The Vickers Viscount was a British medium-range turboprop airliner first flown in 1948 by Vickers-Armstrongs, the first such aircraft to enter service in the world. A product of the Brabazon Committee, it used a new form of propulsion, the turboprop engine, replacing the conventional piston engine. The Viscount seated 48-75 passengers and had a maximum range of 1,200 nautical miles.
The Viscount was well received by the public for its cabin conditions, which included pressurization, reductions in vibration and noise, and panoramic windows. It became one of the most successful and profitable of the first post-war transport aircraft; 445 Viscounts were built for a range of international customers, including in North America.
- British Empire
- Republic of China
- South Africa