8/22/1974: The Short 330 Performs Maiden Flight

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, the prototype Short 330 (G-BSBH) made its maiden flight in 1974, launching commercial operations that same year.

The Short 330, AKA SD3-30, can trace its history back to the Short Skyvan, which first flew in 1963 and was a “general-purpose” aircraft that proved popular.

Buoyed by Skyvan’s success, the manufacturer looked at designing a bigger and better version that was more refined and appealing to Western airlines.

Shorts 330 of Mississippi Valley Airlines is pictured at MSP in 1985. Photo: Eduard Marmet, CC BY-SA 3.0 GFDL 1.2, via Wikimedia Commons

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Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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