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Viscount c/n 391

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 391
Northeast Airlines Inc


United States flag United States

This V.798D series Viscount was built for
Northeast Airlines Inc as N6597C

It first flew on Sunday, 30 November 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
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, Irving Trust Company, Victor Comptometer Corporation, Super Valu Stores Inc, Trico Corporation, Ron Clark Enterprises, Air Rent Inc, Go Transportation Inc, Ronald J Clark, Viscount Air Service Inc, Aeroeslava, Lineas Ecuatoguineanas De Aviacion (LEA), Sankuru Air Service and Air Kasai


Photo of Viscount c/n 391
General Numbi


Democratic Republic of the Congo flag Democratic Republic of the Congo

Its final owner/operator was
General Numbi as 9Q-CUW.

Its fate:-
Noted stored in poor condition on a military ramp at Ndjili International Airport, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo 2 March 2008. No further sightings including Google Earth so presumed as scrapped. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Operational record
Photo of Northeast Airlines Inc Viscount N6597C

Country of Registration United States

December 1958 to September 1963

Northeast Airlines Inc

N6597C - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

1958
Fuselage initially constructed as a replacement aircraft for Capital Airlines, probably to replace a crashed aircraft.

30 November 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth , Hampshire, England.

11 December 1958
Delivered to Northeast Airlines Inc fitted with integral front 'airsteps'.

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 N6597C

Country of Registration United States

September 1963 to October 1963

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

N6597C - c/n 391 - a V.798D 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 Irving Trust Company.


Photo of Irving Trust Company Viscount N6597C

Country of Registration United States

October 1963 to December 1963

Irving Trust Company

N6597C - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

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

2 December 1963
Sold to the Victor Comptometer Corporation.


Photo of Victor Comptometer Corporation Viscount N6597C

Country of Registration United States

December 1963 to January 1964

Victor Comptometer Corporation

N6597C - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

2 December 1963
Purchased from the Irving Trust Company.

Fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks and integral front 'airsteps'.

23 January 1964
Re-registered N3939V.


Photo of Victor Comptometer Corporation Viscount N3939V

Country of Registration United States

January 1964 to August 1966

Victor Comptometer Corporation

N3939V - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

23 January 1964
Re-registered from N6597C.

12 August 1966
Re-registered N8989V.


Photo of Victor Comptometer Corporation Viscount N8989V

Country of Registration United States

August 1966 to December 1966

Victor Comptometer Corporation

N8989V - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

12 August 1966
Re-registered from N3939V.

10 December 1966
Sold to Super Valu Stores Inc.


Photo of Super Valu Stores Inc Viscount N8989V

Country of Registration United States

December 1966 to August 1972

Super Valu Stores Inc

N8989V - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

10 December 1966
Purchased from Victor Comptometer Corporation.

28 August 1972
Sold to the Trico Corporation.


Photo of Trico Corporation Viscount N8989V

Country of Registration United States

August 1972 to September 1972

Trico Corporation

N8989V - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

28 August 1972
Purchased from Super Valu Stores Inc.

September 1972
Leased to Ron Clark Enterprises, Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.


Photo of Ron Clark Enterprises Viscount N8989V

Country of Registration United States

September 1972 to October 1973

Ron Clark Enterprises

N8989V - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

September 1972
Leased from the Trico Corporation.

October 1973
Returned to the Trico Corporation. Date not confirmed. Details please to
information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Trico Corporation Viscount N8989V

Country of Registration United States

October 1973 to November 1973

Trico Corporation

N8989V - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

October 1973
Returned from Ron Clark Enterprises lease. Date to be confirmed. Information please to
information@vickersviscount.net

15 November 1973
Sold to Air Rent Inc.


Photo of Air Rent Inc Viscount N8989V

Country of Registration United States

November 1973 to June 1974

Air Rent Inc

N8989V - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

15 November 1973
Purchased from the Trico Corporation.

6 March 1974
Noted at Oakland International Airport, California, USA with the name 'Steig' on the rear fuselage above the registration. Details please to
information@vickersviscount.net

27 June 1974
Sold to Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman for use by Go Transportation Inc of Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N8989V

Country of Registration United States

June 1974 to May 1980

Go Transportation Inc

N8989V - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

27 June 1974
Purchased from Air Rent Inc by Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Birdman for use by Go Transportation, of Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

10 May 1975
Noted at Miami International Airport, Florida, USA wth a 'Bad Company' logo on the fuselage for a music tour.

June 1975
Noted at Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington State, USA wth a 'Bad Company' logo on the fuselage for a music tour.

Noted at Midway Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA with Who' titles for a music tour with the British rock group 'The Who'.
'The Who' music tour

December 1975
Noted at Midway Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA wth a 'Who' logo on the fuselage for a music tour for the British rock group 'The Who'.

Painted in a two tone 'Blue and White' livery.
Repainted circa 1976.

June 1976
Noted repainted in a two tone 'Blue and White' livery.

May 1978
Noted with 'Tom Jones' title on the nose for a music tour.

circa August 1978
Noted with 'Bad Company' title on the nose for a music tour.

24 May 1980
Re-registered N150RC.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N150RC

Country of Registration United States

May 1980 to April 1981

Go Transportation Inc

N150RC - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

24 May 1980
Re-registered from N8989V.

Aircraft in 19 seat executive configuration.

