Our BAC 1-11 was retained by the British Aircraft Corporation throughout its 29-year flying career. During this time it was used as a development and test aircraft for 1-11 variants and testing technical equipment.
The BAC 1-11 was developed from a Hunting Aircraft Ltd design and was one of Britain’s best-selling airliners. The first prototype flight was from Hurn in August 1963 and the initial customer was British United Airways.
This aircraft was the prototype 400 series first flown 13th July 1965, piloted by Peter Baker. It was then converted to the series 500 prototype before being converted into the series 475 prototype, which is the configuration it is currently in.
Donated by British Aerospace Airbus ltd, G-ASYD made its final (5,043rd) landing at Brooklands on 14th July 1994.
The BAC 1-11 still operates with corporate services and in 2007 an RAF Tornado pilot successfully flew a 1-11 remotely whilst simultaneously piloting his fighter and three simulated aircraft during testing of the TIARA unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control system.