classic British built propliner. The Vickers Vanguard was only factory delivered to two airlines, Trans Canada Air Lines in Canada, and British European Airways of London. And by the early 1970s they had been retired from passenger service by both airlines having been eclipsed by the jet age in the early 1960s.
Some would say the Vanguard was technically obsolete from the day the aircraft were delivered from the factory, as the new DC-8s and Boeing 707 jetliners (and Comet 4s) were already well entrenched in the commercial airline market. But this did not stop the Vanguard from being a safe, efficient and reliable aircraft during her years of service flying passengers, as well as in the second chapter of her life as a cargo hauler.
From the early 1970s to the mid 1990s, the world’s operational Vanguard fleet was largely the domain of East Midlands / Castle Donington based Air Bridge Carriers. It was in 1996, that Air Bridge donated the world’s last operation Vickers Vanguard “Superb” G-APEP to the Brooklands Museum, a marvel to be revered and visited by aviations well into the future.
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