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
Copyright 1998 - 2017 by Dave Thaxter
All Rights reserved
E-Mail: Dave Thaxter
Welcome to the January update
In the Your Photos section we have new galleries from
John Ferris, Andrew Rozumski and Judith Sidaway
A very nice selection of photos

In Special Features we have a new page
Airwork, Egypt and Pyramids
Some 1930's literature from Airwork, as they start Egyptian Airlines

In the Aircraft Galleries, a new page
Caledonian DC-7 G-ASID in Jeddah
A great set of early Caledonian Hadj photos
Can you help with the crew names?

Bluey Wilson and John Richardson Remembered

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

The BCal Light Aircraft Project - 2017 
New The Roll-out of G-RECW : 16th January 2017 New
Photos and Press Release online

Reunion Diary  2017 Flight & Cabin Crew Reunion date announced
Click here to go to the 40th Anniversary Edition update
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BUA 1-11 G-ASJD at GLA in 1967
Crew Room Updated
18th January 2017
Main Site Updated
18th January 2017
Next Main Site Update
1st February 2017
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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