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Viscount c/n 321

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 321
Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)


Uruguay flag Uruguay

This V.769D series Viscount was built for
Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA) as CX-AQN

It first flew on Monday, 20 January 1958 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Ronald J Clark


Photo of Viscount c/n 321
Jadepoint USA


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
Jadepoint USA as N410RC.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA for spares use to support the other Tucson based Viscounts. Broken up for scrap circa June 1990.


Operational record
Photo of Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA) Viscount CX-AQN

Country of Registration Uruguay

May 1958 to May 1982

Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)

CX-AQN - c/n 321 - a V.769D series Viscount
Uruguay registered

20 January 1958
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying.

15 February 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England. CX-AQO (C/N 322) was also there on the same day.

13 May 1958
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on delivery to Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA) at Montevideo together with Viscount CX-AQO (C/N 322).

It was fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks for the long delivery journey but they were removed before it entered service.

Unlike Viscounts CX-AQO and CX-AQP, for some reason this aircraft was never given a name.

Arrived at Hurn, Bournemouth, Dorset, England for overhaul by British Aircraft Corporation (BAC).

19 November 1971
Arrived at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England via Dorval Airport, Montreal, Canada, Keflavik Airport, Iceland and Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland for overhaul by the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC). This included renewing the various life limited spars.

27 April 1972
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England after overhaul with call-sign 'PLUNA 101' via Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland (refuel), Keflavik Airport, Iceland (night stop), Kangerlussuaq Airport, Søndre Strømfjord, Greenland (refuel), Goose Bay Airport, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada (refuel), Friendship International Airport, Baltimore, Maryland, USA (night stop), Jacksonville Airport, Florida, USA, Las Mercedes Airport, Managua, Nicaragua. There were probably other stopovers, but these are not known

The ferry flight was flown by Czech Captain Willi Hrdlika assisted by two Uruguayan Captains and Snr Mendoza as the radio operator.

Contract navigator Dave Welch was also on board as far as Baltimore. Dave also assisted with the radio as well due to the limited English spoken by Snr Mendoza.

BAC had installed an on-loan vintage (introduced in 1945) AN/APN-9 LORAN set in the forward cabin linked to the ADF aerial to assist Dave in the accurate navigation of the over-water sectors.

Two senior PLUNA managers occupied the cabin.

22 May 1982
Sold to Ronald J Clark of Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

More details about PLUNA here: -www.pluna.uy/flota-historica/


Photo of Ronald J Clark Viscount N410RC-F

Country of Registration United States

May 1982 to January 1988

Ronald J Clark

N410RC-F - c/n 321 - a V.769D series Viscount
United States registered

22 May 1982
Purchased from PLUNA - Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea.

29 May 1982
Noted at Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, Brasil on delivery from Carrasco Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay to Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Airport, Arizona, USA and stored.

The -F suffix was applied to the registration for the ferry flights to Tucson. As this aircraft never entered service in the USA it remained in this condition.

July 1982
Noted with all four Rolls-Royce Dart engines removed.

August 1982
Registered with the FAA to Ronald J Clark.

January 1988
Remains transferred to Jadepoint USA of Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.


Photo of Jadepoint USA Viscount N410RC-F

Country of Registration United States

January 1988 to June 1990

Jadepoint USA

N410RC-F - c/n 321 - a V.769D series Viscount
United States registered

January 1988
Remains transferred from Ronald J Clark for further spares recovery use to support the other Tucson based Viscounts.

circa June 1990
Broken up for scrap.
The actual date is not known.
Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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