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Viscount c/n 288

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 288
Capital Airlines (USA)


United States flag United States

This V.745D series Viscount was built for
Capital Airlines (USA) as N7477

It first flew on Tuesday, 21 October 1958 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, Irving Trust Company and Alitalia


Photo of Viscount c/n 288
Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA)


Ecuador flag Ecuador

Its final owner/operator was
Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA) as HC-ART.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond repair after overrunning the runway at Mariscal Lamar International Airport, Cuenca, Azuay Province, Ecuador 3 June 1970. Broken up for scrap after spares recovery.


Operational record
Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7477

Country of Registration United States

January 1957 to August 1958

Capital Airlines (USA)

N7477 - c/n 288 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

circa March 1957
The purchase by Capital Airlines with fleet number '394' was not completed.

August 1958
Converted on the production line to V.798D for Northeast Airlines Inc and re-registered N6596C.


Photo of Northeast Airlines Inc Viscount N6596C

Country of Registration United States

August 1958 to September 1963

Northeast Airlines Inc

N6596C - c/n 288 - a V.745D series Viscount
United States registered

August 1958
Re-registered from N7477 for sale to Northeast Airlines Inc as a V.798D for US$1,270,000. The sale was brokered through the Irving Trust Company.

21 October 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England after conversion.

31 October 1958
Handed over to Northeast Airlines Inc fitted with the integral front 'airsteps' and weather radar as ordered by Capital Airlines.

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

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 N6596C

Country of Registration United States

September 1963 to October 1963

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

N6596C - c/n 288 - 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 at 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 N6596C

Country of Registration United States

October 1963 to April 1964

Irving Trust Company

N6596C - c/n 288 - 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). The aircraft had been repossessed from Northest Airlines Inc in lieu of debt owed on the remaining purchase payments.

April 1964
Sold to Alitalia


Photo of Alitalia Viscount I-LIRM

Country of Registration Italy

April 1964 to January 1970

Alitalia

I-LIRM - c/n 288 - a V.745D series Viscount
Italy registered

April 1964
Purchased from the Irving Trust Company.

30 April 1964
Arrived at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England at 13:40 local time from Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland.

1 May 1964
Departed Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England at 08:32 local time heading for Ciampino Airport, Rome, Italy.

13 January 1970
Sold to Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA) and departed Ciampino Airport, Rome, Italy on delivery.


Photo of Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA) Viscount I-LIRM

Country of Registration Italy

January 1970 to January 1970

Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA)

I-LIRM - c/n 288 - a V.745D series Viscount
Italy registered

13 January 1970
Purchased from Alitalia and departed from Ciampino Airport, Rome, Italy on delivery in basic Alitalia livery without titles and still carrying the Italian registration.

14 January 1970
Noted refuelling at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland en-route to Ecuador.

circa 30 January 1970
Re-registered as HC-ART for SAETA after arrival in Ecuador.


Photo of Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA) Viscount HC-ART

Country of Registration Ecuador

January 1970 to June 1970

Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA)

HC-ART - c/n 288 - a V.745D series Viscount
Ecuador registered

Circa 30 January 1970
Re-registered as HC-ART for SAETA after arrival in Ecuador.

Damaged beyond repair after overrunning runway at Mariscal Lamar International Airport, Azuay Province, Ecuador 3 June 1970.

3 June 1970
Damaged beyond repair after overrunning the runway at Mariscal Lamar International Airport, Azuay Province, Ecuador. The starboard undercarriage collapsed resulting in damage to the No.3 and No.4 propellers and heavy shockload damage to the Rolls-Royce Dart engines. There were no injuries to the crew or passengers on board.

Total time 25,382 hours and 21,715 total landings.

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


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