Vickers 'Viscount' airliner, 1953.

Image number: 10216093

Vickers 'Viscount' airliner, 1953.

Model (scale 1:48). The Viscount was the first aircraft powered by gas turbine (turboprop) engines to enter regular airline service. The first flight took place on 18th April 1953 with British European Airways (BEA) on the London-Rome-Athens-Nicosia route. The success of the aeroplane was largely due to its Rolls-Royce 'Dart' engines, which transmitted little vibration or noise to the passenger compartments compared with reciprocating engines, which made the Viscount popular with passengers.

Image number:
10216093
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:12
Image rights:
Science Museum