Hawker Siddeley Trident - set up to fail?

British European Airways had a manufacturer on hand to develop its bespoke trijet however it saw fit, but that didn’t quell the carrier’s desire to buy Boeing. Stephen Skinner concludes his two-part overview of the Hawker Siddeley Trident

The maiden Trident 3B, G-AWYZ (c/n 2301), took to the air for the first time on December 12, 1969 

Despite having dismissed de Havilland’s original design and calling for its range to be halved, British European Airways (BEA) quickly realised the need for a longer-range Trident variant shortly after pressing its 1C jets into service.

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