De Havilland Trident Aircraft

Trident 1C, Cosford

Production Details

Design Company:

The de Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd, Hatfield

First Flight:

9 January 1962

Trident 1:

24 - The de Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd

Trident 1E:

15 - Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd

Trident 2E:

50 - Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd

Trident 3B:

26 - Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd

Super Trident 3B:

2 - Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd

Type Specification

Applies to:

Hawker Siddeley Trident 2E


Short / medium range turbofan engined airliner


Cantilever low wing monoplane. 3 degrees dihedral, sweepback 35 degrees. Main wing is continuous from wingtip to wingtip. Skins and stringers are of aluminium alloy


Consists of a pressure shell extending back to the engines and a rear fuselage carrying the engines and tail unit. Semi monocoque fail safe structure of aluminium / copper alloys

Tail Unit:

Cantilever all metal T tail

Landing Gear:

Retractable tricycle type. Each main unit consists of two twin tyre wheels mounted on a common axle. Nose unit has twin wheels and is offset to port, retracting transversely

Power Plant:

Three Rolls-Royce Spey RB.163-25 Mk 512-5W turbofan engines (two in pods, one each side of rear fuselage and one inside rear fuselage), each rated at 11,960 lb st


Crew of three on flight deck. All tourist version has 97 passenger seats



98 ft


114 ft 9 in


27 ft

Wing Area:

1,462 sq ft


Operating Empty:

73,200 lb

Max Take Off:

144,000 lb


High Speed Cruise:

605 mph at 27,000 ft


2,500 miles with 16,520 lb payload

Preserved in British Museums

Trident 1C:

G-ARPH - Museum of Flight, East Fortune Aerodrome - Cockpit G-ARPP - Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum, Dumfries - Cockpit

Trident 2E:

G-AVFB - Duxford Aviation Society, Duxford Aerodrome - Display G-AVFH - De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre, London Colney - Forward Fuselage

Trident 3B:

G-AWZI - Farnborough Air Sciences Trust, Farnborough - Cockpit G-AWZJ - Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum, Dumfries - Forward Fuselage G-AWZK - Aviation Veiwing Park, Manchester Airport - Display G-AWZM - Science Museum, Wroughton - Display G-AWZP - Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester - Nose

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