I never flew on one, hence why I snapped up the opportunity to join this flight, however I do have plenty of memories of them from my childhood and later.
In the 1980s the Dan Air BAC One Elevens were a regular sight at Teesside & Newcastle, my 2 local airports. Dan Air used to operate NCL
with the One Eleven; and BA
used it on several NCL
I also remember a British Island Airways BAC One Eleven doing crew training circuits at Teesside for several days in 1989, as it flew right over our house in nearby Darlington. I stayed in the garden for hours waiting for it to pass over again.
Later the type saw service with BAF
/British World Airlines and European Aviation Aircharter, both of which were still a common sight until the late 1990s.
Maersk Air (UK) Ltd operated the last BAC One Elevens in BA
colours in the mid-late 90s and they often used to replace a J41 on the BHX
service. They also used to operate a BHX
service from NCL
on Saturday afternoons in 1995; and along with the Sabre Airways B727 were the highlight of the day when I used to spend the day at the end of the runway.
The things I loved about the One Eleven apart from its British style clumsy look (compared to the DC-9/B737, much like the Trident versus B727) were the noise and smoke on take-off - I only saw and heard the hush-kitted versions but even hush-kitted speys were deafening on take-off!
Also unique was the engine startup sound. There really is nothing like the sound of a One Eleven startup. Do a search on YouTube for the video of a BA
BAC One Eleven starting up at Birmingham and you will know what I mean. I am not sure whether the later style hush-kit (as fitted to our VIP ride) produces the same sound during startup. If it does, I suggest we ask for the cabin door to be left open during engine start in DAL
! I am sure everyone would enjoy that!