Vickers Viscount


Vicker’s Viscount was the first turboprop airliner to fly a regular airline service, the prototype registered G-AHRF, first flew on 16 July 1948. Vickers by Chief Designer Rex Pierson broke the piston engines monopoly on air transport.

Developing nation: United Kingdom.
Manufacturer/designer:
Vickers Armstrongs Aircraft Ltd./Rex Pierson.
Production:
1950 – 1962.
Number built: 459.
Type aircraft:
Medium-Range Turbo Airliner.
First flight:
16 July 1948 G-AHRF.
First delivery: 1950.

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two pilots + cabin crew
  • Capacity: 75 passengers
  • Length: 26.11 m (85 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 28.56 (93 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 8.15 m (26 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 89 sq m (963 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 18,815 kg (41,479 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 32,786 kg (72,281 lb)
  • Powerplant: 4x Rolls-Royce Dart RDa.7/1 Mk 525 turboprop, 2,100 shp (1,566 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 566 km/h (352 mph)
  • Range: 2,790 km (1,735 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 7,620 m (25,000 ft)
  • Wing loading: 368 kg/sq m (75 lb/sq ft)

Variants

  • 700 – the first production version, 287 built
  • 724 – 15 sold
  • 745D – 40 sold
  • 757 – 35 upgraded 1,600 hp (1,120 kW) Dart 510 engines
  • 771D – improved 770D
  • 785D –
  • 800 – 67 built
  • 810 – 84 built

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