Air Safaris Viking 1B G-AHOR by Colin Smedley
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The Vickers Viking was a popular airliner of the 1940s and 50s. Air Safaris’ Vickers Viking 1B G-AHOR is pictured at Biggin Hill in 1960..

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My real name is Colin but most people know me as Oscar. I took my first photos in the early 1950s and my favorite subjects are aircraft, natural history, trucks and traction engines. I use Canon EOS cameras and a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses. My website URL is http://www.oscarpix.co.uk

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  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 2 years ago

    Nice shot of the Viking Colin. – Ted

  • Thanks Ted! I have flown in Vikings and Valettas. I once had a hand in scrapping an ex-Queen’s Flight Viking, too!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 2 years ago

    Remember seeing these at Heathrow early 60’s. Flew the Varcity which is a derivative of this. Didn’t like it. – Ted

  • The Viking/Valetta was based largely on the Wellington bomber, using the same wings, tail, engine nacelles and undercarriage. The Viking 1A introduced metal stressed-skin construction to the wings instead of the geodetic structure. The Varsity was a bigger machine which probably owed more to the Warwick than the Wellington and had a new tricycle undercarriage. I thought the Viking was quite pleasant to fly in as long as there weren’t many lumps in the air! Cheers Ted!

    – Colin Smedley

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