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Viscount c/n 203

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 203
Capital Airlines (USA)


United States flag United States

This V.745D series Viscount was built for
Capital Airlines (USA) as N7447

It first flew on Monday, 22 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
United Air Lines


Photo of Viscount c/n 203
California Airmotive Inc


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
California Airmotive Inc as N7447.

Its fate:-
Purchased from United Air Lines by California Airmotive Inc. and ferried to Burbank Airport, California, USA for storage 30 January 1968 and removal of all useful spares including the valuable Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines.

Broken up for scrap circa February 1968.


Operational record
Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7447

Country of Registration United States

October 1956 to June 1961

Capital Airlines (USA)

N7447 - c/n 203 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

December 1954
Order for an additional 20 V.745D aircraft was placed by Capital Airlines.

This was the 43rd Viscount ordered 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.

Production Aircraft No. 151 - the 151st production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 110th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 109th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F43/745. Sales Order No. F43/68B. Stock Order No. F56/27B.

6 June 1956
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

19 July 1956
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

22 October 1956
First flight at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

29 October 1956
Handed over to Capital Airlines with fleet number '366' fitted with integral front 'airsteps'.

30 October 1956
Noted at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland, presumably on delivery to the USA (see below).

5 November 1956
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England. Is this correct? (see above). Details please to information at vickersviscount.net

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 N7447

Country of Registration United States

June 1961 to January 1968

United Air Lines

N7447 - c/n 203 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

1 June 1961
Transferred from Capital Airlines due to a corporate merger retaining fleet number '366'.

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.

30 January 1968
Sold to California Airmotive Inc.


Photo of California Airmotive Inc Viscount N7447

Country of Registration United States

January 1968 to

California Airmotive Inc

N7447 - c/n 203 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

30 January 1968
Purchased from United Air Lines and ferried to Burbank Airport, California, USA for storage and removal of all useful spares including the valuable Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines.

Total time 25,911 hours and 23,957 total landings.

circa February 1968
Remains broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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