BAe-146 United Express airplane model. The improved Avro RJ85 first flew on March 23, 1992, and like the small RJ70 and larger RJ100, is a modernized development of the basic 146, with improvements including more reliably and efficient FADEC equipped AlliedSignal LF 507 engines, enhanced `Space liner' cabin and a digital flightdeck.
British Aerospace (and for a time the AI(R) consortium) has been quite successful marketing the RJ85 in particular to `blue chip' airline customers and the 146/RJ line is now profitable. Further improvements to the basic design (particularly new engines) are now being considered.
Mahogany wood. Scale: 1/100. Wingspan 10 1/2 inches, Length 10 1/4 inches.