23 April 1981
Transferred to Ronald J Clark of Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.


Photo of Ronald J Clark Viscount N150RC

Country of Registration United States

April 1981 to August 1984

Ronald J Clark

N150RC - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

23 April 1981
Transferred from Go Transportation Inc.

October 1983
Noted at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA with an Aerosmith logo on the upper fuselage, after its return from the 'Rock in a Hard Place' music tour.

August 1984
Transferred back to Go Transportation Inc.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N150RC

Country of Registration United States

August 1984 to November 1985

Go Transportation Inc

N150RC - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

August 1984
Transferred from Ronald J Clark.

August 1984
Noted at Toronto Airport, Malton, Ontario, Canada being used by Rod Stewart for a music tour with a large circular logo on the forward fuselage.

November 1985
Leased to Viscount Air Service Inc of Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.


Photo of Viscount Air Service Inc Viscount N150RC

Country of Registration United States

November 1985 to November 1986

Viscount Air Service Inc

N150RC - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

November 1985
Leased from Go Transportation Inc.

November 1986
Returned to Go Transportation.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N150RC

Country of Registration United States

November 1986 to October 1987

Go Transportation Inc

N150RC - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

November 1986
Returned from Viscount Air Service Inc lease.

19 August 1987
Noted at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada bringing David Bowie for a one-off concert as part of his 'Glass Spider' world tour. More details please to information@vickersviscount.net. The next concert venue was at the Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA. This North American tour started in March and continued right through to November.

October 1987
Sold to Viscount Air Service Inc.


Photo of Viscount Air Service Inc Viscount N150RC

Country of Registration United States

October 1987 to December 1991

Viscount Air Service Inc

N150RC - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

October 1987
Purchased from Go Transportation Inc.

10 July 1989
Noted at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada bringing Rod Stewart for a one day concert as part of his 'Out of Order' tour.

Withdrawn from service and stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

December 1991
Sold to Aeroeslava.


Photo of Aeroeslava Viscount XA-RJL

Country of Registration Mexico

December 1991 to August 1994

Aeroeslava

XA-RJL - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
Mexico registered

December 1991
Purchased from Viscount Air Service Inc.

4 June 1992
Noted at Mexico City Airport, Mexico in a beige livery without titles.

July 1992
Noted with Aeroeslava titles now applied.

Spent most of its life with Aeroeslava grounded as they never obtained a full operating permit.

1 August 1994
Leased / sold to LEA - Lineas Ecuatoguineanas De Aviacion.


Photo of Lineas Ecuatoguineanas De Aviacion (LEA) Viscount XA-RJL

Country of Registration Mexico

August 1994 to November 1995

Lineas Ecuatoguineanas De Aviacion (LEA)

XA-RJL - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
Mexico registered

1 August 1994
Leased / purchased from Aeroeslava.

11 August 1994
Noted at Mexico City Airport in full LEA - Lineas Ecuatoguineanas De Aviacion livery.

30 August 1994
Noted at Barajas Airport, Madrid, Spain.

November 1995
Leased to Sankuru Air Service. Date of lease not confirmed. Details please to
information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Sankuru Air Service Viscount XA-RJL

Country of Registration Mexico

November 1995 to January 1997

Sankuru Air Service

XA-RJL - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
Mexico registered

November 1995
Leased from LEA - Lineas Ecuatoguineanas De Aviacion. Date of lease not confirmed. Details please to
information@vickersviscount.net

Named as 'A la Grace de Dieu'.

1997
Re-registered 9Q-CUW.


Photo of Sankuru Air Service Viscount 9Q-CUW

Country of Registration Democratic Republic of the Congo

January 1997 to January 1998

Sankuru Air Service

9Q-CUW - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
Democratic Republic of the Congo registered

1997
Re-registered from XA-RJL.

1998
Sub-leased to Air Kasai.


Photo of Air Kasai Viscount 9Q-CUW

Country of Registration Democratic Republic of the Congo

January 1998 to January 2001

Air Kasai

9Q-CUW - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
Democratic Republic of the Congo registered

1998
Leased from Lineas Ecuatoguineanas De Aviacion (LEA), sub-leased from Sankuru Air Service.

2001
Returned to Sankuru Air Services.


Photo of Sankuru Air Service Viscount 9Q-CUW

Country of Registration Democratic Republic of the Congo

January 2001 to January 2002

Sankuru Air Service

9Q-CUW - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
Democratic Republic of the Congo registered

2001
Returned from Air Kasai sub-lease, leased from Lineas Ecuatoguineanas De Aviacion (LEA).

2002
Transferred to General Numbi. Date to be confirmed. Details please to
information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of General Numbi Viscount 9Q-CUW

Country of Registration Democratic Republic of the Congo

January 2002 to

General Numbi

9Q-CUW - c/n 391 - a V.798D series Viscount
Democratic Republic of the Congo registered

2002
Transferred from Sankuru Air Service and reportedly now owned by General Numbi who was formerly the Commander of the Air Force and who now is possibly the Inspector General of Police.

Date and details to be confirmed. Details please to
information@vickersviscount.net

2 March 2008
Noted stored in poor condition on a military ramp at Ndjili International Airport, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

No further sightings including Google Earth so presumed as scrapped. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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