The 26th of June is the anniversary of the first flights of the BAe 125 1000 (latterly Hawker 1000).
The 1000 was the result of extensive market research conducted throughout the 1980s that identified a potential market for a medium sized long-rang aircraft capable of transatlantic (3300-3500 miles) journeys. British Aerospace took the decision to develop the, then current, 125 800 series to achieve these market demands.
What emerged was an aircraft that, despite being visually similar to the 800 series, was significantly different. Over 20 years each system on the 125 had been subject to modifications with the creation of a new model the opportunity arose to redesign them. Nowhere was this more apparent than with the 1000’s new wing which replaced the drag-inducing fences present since the series 1 in favour of small vortilons. The 1000 also incorporated newer, more powerful, Pratt & Whitney Canada PW-305 turbofans (in place of the AlliedSignal TFE-731 on the Hawker) in an attempt to increase performance. Finally the fuselage featured a 33 inch stretch to provide a more comfortable cabin for the increased range.
As with the concurrently produced BAe-125-800, the BAe-125-1000 became the Hawker 1000 from mid 1993 when Raytheon purchased British Aerospace's Corporate Jets division. Despite the perceived market the Hawker 1000 did not meet sales expectation with production ceasing in 1997. However, a lot of the modifications made were incorporated into subsequent Hawker 800XP, 850XP, 750 and 900XP models, all of which we are able to support with the world’s largest Hawker rotable stock.