Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Saunders ST-28 Airliner

Saunders Aviation, the last chapter. The thirteenth Saunders ST-27 was built as the prototype ST-28, using tooling and equipment built by Hawker Siddeley AviationThe new model had a number of improvements over the ST-27, a longer nose for radar installation, more powerful engines, larger fuel tanks and larger rudder.  Passengers would have enjoyed larger cabin windows and built-in stairs. The prototype flew for the first time in July 1974.
The program did not attract any orders and financial problems led to the company's closure in 1976. Only one complete prototype was made, three additional airframes were in process when the company closed. The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada acquired the prototype and kept it in storage at Gimli.

From http://www.ruudleeuw.com/canada07-gimli.htm 

Apparently the aircraft was scrapped by the museum in 2014 as "vandals had rendered the airframe unfit for restoration"!

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