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Viscount c/n 216

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 216
Capital Airlines (USA)


United States flag United States

This V.745D series Viscount was built for
Capital Airlines (USA) as N7461

It first flew on Thursday, 24 January 1957 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 216
California Airmotive Inc


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
California Airmotive Inc as N7461.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from use at Burbank Airport, California, USA in February 1968. Broken up for scrap in March 1968.


Operational record
Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7461

Country of Registration United States

February 1957 to June 1961

Capital Airlines (USA)

N7461 - c/n 216 - 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 56th Viscount ordered by Capital Airlines.

Production Order No. F56/745. Sales Order No. F56/68B. Stock Order No. F69/27B.

24 January 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

1 February 1957
Handed over to Capital Airlines with fleet number '379' fitted with integral front 'airsteps'.

9 January 1957
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training and ILS approaches.

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 N7461

Country of Registration United States

June 1961 to February 1968

United Air Lines

N7461 - c/n 216 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

1 June 1961
Transferred from Capital Airlines due to a corporate merger retaining fleet number '379'.

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.

22 February 1968
Sold to California Airmotive Inc.


Photo of California Airmotive Inc Viscount N7461

Country of Registration United States

February 1968 to March 1968

California Airmotive Inc

N7461 - c/n 216 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

27 February 1968
Purchased from United Air Lines and ferried to Burbank Airport, California, USA for storage.

Total time 26,157 hours and 23,985 total landings.

March 1968
Broken up for scrap after the recovery of all useful spares.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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