The world’s last surviving complete Hawker Siddeley HS.121 airliner
Welcome to Save The Trident. Our aircraft is on display at Sunderland and represents an important part of British aviation history.
The Trident was an airliner that heralded many new technologies that we take for granted today, including automatic landings and triplicated systems, and it was also one of the fastest commercial aircraft around.
This particular aircraft, G-ARPO, flew for British European Airways and British Airways between 1965 and 1983, before it was retired to a fire training school in Teesside.
Life for a Trident Airliner
Tridents were used by airlines all over the world, but only 117 were built across three different variants.
Our Trident flew on routes out of London Heathrow airport, linking the capital with cities across Europe and the rest of the UK.
It could hold around a hundred passengers and was popular among crews and passengers who flew it.
Saving a Trident
A team of volunteers got together in 2009 to form the Save The Trident group when it was realised that G-ARPO was the last remaining Trident 1C anywhere in the world.
Over the next few years the aircraft was dismantled and transported to the North East Land, Sea and Air Museums in Sunderland, where it has been lovingly restored inside and out.
It has been painted in the colours of Northeast Airlines – a local airline that flew Tridents in the 1970s before it became part of British Airways.
We still have a long way to go with the project and plan to reattach the wings and tail to the aircraft. Everything we’ve done so far has been through the kind donation of time and money by many volunteers and supporters, as well as sponsorships.
Come and see what it was like to travel on an early jet airliner in the 1960s and 70s. On our regular open days, visitors to the museum can step aboard and visit the cockpit, see the original seating, galleys, luggage racks and toilets. There are information displays telling the aircraft’s story, and DVDs showing archive footage.
We are available for filming and private visits – please contact us.