No. 268. British Aircraft Corporation BAC One-Eleven 423ET (G-BEJM c/n H118) Ford Motor
Photographed at Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, by Ron Dupas

British Aircraft Corporation BAC One-Eleven 423ET

01/22/2007. Remarks by Jack McKillop: "This aircraft made its first flight on October 12, 1967 and was delivered to the Brazilian Air Force (Forca Aerea Brasileira or FAB) on October 15, 1968 as VC92-2111. It was then sold to the Ford Motor Co. in the UK in December 1976 and re-registered G-BEJM. Ford used it until it was sold to a sales company in October 1997 and then sold to the Indonesian aviation company Indonesia Air Transport based in Jakarta and registered PK-TST."

The following text from Aviation Week is not unique to the aircraft pictured:

05/15/1961. First firm order for the BAC One-Eleven short-haul twin-jet transport was placed last week by British United Airways, the UK's largest independent airline...

08/26/1963. Hurn, Dorset, UK: First BAC One-Eleven twin-jet transport made a successful maiden flight here August 20 after a delay caused by thunderstorms and a brake problem. First flight climaxed a 27 month development program started by British United's order in May, 1961. First overseas customer was Braniff International. Fuselage for the first Braniff airplane is now nearing completion at Hurn.

10/28/1963. London, UK: First BAC One-Eleven twin-jet transport crashed last week on a routine test mission. Two pilots and five technicians were killed. It was the airplane's fifth flight. The airplane was almost totally destroyed. One witness (said) he first saw the airplane at an altitude of about 500 ft (152 m), and it appeared to be yawing to port. Another heard a sharp crack while the airplane was about 200 ft (61 m) just before striking the ground. From the airplane's position after the crash and the resulting fire, there was speculation that it was near or at stall speed of about 104 kt (120 mph, 193 kmh). There was little evidence of any skid after impact. The airplane appeared to have pancaked onto the field after striking the ground with its right wing low.

03/23/1963. London, UK: Fuselage and wing structure of the third BAC One-Eleven short-range jet transport prototype were damaged last week when the landing gear collapsed after a hard landing at BAC's Wisley airfield, Surrey, UK.

08/24/1964. BAC One-Eleven short-haul jet transport modified for stall tests landed with its gear retracted August 20 near Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, UK. There were no injuries and relatively minor damage to the aircraft. Tail chute was deployed for wheels-up landing.

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