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Travelling By Trident

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Just a quick one today. Last time, I showed you our lovely Heathrow airline coach from the fifties. By the 1960s, these buses were transporting passengers to the latest airliners in the British European Airways (BEA) fleet – the Hawker Siddeley ‘Trident’.

British Airways Trident aircraft, 1971 (Science Museum / Science & Society)

British Airways 'Trident' aircraft, 1971 (Science Museum / Science & Society)

These three-engined jets were built by Hawker Siddeley to BEA’s specifications. We acquired ours in 1987, at the end of its 16-year lifetime. By then, BEA had become British Airways and the new firm was re-equipping with American-built Boeing aircraft (although Tridents were in use elsewhere in the world into the 1990s).

Have you flown in a Trident? The three engines are all at the back, rather than slung under the wings – did this make for a quieter flight? What do you remember of the takeoff and landing? Love to hear any recollections.

Apologies for the short couple of posts – I’ll be on my holidays when these get posted…

Written by David Rooney

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  1. Marcus de Mowbray

    I never flew in a Trident, but several times in BOAC / Cunard Vickers Super VC 10 fro UK to USA. Myself and my brother had flown in plenty of Boeing 707s and DC8s previous to our first flight in a VC 10, and even at about 8 years old I knew this was something really special, powerful, elegant, comfortable and less noisy. It also felt much more solid to be in, and they are still my favourite airliner. I may even have crossed the Atlantic in the one at Duxford.

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