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’.
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…