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Planes that never were...

Here's a Flight International article on airliners that never left the drawing board - from the proposed twin-jet version of the Douglas DC-10, to Boeing's Sonic Cruiser.

Like this British proposal for a VTOL short-haul airliner...

During 1969-71, Hawker Siddeley undertook extensive studies of a V/STOL airliner under the designation HS141. Equipped with a pair of pylon-mounted turbofans in a conventional underwing layout, the HS141 also had a broad belly extension incorporating 16 vertically mounted “advanced lift engines” – Rolls-Royce RB202s. Much effort was invested in ensuring that the aircraft’s noise levels were not excessive, although the likelihood of such an aircraft being quiet is small given its lift engines.
Try flying something like the HS141 VTOL from London City! Then there was the BAC 3-11 - a wide-bodied long-haul follow-up to the noisy Pocket Rockets that were the bread-and-butter airliners for BEA and a whole flotilla of charter airlines in the 1970s...

Something for the alternate historians.

(nice to see Flight's openness - they're even blogging! Now for AvLeak to drop its paywall)


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Dec. 19th, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
There's something wonderfully reminiscent of the outline of the old DH Comet about that picture. it just needs to be painted up in BOAC livery for the image to be complete.

[I still have dealings with the BAe146 prototype which was originally registered as G-SSSH in celebration of its supposed quietness]
Dec. 19th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
I used to regularly fly in 146s on Dan Dare's bus stop route: Belfast/IoM/Liverpool/Cardiff/Bristol/Guernsey/Jersey

One trip they had (forgets serial number, but it was the Queen's Flight proving aircraft. The pilot seemed intent on demonstrating short field two-engine landings on every stop...
Dec. 19th, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
It was dan Dare that landed a 146 at the wrong airport in Belfast, not the well-lit, prominent Aldergrove but the decommissioned Nutts Corner (appropriate name if ever there were) two miles away. If it had been Sunday, he'd have run slap bang into a market selling ireland's highest concentration of counterfeit goods. Apparently he had to take off and land at Aldergrove... but the passengers refused to go with him and ordered a fleet of taxis.
Dec. 19th, 2005 10:33 pm (UTC)
And a week or two later, didn't Dan Dare manage to do it _again_ (picking the wrong chunk of Belfast Harbour/City)

I used to fly Belfast - Newcastle fairly often. If you were lucky you were on a 146 route (and just had to breathe gearbox oil), if you were unlucky you got one of Shorts' flying transits.
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Dec. 20th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
If it hadn't been going to cost Silly Money to deliver it, I almost bought one once (actually a scrapped fuselage), to use as a Shed.
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Dec. 19th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
"Project Cancelled"? Me too. (though AFAIK it does describe the BAe 146 as also cancelled, as it was on hold at the time). Surprising (given the way this area is nowadays) how much development went on near here - the P1121 was built at Kingston.
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