Atmospheric research BAe 146 makes first flight

The BAe 146 atmospheric research aircraft (ARA) made her first flight from Woodford on 1 October, following modification to its new role. The aircraft is a modification of the very first BAe 146 built, which had later been modified to serve as the series 300 prototype. She was rolled out on 18 August and entered a ground test phase. The 146ARA will be operated by Norwich-based Directflight on behalf of the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurement (FAAM). Directflight is establishing a base at Cranfield Airport to support the FAAM.

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