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.

In 1955 Capital Airlines became the first U.S. Operator of Vickers Viscounts. Capital
used Viscounts on their after dark “Nighthawk” routes between Chicago and New York
but expanded to 4 or 5 other routes. Labor troubles and problems with the Civil
Aeronautics Board nearly bankrupted Capital so they merged with United Airlines in
1961. N7402 was a V.744 with c/n 88 and leased to Capital and joined the fleet as #321.
The aircraft had square tipped propellers which weren’t normal for the engines used. In
1961 the aircraft was destroyed during a landing.


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)

HL3003
Vickers Viscount 700 Series
Capital Airlines  "Night Hawk" N7402
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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.
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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