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Viscount c/n 286

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 286
Capital Airlines (USA)


United States flag United States

This V.745D series Viscount was built for
Capital Airlines (USA) as N7475

It first flew on Monday, 26 August 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, Booth Leasing Corporation, Hawaiian Airlines and Transportes Aereos Centro Americanos (TACA)


Photo of Viscount c/n 286
BKS Air Transport Ltd


England flag England

Its final owner/operator was
BKS Air Transport Ltd as G-AVED.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England in March 1970. Broken up for scrap 23 November 1970.


Operational record
Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7475

Country of Registration United States

January 1957 to September 1958

Capital Airlines (USA)

N7475 - c/n 286 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

circa March 1957
The purchase by Capital Airlines with fleet number '393' was not completed.

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

1958
Converted to V.798D for sale to Northeast Airlines Inc and re-registered N6593C.


Photo of Northeast Airlines Inc Viscount N6593C

Country of Registration United States

September 1958 to September 1963

Northeast Airlines Inc

N6593C - c/n 286 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

August 1958
Re-registered from N7475 for sale to Northeast Airlines Inc as a V.798D.

19 August 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England after conversion.

2 September 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

3 September 1958
Departed on delivery to Northeast Airlines Inc fitted with the integral front 'airsteps' and weather radar as ordered by Capital Airlines.

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 US$3,700,000 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 N6593C

Country of Registration United States

September 1963 to October 1963

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

N6593C - c/n 286 - 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 Booth Leasing Corporation.


Photo of Booth Leasing Corporation Viscount N6593C

Country of Registration United States

October 1963 to October 1963

Booth Leasing Corporation

N6593C - c/n 286 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

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

14 October 1963
Leased to Hawaiian Airlines.


Photo of Hawaiian Airlines Viscount N746HA

Country of Registration United States

October 1963 to September 1964

Hawaiian Airlines

N746HA - c/n 286 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

14 October 1963
Leased from the Booth Leasing Corporation.

It was painted in the full red and white Hawaiian Airlines livery and carried the fleet number 35 at the top of the tail.

17 September 1964
Purchased from the Booth Leasing Corporation while still on lease.

17 September 1964
Sold to Transportes Aereos Centro Americanos (TACA).


Photo of Transportes Aereos Centro Americanos (TACA) Viscount YS-07C

Country of Registration El Salvador

September 1964 to January 1967

Transportes Aereos Centro Americanos (TACA)

YS-07C - c/n 286 - a V.745D series Viscount
El Salvador registered

17 September 1964
Purchased from Hawaiian Airlines. The livery had 'TACA International Airlines' titles.

13 January 1967
Sold to BKS Air Transport Ltd.


Photo of BKS Air Transport Ltd Viscount G-AVED

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1967 to November 1970

BKS Air Transport Ltd

G-AVED - c/n 286 - a V.745D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

13 January 1967
Purchased from Transportes Aereos Centro Americanos (TACA).

BKS relates to the surnames of three company directors: - James W Barnby, Thomas D Keegan, and Cyril Stevens.

18 January 1967
Delivered to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England from the USA.

During the final ferry sector from Keflavik, Iceland it performed a low flypast at Leeds / Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England.

19 January 1967
Ferried to Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England for overhaul by Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

16 February 1967
UK Certificate of Airworthiness issued.

17 March 1967
Ferried from Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England to Leeds / Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England after repainting in full BKS livery with a white weather radar nose cone.

November 1967
BKS Air Transport Ltd became part of the Britsh Air Services group in a corporate merger.

February 1969
The weather radar nose cone was now noted painted black.

28 March 1970
Operated a service from Heathrow Airport, London, England to Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England and then stored.

Total time 23,617 hours and 21,995 total landings

22 April 1970
UK registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use.

8 May 1970
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) expired.

23 November 1970
Broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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