Visnews filmed Dec 10 at Weybridge Surrey the first Vickers Vanguard new prop-jet airliner going through ground tests before it makes its first test flight.
Visnews filmed Dec 10 at Weybridge Surrey the first Vickers Vanguard new prop-jet airliner going through ground tests before it makes its first test flight. Also filmed: the Vanguard production line.
The primary purpose of the Vanguard with seating for 139 is to provide fast smooth short and medium distance services at fares out up to fifty percent.
The makers claim that this 425-450mph airliner will be the greatest potential money-spinner offered to airlines.
Forty Vanguards are on order - 20 for BEA, 20 for Trans-Canada Air Lines - with delivery to both beginning 1960.
The first flight of this Vanguard is expected to be made before Christmas. So after the Viscounts and the Valiants ... a new cheaper era: the Vanguard Way.
The Vanguard costs GBP1M. On some routes it might make a profit with less than three quarters of the seats occupied. On the London-Paris route it might out the present tourist single fare of GBP9 1s to GBP6 5s.