Air International 1999-05
Jet Airliner A to Z
Early model Il-62 OK-GBH of CSA was delivered to the Czech national carrier on December 23, 1976 and remained in service until joining then new Czech airline, Espe Air, in 1993, although then passing on to Georgia Air Prague the following year, this company too ceasing operations in November 1996, resulting in the aircraft going into storage at Ostrava.
This three-view drawing of an Ilyushin Il-62M clearly illustrates its similarity with the Vickers VC 10, indeed they have identical fuselage widths. The Il-62 flew approximately 12 months before the VC 10 and is illustrated as an additional side view (upper).
Trident 2E B-2215, seen here at Peking in October 1986, whilst in service with Chinese operator CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China), which bought a total of 33 Srs 2Es, making it the largest operator of this variant.
First Hawker Siddeley Trident 1E short medium-range airliner (three Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engines), G-ASWU, making its maiden flight on November 2, 1964, in the colours of launch customer Kuwait Airways.
Three-view drawing of the Trident 2, with scrap view of the wing of the Trident 1C, illustrating the low-drag ‘Kuchemann’ wingtips of the longer span Trident 2 wing.
In the final quarter of 1996 British Aerospace AMJ sold two former Swissair Fokker 100s to AirFinance Europe who placed the aircraft with Royal Brunei Airlines. This example, V8-RB4, was formerly HB-IVG with Swissair.
When launched, the Fokker 100 was one of the quietest airliners in the world and had the smallest noise footprint of any jet in its class.