Perhaps the most distinctive variation on the
successful Islander theme was the BN-2A Mk III
Trislander. Flown for the first time on 11 September
1970, this had a lengthened fuselage with capacity
for up to 17 passengers and also featured a third
engine mounted in a much modified tail unit
assembly. Production was launched not long after
and 12 were subsequently built in the USA by the
International Aviation Corp as the Tri-Commutair
Other versions were the increased MTOW BN-2A
Mk III-1, long nosed Mk III-2 and auto-feather-equipped
Mk III-3. The last of 73 UK-built aircraft was delivered
in September 1984.
Robert Hewson "The Vital Guide to Commercial Aircraft and Airliners", 1994
|maurice dyer, 27.07.2011|
Happy days, happy days.
|John Sutton, 13.10.2010|
I was on an airborne safari in Africa with my friend Mike Hudson in 2001 and we had landed at an airstrip on lake Kariba. In the morning we found his aircraft, a Beech Baron, had got stuck in the mud as it had rained overnight. We were trying to decide what to do when I heard another aircraft approaching and although I could not see it I said to Mike "that sounds like a Tri-islander" and sure enough it was. The pilot was a bit "toffee nosed" and refused to help us un-stick our Beech Baron. Anyway it was all recorded on "The Real Holiday Show" with Davina McCall.
|Bob Leonard, 19.08.2010|
I first flew the Trislander on a Demo Flight during the early 1970's. (We had a couple of BN-2 Islanders at that time)
In the mid 1990's I again flew the aircraft for a total of 7 hours or so. There is an outside rear-view mirror placed so the pilot can watch the start of the third engine on the tail. Don't watch too close as the shaking of the engine and tail during start-up and shut-down will make you wonder why you are flying this aircraft. Saying that, I always felt that both the BN-2 & BN-2A were excellent money-makers for those charter companies which used them.
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