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Viscount c/n 228

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 228
Capital Airlines (USA)


United States flag United States

This V.745D series Viscount was built for
Capital Airlines (USA) as N7466

It first flew on Thursday, 18 April 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), Kuwait Airways, Royal Bank of Canada, S J Groves & Sons Company, Ingersoll Milling Machine Company, American International Jet Leasing, Royal American Airways, Ronald J Clark, Caribbean Express, Go Group Unlimited Inc, Vanguard Airlines and Bank of America


Photo of Viscount c/n 228
Turbo Aire Holdings Inc


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
Turbo Aire Holdings Inc as N24V.

Its fate:-
Repossessed from Go Transportation Inc by the Bank of America while on lease to Vanguard Airlines and withdrawn from service and stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA in June 1986. Noted minus parts and one of its Rolls-Royce Dart engines in January 1989.

Purchased by Turbo Aire Holdings Inc in May 1991 but remained in storage. Registration cancelled in December 1991 as permanently withdrawn from use. Broken up for scrap circa 1997 after the removal of all useful parts.


Operational record
Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7466

Country of Registration United States

January 1957 to March 1957

Capital Airlines (USA)

N7466 - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

Production Aircraft No. 190 - the 190th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 147th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 145th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F61/745. Sales Order No. F04/87B. Stock Order No. F14/32B.

28 November 1956
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

18 January 1957
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 ‘384’ was not completed and the aircraft remained the property of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.


Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount N7466

Country of Registration United States

March 1957 to February 1958

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

N7466 - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

circa March 1957
Remained the property of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd as the sale to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘384’ was not completed

1 April 1957
First engine runs carried out.

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

circa June 1957
Noted in polished bare metal condition with US registration on the tail.

5 September 1957
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out ILS approaches.

February 1958
Issued with a 'B-Conditions' registration for additional test flying.


Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount G-16-3

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1958 to March 1958

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-16-3 - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

February 1958
Issued with a 'B-Conditions' registration for additional test flying.

(G= UK, 16 = Vickers, 3 = third registration issued)

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

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

27 March 1958
Leased to Aer Lingus.


Photo of Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines Viscount EI-AJV

Country of Registration Ireland

March 1958 to June 1958

Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines

EI-AJV - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
Ireland registered

27 March 1958
Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd in full Aer Lingus 'Viscount' livery at a charge of £2,500 per month.

1 April 1958
Delivered to Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland.

27 April 1958
Certificate of Airworthiness issued.

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

Aer Lingus was credited for fuel remaining in the tanks.

FURTHER READING: Books about Aer Lingus



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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1958 to June 1958

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-APNG - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

18 June 1958
Returned from Aer Lingus lease at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England.

Aer Lingus was credited for fuel remaining in the tanks.

24 June 1958
Re-registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd as G-APNG.

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


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1958 to August 1958

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-APNG - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

26 June 1958
Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd in full BEA livery and named as 'R M A Sir James Lancaster'.

It was leased along with G-APNF (C/N 225) due to the late delivery of Vickers Vangards.

6 August 1958
Returned to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd after 199 hours in BEA service.

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

August 1958 to September 1958

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-APNG - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

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

13 September 1958
Leased to BOAC Associated Companies for use by Kuwait Airways.


Photo of Kuwait Airways Viscount G-APNG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

September 1958 to November 1958

Kuwait Airways

G-APNG - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

13 September 1958
Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. by BOAC Associated Companies for use by Kuwait Airways.

Delivered from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England to Beirut, Lebanon via Rome, Italy and Ellinikon, Athens, Greece.

30 November 1958
Returned to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1958 to January 1959

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-APNG - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

30 November 1958
Returned from BOAC Associated Companies/Kuwait Airways lease.

Converted to a V.793D for sale to the Royal Bank of Canada.
Being prepared for the
Royal Bank of Canada

Converted to a V.793D for sale to the Royal Bank of Canada.

January 1959
Sold to the Royal Bank of Canada.


