Just Flight - BAe 1-11 300/400/500 SP1.3 [FSX/FSX:SE/P3D/P3Dv2/P3Dv3/P3Dv4]

The basic design programme for the One-Eleven began at Hunting Aircraft and was completed at BAC when the Corporation was formed by the addition of Hunting and several other British manufacturers in 1960.

The 300/400 Series (apart from small differences in take-off weights and other data, the two were indistinguishable) used a more powerful version of the Rolls-Royce Spey jet engine and in July 1963 American Airlines began placing orders for thirty 400 Series aircraft, making them the largest ever operator of the BAC One-Eleven.

British European Airways (BEA) was instrumental in the development of a stretched version of the 400, the 500 Series. This model became known as the ‘Super-One-Eleven’ and as well as the longer fuselage had a wider wingspan, strengthened undercarriage and other modifications.

In the cockpit, BEA wanted to have commonality between its operational types so the instrument panels and avionics were changed to the ‘Smiths’ type to match those in aircraft such as the Hawker Siddeley Trident. BEA even went as far as changing the switch directions so that pilots could further reduce the time it took for conversion to type.

The One-Eleven was a very loud aeroplane! The roar from the Rolls-Royce Speys was significant and pressure from civilian authorities called for remedial measures to be adopted. As a result, many aircraft were fitted with ‘hush kits’, which were effectively a secondary silencer or muffler on the end of the engine nacelles. These were expensive modifications and many operators chose to decommission their One-Eleven fleets rather than face the high cost of bringing them up to modern noise abatement standards.

One-Elevens remained in full-time service with many operators well into the 1990s and the last operational example was finally retired in 2012.

  • 300/400 Series
  • 300/400 Series with hush kit
  • 500 Series
  • 500 Series with airstairs
  • 500 Series with hush kit
  • 500 Series with hush kit and airstairs

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