• Short Summary

    Two former aircraft apprentices stole the limelight at the Farnborough Air Show this week with the unveiling of a new three-engined Mark Three Islander -- the only new aircraft among the 40 on display.

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    Two former aircraft apprentices stole the limelight at the Farnborough Air Show this week with the unveiling of a new three-engined Mark Three Islander -- the only new aircraft among the 40 on display.

    It is the second time in four years that John Britten, aged 42, and 41-year -old Desmond Norman have staggered the aircraft industry. In 1966 they produced the two-engined Islander, a high wing transport developed specifically for short hauls, seating up to nine passengers. Two-hundred Islanders have been sold with orders in for another 70.

    The new Britten-Norman aircraft, christened the "trilander," was built in great secrecy as the Isle of Wight factory in just over eight week, by cutting up a basic Islander and extending it to carry 18 people, and adding en extra engine on the tail section.

    A batch of 20 Trilanders will be hand built before it goes into mass production alongside its smaller sister plane.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2MWN5P09KSFLM95FD2MMMCE5Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA2MWN5P09KSFLM95FD2MMMCE5Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/09/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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