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Viscount c/n 130

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 130
Capital Airlines (USA)


United States flag United States

This V.745D series Viscount was built for
Capital Airlines (USA) as N7432

It first flew on Monday, 16 July 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
Alitalia


Photo of Viscount c/n 130
Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)


Uruguay flag Uruguay

Its final owner/operator was
Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA) as CX-BHA.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Carrasco Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay circa January 1977. Noted minus its tail, propellers and radome in September 1978. Subsequently broken up for scrap.


Operational record
Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7432

Country of Registration United States

July 1956 to November 1960

Capital Airlines (USA)

N7432 - c/n 130 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

August 1954
This was the 28th of thirty V.745 ordered by Capital Airlines.

Production Order No. F28/745. Sales Order No. F28/68B. Stock Order No. F28/27B.

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.

16 July 1956
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

20 July 1956
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘351’ fitted with integral front 'airsteps'.

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.

1 November 1960
Repossessed by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd due to the outstanding financial debt owed.


Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount N7432

Country of Registration United States

November 1960 to November 1960

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

N7432 - c/n 130 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

1 November 1960
Repossessed from Capital Airlines due to the financial debt owed and registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.

30 November 1960
Sold to Alitalia.


Photo of Alitalia Viscount I-LIFS

Country of Registration Italy

November 1960 to December 1967

Alitalia

I-LIFS - c/n 130 - a V.745D series Viscount
Italy registered

30 November 1960
Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.

2 December 1960
Arrived at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England from Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland on delivery from the USA.

5 December 1967
Sold to Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA).


Photo of Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA) Viscount I-LIFS

Country of Registration Italy

December 1967 to December 1967

Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)

I-LIFS - c/n 130 - a V.745D series Viscount
Italy registered

5 December 1967
Purchased from Alitalia.

18 December 1967
Departed from Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy on a ferry flight to the UK.

18 December 1967
Arrived at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for maintenance and a repaint in PLUNA livery by Marshall's.

circa 31 December 1967
Re-registered CX-BHAF for the ferry flight to Uruguay. The 'F' suffix should really be a '-F' and denotes a temporary ferry permit.


Photo of Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA) Viscount CX-BHAF

Country of Registration Uruguay

December 1967 to January 1968

Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)

CX-BHAF - c/n 130 - a V.745D series Viscount
Uruguay registered

circa 31 December 1967
Re-registered CX-BHAF for the ferry flight to Uruguay. The 'F' suffix should really be '-F' and denotes a temporary ferry permit.

circa January 1968
Departed from Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England in full PLUNA livery on the long ferry journey to Carrasco Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay.

circa 31 January 1968
Re-registered CX-BHA after arrival in Montevideo, Uruguay.


Photo of Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA) Viscount CX-BHA

Country of Registration Uruguay

January 1968 to January 1979

Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)

CX-BHA - c/n 130 - a V.745D series Viscount
Uruguay registered

circa 31 January 1968
Re-registered from CX-BHAF and named as 'Presidente Gestido'.

4 December 1969
Departed from Carrasco Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay on its way to Vickers for modification work.

15 December 1969
Noted at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland on its way to Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England.

January 1970
Noted undergoing modification work at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

15 March 1970
Noted back at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England.

15 May 1970
Test flown at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England.

16 May 1970
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on its return to Uruguay.

24 May 1970
Arrived at Carrasco Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay.

circa January 1977
Withdrawn from service and stored at Carrasco Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Total time 38,002 hours.

7 September 1978
Noted minus its tail, propellers and radome.

Subsequently broken up for scrap.

More details about PLUNA here: -www.pluna.uy/flota-historica/


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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