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Viscount c/n 110

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 110
Capital Airlines (USA)


United States flag United States

This V.745 series Viscount was built for
Capital Airlines (USA) as N7412

It first flew on Thursday, 2 February 1956 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
United Air Lines, Viscount International Corporation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Morgan Rourke Aircraft Sales, Bass Aviation Inc and Paul H Holmes


Photo of Viscount c/n 110
Ronald J Clark


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
Ronald J Clark as N7412.

Its fate:-
Converted by United Airlines to V.745D standard by installing Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines.

Withdrawn from service by Ronald J Clark at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA in July 1985. It was gradually robbed of useful parts to support other Go Group Inc Viscounts. Broken up for scrap circa 1993.


Operational record
Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7412

Country of Registration United States

February 1956 to June 1961

Capital Airlines (USA)

N7412 - c/n 110 - a V.745 series Viscount
United States registered

August 1954
This was the 8th of thirty V.745 ordered by Capital Airlines.

The first nine aircraft (C/N 103 to 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.

Production Aircraft No. 94 - the 94th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 58th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 60th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F08/745. Sales Order No. F08/68B. Stock Order No. F08/27B.

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

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

11 August 1955
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

25 September 1955
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

2 February 1956
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

23 February 1956
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘331’ 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 associated with Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines.

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.

circa 1958
Large registrations on the rear fuselage appeared after the use of small registrations on the tail were banned by the newly formed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Also by this time weather radar had been fitted resulting in a change to the nose cone.

May 1960
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd filed a foreclosure suit on the entire Viscount fleet of Capital Airlines as the overdue payments now totalled $34,000,000.

4 April 1961
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officially gave permission for United Air Lines to acquire Capital Airlines.

1 June 1961
Transferred to United Air Lines due to a corporate merger.


Photo of United Air Lines Viscount N7412

Country of Registration United States

June 1961 to January 1969

United Air Lines

N7412 - c/n 110 - a V.745 series Viscount
United States registered

1 June 1961
Transferred from Capital Airlines due to a corporate merger retaining fleet number ‘331’.

After repainting in United Air Lines livery during a suitable maintenance period the title ‘Viscount Mainliner’ was applied to the rear fuselage.

The last Capital Viscount N7443 (C/N 199) was repainted in United Air Lines livery in March 1962.

Converted to V.745D standard by fitting Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines. The actual date is unknown. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

11 January 1969
Sold to Viscount International Corporation.

Total time 31,166 hours.


Photo of Viscount International Corporation Viscount N7412

Country of Registration United States

January 1969 to December 1974

Viscount International Corporation

N7412 - c/n 110 - a V.745 series Viscount
United States registered

11 January 1969
Purchased from United Air Lines and ferried to Sussex County Airport, Georgetown, Delaware, USA for storage.

28 December 1974
Sold to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.


Photo of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Viscount N7412

Country of Registration United States

December 1974 to August 1979

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

N7412 - c/n 110 - a V.745 series Viscount
United States registered

28 December 1974
Purchased from Viscount International Corporation but the aircraft remained stored at Sussex County Airport, Georgetown, Delaware, USA.

9 January 1975
Registered to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

10 August 1979
Sold to Morgan Rourke Aircraft Sales.


Photo of Morgan Rourke Aircraft Sales Inc Viscount N7412

Country of Registration United States

August 1979 to August 1979

Morgan Rourke Aircraft Sales Inc

N7412 - c/n 110 - a V.745 series Viscount
United States registered

10 August 1979
Purchased from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University but the aircraft remained stored at Sussex County Airport, Georgetown, Delaware, USA.

29 August 1979
Sold to Bass Aviation Inc.


Photo of Bass Aviation Inc Viscount N7412

Country of Registration United States

August 1979 to December 1981

Bass Aviation Inc

N7412 - c/n 110 - a V.745 series Viscount
United States registered

29 August 1979
Purchased from Morgan Rourke Aircraft Sales but the aircraft remained stored at Sussex County Airport, Georgetown, Delaware, USA.

circa 1980
Moved to Mobile Airport, Alabama, USA for continued storage still in its faded United livery (exact date and method of movement unknown). Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

December 1981
Sold to Paul H Holmes of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA.


Photo of Paul H Holmes Viscount N7412

Country of Registration United States

December 1981 to April 1982

Paul H Holmes

N7412 - c/n 110 - a V.745 series Viscount
United States registered

December 1981
Purchased from Bass Aviation Inc.

April 1982
Sold to Ronald J Clark / Go Group Inc of Tucson, Arizona, USA.


Photo of Ronald J Clark Viscount N7412

Country of Registration United States

April 1982 to January 1993

Ronald J Clark

N7412 - c/n 110 - a V.745 series Viscount
United States registered

April 1982
Purchased from Paul H Holmes.

July 1985
Withdrawn from service at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

It was gradually robbed of useful parts to support other Go Group Inc Viscounts.

circa 1993
Broken up for scrap (exact date unknown). Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


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