BOAC and the Golden Age of Flying

An affectionate history of one of the greatest airlines in flying history. The formation of BAOC on the foundations of British Imperial Airways introduced the world to a new level of passenger transport, including the Comet, the world’s first jet airliner. – Very Highly Recommended.

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NAME: BOAC and the Golden Age of Flying
FILE: R3080
AUTHOR: Malcolm Turner
PUBLISHER: Burnt Ash Publishing
BINDING: hard back
PRICE: £35.00                                                               
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Imperial Airways, BOAC, British Overseas Airways Corporation, BA, 
British Airways, Speedbird, flying boats, prop planes, turbo prop, jet airliners, 
Comet, first jet airliners

ISBN: 978-1-9162161-0-5

PAGES: 144
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DESCRIPTION: An affectionate history of one of the greatest airlines in flying 
history. The formation of BAOC on the foundations of  British Imperial Airways 
introduced the world to a new level of passenger transport, including the Comet, 
the world's first jet airliner. – Very Highly Recommended.

The period after WWII saw huge new opportunities for airline travel. The heavy 
bombers built by the Allies to defeat the Axis countries introduced large landplanes 
capable of very long flights with high levels of reliability. They also produced a new 
generation of pilots and engineers. As importantly the use of large aircraft during 
WWII had led to the construction of suitable airstrips around the world that could 
take these heavy aircraft and still have scope for even larger and faster machines. 
BOAC spanned a relatively short but exciting golden period of flight from 1940-1974, 
followed by British Airways.

Initially, BOAC was equipped with a selection of civil and military aircraft. During 
wartime, conditions and manufacturing capability meant that warplanes were available 
and suitable for the role that was handed to BOAC. After 1945, military aircraft 
continued to be used in modified form and the first British airliners were built as 
modifications of heavy bombers. A similar situation applied to the US airlines with 
aircraft, such as the Stratocruisers and Constellations.

However, BOAC was to receive the world's first jet airliner, the de Havilland Comet, 
and in its final days received the Concorde Super Sonic Airliner. The author has 
provided a history that includes the pioneering efforts that led to BOAC, its history 
and its perspective to BA. During the period the personnel staffing the airline formed 
a strong bond that has resulted in a very enthusiastic group of more than 2,000 
members remembering BOAC, and a Boeing 747, repainted in BOAC colours, flown 
at air shows by BA.

There are many very good images to support the engaging text.