8/18/1967: First Flight of the Handley Page Jetstream

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, The prototype Handley Page HP137′ Jetstream’ took off on its maiden flight from Radlett Airfield, Hertfordshire, in 1967.

The HP137 had been conceived in the 1960s by the British manufacturer as a 12-20 seat business and feeder aircraft. By its first flight, it had already received orders for 160 airframes.

Management believed that the ‘Jetstream,’ with its pressurized cabin, improved range, higher speed, and payload than its rivals, would be critical to the company’s survival. Sadly, HP underestimated the development costs of the aircraft and, in 1969, was forced to file for voluntary liquidation.

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