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Viscount c/n 108

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 108
Capital Airlines (USA)


United States flag United States

This V.745 series Viscount was built for
Capital Airlines (USA) as N7410

It first flew on Friday, 6 January 1956 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 108
Capital Airlines (USA)


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
Capital Airlines (USA) as N7410.

Its fate:-
Destroyed afer a mid-air collision with a USAF Maryland Air National Guard Lockheed T-33A 20 May 1958. See the history section for more details.


Operational record
Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7410 *

Country of Registration United States

January 1956 to May 1958

Capital Airlines (USA)

N7410 * - c/n 108 - a V.745 series Viscount
United States registered

August 1954
Order for 37 x V.745 and V.745D aircraft placed by Capital Airlines.

December 1954
A further order for 20 x V.745D aircraft placed by Capital Airlines.

Altogether, the total order for 57 x V.745 and V.745D aircraft was worth $67,000,000 US. This was the highest ever US Dollar export order for the UK at the time.

The first nine aircraft, c/n 103 - c/n 111, were built as V.745 aircraft with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines. All subsequent aircraft in the order were built as V.745D with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines.

6 January 1956
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

15 January 1956
Delivered to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘329’ fitted with integral front 'airsteps'.

Although powered by Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines, this aircraft was fitted with the square tipped propeller type more normally associated with Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engine.

This was the first Viscount operator in the USA, preceded by Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) as the first North American operator with routes into the USA.

20 May 1958
Destroyed afer a mid-air collision with a USAF Maryland Air National Guard Lockheed T-33A serial number 53-5966 which had departed from Martin Airport on a VFR proficiency flight.

At 11:29 Capital Airlines flight 300 was descending en route from Allegheny County Airport, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Baltimore Airport, Maryland on an IFR flight plan, but in VFR conditions and was struck by a USAF ANG Lockheed T-33A at 8,000 ft, four miles east, north east of Brunswick, Maryland, USA.

Just before the collision the Viscount was observed in the area west of Brunswick flying on an easterly course with the T-33A some distance behind and to the left of the Viscount. The T-33A quickly overtook the Viscount and made a gentle right turn during which time it struck the forward port side of the Viscount fuselage.

USAF Captain McCoy, who was flying the T-33A from Martin State Airport, Baltimore, Maryland ejected safely but all 4 crew and 7 passengers aboard the Viscount were killed along with the remaining Air National Guard crew member. The Viscount crashed into open farmland, broke up and caught fire. Only the cockpit and tail sections remained recognisable.

9 January 1959
The Civil Aeronautics Board Aircraft Accident Report concluded that 'Captain McCoy was not exercising the normal lookout for other aircraft required and expected of him during the flight. Had he done so this accident might well have been avoided'.

No blame was attributed to Capital Airlines Captain Kendall J Brady or Co-Pilot Paul F Meyer.

Total time 6,695 hours and 4,400 total landings.


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