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Viscount c/n 231

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 231
Capital Airlines (USA)


United States flag United States

This V.745D series Viscount was built for
Capital Airlines (USA) as N7469

It first flew on Tuesday, 18 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 and United Air Lines


Photo of Viscount c/n 231
Charlotte Aircraft Corporation


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
Charlotte Aircraft Corporation as N7465.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond economic repair after the nose undercarriage leg collapsed during the landing roll at Durham Airport, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA 28 November 1967. Remains sold to Charlotte Aircraft Corporation for spares in March 1968 and subsequently broken up for scrap.


Operational record
Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7469

Country of Registration United States

January 1957 to March 1957

Capital Airlines (USA)

N7469 - c/n 231 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

Production Aircraft No. 200 - the 200th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 156th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 155th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F64/745. Sales Order No. F07/87B. Stock Order No. F17/32B.

11 January 1957
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

28 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.

c March 1957
The sale to Capital Airlines with fleet number ‘387’ was not completed and the aircraft remained the property of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.


Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount N7469

Country of Registration United States

March 1957 to May 1958

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

N7469 - c/n 231 - 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 ‘387’ was not completed.

30 May 1957
First engine runs carried out.

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

27 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.

It continued flight testing in this condition.

May 1958
Sold to Capital Airlines as a replacement aircraft under a new contract and repainted in the full Capital Airlines livery.


Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7465 *

Country of Registration United States

May 1958 to June 1961

Capital Airlines (USA)

N7465 * - c/n 231 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

May 1958
Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd as a replacement aircraft under a new contract and repainted in the full Capital Airlines livery.

19 June 1958
Delivered to Capital Airlines with fleet number '383' fitted with integral front 'airsteps' and weather radar.

circa 1958
Large registrations on the rear fuselage appeared after the use of small registrations on the tail were banned by the newly formed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

4 April 1961
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officially gave permission for United Air Lines to acquire Capital Airlines.

At the time this was the biggest merger transaction in US civil aviation history.

1 June 1961
Transferred to United Air Lines due to a corporate merger.


Photo of United Air Lines Viscount N7465 *

Country of Registration United States

June 1961 to March 1968

United Air Lines

N7465 * - c/n 231 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

1 June 1961
Transferred from Capital Airlines due to a corporate merger retaining fleet number '383'.

After repainting in United Air Lines livery during a suitable maintenance period the title ‘Viscount Mainliner’ was applied to the rear fuselage.

The last Capital Viscount N7443 (C/N 199) was repainted in United Air Lines livery in March 1962.

28 November 1967
Damaged beyond economic repair after the nose undercarriage leg collapsed during the landing run at Durham Airport, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

The nose steering jack twin relief valve failed due to metal fatigue which caused severe oscillations resulting in the separation of the nose leg mounting points and the subsequent collapse of the nose undercarriage leg.

There were no reported injuries to the 39 passengers and 4 crew on board.

Total time 23,066 hours and 22,547 total landings.

March 1968
Sold to the Charlotte Aircraft Corporation for spares recovery.


Photo of Charlotte Aircraft Corporation Viscount N7465 *

Country of Registration United States

March 1968 to March 1968

Charlotte Aircraft Corporation

N7465 * - c/n 231 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

March 1968
Purchased from United Air Lines for spares recovery after a landing incident at Durham Airport, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

Broken up for scrap. The actual date is unknown. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


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