News Listings for Hawker Siddeley Trident

  • Flight 100 - History 1959-1979

    News | 02 Jan 2009 00:01 | Günter Endres

    The jet was king and the Jumbo Jet proved bigger was definitely better. Meanwhile, the Harrier showed the UK could still lead
  • Experience: Life and death played out for real on a Trident - almost

    News | 26 Aug 2008 13:00 | Max Kingsley-Jones

    In the wake of the tragic 1985 British Airtours Boeing 737 accident at Manchester in which 55 people died following an engine fire on take-off, Cranfield University undertook a detailed study into aircraft evacuations on behalf of the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
  • Life and death played out for real - almost

    News | 22 Aug 2008 17:00 | Max Kingsley-Jones

    <P>In the wake of the tragic <A href="">1985&nbsp;British Airtours Boeing&nbsp;737 accident at Manchester </A>in which 55 people died following an engine fire on take-off, Cranfield University undertook a detailed study into aircraft evacuations on behalf of the UK Civil Aviation Authority.</P> <P>The research effort in the late 1980s, led by Professor Helen Muir, saw a retired Hawker Siddeley Trident used for a series of evacuation trials with volunteers - including on one occasion, me. </P> <P>Most of the 60 participants for my trial were (poor) students who had been paid £10 ($20) to turn up, with the promise of a further £5 for each evacuation in which we were in the first 50% to escape - with the cash bonus handed over as soon as we had run down the ramps outside. For already competitive young people, this cash bonus was to prove as compelling an incentive to escape as life itself.</P> <P
  • Straight & level: 20 February 2007

    News | 20 Feb 2007 00:00

    <P> <TABLE style="WIDTH: 450px; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse; HEIGHT: 924px" borderColor=#000000 height=924 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width=450 align=center bgColor=#ffffff border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial" height=36> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</P></STRONG> <H2><FONT size=3>Trident rebirth</FONT></H2><STRONG> <P>The Hawker Siddeley Trident 3B preserved at Manchester airport's aviation viewing park has been returned to its former glory following a three-week rebuild. The 36-year-old ex-BEA/British Airways Trident (G-AWZK) spent many years with the UK airline's ground operations training division at Heathrow before being dismantled to be taken by road to Manchester in 2005. </P> <P>The Rolls-Royce Spey powered "quadjet" - uniquely the Trident 3B was equipped with a small boost engine in the tail to provide supplementary thrust in "hot and high" conditions - has spent the last 18 months awaiting the rebuild to begin, during which time it has undergone a m
  • Bad choices, poor performers

    News | 19 Dec 2006 00:00

    <P>Between 1945 and 2003, the UK has produced more than 6,000 examples of 29 distinct types of civil aircraft. The most significant early airliners were the Vickers Viscount and the de Havilland Comet, the former heralding the turbine airliner era when it entered service in 1950, and the latter the aircraft that began the world's first jet passenger services in 1952.</P><P>The Viscount achieved major export success and secured some key orders from US airlines. The Comet promised much success too, but suffered an untimely demise because of the metal fatigue problems experienced by the original version, leading to its grounding in 1954.</P><P>Despite the early success of the pioneering airliner builders, the UK then squandered this lead by spending a lot of time and money building airliners that no-one wanted: the Hawker Siddeley Trident, which promised so much, but had a compromised design centred on the requirements of national carrier BEA and was soundly beaten by its US counterpart,
  • BAE’s long journey to an Airbus exit strategy

    News | 10 Jul 2006 23:00

    <P><STRONG><FONT size=1>By Max Kingsley-Jones in London</FONT></STRONG></P> <P>The UK was involved in the Airbus programme at a national level from day one as a leading proponent in the efforts to set up a pan-European collaborative civil airliner venture. So why did the UK end up as a minority stakeholder in today’s Airbus as the country’s national aerospace company prepares to extinguish the last embers of a nation’s once proud involvement in the civil aircraft business?</P> <P>The UK was a pioneer of post-war airliner development – famously it was Englishman Frank Whittle who invented the jet engine and a UK aircraft manufacturer, de Havilland, which used that technology to create the world’s first production jet airliner, the DH106 Comet of 1949. A little less than 20 years later it was de Havilland’s successor – Hawker Siddeley Aviation (HSA) – that kept the UK’s foot in the Airbus door as a private subcontractor when the Franco/German consortium was created in 1970, after the U