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Viscount c/n 232

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 232
Capital Airlines (USA)


United States flag United States

This V.745D series Viscount was built for
Capital Airlines (USA) as N7470

It first flew on Friday, 28 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
Northeast Airlines Inc, Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd and Aloha Airlines


Photo of Viscount c/n 232
Aeropesca Colombia


Colombia flag Colombia

Its final owner/operator was
Aeropesca Colombia as HK-1319.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Eldorado Airport, Bogotá, Colombia in January 1982. Broken up for scrap in November 1982.


Operational record
Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7470

Country of Registration United States

June 1957 to July 1958

Capital Airlines (USA)

N7470 - c/n 232 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

circa March 1957
The purchase by Capital Airlines with fleet number '388' was not completed.

28 June 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in a bare metal condition with the US registration applied.

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

July 1958
Converted to Type V.798D for sale to Northeast Airlines Inc and re-registered N6590C.


Photo of Northeast Airlines Inc Viscount N6590C

Country of Registration United States

July 1958 to September 1963

Northeast Airlines Inc

N6590C - c/n 232 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

July 1958
Converted to V.798D for sale to Northeast Airlines Inc and re-registered from N7470.

22 July 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England after conversion.

8 August 1958
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Northeast Airlines Inc fitted with the integral front 'airsteps' and weather radar ordered by Capital Airlines.

N6591C (C/N 233) was delivered on the same day.

It was then noted at a very wet Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland on the same day.

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 N7416

Country of Registration United States

September 1963 to October 1963

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

N7416 - c/n 232 - 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 Aloha Airlines.


Photo of Aloha Airlines Viscount N7416 *

Country of Registration United States

October 1963 to November 1971

Aloha Airlines

N7416 * - c/n 232 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

5 October 1963
Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd an an auction in Boston, Massachusetts, USA for approximately $357.000.

Painted in Aloha Airlines red, blue and white livery and given fleet number '16'.

Repainted in the new blue and white livery to match the BAC One-Eleven fleet.

6 April 1967
Arrived at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England from Gander Airport, Newfoundland, Canada to clear UK customs.

The aircraft would have been fitted with auxilliary fuel tanks in order for it to complete the long range sectors such as Honolulu to San Francisco (2,081 nautical miles) and Gander to Gatwick (approx 2,059 nautical miles).

The normal northern easterly route without additional fuel capacity is from Eastern Canada to Greenland, Iceland and Scotland.

7 April 1967
Departed from Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England to Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for heavy maintenance with Marshall's presumably including a repaint in the new blue and white livery to match the BAC One-Eleven fleet.

circa 1969
Repainted in the new orange and white 'flower' livery to match the tail colours on their recently introduced Boeing 737 Funbirds.

Repainted in the new orange and white livery to match the tail colours on their recently introduced Boeing 737 Funbirds.

January 1971
Withdrawn from service and stored at Honolulu Airport, Hawaii, USA.

8 November 1971
Sold to Aeropesca Colombia.


Photo of Aeropesca Colombia Viscount N7416 *

Country of Registration United States

November 1971 to November 1971

Aeropesca Colombia

N7416 * - c/n 232 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

8 November 1971
Purchased from Aloha Airlines.

13 November 1971
Seen at Los Angeles International Airport, California, USA on delivery to Colombia still registered as N7416.

15 November 1971
Re-registered HK-1319.


Photo of Aeropesca Colombia Viscount HK-1319

Country of Registration Colombia

November 1971 to November 1982

Aeropesca Colombia

HK-1319 - c/n 232 - a V.745D series Viscount
Colombia registered

15 November 1971
Re-registered from N7416 and named as 'Ciudad de Pasto'.

It retained the ex Aloha orange and white 'flower' livery.

January 1982
Withdrawn from service and stored at Eldorado Airport, Bogotá, Colombia.

November 1982
Broken up for scrap.


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