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Viscount c/n 229

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 229
Capital Airlines (USA)


United States flag United States

This V.745D series Viscount was built for
Capital Airlines (USA) as N7467

It first flew on Sunday, 28 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, Canadian Department of Transport, Ronald J Clark, Go Transportation Inc, Jadepoint USA, Chase Manhattan Bank and Bill Walker & Associates


Photo of Viscount c/n 229
Turbo Aire Holdings Inc


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
Turbo Aire Holdings Inc as N660RC.

Its fate:-
Converted from a V.745D to a V.797D for the Canadian Department of Transport in October 1958.

Noted withdrawn from service at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA in May 1982 shortly after a fresh repaint! Finally broken up for scrap in August 1993 after several changes of ownership.


Operational record
Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7467

Country of Registration United States

January 1957 to March 1957

Capital Airlines (USA)

N7467 - c/n 229 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

Production Aircraft No. 191 - the 191st production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 148th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 146th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F62/745. Sales Order No. F05/87B. Stock Order No. F15/32B.

6 December 1956
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

21 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 ‘385’ was not completed and the aircraft remained the property of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.


Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount N7467

Country of Registration United States

March 1957 to September 1957

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

N7467 - c/n 229 - 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 ‘385’ was not completed.

15 April 1957
First engine runs carried out.

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

July 1957
Noted with the Capital Airlines livery removed back to bare metal condition except for a white strip along the top of the fuselage and over the cockpit and upper nose.

2 September 1957
Re-registered G-APFR.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

September 1957 to March 1958

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-APFR - c/n 229 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

2 September 1957
Re-registered from N7467. Registration applied to the bare metal airframe.

5 September 1957
Operated a demonstration flight from Wisley Airfield, Surrey to Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire and then Hucknall Airfield, Nottinghamshire, returning to Wisley the next day. These flight were operated under a Permit to Fly limitation. It was also noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

circa October 1957
Noted stored outside at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England coated with a preservative and covers fitted over the engine nacelles.

12 March 1958
Sold to the Canadian Department of Transport.


Photo of Canadian Department of Transport Viscount CF-DTA

Country of Registration Canada

March 1958 to April 1982

Canadian Department of Transport

CF-DTA - c/n 229 - a V.745D series Viscount
Canada registered

12 March 1958
Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.

Converted to a V.797D for the Canadian Department of Transport. It was originally built for Capital Airlines as a V.745D and allocated N7467.

This was the 1st V.797 and the 2nd V.700 series Viscount ordered by the Canadian Department of Transport.

Production Order No. F01/797.

21 March 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England after conversion to a V.797D.

17 April 1958
Export Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) issued.

28 October 1958
Handed over to the Candian Department of Transport.

22 November 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

23 November 1958
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England to Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland on the first leg of the delivery flight to Canada.

11 August 1960
Noted at Kelowna Airport, British Columbia, Canada as part of the celebrations to open the new airport facility and extended runway.

4 August 1966
Noted at Heathrow Airport, London, England now fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Painted in the Canadian Department of Transport red and white livery.
Canadian Department
of Transport 'Red
and White' livery

March 1981
Noted painted in the Canadian Department of Transport red and white livery and still fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

April 1982
Sold to Ronald J Clark.


Photo of Ronald J Clark Viscount N660RC

Country of Registration United States

April 1982 to May 1982

Ronald J Clark

N660RC - c/n 229 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

April 1982
Purchased from Canadian Department of Transport.

14 April 1982
Canadian registration cancelled as aircraft sold to the USA.

14 April 1982
Noted at Uplands Airport, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with US registration applied to the Canadian Department of Transport 'Red and White' livery.

It was ferried to Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA later in the month.

May 1982
Transferred to Go Transportation Inc of Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N660RC

Country of Registration United States

May 1982 to October 1987

Go Transportation Inc

N660RC - c/n 229 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

May 1982
Transferred from Ronald J Clark and repainted in a beige and brown livery.

May 1982
Noted stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA with all four Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed.

It appears that the aircraft never flew again, despite the recent repaint!

October 1987
Sold to Jadepoint USA of Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA by Ronald J Clark.


Photo of Jadepoint USA Viscount N660RC

Country of Registration United States

October 1987 to October 1987

Jadepoint USA

N660RC - c/n 229 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

October 1987
Purchased from Go Transportation Inc / Ronald J Clark.

June 1990
Repossessed by the Chase Manhattan Bank.


Photo of Chase Manhattan Bank Viscount N660RC

Country of Registration United States

June 1990 to August 1990

Chase Manhattan Bank

N660RC - c/n 229 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

June 1990
Repossessed from Jadepoint USA.

The aircraft remained stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

August 1990
Sold to Bill Walker & Associates.


Photo of Bill Walker & Associates Viscount N660RC

Country of Registration United States

August 1990 to February 1992

Bill Walker & Associates

N660RC - c/n 229 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

August 1990
Purchased from the Chase Manhattan Bank.

The aircraft remained stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

February 1992
Sold to Turbo Aire Holdings Inc.


Photo of Turbo Aire Holdings Inc Viscount N660RC

Country of Registration United States

February 1992 to August 1993

Turbo Aire Holdings Inc

N660RC - c/n 229 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

February 1992
Purchased from Bill Walker & Associates.

The aircraft remained stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

May 1993
Scrapping process commenced.

Broken up for scrap in August 1993.
Broken up for scrap

August 1993
Finally broken up for scrap.

October 2001
Registration cancelled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as aircraft destroyed.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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