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Viscount c/n 225

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 225
Capital Airlines (USA)


United States flag United States

This V.745D series Viscount was built for
Capital Airlines (USA) as N7463

It first flew on Tuesday, 26 February 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
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, Aer Lingus, British European Airways (BEA), British International Air Lines Ltd, Kuwait Oil Company, BOAC Associated Companies and Kuwait Airways


Photo of Viscount c/n 225
BKS Air Transport Ltd


England flag England

Its final owner/operator was
BKS Air Transport Ltd as G-APNF.

Its fate:-
Converted to a V.776D for British International Airlines in 1958.

Last BKS Air Transport Ltd service to Leeds/Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England in March 1970.

Ferried to Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England for storage 21 March 1970.

Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use 23 April 1970.

Dismantling began to recover useable parts prior to scrapping 21 September 1970.

Aircraft accidentally destroyed by fire during the dismantling process 22 September 1970.


Operational record
Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7463 *

Country of Registration United States

January 1957 to March 1957

Capital Airlines (USA)

N7463 * - c/n 225 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

Production Aircraft No. 181 - the 181st production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 134th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 136th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F58/745. Sales Order No. 01/87B. Stock Order No. 11/32B.

1 October 1956
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

28 November 1956
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Capital Airlines Viscounts had integral front 'airsteps' fitted from new and now with weather radar fitted during the construction.

circa March 1957
The sale to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘381’ was not completed and the aircraft remained the property of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.


Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount N7463 *

Country of Registration United States

February 1957 to January 1958

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

N7463 * - c/n 225 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

circa March 1957
Sale to Capital Airlines as N7463 with fleet number '381' was not completed.

18 February 1957
First engine runs carried out.

26 February 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in full Capital Airlines livery.

This was only the second Capital aircraft to be equipped with weather radar during construction.
Equipped with weather radar during construction

This was only the second Capital aircraft to be equipped with weather radar during construction.

March 1957
Noted at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in open storage along with other cancelled Capital Airlines Viscounts.

Noted at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Dorset, England in a bare metal condition with the US registration on the tail.
Noted in a bare
metal condition

Late 1957
Noted at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in a bare metal condition with the US registration on the tail.

1958
Re-registered with temporary B Class UK registration G-16-4.


Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount G-16-4

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1958 to April 1958

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-16-4 - c/n 225 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1958
Issued with a 'B Conditions' registration for additional test flights. (G= UK, 16 = Vickers, 4 = fourth registration issued)

Noted at Hurn, Bournemouth, England with wool tufts applied to the bare metal front and rear fuselage for airflow flight trials.
Fitted with wool tufts for airflow flight trials

February 1958
Noted at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England with wool tufts applied to the bare metal front and rear fuselage for airflow flight trials.

March 1958
Modified at the request of Aer Lingus prior to lease.

30 March 1958
First flight registered as EI-AJW from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

3 April 1958
Leased to Aer Lingus at £2,500 per month.


Photo of Aer Lingus Viscount EI-AJW

Country of Registration Ireland

April 1958 to May 1958

Aer Lingus

EI-AJW - c/n 225 - a V.745D series Viscount
Ireland registered

3 April 1958
Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd in full Aer Lingus 'Viscount' livery at £2,500 per month.

31 May 1958
Returned to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England.

Aer Lingus was credited for the fuel remaining in the tanks.

FURTHER READING: Books about Aer Lingus



Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount EI-AJW

Country of Registration Ireland

May 1958 to June 1958

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

EI-AJW - c/n 225 - a V.745D series Viscount
Ireland registered

31 May 1958
Returned from Aer Lingus lease at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England.

Aer Lingus was credited for fuel remaining in the tanks.

3 June 1958
Re-registered G-APNF.


Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount G-APNF

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1958 to June 1958

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-APNF - c/n 225 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

3 June 1958
Re-registered from EI-AJW.

7 June 1958
Leased to British European Airways (BEA).


Photo of British European Airways Corporation (BEA) Viscount G-APNF

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1958 to August 1958

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-APNF - c/n 225 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

7 June 1958
Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. and named as 'R M A Phillip Cartaret'.

Painted in full BEA livery but with non-standard sized lettering along the upper fuselage.

It was leased along with G-APNG (C/N 228) due to the late delivery of Vickers Vangards.

16 August 1958
Returned to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd after 409 hours in BEA service.

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount G-APNF

Country of Registration United Kingdom

August 1958 to October 1958

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-APNF - c/n 225 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

16 August 1958
Returned from British European Airways (BEA) lease.

3 October 1958
Sold to British International Air Lines Ltd.


Photo of British International Air Lines Ltd Viscount G-APNF

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1958 to October 1958

British International Air Lines Ltd

G-APNF - c/n 225 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

3 October 1958
Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd by British International Air Lines Ltd (part of BOAC Associated Companies).

Converted to a V.776D by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. which included fitment of extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

15 October 1958
Leased to the Kuwait Oil Company in basic BOAC livery without titles.


Photo of Kuwait Oil Company Viscount G-APNF

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1958 to March 1962

Kuwait Oil Company

G-APNF - c/n 225 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

15 October 1958
Leased from British International Air Lines Ltd (part of BOAC Associated Companies Ltd) in basic BOAC livery without titles.

Registration K-AAAA had been allocated to H. E. Shaikh Abdulla Al Mubarak Al Subah for use on this aircraft but was not taken up.

The use of registration prefix K instead of 9K was not internationally approved, but the Kuwaiti officials obviously disagreed!

March 1962
Returned to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd.


Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Ltd Viscount G-APNF

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1962 to February 1963

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

G-APNF - c/n 225 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

March 1962
Returned from Kuwait Oil Company lease.

February 1963
Leased to Kuwait Airways.


Photo of Kuwait Airways Viscount 9K-ACD

Country of Registration Kuwait

February 1963 to February 1967

Kuwait Airways

9K-ACD - c/n 225 - a V.745D series Viscount
Kuwait registered

February 1963
Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd in full Kuwait Airways livery.

David Carter illustration of Kuwait Airways Viscount 9K-ACD

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


22 February 1967
Returned to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd.


Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Ltd Viscount G-APNF

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1967 to February 1967

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

G-APNF - c/n 225 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

22 February 1967
Returned from Kuwait Airways lease.

25 February 1967
Leased to BKS Air Transport Ltd with the extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks removed.


Photo of BKS Air Transport Ltd Viscount G-APNF

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1967 to September 1970

BKS Air Transport Ltd

G-APNF - c/n 225 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

25 February 1967
Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd.

BKS relates to the surnames of three company directors: - James W Barnby, Thomas D Keegan, and Cyril Stevens.

2 March 1967
Ferried from Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England to Leeds / Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England after overhaul by Channel Airways.

November 1967
Transferred to British Air Services (BAS) due to a corporate merger.

March 1970
Last service to Leeds / Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England.

21 March 1970
Ferried to Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England for storage.

23 April 1970
Registration cancelled as the Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) had now expired and the aircraft was now permanently withdrawn from use.

21 September 1970
Dismantling began to recover useable parts prior to scrapping.

22 September 1970
Aircraft accidentally destroyed by fire during the dismantling process.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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