The History of British European Airways

Author: Charles Woodley
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 1844151867
Format: PDF, Kindle
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BEA was formed in 1946 and took over most UK domestic and European routes under the British government's nationalisation policy. It began operations with a fleet of outdated and hopelessly uneconomic passenger aircraft that were derivatives of wartime types such as the DC-3, Avro Viking and Rapide. By the end of 1955 the airline had re-equipped with more modern types such as the jet-prop Viscount and moved into a profit for the first time. From 1960 onwards the airline introduced larger jets such as the Comet, Trident and BAC 1-11. BEA merged with the British Overseas Airways Corporation in 1974 to form British Airways.This book looks at BEA's predecessors, its formation and early operation from Croydon and Northolt and the move to the newly-opened London Heathrow. The evolving structure is explained with chapters covering engineering bases, terminals, European and domestic services, cargo services and helicopter operations. The aircraft flown are all described in detail and the book includes anecdotes from former crew and ground-staff, a full fleet list and is highly illustrated throughout.

Speedbird

Author: Robin Higham
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 1780764626
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Between 1939 and 1946 BOAC (the British Overseas Airways Corporation) was the nationalized airline of Great Britain – and between 1946 and 1974 as such it exclusively operated all long-haul British flights. With its iconic 'Speedbird' logo and its central role in the glamorous 'jet age' of the 1950s and 1960s, BOAC achieved a near cult-status. Yet, to date there has been no comprehensive history of the organization, covering its structure, fleet and the role it played in the critical events of the age – from World War II to the end of empire, a period when BOAC played a pivotal part in projecting British political power, even as that power was waning. Acclaimed historian Robin Higham here presents a complete study of BOAC from the early days before jet travel to the de Havilland Comet and the Vickers VC10 to the dawn of supersonic passenger aviation. Highly illustrated and meticulously researched, this book will be essential reading for all aviation enthusiasts and anyone interested in the history of modern Britain and the Empire.

Business History of the World

Author: Richard Robinson
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN:
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"...This will be a useful source both for identifying firsts and for tracing trends throughout history." Wilson Library Bulletin

British Airways

Author: Paul Jarvis
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781445667065
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The facinating history of British Airways Engineering, from the earliest development of commercial civil aviation engineering in the early 1920s up to the present day.

Stansted Airport Through Time

Author: Charles Woodley
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445611066
Format: PDF, Mobi
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London Stansted Airport began life as a Second World War US air base. Handed back to the British government at the end of the war, the base soon became home to many of Britain's fledgling charter airlines such as Skyways, Kearsley Airways and London Aero & Motor Services.

BAC One Eleven

Author: Stephen Skinner
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0752497294
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One of the bestselling aircraft of British civil aviation, the BAC 1-11 took to the skies for the first time in August 1963, with an order book for 60 aircraft. More than half the orders were from the United States, an unprecedented situation for a British civil aircraft. The only aircraft wholly designed and built by BAC, it remained in production throughout the entire 17-year history of the organization, performing strongly even when profits were at a low. After flying commercially for the last time in March 2002, here the 1-11 is celebrated in style 50 years after its maiden flight. Skinner combines original research with a multitude of images and detailed appendices to consider what transpired in those five decades and the place the 1-11 holds in British aviation history.

Safety Was No Accident

Author: James Fuller
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1466968931
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This book will appeal to aviation engineers, air traffic controllers and all pilots who have taken a U.K. commercial pilots license. It explains how the U.K. Civil Aviation Flying Unit (CAFU) was formed during WWII and the work for which it was intended. How Flight Inspection methods were evolved to meet increasing challenges of improving navigational and landing aids and to ensure suitable flying standards were set for the issue of newly created licence requirements. It details the aircraft provided, their role; the seemingly ever changing Ministries from MCA to the CAA . It plots the beginning and the end of CAFU, asking how and why this occurred; tracks the changes of Ministries, policies, airfields, aircraft, inadequate housing, staff levels and pay, of aircrew and engineers who gave themselves to the safety of aviation, ensuring that to-days commercial aircraft are able to land in zero visibility conditions safely. It is a post-war history of the United Kingdoms effort, to be at the forefront of international aviation safety that is enjoyed by all who fly today. Whether you are a passenger or pilot, CAFU was a small part of this process and one to be proud of.

Flying to the Sun

Author: Charles Woodley
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0750968702
Format: PDF
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Flying To The Sun: A History of Britain's Holiday Airlines encompasses the development of Britain's holiday charter airlines, from their humble beginnings flying pioneering holidaymakers to campsites in Corsica in war-surplus Dakota aircraft, to today's flights to exotic spots across the globe in wide-bodied Airbuses. Along the way, nostalgic names such as Clarksons Holidays and Dan-Air are encountered, and anecdotes from early package-tour holidaymakers and former airline staff provide an insight into a part of our social history.