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Viscount c/n 397

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 397
Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)


Brasil flag Brasil

This V.827 series Viscount was built for
Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) as PP-SRC

It first flew on Tuesday, 30 September 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA), Ronald J Clark and Go Transportation Inc


Photo of Viscount c/n 397
Jadepoint USA


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
Jadepoint USA as N480RC-F.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Ronald J Clark and stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA 14 April 1982.

Transferred to Go Transportation Inc in September 1984. Noted with all propellers and other parts removed October 1984

Transferred to Jadepoint USA in November 1987.

Broken up for scrap circa March 1993 but some identifiable sections of the fuselage including the nose section were noted in a scrap metal yard adjacent to the Davis Monthan Air Force Base MASDC area.

In 1996 a glimpse of the nose section was seen in the film 'Con Air' starring Nicholas Cage which was shot in 1996.


Operational record
Photo of Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) Viscount PP-SRC

Country of Registration Brasil

October 1958 to November 1975

Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)

PP-SRC - c/n 397 - a V.827 series Viscount
Brasil registered

circa 1957
This was the 1st V.827 ordered by Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP).

Production Aircraft No. 75 - the 75th production V.800 series Viscount built,
was the 52th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 2nd Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F01/827. Sales Order No. 01/32C. Stock Order No. 33/35B.

January 1958
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

30 March 1958
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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

David Carter illustration of Viação Aérea São Paulo Viscount PP-SRC

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


28 October 1958
Handed over to Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) fitted with integral front 'airsteps'.

29 October 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out ILS approaches.

29 October 1958
Noted at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland before heading on its way across the northern route to Iceland, Greenland and Canada, before heading south to Brasil.

November 1958
Noted at Washington National Airport, District of Columbia, USA.

4 November 1958
Arrived at Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, Brasil.

Painted in the VASP 'Blue flash tail' livery.
VASP
'Blue flash tail' livery

circa 1972
Noted repainted in the VASP' Blue flash tail' livery.

7 November 1975
Sold to Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA).


Photo of Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA) Viscount CX-BIY

Country of Registration Uruguay

November 1975 to March 1982

Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA)

CX-BIY - c/n 397 - a V.827 series Viscount
Uruguay registered

7 November 1975
Purchased from Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP).

7 November 1976
Damaged during a landing at Montevideo Airport, Uruguay at 22:05 local time after arriving from Buenos Aires, Argentina, when it touched down to the right of the centreline of runway 24. The aircraft then veered to the right, off of the runway which collapsed the nose undercarriage leg, curled the inboard propellers and shockloaded the inboard Dart engines.

Repaired and returned to service.

November 1980
A possible sale to Airgo Inc was not completed.

1 March 1982
Sold to Ronald J Clark.


Photo of Ronald J Clark Viscount N480RC-F

Country of Registration United States

March 1982 to September 1984

Ronald J Clark

N480RC-F - c/n 397 - a V.827 series Viscount
United States registered

1 March 1982
Purchased from Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea (PLUNA).

14 April 1982
Arrived at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA in ex PLUNA livery without titles with a temporary ferry registration applied. The aircraft was then placed in open storage.

September 1984
Transferred to Go Transportation Inc.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N480RC-F

Country of Registration United States

September 1984 to November 1987

Go Transportation Inc

N480RC-F - c/n 397 - a V.827 series Viscount
United States registered

September 1984
Transferred from Ronald J Clark but the aircraft remained stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA still carrying the temporary ferry registration.

October 1984
Noted with all propellers and other parts removed.

November 1987
Transferred to Jadepoint USA.


Photo of Jadepoint USA Viscount N480RC-F

Country of Registration United States

November 1987 to March 1993

Jadepoint USA

N480RC-F - c/n 397 - a V.827 series Viscount
United States registered

November 1987
Transferred from Go Transportation Inc but the aircraft remained stored at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, USA still carrying the temporary ferry registration.

January 1989
Noted with very faded paintwork.

circa March 1993
Broken up into sections for scrap. It never carried the registration N480RC as it never entered service in the USA.

August 1993
Some identifiable remains including the forward fuselage section were seen in a scrap metal yard adjacent to the Davis Monthan Air Force Base at Tucson, Arizona, USA.

1996
A glimpse of the forward fuselage section was seen in the film 'Con Air' starring Nicholas Cage. The film was released in 1997 and featured Fairchild C-123K Provider N709RR (ex USAF 54-0709) as the flyable aircraft with other non-flyable examples used in the crash scenes.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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