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Viscount c/n 121

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 121
Capital Airlines (USA)


United States flag United States

This V.745D series Viscount was built for
Capital Airlines (USA) as N7423

It first flew on Tuesday, 8 May 1956 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
United Air Lines and Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics


Photo of Viscount c/n 121
David J Gower


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
David J Gower as N7423.

Its fate:-
Registration cancelled in February 1983. No recent sightings so presumed scrapped. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Operational record
Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7423

Country of Registration United States

May 1956 to June 1961

Capital Airlines (USA)

N7423 - c/n 121 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

August 1954
This was the 19th of thirty V.745 ordered by Capital Airlines.

Production Order No. F19/745. Sales Order No. F19/68B. Stock Order No. F19/27B.

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.

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.

8 May 1956
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

11 May 1956
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

14 May 1956
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Capital Airlines with fleet number '342' fitted with integral front 'airsteps'.

Powered by Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines fitted with the square tipped propeller type.

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.

At the time this was the biggest merger transaction in US civil aviation history.

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


Photo of United Air Lines Viscount N7423

Country of Registration United States

June 1961 to January 1969

United Air Lines

N7423 - c/n 121 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

1 June 1961
Transferred from Capital Airlines due to a corporate merger retaining fleet number '342'.

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.

January 1969
Donated to the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA).


Photo of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) Viscount N7423

Country of Registration United States

January 1969 to October 1979

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA)

N7423 - c/n 121 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

January 1969
Donated by United Air Lines and ferried to Allegheny County International Airport, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA for use as a ground instruction aircraft. 'PIA - Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics' titles applied to the basic United livery.

Total time 30,247 hours and 28,842 total landings.

The No.3 (starboard inner) Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engine was occasionally run at a low power setting as the exhaust had been fabricated from old oil drums.

circa June 1977
Noted with the outer Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines and outer wings cut off.

October 1979
Sold to David J Gower.


Photo of David J Gower Viscount N7423

Country of Registration United States

October 1979 to February 1983

David J Gower

N7423 - c/n 121 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

October 1979
Purchased from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA).

February 1983
Registration cancelled.

No recent sightings so presumed scrapped. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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