It was in March 1961 that the British Aircraft Corporation decided to proceed with the detail design and construction of a twin turbofan‐powcred short‐haul airliner—the BAC One‐Eleven —and seven weeks later, on May 9, 1961, the first firm order for ten One‐Elevens for British United Airways was announced. Now, some twenty‐six months after the ‘go‐ahead’ decision was taken, the order book for the One‐Eleven stands at forty‐five aircraft for seven operators with the first flight little more than a month away.
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