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Viscount c/n 226

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 226
Capital Airlines (USA)


United States flag United States

This V.745D series Viscount was built for
Capital Airlines (USA) as N7464

It first flew on Friday, 22 March 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, Continental Airlines, Northeast Airlines inc, Essex International, North American Rockwell, Travis Ward, Westernair of Albuquerque, Comision Federal de Electricidad, Distribute Air Inc and Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA)


Photo of Viscount c/n 226
Carlos Alfredo Gudiñho


Ecuador flag Ecuador

Its final owner/operator was
Carlos Alfredo Gudiñho as XC-FOV.

Its fate:-
Converted to V.798D in February 1959.

Withdrawn from service by Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA) and used as a source of spares at Aeropuerto Mariscal Sucre, Quito, Ecuador in April 1976.

Purchased by Carlos Alfredo Gudiñho circa June 1985 and dismantled for transportation by road to a private site at 'Laguardia', Puembo, Ecuador and re-assembled. Noted repainted in a modern style fictitious 'Aero Puembo' livery with an equally fictitious registration HC-CAG in May 2004. CAG represented Carlos Alfredo Gudiñho. Noted repainted in another smart new livery without the fictitious registration HC-CAG or titles in September 2014.


Operational record
Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7464 *

Country of Registration United States

January 1957 to May 1957

Capital Airlines (USA)

N7464 * - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

Production Aircraft No. 186 - the 186th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 139th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 141st Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F59/745. Sales Order No. F02/87B. Stock Order No. F12/32B.

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

12 December 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 ‘382’ was not completed. Fleet number '382' was later used on Viscount C/N 285.

12 March 1957
First engine runs carried out.

22 March 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England painted up in full Capital Airlines livery.

March 1957
To Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for flap modifications.

14 May 1957
Registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1957 to

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-APHD - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1957
Registration G-APHD allocated but not taken up. This registration was re-issued to a Percival P.40 Prentice T.1 18 June 1957.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1957 to May 1958

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-APBH - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

14 May 1957
Registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd after the sale to Capital Airlines was not completed.

15 May 1957
Departed on a sales tour of the USA that included a demonstration to Trans World Airlines (TWA) who nearly placed an order.

It was painted up in the Vickers livery and titled 'Vickers Viscount'.

circa June 1957
Returned to the UK from a sales tour of the USA. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

3 May 1958
Leased to Continental Airlines.


Photo of Continental Airlines Viscount G-APBH

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1958 to June 1958

Continental Airlines

G-APBH - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

3 May 1958
Leased from Vickers Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd for crew training purposes.

June 1958
Noted at Worcester Regional Airport, Massachusetts, USA.

12 June 1958
Returned to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1958 to January 1959

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-APBH - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

12 June 1958
Returned from Continental Airlines lease.

January 1959
Sold to Northeast Airlines Inc and converted to V.798D.


Photo of Northeast Airlines Inc Viscount N6599C

Country of Registration United States

January 1959 to September 1963

Northeast Airlines Inc

N6599C - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

January 1959
Purchased from Vickers Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.

15 February 1959
First flight from Hurn, Bournemouth, England after conversion to a V.798D from a V.745D.

27 February 1959
Handed over to Northeast Airlines Inc.

28 February 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

9 September 1963
Repossessed by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd due to outstanding purchase payments. The airline continued to operate its New England routes with additional Douglas DC-6B aircraft, having gained a Government subsidy of US3,700,000 which was recommended by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). It had however already lost its routes to Florida.


Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount N6599C

Country of Registration United States

September 1963 to October 1963

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

N6599C - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

9 September 1963
Repossessed from Northeast Airlines Inc due to outstanding purchase payments.

5 October 1963
Sold by auction at Logan Airport, Boston, Massachusetts, USA together with eight other Northeast Airlines Inc Viscounts for a total of US$3,215,000 which meant an average sale price of approximately US$357,000 compared to the US$1,700,000 original sale price. The actual debt amount is not known. The aircraft was purchased by the Essex Wire Corporation Inc


Photo of Essex Wire Corporation Inc Viscount N1298

Country of Registration United States

October 1963 to January 1970

Essex Wire Corporation Inc

N1298 - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

5 October 1963
Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd an an auction at Logan Airport, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

circa January 1970
Title transferred to Essex International Inc due to a change in corporate name. The actual date is unknown. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Essex International Inc Viscount N1298

Country of Registration United States

January 1970 to November 1970

Essex International Inc

N1298 - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

circa January 1970
Title transferred from the Essex Wire Corporation Inc due to a change in corporate name. The actual date is unknown. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

16 November 1970
Sold to North American Rockwell.


Photo of North American Rockwell Viscount N1298G

Country of Registration United States

November 1970 to July 1971

North American Rockwell

N1298G - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

16 November 1970
Purchased from Essex International Inc and re-registered from N1298.

July 1971
Sold to Travis Ward.


