Between 1939 and 1946 BOAC (the British Overseas Airways Corporation) was the nationalised airline of Great Britain - and between 1946 and 1974 as such it exclusively operated all long-haul British flights. With its iconic 'Speedbird' logo and its central role in the glamorous 'jet age' of the 1950s and 1960s, BOAC achieved a near cult-status with admirers around the globe. Yet, to date there has been no comprehensive history of the organisation, covering its structure, fleet and the role it played in the critical events of the age - from World War II to the end of empire, a period when BOAC played a pivotal part in projecting British political power, even as that power was waning. During World War II, BOAC operated a limited wartime service and prepared for the return of commercial flight in the postwar era. But it was in the service of Britain's colonies - and latterly the process of decolonisation - that BOAC achieved its most pivotal role. The development of flight technology enabled much faster connections between Britain and her imperial possessions - as the colonies prepared for independence BOAC ferried diplomats, politicians and colonial administrators between London and the far-flung corners of Africa and Asia in much faster times than had previously been possible. In this book, acclaimed historian Robin Higham presents a unique comprehensive study of BOAC from the early jet travel of the de Havilland Comet and the Vickers VC10 to the dawn of supersonic passenger aviation. Highly illustrated and meticulously researched using previously unseen sources, this book will be essential reading for all aviation enthusiasts and anyone interested in the history of modern Britain.
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Publication date: 15/05/2020
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List of Boxes, Charts, and Illustrations Author's Note (1976) Author's Note (2012) Preface Part 1: Airline in Wartime, 1939-1945 Chapter 1. The Corporation at War Chapter 2. Wartime Routes and Services Chapter 3. Planning the Return to Commercial Operation Part 2: Highs and Lows, 1946-1964 Chapter 4. Re-Establishing a Commercial Airline Chapter 5. Postwar Operations, 1945-1949 Chapter 6. Apex and Aftermath: The Miles Thomas Era, 1949-1956 Chapter 7. Organization and Operations, 1949-1956 Chapter 8. The d'Erlanger Regime, 1956-1960 Chapter 9. Aircraft Procurement?Turbo-Prop and Big Jet Chapter 10. The Slattery Regime and the Crisis Part 3: 'Magna Carta' to Dissolution, 1964-1974 Chapter 11. Beginning the Last Decade Chapter 12. Edwards and the Second Force Chapter 13. Challenges and Responses in the Final Decade, 1964-1974 Chapter 14. Further Challenges and Responses, 1964-1974 Chapter 15. Concluding the BOAC Story Appendices British Governments by Prime Minister Ministers Responsible for Air and Aviation, 1939-1974 Chairmen of BOAC Members of the Board of BOAC Salaries According to Whitaker's Almanac BOAC Companies Comprehensive BOAC Fleet List Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index About the Author