First flown 50 years ago this year, the twin-turboprop Jetstream was ultimately developed into a successful and versatile aeroplane. However, it also went down as the final product of a company that was among British aviation’s greatest names. A member of the Jetstream test team recalls how the aircraft contributed to Handley Page’s demise
JETSTREAM AT 50
On 18 August 1967, chief test pilot John Allam lined up the prototype Handley Page Jetstream, G-ATXH, on Radlett’s runway 21, ready for its maiden flight. The hopes of the company and its employees hung on making a success of this promising design, after a disappointing period in the history of a firm that was within a couple of years of its 60th anniversary.