Tales of the Trislander

Barry Lloyd examines the Trislander which was developed from the successful Islander.

The best-known Trislanders were probably the yellow aircraft of Aurigny, which flew 16 examples on island-hopping services from 1971 until 2015, when it retired the type.
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John Britten and Desmond Norman had both trained with de Havilland and began developing crop spraying equipment in the mid -1950s using de Havilland Tiger Moths which had been modified at their factory on the Isle of Wight, for a contract in Sudan. Following this, they turned their hand to aircraft design, put their combined creative aviation brains together and, having made a detailed analysis of the light aviation market, decided there was a demand for a twin-engined utility aircraft with a minimum of complex systems.

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