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Viscount c/n 206

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 206
Capital Airlines (USA)


United States flag United States

This V.745D series Viscount was built for
Capital Airlines (USA) as N7450

It first flew on Friday, 9 November 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, Viscount International Corporation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Redmond Air Inc and Twenty Two Sierra November Inc


Photo of Viscount c/n 206
Trans Florida Airlines


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
Trans Florida Airlines as N7450.

Its fate:-
Wiithdrawn from service and placed in open storage at Daytona Beach Airport, Florida, USA in July 1983. Noted repainted in a smart red, white and blue livery 8 March 1987 but it remained in open storage, never to fly again. Broken up for scrap in November 1987.


Operational record
Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7450

Country of Registration United States

November 1956 to June 1961

Capital Airlines (USA)

N7450 - c/n 206 - 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 46th 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. 156 - the 156th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 113rd Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 113rd Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F46/745. Sales Order No. F46/68B. Stock Order No. F59/27B.

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

9 August 1956
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

9 November 1956
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

16 November 1956
Delivered to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘369’ fitted with integral front 'airsteps'.

3 July 1957
After landing at Atlanta Municipal Airport, Georgia, USA the aircraft ran off the end of the runway and struck approach lighting resulting in shockload damage to the propellers and Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

There were no reported injuries to the 40 passengers and 3 crew on board.

Repaired and returned to service.

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 N7450

Country of Registration United States

June 1961 to January 1969

United Air Lines

N7450 - c/n 206 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

1 June 1961
Transferred from Capital Airlines due to a corporate merger retaining fleet number '369'.

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.

4 December 1966
During the landing at O'Hare Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA the aircraft veered off the left side of the wet runway into a shallow ditch which resulting in the No.1 and No.2 propellers striking the ground.

This resulted in curled port propeller blades and shockloaded Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

There were no reported injuries to the 46 passengers and 3 crew on board.

Repaired and returned to service.

11 January 1969
Sold to the Viscount International Corporation.


Photo of Viscount International Corporation Viscount N7450

Country of Registration United States

January 1969 to December 1974

Viscount International Corporation

N7450 - c/n 206 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

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

Total time 29,351 hours.

28 December 1974
Sold to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.


Photo of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Viscount N7450

Country of Registration United States

December 1974 to August 1977

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

N7450 - c/n 206 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

28 December 1974
Purchased from Viscount International Corporation.

11 August 1977
Sold to Trans Florida Airlines.


Photo of Trans Florida Airlines Viscount N7450

Country of Registration United States

August 1977 to August 1979

Trans Florida Airlines

N7450 - c/n 206 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

11 August 1977
Purchased from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

21 August 1979
Sold to Redmond Air Inc.


Photo of Redmond Air Inc Viscount N7450

Country of Registration United States

August 1979 to August 1981

Redmond Air Inc

N7450 - c/n 206 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

21 August 1979
Purchased from Trans Florida Airlines.

August 1981
Leased to Twenty Two Sierra November Inc.


Photo of Twenty Two Sierra November Inc Viscount N7450

Country of Registration United States

August 1981 to December 1981

Twenty Two Sierra November Inc

N7450 - c/n 206 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

August 1981
Leased from Redmond Air Inc.

December 1981
Returned to Redmond Air Inc.


Photo of Redmond Air Inc Viscount N7450

Country of Registration United States

December 1981 to July 1983

Redmond Air Inc

N7450 - c/n 206 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

December 1981
Returned from Twenty Two Sierra November Inc lease.

July 1983
Sold to Trans Florida Airlines.


Photo of Trans Florida Airlines Viscount N7450

Country of Registration United States

July 1983 to November 1987

Trans Florida Airlines

N7450 - c/n 206 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

July 1983
Purchased from Redmond Air Inc and ferried to Daytona Beach Airport, Florida, USA and placed in open storage.

8 March 1987
Noted repainted in a smart red, white and blue livery. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

It remained in open storage never to fly again.

November 1987
Broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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