History of British European Airways

1946 - 1972

Charles Woodley

* Includes many early post-war colour photos.

* Gives full details of aircraft and routes.

* Illustrated throughout.
Date Published :
March 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
150 pictures approx - black and white integrated, color plates
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473886629

Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 208


BEA was formed in 1946 and took over most UK domestic and European routes under the British government's nationalization 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 It began operations with a fleet of outdated and hopelessly uneconomic passenger aircraft that were derivatives of wartime types such as the DC-3, Avro Viking and Rapide.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, illustrated throughout, includes anecdotes from former crew and ground-staff as well as a full fleet list.

About The Author

Charles Woodley is an expert in civil aviation. His first book, 'Golden Age'-Commercial Aviation in Britain 1945-1965' was published by Airlife in 1992. Last summer his book on the Bristol Britannia was published by Crowood, and his latest book, on BOAC, was publised in July/August 2004 by Tempus.

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