Turboprop Tribulations

British Aerospace inherited several developing commercial turboprop aircraft programmes in 1977, which brought mixed fortunes to the then newly created company, as Barry Lloyd recounts.

This Jet Air Jetstream 32, SP-KWF (c/n 845) makes its final approach into Warsaw/Chopin International in March 2010.
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The Labour Government’s decision to nationalise the UK aerospace and shipbuilding industries through the Aircraft and Shipbuilding Act 1977, saw British Aircraft Corporation, Hawker Siddeley Aviation, Hawker Siddeley Dynamics and Scottish Aviation all merged into the new British Aerospace on April 29, 1977. The consolidated company benefited from many projects already under development, not least a family of turboprop airliners that served the 18 to 58-seat market.

Avro 748 prototype, G-APZV was displayed for the first time at the 1960 Farnborough Airshow, just two months after its maiden flight.
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