The BAC One-Eleven was a short haul aircraft seating around 89 passengers, produced by the British Aircraft Corporation, first taking flight on 20 August 1963. Revenue services began with British United Airways between London Gatwick and Genoa on 9 April 1965.
Technologically advanced, the BAC One-Eleven (sometimes styled as 1-11) was the first passenger aircraft with a T-tail. This led to the discovery of the phenomenon called a deep stall, which was unique to aircraft with this kind of tail configuration.
BAC One-Eleven Video
Following on from the previous video about the Soviet Ilyushin IL-62, this time we head over to England for a look at this much smaller jet. Produced by British Movietone in 1965 and called “One-Eleven Ready To Go”, it runs for about a minute and a half.
Taken on a route proving flight to Seville, a lot is packed into such a short film. You get to see the air to air shots, footage taken in the cabin and cockpit including meal service, as well as things such as the rear airstairs. It is well worth a look!
Some More Videos
It’s quite difficult to find a decent video giving an overview of the 1-11, so here are some other interesting ones. First is a video of an evacuation test of the American Airlines aircraft. From 13:25 you can see how the slides are deployed, while before that are various inside views. It has no sound, but it’s definitely unusual!
Staying with American Airlines, there is a very short video of one landing. One thing to note is how loud the jet engines are back in this era, which comes across quite well in this 20 second piece.
Finally, there is a some standard 8 film you could purchase called “AIRBORNE with BUA’s One-Eleven”. This one runs for a little over a minute.
Naturally it has a contemporary soundtrack, which always enhances a piece of film production. I’m not sure why you would want to buy something like this, but then again, there was no YouTube in the 1960s!
There were 244 BAC One-Eleven airliners produced between 1963 and 1982, including 9 produced under licence in Romania as the Rombac 1-11 between 1982 and 1989. Apart from BUA and American Airlines, operators included Mohawk Airlines (the US launch customer), Braniff International, Aer Lingus, Aloha Airlines, Dan-Air, British Caledonian, and Ryanair among others.
Service with major airlines generally ended in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The very last one was used as a testbed for Northrop Grumman and was finally retired in May 2019. Now you can only see the aircraft in museums.
Have you flown on a BAC One-Eleven? What did you think of the eclectic video selection? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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Featured image by George W. Hamlin on Jetphotos.