The world’s first turbo-prop airliner was the British made Vickers Viscount. The first flight
took place in 1948 with a more powerful engined Type 700 taking flight on August 3
1950. A stretched variant named Type 800 was 3 feet 10 inches longer with even more
power and a new fuel system and flew on July 27 1956. It could carry 71 passengers so
it soon was operating with about 70 airlines and 9 Militaries around the world. Production
ended in 1964 with 445 aircraft of all types produced.
BEA (British European Airways) was founded in 1946 and based in London England.
Their call-sign was “Beeline”. The Company went about acquiring the aircraft fleets and
routes of most private UK airlines. BEA became the major provider of scheduled service
within the UK and Europe. The mass package-holiday became popular in the late 1950’s
and BEA took advantage by creating BEA Airtours in 1970. In 1974 BEA merged with
BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) and the two became known as British
Airways with their major hub being London Heathrow airport.
Specifications for the Vickers Viscount Type 700 and Type 800
Type of aircraft – Turbo prop airliner / freighter
Country of origin – United Kingdom
First flight – Type 700 April 19, 1950
Entered regular service – April 18, 1953
Crew – Two or three flight members
Passenger configuration –
V.700 / 40 seated four abreast or 47 – 63 at five abreast.
V.800 / 65 seated five abreast.
Wingspan – 28.56 m (93.7 ft )
Wing area – 89.5 m² (963.4 ft2 )
Type 700 – 24.94 m (81.82 ft )
Type 800 – 26.11 m (85.66 ft )
Height – 8.16 m (26.77 ft )
Type 700D – (4) Rolls-Royce Dart 510 turbo prop / 1,740 hp each with a 4 blade
constant speed propeller.
Type 810 – (4) Rolls-Royce Dart 525 turbo prop / 1,990 hp each with a 4 blade constant
Type 700D – 521 Kph (323.7 mph)
Type 810 – 565 Kph (351.1 mph)
Type 700D – 537 Kph (333.7 mph)
Type 810 – 587 Kph (364.7 mph)
Type 700D – 2,140 km (1,330 miles) maximum payload no reserves.
Type 810 –
2,780 km (1,727 miles) (64 passengers)
2,832 km (1,760 miles) (with maximum fuel)
Type 700D - 17,200 kg (37,920 lb)
Type 810 - 19,959 kg (44,000 lb)
Maximum T/O –
Type 700D - 29,257 kg (64,500 lb)
Type 810 - 32,866 kg (72,460 lb)
Vickers Viscount V.802
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1/200 scale die-cast metal with minimal use of plastic.
All markings are tampo (pad) applied, no decals to discolor or flake.
Landing gear can be removed or added.
Model comes with a display stand.
A brief history of the aircraft type and the airline is supplied with each model.
The red smudge on the cheat line over the wings won't be on
the final product (you can see the red when viewing the
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