BAC 1-11 111 Part 2 1968-2006 DVD continues the story of the world's first popular short-haul jetliner, following the first four years of sales success that were covered in Classic Wings - BAC One-Eleven Part 1. The BAC-111 carried 89 passengers along with 2 pilots and 3 flight attendants. Its range was about 1400 miles.
The British Aircraft Corporation BAC-111 was a British short-haul jet airliner in the 1960s and 1970s. It was designed to replace the Vickers Viscount. Actually, the BAC-1-11 was the second short-haul jetliner introduced with the first being the French Sub Aviation Caravelle. The BAC-111s later introduction allowed the use of more modern and efficient jet engines which resulted in success in the all-important US market during the late 1960s. However, during the 1970s many One-Elevens in the United States were replaced with the Douglas DC-9 and Boeing 737.
First flown in 1963, the BAC-111 overcame initial adversity when a prototype crashed due to a stall problem killing all aboard. This problem was subsequently corrected and the first 1-11 delivery took place in January 1965 to British United Airways. The BAC111 was then produced well into the 1980s and used until the 1990s when many 111s were retired due to noise restrictions.
In the United States, airline operators included Braniff, American, Florida Express, US Air and Mohawk airlines.
Using digital video and restored color film from the BAE Archives, the introduction of the Series 500 and the development of two high performance 1-11s, the Series 475 and 670 are shown in detail. As the 1-11's service life lengthened, so did the number of operators. Over 40 of them are seen on this DVD, from BEA to Savannah Airlines.
- Early years in the UK with Autair, Cour Line, Dan Air, BIA and BCal
- LACSA 1-11s in service at Miami
- Merpati Nusantara, Air Pacific, Air Malawi and Oman Air Force
- BEA at Heathrow and Tempelhof. BA at Munich and Dusseldorf
- Tarom, Germanair, Phoenix, Cyprus and Cambrian
- Nigerian operators and South Africa's Nationwide Airlines
- A flightdeck ride on a European Series 530
- Final years of UK operations with AB Airlines, British World and EAL
- And lots more!
Run time for the BAC-111 Part 2 DVD is about 67 minutes. Format is NTSC DVD