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User currently offlineClrd4t8koff From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 376 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4453 times:
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Why is it that BA planes are labeled "Speedbird," and SA planes are called "Springbok?" Or is this just their 744's?

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User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4434 times:

with BA Speedbird is the callsign for all their aircraft.......someone told me why quite recently, but i cant for the life of me remember...i'll try an find out again, but i'm sure someone else will answer before i do!  Wink

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 67
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4431 times:

And just as "Speedbird" is the callsign for BA, "Springbok" is the callsign for SAA; why that was chosen, I'm not absolutely sure, but if you look at pictures of planes in the old SAA livery have a look at the tail: that was called the "Flying Springbok".


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User currently offlineReady4Pushback From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 364 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4409 times:

I don't know the answer to the question, and would like to know myself, but isn't it Speedbirde and not Speedbird? I don't know where it comes from?

I quite like the idea of the call-signs being representitive of their origin - "Springbok" is excellent, imo.

User currently offlineRtfm From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 476 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4374 times:

Speedbird (not Speedbirde - you are probably thinking of 'Speedmarque' which is the name for the current logo on the sides of BA a/c) is the BA callsign. It dates at least as far back as BOAC times when the logo was called the Speedbird. Lots of airlines have callsigns that are different from their names (e.g. America West's is 'Cactus', Air Lingus' is 'Shamrock').

User currently offlineSaa From South Africa, joined Oct 2000, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4303 times:

springbok is the national animal of south africa and the old saa livery had a flying spingbok on the tail. I am not sure if the call sign is still used.

also i remember when value jet existed they had a call sign of critter.

User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2295 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks ago) and read 4253 times:

The Speedbird logo goes further back than BOAC - all the way back to Imperial Airways in fact, who after World War II were integrated into the new state owned BOAC for longhaul travel, with the retention of their logo. It lasted on BA aircraft until the Landor livery was launched, when the red Speedwing became the airline's logo and that evolved into the current Speedmarque. But the callsign has remained the same.

Incidentially the two letter BA code and Boeing customer code of 36 are both originally those of BOAC but were retained by British Airways when it was created out of the merger of BOAC and BEA.

Imperial Airways De Havilland DH91 Albatross displaying the Speedbird logo.

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BOAC 747-136 displaying Speedbird logo on the tail.

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BA 747-136 in original livery displaying the Speedbird logo behind the cockpit. Tail livery is the first stylised version of the Union Flag.

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BA 747-236B in Landor livery. The Speedbird has gone, replaced by the red Speedwing along the length of the fuselage. The tail livery is the second stylised version of the Union Flag incorporating the BA coat of arms.

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BA 747-436 in current colours. The Speedmarque is the airlines current logo, displayed above the titles. The stylised Union Flag remains on the tail, now in its third form - and looking a lot more natural, i.e. segment of a fluttering flag.

[Edited 2005-06-05 17:12:51]

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