BEA Hawker Siddeley Trident Model
Fly in the classic BEA Hawker Siddeley Trident Model in this hand crafted recreation. Each model is carved from wood and hand crafted to provide a piece you’ll love.
Length – 17 inches
Wingspan – 13.5 inches
The Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident (originally the de Havilland DH.121 and the Airco DH.121) is a now-retired British short- (and later medium-) range airliner. It was the first T-tail rear-engined three-engined jet airliner to be designed. It was also the first airliner to make a blind landing in revenue service in 1965.
The Trident emerged in response to a call by the state-owned British European Airways Corporation (BEA) for a jet airliner for its premier West European routes. BEA had been induced by the government to issue this call despite its unwillingness to buy a large jet fleet. Adherence to BEA’s changing specification was widely seen as limiting the Trident’s appeal and delaying its service entry.[N 1] BEA’s requirements fluctuated greatly in the 1950s and in the 1960s and 1970s ended up differing considerably from what the Trident could offer.
During its gestation, the Trident was also involved in a government drive to rationalise the British aircraft industry. The resulting corporate moves and government interventions contributed to delays causing it to enter service two months after its major competitor, the Boeing 727, losing further potential sales as a result. By the end of the programme in 1978, only 117 Tridents had been produced. BEA’s successor British Airways withdrew its Tridents from service in the mid-1980s, and the Trident was withdrawn from service altogether in the mid-1990s.