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Viscount Survivors

59 of the 444 Viscounts built survive as complete airframes or major components. Some are in very good condition and are looked after by museums while others are just wrecks. They can be found in 24 countries.

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Discover the history of the Viscount with film, video, contemporary reports from the pages of Flight Magazine, our newsletters, and aircraft operational records and photos from our database.

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Vickers Viscount Network
A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount

Viscount Film
25 May 1958

Viscount history illustrated with contemporary film and video

Capital Airlines N7445 makes an emergency landing

A Periscope Film LLC archive

On the 3 April 1959 N7445 made an emergency landing after the undercarriage failed to lower

Capital Airlines V.745D series Viscount N7445

On the 3 April 1959 N7445 made an emergency landing at Willow Run Airport (not La Guardia), Detroit, Michigan, USA after the undercarriage failed to lower.

After making two low passes along the runway the flight crew gently brought the aircraft down on a carpet of foam laid by the Airport Fire Department. The rear fuselage touched first and then the engines were shut down. The still rotating propellers contacted the runway and started to curl resulting in shockload damage to the Rolls-Royce Dart engines. The aircraft slid along the foam and gradually came to a halt, still on the runway centreline.

Emergency service vehicles immediately attended including some from the US Air Force Michigan Air National Guard (ANG) but no further action was required. There were no injuries to the 19 passengers and crew on board who either hopped out of the rear door or down the integral front 'airsteps'. One attractive female passenger was carried away from the front door by a burly Air Force serviceman but clearly could quite easily have walked away by herself!

The Viscount was repaired including the replacement of the Rolls-Royce Dart engines and Rotol propellers, and returned to service.

History and photos of Viscount c/n 201 N7445

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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