Photo of Royal Bank of Canada Viscount CF-RBC

Country of Registration Canada

January 1959 to March 1961

Royal Bank of Canada

CF-RBC - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
Canada registered

January 1959
Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.

7 April 1959
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England after conversion to a V.793D that included an executive interior with integral front 'airsteps' and the fitment of extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

15 April 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England carrying out a single ILS approach and overshoot.

24 April 1959
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Canada.

February 1961
The proposed sale to Canadian Breweries was not completed.

4 March 1961
Sold to S J Groves & Sons Company.


Photo of S J Groves & Sons Company Viscount N505W

Country of Registration United States

March 1961 to January 1970

S J Groves & Sons Company

N505W - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

4 March 1961
Purchased from the Royal Bank of Canada fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

8 March 1961
Canadian registration cancelled.

10 March 1961
Registered to S J Groves & Sons Company.

15 December 1964
Undershot the runway at Chess Lamberton Airport, Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA at 11:15 AM local resulting in the collapse of the undercarriage. The 40 year old co-pilot misjudged the distance and altitude and the Captain was criticised for inadequate supervision of the landing phase. Only minor injuries to 2 crew and 7 passengers on board.

Substantial damage to the belly, flaps, undercarriage bays and propellers, and shockloading of the Rolls-Royce Dart engines. Repaired locally.

30 January 1970
Sold to Ingersoll Milling Machine Company.


Photo of Ingersoll Milling Machine Company Viscount N505W

Country of Registration United States

January 1970 to June 1970

Ingersoll Milling Machine Company

N505W - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

30 January 1970
Purchased from S J Groves & Sons Company.

This was a replacement for a VIP standard Douglas DC3.

3 February 1970
Registered to Ingersoll Milling Machine Company who were a machine tool company based in Rockford, Illinois, USA.

15 June 1970
Re-registered N24V.


Photo of Ingersoll Milling Machine Company Viscount N24V

Country of Registration United States

June 1970 to October 1973

Ingersoll Milling Machine Company

N24V - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

15 June 1970
Re-registered from N505W.

10 October 1973
Sold to American International Jet Leasing. A Beechcraft King Air was purchased as a replacement.


Photo of American International Jet Leasing Viscount N24V

Country of Registration United States

October 1973 to April 1974

American International Jet Leasing

N24V - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

10 October 1973
Purchased from Ingersoll Milling Machine Company.

9 March 1974
Noted at Rochester Airport, New York, USA.

March 1974
Noted with a Gregg Allman logo on the rear fuselage during a solo music tour.

17 April 1974
Sold to Go Transportation Inc, Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N24V

Country of Registration United States

April 1974 to June 1977

Go Transportation Inc

N24V - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

17 April 1974
Purchased from American International Jet Leasing.

April 1974
Noted with a Gregg Allman logo on the rear fuselage during a solo music tour, which continued from March with the previous owner.

11 May 1974
Noted at Midway Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA with 'Frank Zappa and the Mothers' titles applied to the fuselage during a music tour. Mothers stood for 'Mothers of Invention'.

June 1975
Noted with a logo on the rear fuselage for a music tour by the group 'Three Dog Night' promoting their new album ' Coming Down Your Way' which was released in May.

16 August 1975
Noted at Miami International Airport, Florida, USA with 'America' logos for a music tour.

January 1976
Noted with 'Deep Purple' titles on the port side of the nose for their 'Come Taste The Band' music tour.

July 1976
Noted at Burbank Airport, California with 'Earth, Wind & Fire' titles for a music tour.

1 June 1977
Title transferred to Ronald J Clark who was a partner in the Go Group of Companies.


Photo of Ronald J Clark Viscount N24V

Country of Registration United States

June 1977 to February 1980

Ronald J Clark

N24V - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

1 June 1977
Title transferred from Go Transportation Inc but it continued operations with them. Ronald was a partner in the Go Group of Companies.

July 1977
Noted with a 'Rod Stewart' logo on the forward fuselage for a music tour.

