12 Facts About BAe 146


British Aerospace 146 is a short-haul and regional airliner that was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace, later part of BAE Systems.

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The first order for the BAe 146 was placed by Lineas Aereas Privadas Argentinas in June 1981.

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The BAe 146 received its Certificate of Airworthiness on 8 February 1983.

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BAe 146 is renowned for its relatively quiet operation, a positive feature that appealed to those operators that wanted to provide services to noise-sensitive airports within cities.

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The aircraft is one of only a few types that can be used on flights to London City Airport, which has a steep approach and short runway; for several years, the BAe 146 was the only conventional jet aircraft capable of flying from London City Airport.

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BAe 146 was the second aircraft, after the Concorde, to use carbon brakes.

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BAe 146 is a quadjet powered by four Avco Lycoming ALF 502 turbofan engines, which are fixed on pylons underneath the aircraft's high wing.

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Notably, the BAe 146 has a very low level of operational noise, much lower than most competing aircraft.

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Air Wisconsin was another major US operator of the BAe 146, replacing their fleet of turboprop Fokker F27 Friendships with the type.

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The BAe 146 was announced in January 1987 to have been selected to launch the first jet services from London City Airport; it was chosen due to its unmatched flying characteristics and ability to operate from so-called STOLports.

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BAe 146 was introduced into Royal Air Force service in 1986 as a VIP transport and is operated by 32 Squadron.

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The BAe 146 was operated by East-West, taking delivery of eight from 1990, until the company was absorbed into Ansett.

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