Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander
Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander

Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander. Photo. Video. Characteristics. Reviews.



Britten Norman Islander (also known as BN2) - light aircraft manufactured by the British company Aircraft Britten Norman. Islander - one of the best selling models of aircraft among the Western European production. It is operated widely in local short-haul air routes in many countries.




Design Islander began in 1963, the first model made its first flight BN2 13.06.1965, the second instance of a pilot - 20.08.1966. Both were equipped with powerful engines are not such as in mass-produced cars. The first serial Islander flew 24.04.1967.




An improved version BN2A Islander, rose into the air for the first time in 1969. Were improved aerodynamic properties of the car, slightly changed the luggage compartment, the equipment.

Defender, a military version of the Islander, first flew 20.05.1970.

MaritimeDefender, another military option Islander, designed to rescue search services, fisheries and coastal patrols.

Started producing in 1978 subsequent variation, BN2B IslanderII. Improvements also referred noise reduction and increase load capacity. Now you can produce aircraft with a greater length, luggage compartment, the presence of winglets, additional fuel tanks and engines Allison 250B17C. Version with such engines was named BN2T TurbineIslander.


Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander Salon

Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander Salon


Further development Islander received BN2A MkIII Trislander, which has a much greater capacity. Lengthened fuselage, modified and added in the chassis tail third motor. The analogue was made from a second sample ekspermentalnogo BN2 and vpervyevzletel 11.09.1970.

Islandervypuskalsya different factories BrittenNorman. The aircraft at the end of 1960-X was produced on the Isle of Wight at the plant in Bembridge. Romanian IRMA manufactured the plane with 1969, SONACA (Belgium). - With 1973. Also, the production was carried out in the Philippines.


The main operators:





AvionesdePanama SA; AeroTaxi; ANSA; PARSA; AVIATUR; TRANSPASA; AirPanama.



 New Zealand

RealJourneys; ChathamsPacificAirlines;





 United Kingdom





InterIsland Airways - Samoa;

AmericanSamoaGovernment (ASG) - Samoa;


Interesting Facts


BrittenNorman Islander company uses ChathamsPacific Airlines on the shortest regular flights between the islands of Tongatapu and Eua in Tonga. The total flight time is seven to eight minutes (of 40 kilometers).


Features Britten Norman BN2 Islander:


Length: 10,86m.

Height: 4,18m.

Empty weight: 1627kg.

Wing area: 30,2kv.m.

Wingspan: 14,94m.

Cruising speed: 257km / h..

Maximum speed: 273km / h..

Ceiling: 4024m.

Flight range with maximum load: 1400km.

Engines: 2 × Lycoming O540E4C.

Link: 2 × 195kVt.

Crew: 1-2cheloveka /

Number of seats: 9mest.

Maximum takeoff weight: 2994kg.

Rate of climb: 4,9m / s.

Wing loading: 9,78kg / m²

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