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.
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
PAGES: 144 IMAGE: B3080.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/ure64hc LINKS: 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.