Way back in the late 80's, I was a ramp worker at the Toronto Island Airport (YTZ), for a regional carrier called City Express. We flew DeHavilland Dash-8's and Dash-7's.
We also had 6 Saunders ST-27's that were pulled out of service a year before my arrival. These aircraft were parked beside our main hanger for years. I always thought they looked pretty strange, because their vertical tail seemed way to short for the aircraft. I never got to see any of them fly. A few of them had been partially stripped for parts. A couple of them were not completely useless though...their cockpits made a great place to relax, eat lunch, and dream!
I suspect that the Saunders ST-27 aircraft is probably unknown to a lot of people who like airliners (I could be wrong). So, I have some questions for you.
Have any of the pilots and mechanics in this forum ever flown a ST-27, or worked on them? Also, have any members here ever been a passenger on one. If so, what were they like to fly, to fix and to travel on?
This is the only regional aircraft I've been in where you have to step over the main wing spar, because it runs through the aisle over a foot high!
Airliners.net's section on Aircraft Data and History has info about the
Saunders under the DeHavilland DH 114 "Heron" aircraft. The Saunders is a conversion of the Heron. The Heron used four 250 HP Gipsy Queen in-line engines. The Saunders was stretched and used only two of the new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 Turbo-Props. There were 13 Saunders versions built.
Here's a few photo's.
Photo © Pierre Langlois
Photo © Caz Caswell
Photo © John P. Stewart
PS. Is it just me...or does the tail look to small?