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World’s first Propeller-Turbine Airliner to fly for TRANS-CANADA* and CAPITAL AIRLINES

A new flying experience is coming to America soon. Two famous airlines—Trans-Canada and Capital — are adding Vickers Viscounts to their fleets for service in the United States and Canada.

Already flying on 40 major world air routes, the Vickers Viscount has won the overwhelming preference of passengers everywhere. American air travelers who have flown in the Viscount describe the experience as wonderfully different, more enjoyable than any flight they’ve ever known.

Behind the Viscount stands the great name of the Vickers Group—internationally famous as makers of aircraft, ships, industrial machinery, and precision equipment.


  1. Kosher Ham says: November 12, 201012:38 pm

    Then Capital merged with United Air Lines. The viscounts were the only turboprops flown by United.

  2. rick s. says: November 12, 20105:52 pm

    Back in 1956 when I got my discharge from the Navy I flew home on one of those Capital Viscounts. The quietness and smoothness, compared with the old DC 3s and 4s I had flown in previously, was a revelation to me. Perhaps the biggest surprise was those big round windows. Nothing like them has been seen before or since. You could really see the passing world from them. They were great! Suddenly I liked flying. Unfortunately, I only had that one flight in the Viscount. After that it was all the various jets up to those of today and they just didn’t and still don’t have the same feeling for me.


  3. Anton says: November 13, 20106:52 am

    Rick, I agree. The take offs and landings were especially quiet and smooth in the Capital Viscounts in comparison with the jets for me in the early 1960’s. The smoothest piston planes I ever flew on were versions of the DC-3 but tutbo-props were the best rides in good weather. Ability to fly above the weather, however, is a different story.

  4. Stephen says: November 13, 20107:21 am

    The first time I flew (or, at any rate, remember flying) was on a Viscount from Edinburgh to London, in 1971 or 1972. I was born in 1970, so I wasn’t much more than a baby. Regarding good weather, I can remember a lurch which frightened me and my mother saying “It’s only an air-pocket”. In later trips on jets I never experienced anything like it: presumably they were at higher altitude. I know it was a Viscount because I remember the view of the port wing out of the window with the propellors pounding away.

  5. Kosher Ham says: November 13, 201012:37 pm

    I wonder if anyone has also flown on the Lockheed L-188 Electra? It was a larger plane than the Viscount.

  6. MikeBurdoo says: November 13, 20106:21 pm

    I flew on the L-188 Electra when the hourly shuttle was running between D.C. and New York. My Mom and my Aunt also took it to New York for the odd shopping trip. Stewardess rolled a cart down the aisle to collect the fare. Might have been something like 20 bucks one way. I thought it was a nice plane, it also had large windows.

    Capitol Airlines Viscount was the first turboprop I saw flying when I was growing up in D.C. They had a T.V. commercial showing someone balancing a quarter on edge to demonstrate how smooth it was. Too bad the costs drove Capitol under. Don’t know if any are still flying; later in my career I heard that managing the engine fuel controls was quite a job.

    As for the L-188, I worked in aircraft for years and heard it say more than once that it demonstrated that an aircraft didn’t have to be safe to be certified by the F.A.A. The early ones had a sonic fatigue problem that resulted in some accidents when engines abruptly departed the aircraft, among other things. I remember when one was lost to a goose strike over Maryland that took off the horizontal stab.

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