JETSTREAM 31 TRIUMPH OVER ADVERSITY

The Jetstream 31 survived turbulent times in the UK aviation industry and several changes of ownership to become a popular commuter aircraft, particularly in the USA, as Stephen Skinner writes.

Jetstream 31, G-WMCC, owned by Maersk Air UK, providing commuter services under the British Airways banner. It was initially registered as G-TALL. British Aerospace

The Jetstream 31 originated from a design developed by one of the most famous names in British aviation, the Handley Page Aircraft Company. Handley Page (HP) was originally formed in 1909 as a manufacturer of large aircraft as demonstrated by the pre-war Heracles airliner and wartime Halifax bomber. Immediately after World War Two, the company built the Hermes airliner and Hastings military transport and these were followed by the superb Victor V bomber and Herald turboprop airliner.

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