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Viscount c/n 184

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 184
United States Steel Corporation


United States flag United States

This V.764D series Viscount was built for
United States Steel Corporation as N906

It first flew on Friday, 26 October 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
Nicholas A Arndt, Gates Aviation Corporation, Roger Brothers Investments, Texas State Optical Corporation, Vanpac Carriers Inc, Royal American Airways, Fred S Brown Enterprises, Go Transportation Inc and Viscount Unlimited Inc


Photo of Viscount c/n 184
Viscount Unlimited Inc


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
Viscount Unlimited Inc as N906RB.

Its fate:-
Noted stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA in October 1992. Broken up for scrap after spares recovery circa 1997. Registration cancelled in January 1998.


Operational record
Photo of United States Steel Corporation Viscount N906

Country of Registration United States

November 1956 to December 1969

United States Steel Corporation

N906 - c/n 184 - a V.764D series Viscount
United States registered

circa 1955
This was the 2nd V.764 ordered by the United States Steel Corporation.

Production Aircraft No. 152 - the 152nd production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 105th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 110th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F02/764. Sales Order No. F02/78B. Stock Order No. F72/27B.

3 May 1956
Fuselage assembly commenced Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

25 June 1956
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

26 October 1956
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

29 November 1956
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to the United States Steel Corporation and night stopped at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland.

It was fitted with a weather radar black radome, extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks, a 450 gallon fuselage belly tank, integral front airsteps and a VIP interior.

This aircraft and N907 (C/N 185) had an Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) fitted in the rear lower fuselage with an exhaust under the port tailplane.

22 March 1960
Noted at Bahrein International Airport, Al Muharraq, Persian Gulf on charter to Bapco Ltd.

circa 1966
Repainted in a later 'red cockpit top' livery with the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks removed.

12 December 1969
Sold to Nicholas A Arndt.


Photo of Nicholas A Arndt Viscount N906

Country of Registration United States

December 1969 to December 1969

Nicholas A Arndt

N906 - c/n 184 - a V.764D series Viscount
United States registered

12 December 1969
Purchased from United States Steel Corporation.

It remained in the later US Steel Corp livery.

12 December 1969
Sold to Gates Aviation Corporation / Combs Aircraft.


Photo of Gates Aviation Corporation Viscount N906

Country of Registration United States

December 1969 to January 1970

Gates Aviation Corporation

N906 - c/n 184 - a V.764D series Viscount
United States registered

12 December 1969
Purchased from Nicholas A Arndt.

It remained in the later US Steel Corp livery.

30 January 1970
Sold to Roger Brothers Investments.


Photo of Roger Brothers Investments Viscount N906RB

Country of Registration United States

January 1970 to April 1974

Roger Brothers Investments

N906RB - c/n 184 - a V.764D series Viscount
United States registered

30 January 1970
Purchased from Gates Aviation Corporation.

circa February 1970
Noted being repainted at an unknown location.

April 1974
Sold to the Texas State Optical Corporation.


Photo of Texas State Optical Corporation Viscount N906RB

Country of Registration United States

April 1974 to January 1975

Texas State Optical Corporation

N906RB - c/n 184 - a V.764D series Viscount
United States registered

April 1974
Purchased from Roger Brothers Investments.

14 January 1975
Sold to Vanpac Carriers Inc of Richmond, California, USA.


Photo of Vanpac Carriers Inc Viscount N906RB

Country of Registration United States

January 1975 to March 1980

Vanpac Carriers Inc

N906RB - c/n 184 - a V.764D series Viscount
United States registered

14 January 1975
Purchased from Texas State Optical Corporation.

4 March 1980
Sold to Royal American Airways.


Photo of Royal American Airways (RA) Viscount N906RB

Country of Registration United States

March 1980 to June 1981

Royal American Airways (RA)

N906RB - c/n 184 - a V.764D series Viscount
United States registered

4 March 1980
Purchased from Vanpac Carriers Inc.

1980
Withdrawn from service and stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

June 1981
Leased to Fred S Brown Enterprises.


Photo of Fred S Brown Enterprises Viscount N906RB

Country of Registration United States

June 1981 to December 1981

Fred S Brown Enterprises

N906RB - c/n 184 - a V.764D series Viscount
United States registered

June 1981
Leased from Royal American Airways in ex Vanpac Carriers Inc livery with Fred S Brown Enterprises titles on the nose.

December 1981
Returned to Royal American Airways.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N906RB

Country of Registration United States

December 1981 to February 1988

Go Transportation Inc

N906RB - c/n 184 - a V.764D series Viscount
United States registered

December 1981
Returned from lease to Fred S Brown Enterprises by Royal American Airways and transferred to Go Transportation Inc.

August 1982
Used by the band Genesis during their USA music tour. It was fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

1983
Used by the Australian rockband 'Men At Work' during their world music tour. It was fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

12 October 1984
Noted stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA with all four Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed.

February 1988
Title transferred to Viscount Unlimited Inc.


Photo of Viscount Unlimited Inc Viscount N906RB

Country of Registration United States

February 1988 to January 1998

Viscount Unlimited Inc

N906RB - c/n 184 - a V.764D series Viscount
United States registered

February 1988
Title transferred from Go Transportation Inc.

January 1989
Noted at Fort Lauderdale Airport, Florida, USA with 'Genesis' titles, for a music tour.

October 1992
Noted stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

circa 1997
Broken up for scrap after spares recovery.

January 1998
Registration cancelled as aircraft scrapped.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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