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PostPosted: Fri 04 Sep 2015 21:04 pm 
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"D.H. Trident, otherwise known as the DH Groundgripper, BEA soon got rid of those."

Err....BA (formed from the merger of BEA & BOAC) had them until the mid-80's.

Tridents were significant because they were the only aeroplanes cleared for cat IIIc landings (i.e. 0/0ft; that is zero feet vertical visibility and zero feet horizontal visibility) At the time within the UK, generally civil aeroplanes were catII; 100/1200ft. (Even now the best aeroplanes are only catIIIb; 0/150ft...)
It was also designed to give the best stopping performance on short & contaminated runways- it had a sink rate of 4500m/s (think Hercules into Sarajavo sort of thing- not easy for jets, which generally need a flatter approach) it could also deploy reverse thrust before the main wheels touched- shortening the braking distance required.

...TBH, it was such a good aeroplane that Boeing actually considered licence building it instead of the B727- what messed things up for it was BEA's eternal prevarication with the specification, which delayed it's production date to the extent that Boeing ended up bringing the 727 into service before the Trident went into series production.

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Sep 2015 22:36 pm 
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TU 134 apparantly gave passengers a close and extensive view of the ground between airports !


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PostPosted: Fri 09 Oct 2015 01:09 am 
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I concur with Kiwi. I once took a flight from Prague to Heathrow in a TU134 and as I was sitting at my window seat with one foot on the floor and the other one on the curvature of the fusilage, (yes they are as narrow as they look!), I noticed that we had not got much over a couple of thousand feet. Our captain told us just before we touched down back at Prague that we had a 'technical problem' and as we parked up, a ladder was raised to one of the engine intakes where a mechanic then climbed up into the engine leaving his feet dangling on the ladder. I think he had remembered where he left his spanner! Oh happy days!


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PostPosted: Fri 09 Oct 2015 23:36 pm 
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daveh wrote:
Tridents were significant because they were the only aeroplanes cleared for cat IIIc landings (i.e. 0/0ft; that is zero feet vertical visibility and zero feet horizontal visibility.

Yep, did my first 'official' blind landing in one as SLF heading back to Heathrow from a well-known naval base in Scotland - still had the dinky little torch they sent me as a momento until a few years ago. Got nothing for the 'unofficial' hands-off bumps I'd done previously in the Comet test-plane, except the pleasure of having been allowed up the pointy end ... No way either of those can be in 'worst planes'!

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PostPosted: Mon 12 Sep 2016 18:30 pm 
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Another list. This time of the 10 worst British military aircraft of all time.

https://hushkit.net/2016/03/02/the-ten- ... -aircraft/

Surprisingly doesn't include the Fairey Battle but Blackburn aircraft make up half the list.

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PostPosted: Tue 20 Sep 2016 00:07 am 
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In the early 1980's an old man came into my shop wearing an RAF tie pin. We used to get quite a few very proud ex-service men in those days so I asked him what types he had flown on, if any, as I had an interest.
He said,
"Oh yes. I started as an air gunner in France with the Fairey Battles,"
"Blimey!" I said.
"When I got back, they put me on Blenheims for a while and then the Blackburn Botha."
"My god!" I said.
He just smiled and off he went.
I thought I was privileged to meet 'The world's luckiest man'!


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PostPosted: Tue 20 Sep 2016 05:44 am 
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Lucky? :shock: :shock: He should've bought lottery tickets!!!! :nod:

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Lottery Tickets, I think he would have used all his luck up.
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PostPosted: Thu 22 Sep 2016 19:31 pm 
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The Defender has to be one of the worst.
Wouldn't fly, couldn't fly and didn't fly.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-W0nOEqabAC0/T ... fender.jpg

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PostPosted: Mon 03 Oct 2016 14:09 pm 
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How about the Short Belslow?

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PostPosted: Wed 05 Oct 2016 21:49 pm 
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How about ilya muromets that was ugly and most of the french inter to early war things like caudron 714s and morane 406s now thats ugly


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