Cause and Effect

Bad Timing; Good Recovery


Vickers, seeking to capitalize on their success with the Viscount and in response to a request from British European Airways, introduced the Vanguard in 1960. The problem is the Vanguard was a turboprop aircraft introduced at a time when jetliners were gaining widespread acceptance. The Sud Aviation Caravelle, Boeing 707, and Douglas DC-8 had just gone on sale and the venerable De Havilland Comet had been in use for 8 years. Predictably, this meant meager sales and a short production life for the new Vickers.

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