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HS.121 Trident 1C Tri-Jet Challenge

41.6k Tang0five  8 months ago
Auto Credit Based on ACEPILOT109's Tri-Jet Challenge (Closed!!!)

Apologies for the re-post. This is now a successor post, in line with the challenge rules.


To Fly. To Serve.


Cabin lighting


Flying the flag

Paradise awaits!

(Reg G-ARPZ is an actual reg on a BA Trident 1C in case you were wondering)


(Queue Aria on Air)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you my entry to ACEPILOTs tri-jet challenge. The Hawker Siddeley HS.121 “Trident” 1C complete with early BA livery. I would like to thank ACE for inspiring me to remake a previous failing of mine and also for extending the deadline (without which I would not be entering).

For those who don’t like reading I’ll surmise below.

TRIDENT 1
Type: Narrow-body, short range jet airliner. First ‘T’ tailed rear-engined aircraft, first three engined jet airliner.
Service: first flight 6 Jan 1962 and introduced 1 Apr 1964. Retired 1995.
Produced: 1962-1978. 117 built.
Primary users: BEA and later British Airways. Cyprus Airways. CAAC Airlines

Description (taken from original build)

The mighty Trident. Or so it should have been. So many bad decisions made by government and various other heads of sheds I don't know where to begin. I suppose the first act of folly was giving a rival company (Boeing) all its research amidst talk of collaborating to create a tri jet airliner, something that allegedly amazed Boeing (jolly good sports us brits!)

The trident was designed to the specification of a powerful middle range passenger jet. In stepped BEA amid declining passenger numbers and petitioned de haviland to make it smaller. A smaller design led to the engines being switched to the Rolls Royce Spey with a significant reduction in power, range and payload. Alternative engines were planned but the Gov at the time was trying to "rationalise" the industry and shelved the plans.

As commercial aviation started to boom so did demand for longer range jets with greater capacity. This trend eventually led to 5 different versions of the trident being built. Despite indecision, bad direction and shear bloody mindedness the trident was the first in many fields and a beautiful aircraft. First tri jet passenger liner, first aircraft to perform blind landings, advanced avionics way ahead of its time (this is the reason for the off-set nose wheel), one of the fastest subsonic commercial aircraft and the wing design was even taken for the A300.

Ultimately the Trident lost out on sales to the 727 due to its limited market (namely BEA), its underpowered engines and government induced delays. The delays of which led to its major rival the 727 being introduced 2 months prior to the Trident. A terrible irony being the original design of the trident was pretty much what the 727 was made to. The former having 117 built, the latter 1,832.

Facts and figures are all very well. From a pilots perspective the Trident was something to behold. The pilots who flew Tridents and later Boeing likened the Trident to driving a sports car; Boeing, like driving a Cadillac - which is a rather fitting adage in my opinion!

Controls and notes on this build

VTOL down - Flaps
Brake - Activates Air brake/spoiler and wheel brakes
TRIM - Trim (yes it’s all kosher!)
AG3 - Cabin Lights (looks really neat in the dark)
AG8. - Nav Lights and ‘Avionics’

Takeoff
Full flap and hard back on the yoke, rotate around 175mph (a little unrealistic but this was based on several compromises to give more realistic performance)

Cruise
With throttle at 75% at an cruising altitude of 35,000 ft speed should be around 517mph; compared with the actual aircraft 580mph. Again this was a compromise.

Landing
Throttle 20% for any typical approach. Trim and flap settings can be alternated to more or less land without input from the stick of you so fancy. I’ve done it several times with full flap down and trim the aircraft nose fully down initially. I then gradually reduce trim to flare out for landing. Brake to activate spoilers but these are a gimmick as I didn’t want unrealistically short landing runs.

(Optional) deactivate 8 will give more ‘play’ as it will stop any auto-levelling.

If you’ve read this far thank you and good luck to all the other entries!

General Characteristics

  • Predecessor Tri-Jet Challenge (Closed!!!)
  • Created On iOS
  • Wingspan 93.8ft (28.6m)
  • Length 114.6ft (34.9m)
  • Height 27.8ft (8.5m)
  • Empty Weight 37,769lbs (17,131kg)
  • Loaded Weight 62,798lbs (28,485kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 2.469
  • Wing Loading 28.8lbs/ft2 (140.4kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 2,183.3ft2 (202.8m2)
  • Drag Points 31936

Parts

  • Number of Parts 441
  • Control Surfaces 7
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    41.6k Tang0five

    Please don’t upvote if you upvoted the original. The was meant as a challenge entry. For whatever reason it didn’t submit as a successor post.

    Pinned 8 months ago
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    2,794 RaendyLeBeau

    so great & detailed work! awesome !

    5 months ago
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    25.5k Typhoon03

    @Tang0five
    I currently have nothing planned, although I may try my hand at a light fighter/trainer or perhaps a radar picket ship.

    8 months ago
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    41.6k Tang0five

    I’m trying to put together a protected cruiser for a bit of a change in theme and I mentioned a BAC 1-11. I’ve also got a BAC EAP I need to polish up that’s been sat around since before the 1.9 update..... how about yourself? @TheFantasticTyphoon

    +1 8 months ago
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    25.5k Typhoon03

    @Tang0five
    No problem! Have you got anymore projects planned?

    8 months ago
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    41.6k Tang0five

    Ha ha thank you guys, most touching for your continued support! @TheFantasticTyphoon @asteroidbook345 @Mustang51

    +2 8 months ago
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    you are welcome

    8 months ago
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    @Tang0five
    it was very good

    8 months ago
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    41.6k Tang0five

    Thank you, the nose gear of the trident had to be offset to accommodate the advanced avionics. @Cassio11

    8 months ago
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    41.6k Tang0five

    It was indeed. If I remember rightly in my research, China and Cyprus were the only exports. The last Trident being retired in China in ‘95! @QingyuZhou

    8 months ago
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    241k SavageMan

    In fact the Trident was a very popular model in China

    +1 8 months ago
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    85.2k ACEPILOT109

    Thank you, and no worries. @Tang0five

    8 months ago
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    it was very good congratulations

    8 months ago
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    friend the frontal landing gear is not wrong

    8 months ago
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    24.1k Mustang51

    I enjoy this build enough to want to upvote it again

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    25.5k Typhoon03

    Meh, I'll upvote twice.
    It deserves it.

    +1 8 months ago
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    41.6k Tang0five

    Thought I’d make it a successor. I know you were willing to accept it as it was but it just didn’t seem right.

    @ACEPILOT109

    8 months ago