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BAe 146

United Kingdom (1983)
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387 production examples of the BAe 146 mark it as the most successful British-designed, jet-powered, civilian market airliner.


Detailing the development and operational history of the BAe 146 Passenger Airliner.  Entry last updated on 8/29/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

Introduced in 1983 by British Aerospace (BAe), the BAe 146 has served for several decades as a civilian and military airliner/VIP/freight transport. Production has totaled 387 across several notable variants which have gone on prove the product the most successful British-originated, civilian-minded, jet-powered airliner program. The aircraft remains in service into 2014 as many world airliners still operate the type due to its inherent capabilities and "quiet" operation as jet aircraft go.

Origins of the BAe 146 lay in an August 1973 initiative by then-Hawker Siddeley Aviation. The product was a company venture to produce a low-noise, jet-powered, short-haul airliner. The design emerged with a conventional tubular fuselage with forward-set cockpit, shoulder-mounted wings fitting two engines apiece and a "T-style" tail unit. The product was given the designation of "HS.146" and, despite a global economic downturn, continued development under limited conditions. When the storm had cleared, the HS.146 remerged as a viable market produce to fill the short-haul need. However, in 1977, Hawker Siddeley was out of the aircraft business and eventually went wholly defunct in 1992, leaving the HS.146 now the produce of British Aerospace who redesignated it as the "BAe 146". The BAe 146 achieved its first flight in prototype form on September 3rd, 1981 and achieved the requisite certification in 1983. Formal deliveries to awaiting customers began in May of that year.


Picture of the BAe 146 Passenger Airliner
Picture of the BAe 146 Passenger Airliner


The BAe 146 line stretched across included three major production models, each based on passenger seating which directly dictated fuselage lengths. The base model was the "146-100" which seated 94 and this was then followed by the "146-200" seating between 85 to 100 and the "146-300" seating 100 to 112. Comparatively, the 146-200 design showcased a running length of 94 feet compared to the 86 feet of the original 146-100 offering. In all models, the operating aircrew remained two and power was served through 4 x Textron Lycoming ALF 502R-3 or -5 series turbofan engines delivering nearly 7,000lbs of thrust each. Cruising speeds reached 500 miles per hour with a listed range out to 1,800 miles.

The type's "quiet" operation soon saw her marketed as a low-noise freight through the BAe 146QT designation (QT = "Quiet Trader"). A modular variant was born as the BAe 146QC (QC = "Quick Change") which allowed operators to actively transform the internal configuration to serve as passenger airliner or freighter as required. The 146QT then influenced the promising - though ultimately abandoned - military-minded transport in the BAe 146STA ("Small Tactical Airlifter"). The 146STA was a revised design with a rear-fuselage cargo door and in-flight refueling probe. The type could have served in hauling cargo loads or in dispensing airborne infantry. Only one flying prototype of this mark was ever completed and no orders followed.

Into the 1990s, the BAe 146 paved the way for equivalent designs put forth under the Avro product banner as the "Avro RJ". The series included the three BAe 146 models which were designated as RJ70, RJ85 and RJ100 respectively and sported various improvements. The upcoming Avro RJX was to feature higher-efficiency Honeywell AS977 turbofans though - while a prototype eventually flew - the project was canceled in 2001 with three prototypes completed (each representing the three expected production forms). The RJ115 was offered by Avro as a modified RJ100 though with a revised door plan and an increased Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW). Again, none were produced.

In 2009, British Aerospace now having evolved to become "BAe Systems", unveiled its BAe 146M offering with an all-glass cockpit, adaptable internal configuration, increased fuel stores and rough-field operational capability.

Civilian operators of the BAe 146 have proven many while military operators have remained rather reserved. In the civilian market the aircraft has been taken on by the likes of Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Germany, Indonesia, Libya, Mexico, Philippines, Taiwan, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States (among others). Military customers have included Austria, Bahrain, Bolivia, Mali, the UAE and the United Kingdom.

British RAF BAe 146s have served as VIP transport in the "Queen's Flight", originally leased and trialed as the CC.1. A pair (BAe 146-200) then were taken into formal service, replacing the outgoing 1950s-era Hawker Siddeley Andover in the role, under the designation of CC.2 designation. The aircraft were delivered in 1986 and joined by a third in 1990. A pair of RAF BAe 146-200QC models were also modified with a countermeasures system for active use over the Afghanistan warzone. The RAF also operates the BAe 146M as a bridge between its outgoing fleet of Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" transports and the incoming stock of Airbus Military A400M "Atlas" airlifter.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 500mph
Lo: 250mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (497mph).

    Graph average of 375 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
387
387


  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: United Kingdom
Year: 1983
Type: Passenger Airliner
Manufacturer(s): British Aerospace (BAe) / BAe Systems / Avro International - UK
Production: 387
Global Operators:
Australia; Bahrain; Belgium; Bolivia; Botswana; Bulgaria; Brazil; Bulgaria; Canada; Chile; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Faroe Islands; Germany; Greece; Ghana; Indonesia; Iran; Ireland; Libya; Malaysia; Mali; Malta; Mongolia; Nepal; New Zealand; Philippines; Peru; Romania; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom; Uzbekistan
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the BAe 146-200 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
93.83 ft


Meters
28.6 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
85.96 ft


Meters
26.2 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
28.22 ft


Meters
8.6 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
52,690 lb


Kilograms
23,900 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
93,000 lb


Kilograms
42,184 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
4 x Textron Lycoming ALF 502R-5 turbofan engines developing 6970lbs of thrust each.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
497 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
800 kph


Knots
432 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
1,802 mi


Kilometers
2,900 km


Nautical Miles
1,566 nm

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• BAe 146 - Base Series Designation
• BAe 146-100 - Original production model
• BAe 146 "Statesman" - Saudi Designation
• BAe 146-200 - Increased seating capacity; increased fuselage length.
• BAe 146-300 - Increased seating capacity; increased fuselage length.
• BAe 146STA - Small Tactical Airlifter; proposed military transport with rear door and in-flight refueling probe.
• BAe 146M - Modernized BAe 146 with all-glass cockpit, improved performance, increased range through more fuel stores, rough-field operational capability.
• Avro RJ70 - Avro equivalent of 146-100
• Avro RJ85 - Avro equivalent of 146-200
• Avro RJ100 - Avro equivalent of 146-300
• Avro RJ115 - Avro RJ100 with increased MTOW
• Avro RJX - Proposed Avro offering with higher-efficiency Honeywell turbofan engines.