The History of British Caledonian Airways
1928 - 1988
The History of British Caledonian Airways is sold in aid of the Golden Lion Children's Trust
In the early days of British independent civil aviation two men started Airwork. Buying some land west of London they opened Heston Aerodrome, started a flying school and ventured into charter services.
Other airlines followed, many based at Croydon Airport, flying small aircraft initially to many parts of the world. Early flights into Africa with Olley Air Services, medical evacuation flights with Mortons to the glamour of flying-boat services to Capri with Aquila Airways.
In all, 17 airlines form the family of British Caledonian Airways, some 40 years of aviation experience between them with so many pioneering, innovative, firsts along the way. After many a merger and takeover, one airline would come to the fore in 1970.
BCal flew proudly as a national Flag Carrier of Great Britain, carrying their high standards of independent airline quality and experience worldwide as never before.
The History of British Caledonian Airways is a book that I have written, chronicling the history of the airlines that form the family tree of British Caledonian. The roots of BCal go back to 1928, and it has been a fascinating project, one that I have enjoyed and hope you will too, as we follow the airlines involved through to 1988, and the sale of BCal.
The book covers 60 years of proud independent civil aviation, the ups and downs, the good and the bad, but all of the airlines always striving to bring a different service, a better service, to the passenger. The airlines covered include Airwork, Olley Air Services, Morton Air Services, Fison-Airwork, Hunting-Clan, Lancashire Aircraft Corporation, Air Kruise, Silver City, Air Charter, Channel Air Bridge, Transair, Manx Air Charter, Aquila Airways, Jersey Airlines, Bristows, Dragon Airways, Caledonian Airways, British United Airways and, of course, British Caledonian Airways.
Along the way there were many innovative firsts in aviation, some will surprise you I am sure, but each one helped build one airline, BCal, one which everyone is hugely proud to have worked for.
The History of British Caledonian Airways is available in Hardback. The book has 396 pages with over 300 images and photographs spread throughout. The book measures 9.5 inches x 9 inches (240mm x 230mm)
A donation for each copy sold goes to the Golden Lion Children's Trust, a very worthy cause, I am sure you will agree.
It was a pleasure to research; I hope you enjoy reading it as much I did writing it.
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Hardback copy (£27.99 + postage)
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