Hawker Siddeley Trident


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Hawker Siddeley Trident

Designed by De Havilland later incorporated into Hawker Siddeley Group. First flew on January 9, 1962. 117 built.

Hawker Siddeley TridentA three-view drawing (592 x 907)

 MODELTrident 2E
 ENGINE4 x Rolls-Royce Spay RB.163-25 Mk 512-5W turbo-fans, 53.2kN
  Take-off weight65318 kg144002 lb
  Empty weight33203 kg73200 lb
  Wingspan29.87 m98 ft 0 in
  Length34.98 m115 ft 9 in
  Height8.23 m27 ft 0 in
  Wing area135.26 m21455.93 sq ft
  Cruise speed974 km/h605 mph
  Ceiling9100 m29850 ft
  Range3965 km2464 miles

Capt. 'Johnny' Sadiq (retd), e-mail, 24.06.2013 10:51

I flew the 1E for Pakisatn International Airlines. In the winter months it flew like a 1960s fighter with a 3-4000ft rate of climb and cruised a Mach .88 at 37000ft. In summer it was a pregnant duck. On a take off from Lahore at 40C plus for Dacca my briefing to my F /O and F /E was: '...you will call out:"ROTATE" and I will apply back pressure on the control column--you two will grasp the sides of your seats and pull upwards vigorously!' We used to get a good look at the bushes and trees at the runway end even though the nose was canted the usual 20 degrees up. Mr. Floyd was right, we had three Spey engines and had water injection, without which we would never have got off in summer. That said, she was a lovely aircraft to hand fly and had a unique auto pilot far ahead of its time. The A /P had seperate 'ON' switches for aileron and elevator control.


al, e-mail, 04.03.2012 09:21

The A.P.U (Auxiliary Power Unit) which was used to start the main engines was originaly situated in the belly of the aircraft.The B.E.A. fleet were modifid at heathrow and moved the A.P.U. to the tailplane above #2 engine.


malu, 20.06.2011 09:49

As correctly noted the Trident 3 had a fourth engine namely a tail mounted R.B.162 booster engine to enable it to get off the ground!


jacques morton, e-mail, 10.03.2011 18:46

the APU was under the rudder (above the #2 eng) In the 3B this was upgraded to a 10,500lbs eng for hot & high takeoff.
After all it normally took the curvature of the earth to get Trident into the air.


Ed, e-mail, 28.01.2011 23:21

The Hawker Sid Tridents operated by the Pakistan International Airways had three engines. This comment based on experience as a passenger during 1966 in Pakistan.


Barry, 19.06.2009 16:44

The Trident 2E had three Rolls Royce Spey RB163-25 Mk512 turbo fans as noted.The original engine was to be the still born R.R.Medway DeHavillands having to replace this with the Spey (essentially a military engine. As correctly noted the Trident 3 had a fourth engine namely a tail mounted R.B.162 booster engine to enable it to get off the ground!


Frank, e-mail, 29.05.2009 00:22

The engine was the Spey - a Scottish river a few miles from Lossiemouth. NB all RR jets are named after rivers - from Derwent to Trent. If the site owners fix the typo, please remove this comment.


Tom Ensign, 01.07.2008 23:51

Does the Hawker Siddeley "Trident" 2E REALLY have four engines? The Trident 3B had four, but one was much smaller than the R-R Spay.


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