A special welcome message from Alastair Pugh

For most of us, BCAL quite simply represents some of the best years of our professional lives. It was an extraordinary airline, powered to wide acclaim in its day by an extraordinary team of people.  Memories of BCAL are enduring and remain a source of inspiration.

It was a true privilege for me to help lead such a remarkable enterprise and I have much pleasure in welcoming you to this web site, British Caledonian - A Tribute.

It commemorates not only our achievements but also the abiding friendships which were forged within the BCAL family. It is a tribute to us all that, even after so many years, the name British Caledonian still commands widespread respect within the industry and is recalled with affection by so many who flew with us.

As our late Chairman, Sir Adam Thomson, wrote: so long as former BCAL people are employed in aviation and hand down their legacy to others, so long as our former customers demand the level of personal service and value for money we strove to provide and so long as aspiring airlines battle to open new markets, BCAL lives on.

You bet it does!

Alastair Pugh
Former Managing Director and Executive Vice-Chairman.
British Caledonian Airways.

Welcome to the home of British Caledonian Airways

The History of British Caledonian Airways  by Dave Thaxter
Flying to the Sun
by Charles Woodley
Supermarine Seafire XVII to Douglas DC10
by Ronald Williams

Learning to Fly - A romantic comedy by Jane Lambert
Silver City Airways - Pioneers of the Skies by Keith Dagwell
Da Nang Bound by Frank Skilbeck   
Caledonian 108 by Charles Powell
Gourmet & Glamour - by George Banks 
Before There Were Trolley Dollies
  by Angela Waller
In-Flight Confidential by Richard Havers

Website Links
BA Retired Staff Association
The Gatwick branch has many former BCal staff
and the RSA has useful pension & travel info too
Copyright 1998 - 2016 by Dave Thaxter
All Rights reserved
E-Mail: Dave Thaxter
Welcome to the September 2016 update
In the Your Photos section we have new galleries from
Alan Reeves, Barbara Pattenden and Kevin Thorne

In Special Features we have a new feature
The World of British Caledonian
A superb promotional film sent in by Roger Henning
Showcasing many facets of BCal's global operations

The 2017 BCal Calendars are now on sale BCal Calendars

Don't forget to check out BCal Media, Memorabilia and Aircraft Galleries too

Captain Henry "Harry" Saunderson and Des de Silva  remembered 

The BCal Light Aircraft Project - 2017   New

Lynne's Christmas Trees   New

A Life in Aircraft Maintenance by Roger Creasey - 4th Oct

The Crewroom -  Can you help with any missing email addresses please?

Reunion Diary - Flight Deck / Cabin Crew 2016 - 30th Sept
BUA Cabin Crew - 1966 - 50 Year anniversary was held on 9th Sept - Photos now online
Click here to go to the 40th Anniversary Edition update
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Crew Room Updated
26th September 2016
Main Site Updated
1st September 2016
Next Main Site Update
1st October 2016
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Lynne's Christmas Trees by Lynne Le Maitre - New
Colours Guesthouse - Mablethorpe run by Fred & Jean Gorman New
A holiday in Brittany - Ar Karregenn - run by Peter Kenworthy
A break in Paris - The Terrace at 22 run by Brian Ferguson
Holiday in France - La Varache - run by Chris Hill
Lavender Gifts and more, grown by Carol Hamblin
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