Matt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4011 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!
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 69
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4008 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".
Rtfm From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 466 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3951 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').
FlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2160 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3830 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.
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.
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.