Noted with 'Bad Company' logo for a music tour circa 1977-1978.
Ready for the
'Bad Company' tour

circa September 1977
Noted with a 'Bad Company' logo for a music tour. Details please to
information@vickersviscount.net

2 September 1978
Advert placed in Billboard Magazine
ENTERTAINERS AIRCRAFT FOR SALE
Viscount N306 and N24V leased exclusively by the 'world's greatest entertainers' are now offered for sale by the owner.
These prestigious four engine, Turbo Prop Aircraft are believed the lowest time Viscounts in the world. Always the finest care and maintenance. Price $750.000.00 each. Contact Ron Clark 213/841-1654. Telex 677336.

March 1979
Noted with 'Boston' titles for a music tour.

October 1979
Noted at Farmingdale Airport, New York, USA with 'Styx the Grand Decathlon' logo on the nose for a music tour.

February 1980
Title transferred to Royal American Airways (RA). This operation was owned by Ronald J Clark.


Photo of Royal American Airways (RA) Viscount N24V

Country of Registration United States

February 1980 to April 1981

Royal American Airways (RA)

N24V - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

February 1980
Title transferred from Ronald J Clark who owned Royal American Airways (RA).

March 1981
Delivered to Royal American Airways (RA).

21 April 1981
Title transferred back to Ronald J Clark of Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.


Photo of Ronald J Clark Viscount N24V

Country of Registration United States

April 1981 to February 1984

Ronald J Clark

N24V - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

21 April 1981
Title transferred back from Royal American Airways (RA). Ronald owned this operator.

April 1983
Noted with 'Go' titles, polished metal lower fuselage and with the slipper tanks removed.

Noted with 'Go' titles, polished metal lower fuselage and with the slipper tanks removed.
Noted with
'Caribbean Express' titles

February 1984
Noted at Miami International Airport, Florida, USA with 'Caribbean Express' titles.

March 1984
Noted with white lower fuselage and 'Go' titles.

September 1984
Title transferred to Go Transportation Inc. Ronald was a partner in the Go Group of Companies.


Photo of Caribbean Express Viscount N24V

Country of Registration United States

February 1984 to March 1984

Caribbean Express

N24V - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

1 February 1984
Leased from Ronald J Clark.

Noted at Miami International Airport, Florida, USA.

1 March 1984
Returned to Ronald J Clark.

Both dates are approximate. Did they ever operate it ? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Ronald J Clark Viscount N24V

Country of Registration United States

March 1984 to October 1984

Ronald J Clark

N24V - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

1 March 1984
Returned from Caribbean Express lease.

The return date is approximate. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

1 October 1984
Title transferred to Go Group Unlimited Inc. Ronald was a partner in the Go Group of Companies.


Photo of Go Group Unlimited Inc Viscount N24V

Country of Registration United States

October 1984 to November 1985

Go Group Unlimited Inc

N24V - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

1 October 1984
Title transferred from Ronald J Clark. Ronald was a partner in the Go Group of Companies.

November 1985
Leased to Vanguard Airlines.


Photo of Vanguard Airlines Viscount N24V

Country of Registration United States

November 1985 to June 1986

Vanguard Airlines

N24V - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

November 1985
Leased from Go Transportation Inc.

June 1986
Repossessed by the Bank of America while still on lease.


Photo of Bank of America Viscount N24V

Country of Registration United States

June 1986 to May 1991

Bank of America

N24V - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

June 1986
Repossessed from Go Transportation Inc while it was on lease to Vanguard Airlines and withdrawn from service and stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

January 1989
Noted minus parts and one of its Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

May 1991
Remains sold to Turbo Aire Holdings Inc of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.


Photo of Turbo Aire Holdings Inc Viscount N24V

Country of Registration United States

May 1991 to June 1997

Turbo Aire Holdings Inc

N24V - c/n 228 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

May 1991
Remains purchased from the Bank of America but the aircraft remained stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

December 1991
Registration cancelled as permanently withdrawn from use.

circa 1997
Broken up for scrap after recovery of all useful parts.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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