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Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7402
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N7402 - Capital Airlines (USA) - May 1955 to January 1958

Dry leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircaft) Ltd. with fleet number ‘321’. Taken at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England 18 May 1955.

The aircraft is being prepared to return to Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England to continue the test flight programme.

It eventually departed on delivery 15 June.

A nice view of the starboard propellers and Rolls-Royce Dart engine nacelles.

The propellers were changed to the square tipped type before it was delivered to Capital.

Vickers Photo Ref MP2501 (NFB photo)

Photo source - BAE Systems Heritage Photographic Archive


Aircraft Summary

Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N7402
Capital Airlines (USA)

This aircraft c/n 88, a V.744, was built for Capital Airlines (USA) as N7402 and first flew on Saturday, 14 May 1955 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

During its life it was also owned and/or operated by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV), Vickers-Armstrongs (Shipbuilders) Ltd, All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Becco Trading Corporation

Its final owner/operator was Ansett-ANA as G-APKJ.

Its fate:-

Damaged beyond repair after a heavy landing in poor visibility at Itami Airport, Osaka, Japan.

A steep descending turn at 1,000 feet and half a mile short of the threshold had to be made to line up with runway 32. Immediately before touchdown the plane lost height rapidly and landed heavily causing the starboard main undercarriage leg to collapse 12 June 1961.

Sold to Ansett-ANA via Becco Trading Corporation for spares recovery circa July 1961. Forward fuselage section noted at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in February 1963. Subsequently scrapped.

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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