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British built Airliners. How many still flying?

Old 25th Nov 2013, 13:17
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British built Airliners. How many still flying?

As per the title, I was wondering just how many are still in flying condition? VC10s, Viscounts, Dragon Rapides....are there any left?
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Old 25th Nov 2013, 13:45
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Mainly Jetstreams and HS/BAe 146s............... Oh yes, there will be a few Shorts 360s. Last VC10 flew in September, no Viscounts, probably about 12 Rapides/Dragons worldwide.

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Old 25th Nov 2013, 14:32
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AFAIK, there are a dozen or so 748s still active, mostly in Canada.
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Old 25th Nov 2013, 14:47
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At least 1 Rapide/Dragon at Duxford, I see it/them regularly over South London on pleasant week ends, can recognise their sound long before I see them!

Still see Islanders/Trislanders occasionally.

It is great that British aviation manufacturing is still healthy, making parts for foreign companies, but a great shame that actual British makes have gone or been subsumed into foreign corporations, and this is widespread across British industry.
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For as long as G-AHKX remains flyable, we could add the AVRO 19 to the list and there's at least one DH Dove still flying, G-DHDV.
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Still one or two BAC1-11's still flying in the USA.
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Old 25th Nov 2013, 15:25
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Don't forget the various Islanders and Trislanders still about as well.
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Old 25th Nov 2013, 15:29
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British built Airliners. How many still flying?

Xtype, try reading other comments before posting...no one mentioned the Wet Dreams flitting about either.
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There are also a few BAe ATPs still flying.
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Old 25th Nov 2013, 15:34
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Different question....how many airliners worldwide have British built wings or engines?
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Old 25th Nov 2013, 15:50
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Different question....how many airliners worldwide have British built wings or engines?
Where do you want to start?

Most Airbus and Boeing widebodies over the years have offered an RB211 or Trent option, as well as the 757 of course.

As for wings, apart from obviously Airbuses, the Fokker F-28/70/100 family springs to mind.
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Old 25th Nov 2013, 15:59
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Twin Pin

Seem to recollect a Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer flying at CVT not many years back. Is it still airworthy?
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Old 25th Nov 2013, 16:58
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A Pembroke or two
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Is/was the Pembroke a civil airliner?
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Pleased to say there are 3 Rapides that are airworthy at Duxford. Two flown by Classic Wings, in which you can have passenger flights and the beautiful restoration of G-AGJG by the Millers. G-AHAG has also recently flown down at Membury after restoration and I understand it's a super job. At the last count the Twin Pin was undergoing some work on either the struts or the spars, I forget which, in order to resume flying.
A question in turn. Are any Herons still flying?
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Old 25th Nov 2013, 17:36
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Still one or two BAC1-11's still flying in the USA.
I think that Northrup Grumman has a couple of 1-11 based at KBWI which they fly on projects. Only one shows on Giigle Earth next to approach end of Rwy 15R
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Dash eight driver look at reply no 2. There are currently both the Tris and Islanders in Airline service in the UK.
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Old 25th Nov 2013, 18:58
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One Farnborough Airshow, BAe tried to market it as the 'Jetstream 61' rather than ATP. That didn't help either. Its rate of climb was so poor, I had to design a special noise abatement departure for it.
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I reckon you could count the number of four engined British aircraft still flying on the fingers of one hand and have fingers left over.
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Old 25th Nov 2013, 20:04
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I remember the ATP when BA operated it Manchester - Glasgow and I was regular pax for a year or so when I had a project in Glasgow. More often than not it went tech and we traveled between those two cities via Heathrow on the 757 shuttles instead!

If it was that bad, why did anyone buy it? They may not have foreseen its unreliability, but poor performance would have been a known factor surely?
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