Vickers Viking G-AGRU

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PRESERVED AIRCRAFT: Vickers Viking Mk I  G-AGRU  /  "Vagrant"

 

 

BELOW: Vickers Viking Mk I 'Vagrant' Registration G-AGRU on display at Brooklands Museum.

At the time this photo was taken, this aircraft was undergoing complete restoration at Brooklands. It has been repainted in the original British European Airways (BEA) colours. This Vickers Viking was last flown by Channel Airways on 10 January 1964 from Southend to Soesterberg. Later, it was used as a cafe in Holland. More details here.

This Viking aircraft is an earlier variant of that which crashed in 1948 at Irish Law near Largs in North Ayrshire, Scotland. The BEA logos shown are also of an earlier design.



vickers viking mark 1 'vagrant' being restored at brooklands museum

 

Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney

 



BELOW: Wing sections from the Vickers Viking, showing one of the wing fuel tanks.

BELOW: Close-up of a fuel tank inside the aircraft's wing.

 

The ground engineer's handwritten remarks read: "Press[ure] Tested, 19/10/62", (followed by serial number and initials). 

 

viking wing section showing wing tank

 

Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney


close-up of fuel tank inside aircraft wing

 

Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney

 


 

BELOW: With the port or left wing removed, some internal parts of the landing gear assembly can be seen through the gaps. 

 

 

BELOW: Viking viewed from left rear side. 

 

port wing removed shows internal parts of landing gear

Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney

 
viking viewed from port rear side 

 

 

 

Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney

 

 

 


 

BELOW: James Towill (left) and Dougie Martindale (right) sitting inside the Viking cockpit.

 

When this photo was taken, the cockpit was almost devoid of fittings and instruments, except for the steering yolk. At that time, the aircraft was in the early stages of refurbishment as a fully-equipped static exhibit. 


BELOW: Door to cockpit and passenger cabin.

 

 

james towill (left) and shaun moroney (right) sitting inside viking cockpit



Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney


 
passenger cabin door

Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney

 


BELOW: The Viking passenger cabin stripped of fittings while undergoing refurbishment.

This view shows the cabin framework (longerons or stringers, etc.) clearly.

 

BELOW: The Viking's left engine, minus propeller.

 

A British Airways Concorde stands alongside the Viking, with a BA airport transit bus beyond.


view of passenger cabin stripped for refurbishment

Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney


the viking's port engine - minus propeller


Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney



BELOW: Viking's left engine (minus outer wing section) and landing gear wheel.

 

(The aircraft nose to the left is that of a BA Concorde.)

 

BELOW: The left side, with wing root and engine, but with main wing removed.

 

This view shows the position on the wings for the left flaps (gap nearest camera).


viking's port engine and landing gear wheel

 

Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney



port side with wing root and engine - but with main wing removed

 

Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney

 

 



BELOW: Underwing view of left engine.


BELOW: A close-up view of the left landing gear assembly, showing the gear bay or well used during retraction.



underwing view of port engine





Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney



underwing view of port engine

Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney




BELOW: Front-side view of left engine (minus wing section). The passenger cabin door can be seen toward the rear.

 

BELOW: Left engine with maintenance panels and propeller removed



front side view of port engine

Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney


port engine with maintenance panels removed

Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney



BELOW: Cockpit, showing Plexiglass windows.


BELOW: Viking empennage (tail assembly) including rudder, and elevators.


cockpit from outside, showing plexigal windows

Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney


viking tail assembly including rudder and elevators

Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney

 



BELOW: Left side view of Vickers Viking 'Vagrant'.


side view of vickers viking 'vagrant'

Photo: © 2008 Shaun Moroney

 

 

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BELOW: Front view of Vickers Viking Mk. I 'Vagrant' G-AGRU, overshadowed to some extent by the BA Concorde alongside.

 

front view of vickers viking G-AGRU. photo taken from beneath ba concorde alongside viking

 

Photo: © 2008 James Towill

 



BELOW: Viking, left side, close to passenger cabin door.


BELOW: Underside of left engine, and landing gear assembly.


Viking, port side near rear passenger cabin door

 

 

 

Photo: © 2008 James Towill



underside of port engine landing gear assembly

Photo: © 2008 James Towill




BELOW: Cockpit, right hand side, showing co-pilot's sliding Plexiglass window.


BELOW: Cockpit and nose, with right wing engine propeller blade.



Cockpit, right hand side, showing co-pilot's sliding Plexiglas window

Photo: © 2008 James Towill


cockpit nose, with right wing engine propeller blade

Photo: © 2008 James Towill



BELOW: Viking 'Vagrant' civil registration: G-AGRU.

 

Note the sharp right-angles of the rectangular windows. Although not considered a problem on the sedately-cruising and low-altitude Viking, later aircraft of all types would be equipped with round or rounded-corner windows following the de Havilland Comet disasters. 


Viking 'Vagrant' registration - G-AGRU

Photo: © 2008 James Towill




BELOW: The aircraft's tail (vertical stabiliser (left) and rudder (right)).

 

Unlike a ship or boat, the rudder is not used for turning but for controlling the nose position of the aircraft. Turns are made using the ailerons and spoilers to bank the aircraft left or right.

 

BELOW: A closer view of the vertical stabiliser (left) and the two-part rudder assembly (right).


aircraft's tail - vertical stabiliser and rudder

Photo: © 2008 James Towill


closer view of tail - vertical stabiliser and rudder

Photo: © 2008 James Towill

 



BELOW: The Viking's starboard or right engine and propeller.

(The propeller's spinner has been removed.)


BELOW: The nose section of the Viking. The propeller has been removed from the left engine and the engine maintenance panels have been opened.

 

The aircraft proudly boasts the name, 'Vagrant'. Although this was in keeping with Vikings such as 'Valerie' and others, it is hardly a name that would be used today.


viking's right engine and propeller

Photo: © 2008 James Towill

 

The nose section of the viking

Photo: © 2008 James Towill



BELOW: A BA Concorde, viewed from the Vickers Viking.


a BA Concorde, viewed from Vickers Viking

Photo: © 2008 James Towill



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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