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   - limited availability                              

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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E-Mail: Dave Thaxter
Welcome to the May 2016 update
In the Your Photos section we have new galleries from / for
Sandie Bond, Hazel Lyttle and Hale Irwin

In Special Features we have
Edinburgh 1977 - with images from Jim Scotland
Also a look back at
The Passenger and how things have changed
DC10 Fleet - Where Are They Now - update

In Aircraft Galleries we have the story of
BCal Helicopters and HMS Ark Royal

And don't forget to check out BCal Media and Memorabilia too

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

Absent Friends   Captain David Flash Phillips and John Francke   remembered 

Reunion Diary - 2 Reunions - Flight Deck / Cabin Crew 2016 - Booking info online
     and BUA Cabin Crew - 1966 - 50 Year anniversary
Click here to go to the 40th Anniversary Edition update
Hit Counter
G-BHDH at Gatwick
Crew Room Updated
26th May 2016
Main Site Updated
1st May 2016
Next Main Site Update
1st June 2016
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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