BUA Royal Flight 1963
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BUA made a move into executive aircraft when on 16th March 1962 they ordered an executive version of the Handley-Page Herald. As a stop-gap measure, BUA leased an executive Herald from 15th May while their own aircraft was being built.
Their Herald, was registered as G-ASBP, and she was delivered in November 1962. She would stay in the fleet for four years before being sold on in October 1966.
One flight made by Bravo Papa was to fly Princess Alexandra and the Honourable Angus Ogilvy on to the second part of their honeymoon. The couple had spent the first part of their honeymoon at Birkhall in Scotland initially before travelling onwards by BUA.
I am pleased to say I have the BUA Press release and photos from that special flight and can show them below.
|BUA Herald G-ASBP at Gatwick
BUA Press Release
The newly-wed Princess Alexandra and the Honourable Angus Ogilvy will leave Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, on Saturday 4th May on the second part of their honeymoon.
The Royal couple will fly in an executive Handley Page Dart Herald owned by British United Airways. The aircraft is handsomely appointed; its fuselage is divided into two main compartments - forward is a crew and staff position; to the rear is the executive suite which Princess Alexandra and the Hon. Angus Ogilvy will occupy.
The furnishings of the executive compartment include a large sideboard unit; incorporating a cocktail cabinet; a reclining seat with its own writing table and a dining table with four adjustable arm chairs. The suite has its own separate washroom. The dominant colour is white; the fitted carpet is mushroom.
The twin-engined turbo-prop Herald aircraft has a cruising speed of 275mph and in a normal configuration carries 50 passengers on short-haul routes. The interior of the British United Executive aircraft was designed and installed by Aviation Traders (Engineering) of Southend, a member company of the British United Group.
|The Executive Cabin
The Crew - Captain Leslie Matthey, Stewardess Joyce Ambler, First Officer William Mitchell and Engineer Officer Alan Daley
Captain Leslie Matthey - is a Viscount Training Captain with British United; whom he joined in 1954 when Transair became members of the Group. During his career Captain Matthey has flown over 3 million miles and last year he flew King Hussein and Princess Muna of Jordan on their honeymoon.
First Officer William Mitchell has been with British United Airways for 12 years.
Engineer Officer Alan Daley is employed by Handley Page and kindly seconded by them to assist with the operation of the Herald.
Flight Hostess Joyce Ambler has been flying with British United for 10 years. Joyce is the sister of Eric Ambler, the well-known novelist and film writer.
||First Officer Mitchell
||Engineer Officer Daley
||Stewardess Joyce Ambler
Another Flight by the Ogilvys
Princess Alexandra and Sir Angus Ogilvy flew out of Gatwick on 2nd November 1970 on a special VC10 flight to Buenos Aires, via Freetown. They were accompanied by members of their staff and 66 members of the pipe band of the Highland Fusiliers. They returned on 9th November by another special flight after their visit to South America.