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BAe 146 / Avro RJX
BAe 146 in British Airways Livery
Aircraft 146
Manufacturer BAe
Year 1981 (First Flight)
Power Jet
Primary Use Airliner
Developer Andreas Benjamin
X-Plane Version 9.20
Development Status Published
Publisher Avroliner Project

Aircraft Background[]

The 146 was the last wholy British airliner built, and it's name reveals the history of BAe. In the early 1960s, De Havilland was working on a twin prop feederliner - the DH.123. The design stalled because De Havilland could not find a suitable powerplant for their design. As the design evolved into a jet powered plane, De Havilland was taken over by Hawker Siddeley and the design crystallized in 1973 as the HS.146. Hawker Siddeley was the British component of Airbus, and has successes over BAC in obtaining airliner funding from the government (A300 over BAC3-11), and in 1973 they received funding for their 146.

Economics overtook the project, and it was shelved due to the oil crisis, to be revived in 1978 when Hawker Siddeley and BAC had been merged into BAe. Over the next 3 years, the 146 took shape at the De Havilland site in Hatfield. During the production run, manufacture was transfered to BAe's site in Woodford. In 1996, the updated version of the plane was oddly re-branded the Avro RJX despite the plane's heritage being to De Havilland.

British Airways used the plane extensively from it's London City hub.

Production was ceased in 2001 after delivery of 394 aircraft.

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