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Viscount c/n 230

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 230
Capital Airlines (USA)


United States flag United States

This V.745D series Viscount was built for
Capital Airlines (USA) as N7468

It first flew on Friday, 7 June 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, Northeast Airlines Inc, Irving Trust Company, Continental Oil Drilling, The John W Mecom Co, Confederate Air Force, Onyx Aviation Inc, Morgan Rourke Aircraft Sales, Go Transportation Inc and United Financial Operations


Photo of Viscount c/n 230
James Stanley Leasing Company Inc


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
James Stanley Leasing Company Inc as N776M.

Its fate:-
Converted to V.798D in September 1958. Purchased by James Stanley Leasing Company in August 1988 but the aircraft remained stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA. Broken up for scrap between May and August 1993.


Operational record
Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7468

Country of Registration United States

January 1957 to March 1957

Capital Airlines (USA)

N7468 - c/n 230 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

Production Aircraft No. 199 - the 199th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 151st Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 154th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F63/745. Sales Order No. F06/87B. Stock Order No. F16/32B.

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

6 February 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 ‘386’ was not completed and the aircraft remained the property of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.


Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount N7468

Country of Registration United States

March 1957 to June 1957

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

N7468 - c/n 230 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

circa March 1957
The aircraft remained the property of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd as the sale to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘386’ was not completed.

25 April 1957
First engine runs carried out.

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

June 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.

9 June 1957
Issued with a 'B-Conditions' registration for additional test flying.


Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount G-16-6

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1957 to April 1958

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-16-6 - c/n 230 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

9 June 1957
Issued with a 'B-Conditions' registration for additional test flying.

(G= UK, 16 = Vickers, 6 = sixth registration issued)

15 April 1958
Re-registered G-APLX.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1958 to October 1958

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-APLX - c/n 230 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

15 April 1958
Re-registered from G-16-6.

17 April 1958
First flight registered as G-APLX.

25 April 1958
BRITISH PATHE FILM ARCHIVE

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Vickers-Armstrongs, Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on board this aircraft.

He is met by Vickers-Armstrongs chiefs and shown the V.700 production line. On the line are aircraft being built for Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) and Alitalia.

After his visit the Duke departed for the Vickers-Armstrongs facility at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England.

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April - May 1958
To Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for modifications.

15 July 1958
UK registration cancelled as aircraft exported.

September 1958
Converted to a V.798D for sale to Northeast Airlines (US).

2 October 1958
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on delivery to Northeast Airlines Inc.


Photo of Northeast Airlines Inc Viscount N6595C

Country of Registration United States

October 1958 to September 1963

Northeast Airlines Inc

N6595C - c/n 230 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

2 October 1958
Purchased from Vickers Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.

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 N6595C

Country of Registration United States

September 1963 to October 1963

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

N6595C - c/n 230 - 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 Irving Trust Company.


Photo of Irving Trust Company Viscount N6595C

Country of Registration United States

October 1963 to October 1963

Irving Trust Company

N6595C - c/n 230 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

5 October 1963
Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd at an auction at Logan Airport, Boston, Massachusetts, USA for approximately US$357,000 (the average of the total sale of nine aircraft).

11 October 1963
Sold to Continental Oil Drilling.


Photo of Continental Oil Drilling Viscount N776M

Country of Registration United States

October 1963 to December 1976

Continental Oil Drilling

N776M - c/n 230 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

11 October 1963
Purchased from the Irving Trust Company.

June 1964
Noted at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Midlesex, England on a south area maintenance ramp.

1 August 1968
Noted at Heathrow Airport, London, England on a south area maintenance ramp.

22 December 1976
Sold to the John W Mecom Co.


Photo of John W Mecom Company Viscount N776M

Country of Registration United States

December 1976 to December 1977

John W Mecom Company

N776M - c/n 230 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

22 December 1976
Purchased from Continental Oil Drilling.

12 December 1977
Sold to the Confederate Air Force.


Photo of Confederate Air Force Viscount N776M

Country of Registration United States

December 1977 to November 1978

Confederate Air Force

N776M - c/n 230 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

12 December 1977
Purchased from the John W Mecom Company.

22 November 1978
Sold to Onyx Aviation Inc.


Photo of Onyx Aviation Inc Viscount N776M

Country of Registration United States

November 1978 to March 1979

Onyx Aviation Inc

N776M - c/n 230 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

22 November 1978
Purchased from the Confederate Air Force.

9 March 1979
Sold to Morgan Rourke Aircraft Sales.


Photo of Morgan Rourke Aircraft Sales Inc Viscount N776M

Country of Registration United States

March 1979 to June 1979

Morgan Rourke Aircraft Sales Inc

N776M - c/n 230 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

9 March 1979
Purchased from Onyx Aviation Inc.

Registration N27DH not taken up.

21 June 1979
Sold to United Financial Operations.


Photo of Morgan Rourke Aircraft Sales Inc Viscount N27DH

Country of Registration United States

June 1979 to June 1979

Morgan Rourke Aircraft Sales Inc

N27DH - c/n 230 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

1979
Registration change not taken up.


Photo of United Financial Operations Viscount N776M

Country of Registration United States

June 1979 to June 1979

United Financial Operations

N776M - c/n 230 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

21 June 1979
Purchased from Morgan Rourke Aircraft Sales Inc.

21 June 1979
Leased to Go Transportation Inc.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N776M

Country of Registration United States

June 1979 to August 1988

Go Transportation Inc

N776M - c/n 230 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

21 June 1979
Leased from United Financial Operations.

October 1982
Noted stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

August 1988
Returned to United Financial Operations but remained stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.


Photo of United Financial Operations Viscount N776M

Country of Registration United States

August 1988 to August 1988

United Financial Operations

N776M - c/n 230 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

August 1988
Returned from Go Transportation Inc but the aircraft remained stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

August 1988
Sold to the James Stanley Leasing Company but the aircraft remained stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.


Photo of James Stanley Leasing Company Inc Viscount N776M

Country of Registration United States

August 1988 to August 1993

James Stanley Leasing Company Inc

N776M - c/n 230 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

August 1988
Purchased from United Financial Operations but the aircraft remained stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

May 1993
Scrapping process started.

August 1993
Scrapping process completed.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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