Bravo Delta Models (131) - Hawker Siddeley Trident 3 BEA - Scale Model Aircraft, complete with display stand. Scale 1/100, length 16"/406 mm, span: 16"/406mm, height 4"/102mm.
The Trident was the first 'tri-jet' design, a configuration which its designers felt offered a good trade-off between cruising economy and take-off safety in case of an engine failure. The plane included a T-tail with the engines clustered at the rear, the wing was left free from engine mounts and was designed with high-speed cruising in mind, a speed of over 600 mph being the goal. The Trident was the first commercial aircraft to be fitted with a flight data recorder and Automatic Blind Landing System, the latter responsible for the very distinctive offset, sidewards retracting front landing gear, designed this way to accommodate the computers. The Trident 3 containing a fourth engine (A single Rolls Royce RB162 with 5,250lbs thrust).