A quarter century in the air! 1

BAe 146 G-SSSH

BAe 146 G-SSSH during her first flight, on 3 September 1981 (S. Pagiola Collection)

The BAe 146 celebrates twenty-five years of flying on 3 September. On that date in 1981, the prototype BAe 146, series 100 G-SSSH (msn E1001), took to the air from Hatfield. Chief test pilot Mike Goodfellow and Deputy Chief Test Pilot Peter Sedgwick were at the controls. They were accompanied by Assistant Flight Test Manager Roger de Mercado and Senior Instrumentation Engineer Ron Hammond. G-SSSH lifted off at 11:54 BST, returning to land 1:35 later.

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  • Roger de Mercado

    The four of us still meet on every fifth anniversary of the first flight, the last of a major British civil aeroplane. It’s still flying, as Series 301 G-FAAM and earning its keep.