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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air to air Islander in flight
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Air to air Islander in flight
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Background: 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.