Never (sadly) flown on one yet.
However, why was it made how it was, what is the context-to me, as important in understanding a type as raw data.
Originally the HS
.146, designed in the early 70's, when there was interest in potential 'city centre' airports.
Meaning big noise and airfield space restrictions.
Hawker-Siddeley took a keen interest in this market, even in 1970 proposing a low wing, shorthauler, the HS
-141, with two wing mounted high bypass engines, but with large fairings either side of the lower fuselage-for a bank of small turbofan 'lift' engines, enabling vertical take off.
Like the one forward on the F-35B, many times over.
Clearly not practical, rather undermining the need for low noise, but a look at how to do an airliner for city centre airports that would be just enlarged heliports.
So, the more practical HS
.146 emerged, but with no suitable engine, if you wanted just two that is, they were not around in 1972/3.
Well almost, Avco developed a very quiet engine, with it's ancestry in the power plant in Chinook helicopters, but four required.
But the oil crisis of 1973, sent shockwaves everywhere, ambitious projects were cancelled, in the UK, this included the Channel Tunnel-already started then, not related to the later completed one.
The Maplin Sands off shore airport, off the coast of South East England.
And the HS
-146, apart from the costs of building it, who was about to build centre centre airports in this recession?
In 1978, now as part of British Aerospace, the now BAe-146 was re-launched, as well as the modernised Jetstream from a decade before.
Sales were slow at first, though there was an emerging commuter market, not quite what the HS
-146 had been designed to serve though.
Then in 1983, the breakthrough. Though not the first US customer, PSA's order for 25 -146's gave a much needed shot in the arm.
PSA wanted to carry on operating in the increasingly noise sensitive smaller airports in CA
, where 727's were too loud, even the new MD
-80, both too big for many PSA routes it seems too.
But the BAe-146 did fit.
Sadly, though upgraded to the Avro series which sold well too, BAe dropped the ball by failing to build the 'original' RJX, modernised, re-vamped, with two of the new R/R-BMW engines.
If started in 1992/3, it would have entered service during the regional jet boom.
As it was, the real 'RJX' was another 4-holer, but with new Honeywell engines and other improvements, gained some orders, even flew, but BAE as it was then, killed the whole project in November 2001.