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British Airways' Livery In The 1970s  
User currently offlinec5load From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 917 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 6 hours ago) and read 7788 times:

I was watching the movie, "Frost/Nixon" tonight and during the beginning part of the movie it shows David Frost aboard a British Airways 747. Now, obviously it's computer generated, but it showed a livery scheme that I had never seen before nor can find in any of the photo searches. It was white on the upper half of the fuselage, with a dark blue stripe, and a blue tail with a sort of yellow arrow shape on it.

If this was British Airways back in the '70s, was this a special color scheme? Or was this not BA at all, and if it wasn't, who was it?


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User currently offlineBOACCunard From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 hours ago) and read 7754 times:

B.Cal maybe?

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User currently offlineCaribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1637 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 hours ago) and read 7690 times:

Sounds like BOAC. They had a gold speed bird logo on a blue tail.. eventually merged with BEA and became British Airways.

[Edited 2010-08-02 19:18:57]

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24922 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 hours ago) and read 7657 times:

You're referring to an interim livery soon after the BOAC and BEA merger in 1974 that created the current British Airways. Ex-BOAC aircraft retained their basic BOAC livery, including the gold BOAC Speedbird logo on the tail, with only British Airways titles added, until they could be repainted in the new livery.


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The same applied to ex-BEA aircraft which retained their BEA livery with only the titles changed pending repainting.


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User currently offlinePacNWjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 963 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 hours ago) and read 7639 times:

How about British Airways in the old BOAC colors before the fleet was repainted?

The "yellow arrow shape" is the "Speed bird," one of the most iconic logos in the history of commercial aviation.


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User currently offlineBOACCunard From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 hours ago) and read 7455 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 3):
You're referring to an interim livery soon after the BOAC and BEA merger in 1974 that created the current British Airways.

I feel quite silly now!  

BA operated the 747-136 in a number of liveries, many of which were hybrids:

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Photo © Roger Oldfield


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(The last one is a very early, albeit imperfect "retrojet," restored to something like her original appearance before being retired.)

Bonus cabin shot:

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Compare to current BA F:

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(Yes, I know it's a 772, no 744 photos in the DB yet.)



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User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4385 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 hours ago) and read 7392 times:

I flew all over the world as a child in these older classics.


Great memories, and I prefer the older cabins.



I may sound like an old f*rt but these modern cabins look like office cubicles !



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User currently offlineKU747 From Kuwait, joined Mar 2008, 375 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 hour ago) and read 7300 times:

Quoting c5load (Thread starter):
with a sort of yellow arrow shape on it.

And that's why their callsign is speedbird.  



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User currently offlineBryanG From United States of America, joined May 1999, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5798 times:

Wow, it sounds the movie studio did a spot-on job depicting the right livery from the right year. They must have done their homework when they were preparing to shoot a movie about the 1970s... great attention to detail.

User currently offlinenaritaflyer From Japan, joined Apr 2006, 549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4495 times:

Quoting Max Q (Reply 6):
I may sound like an old f*rt but these modern cabins look like office cubicles !

You are sdo right. I thought I was the only one detesting the new "suites". Gimme a break, I rather see spacious area than a clutter of cubicles.


User currently offline747srule From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 429 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4199 times:

I still think the Landor scheme was the best one they ever had!!


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