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
My Date with Destiny by Eunice Musgrave

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
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Welcome to the February update
In the Your Photos section we have new galleries from
Tom Beck, Elvina Parker and Brian Spurle
A Video galley from Angela Mansi

In Special Features we have a new page
The Adventures of G-BFGI
An update to DC10's Where Are They Now and AB Initio Page 5

In the Memorabilia a new page British United vintage Comet 4 Model

Brian Folley, Bill Clarke and Ken Collis Remembered

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

The Roll-out of G-RECW  All the photos & videos - super selection

G-RECW Commemorative Postcards on sale

Jenny Holland's Wingwalk - 23rd July 2017

Reunion Diary  2017 Flight & Cabin Crew Reunion date announced
Engineers 2016 Christmas Party photo online here
Click here to go to the 40th Anniversary Edition update
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BCal's 3rd DC10 G-BFGI
Crew Room Updated
22nd February 2017
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1st February 2017
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