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
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.

Viscount c/n 453 was a Type V.843 with Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines. It was one of six
purchased by the CAAC – Civil Aviation Administration of China. It first flew on August 8
1963 and was delivered on September 19, 1963 registered as B-406. In 1986 the China
United Airlines was formed as part of the People’s Liberation Army Civil Transportation
Division and the aircraft was re-registered as 50258. It was withdrawn from service in
1990 and displayed at the Datang-Shan Museum, Changping, Beijing, China.


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

People onboard
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.

Dimensions
Wingspan – 28.56 m   (93.7 ft )
Wing area – 89.5 m²   (963.4 ft2 )
Length  -
Type 700 – 24.94 m   (81.82 ft )
Type 800 – 26.11 m   (85.66 ft )
Height – 8.16 m   (26.77 ft )

Performance
Engines -
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
speed propeller.

Speed -
Cruise
Type 700D – 521 Kph   (323.7 mph)
Type 810 – 565 Kph   (351.1 mph)
Maximum speed
Type 700D – 537 Kph   (333.7 mph)
Type 810 – 587 Kph   (364.7 mph)

Maximum range
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)

Weights
Empty –
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)

HL3002
Vickers Viscount 800 Series
China United Airline "50258"
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All markings are tampo (pad) applied, no decals to discolor or flake.
Free-spinning propellers.
Rolling wheels.
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.
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