Photo of Travis Ward Viscount N1298G

Country of Registration United States

July 1971 to November 1971

Travis Ward

N1298G - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

July 1971
Purchased from North American Rockwell.

November 1971
Sold to Westernair of Albuquerque.


Photo of Westernair of Albuquerque Viscount N1298G

Country of Registration United States

November 1971 to May 1972

Westernair of Albuquerque

N1298G - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

November 1971
Purchased from Travis Ward.

January 1972
Registered to Westernair of Albuquerque.

5 May 1972
Leased to Comision Federal de Electricidad (Mexican Federal Electricity Commission).


Photo of Comision Federal de Electricidad Viscount XC-FOV

Country of Registration Mexico

May 1972 to February 1975

Comision Federal de Electricidad

XC-FOV - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
Mexico registered

5 May 1972
Leased from Westernair of Albuquerque. This aircraft has been mis-identified as XC-POV over the years in various aviation publications and listings.

1 February 1975
Returned to Westernair of Albuquerque.


Photo of Westernair of Albuquerque Viscount XC-FOV

Country of Registration Mexico

February 1975 to April 1976

Westernair of Albuquerque

XC-FOV - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
Mexico registered

1 February 1975
Returned from Comision Federal de Electricidad lease.

April 1976
Sold to Distribute Air Inc.


Photo of Distribute Air Inc Viscount XC-FOV

Country of Registration Mexico

April 1976 to April 1976

Distribute Air Inc

XC-FOV - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
Mexico registered

April 1976
Purchased from Westernair of Albuquerque.

April 1976
Sold to Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA).


Photo of Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA) Viscount XC-FOV

Country of Registration Mexico

April 1976 to June 1985

Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA)

XC-FOV - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
Mexico registered

April 1976
Purchased from Distribute Air Inc and ferried to Quito Airport, Ecuador where it was withdrawn from service and stored for spares support use.

circa June 1985
Sold to Carlos Alfredo Gudiñho.


Photo of Carlos Alfredo Gudiñho Viscount XC-FOV

Country of Registration Mexico

June 1985 to May 2004

Carlos Alfredo Gudiñho

XC-FOV - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
Mexico registered

Carlos Alfredo Gudiñho.
Carlos Alfredo Gudiñho

circa June 1985
Purchased from Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA) and dismantled for transportation by road to a private site at 'Laguardia', Puembo, Ecuador and re-assembled.

The actual date is not known. Details please to
information@vickersviscount.net

Transported by road to a private site at 'Laguardia', Puembo, Ecuador.
Transported by road

May 2004
Noted repainted in a modern style fictitious 'Aero Puembo' livery with an equally fictitious registration HC-CAG.

CAG represents the original owners initials.


Photo of Carlos Alfredo Gudiñho Viscount HC-CAG

Country of Registration Ecuador

May 2004 to September 2014

Carlos Alfredo Gudiñho

HC-CAG - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
Ecuador registered

May 2004
Noted repainted in a modern style fictitious 'Aero Puembo' livery with an equally fictitious registration HC-CAG.

CAG represented the original owners initials.

Purchased from Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos.
Re-assembled on private land

The C/N of this aircraft was not confirmed until a visit by Andreas Hartmann in May 2010 discovered photos of the aircraft before it was repainted and clearly showed the distinctive Comision Federal de Electricidad, Mexico gold and green livery.

The interior of this aircraft is laid out with VIP seating and a bedroom at the rear. Amongst the luxurious cabin furnishings there is a chair that was used by Pope John Paul II during a visit to Ecuador. This was fitted to a more modern aircraft type but has now found its way into this aircraft and takes 'pride of place'.

Following the death of Carlos the aircraft is now in the care of his daughter Paula who is very proud of her father's achievement in saving it from the scrapman and moving it to Puembo.

September 2014
Noted repainted in a smart new livery without the fictitious registration HC-CAG.


Photo of Carlos Alfredo Gudiñho Viscount XC-FOV

Country of Registration Mexico

September 2014 to

Carlos Alfredo Gudiñho

XC-FOV - c/n 226 - a V.745D series Viscount
Mexico registered

September 2014
Noted repainted in a smart new livery without the fictitious registration HC-CAG. CAG represented the original owners initials.

Purchased from Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos.
Repainted in a new livery

4 November 2018
Noted still in good condition in an immaculately kept garden.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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