BAE 146




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water bomber
two or three
Lycoming turbofans
4 x 6,970 lbs. ea.
52,680 lbs.
93,000 lbs.
5,000 gals.
93 ft. 10 in.
86 ft. 0 in.
460 mph
498 mph
2,100 fpm
42,000 feet
1,800 miles
9/3/81
1983



  

 

BAE-146

BAE 146

The United States Forest Service has selected the modified BAE 146 as their newest generation water bombing aircraft.

Nine BAE 146 passenger jets have been modified as water bombers by Neptune Aviation, Missoula, Montana. The aircraft were successfully evaluated. Aero-Flite, Spokane, Washington has five BAE 146 aircraft converted to water bombers and Air Spray, Alberta, Canada has two.

Neptune tells us that the BAE 146 is among its most quite aircraft in operation. They are easy to refuel, using only a single connection.

The engines of the BAE 146 should prove more reliable than those on the piston engine aircraft. They consume only a fraction of the lubricating oil during normal operations.

It will be possible to reach a designated area in about half the time due to the BAE 146 having about double the speed of the piston engine aircraft, and also being able to cruise at higher altitudes.

The BAE 146 also carries nearly double the retardant load, and is capable of precise delivery of retardant in varied amounts as specified by the crew, depending upon need.

British Aerospace produced a total of 387 BAE 146 airliners before production ended in 2001.

 

 

 

 




4 thoughts on “BAE 146”

  1. Nick Randazzo says:

    Hi! I like what I see on your website so now I’m following you. I used to fly as a passenger on the BAE 146 quite a bit. It may be of interest to your readers that the flaps motors were extremely loud and could be quite a surprise the first time someone heard them. Also, with its large flaps, spoilers, and an air brake, the BAE 146 didn’t need reverse thrust for landings. However, I don’t know if these things still apply to the water bomber version.

  2. admin says:

    Thank you, Nick, for all the great information. I am sure everyone appreciates hearing your first hand experiences on the BAE 146.

  3. Courtney Hohner says:

    Not much written these days about the BAE 146. Yes, when the flaps came down it was a scream like a banshee. It sometimes shocked first time passengers on the jet. However, the aircraft overall, both from hearing it flying, and as a passenger, was one of the quietest.

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