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British Airways B747 Classic Question  
User currently offlineSierraAir From United States of America, joined May 1999, 205 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 4889 times:

Does anyone know the history behind any of these aircraft?

G-BMGS - Boeing 747-283B
I know this one later went to Virgin but that's about it. In this photo, it only has 3 upper deck windows but when it served with Virgin, it had 8. Does anyone know who added them?

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Photo © Frank Schaefer

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Photo © Jörg Tegen

G-KILO - Boeing 747-236F
I know this was British Airways (only?) cargo plane.

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G-GLYN - Boeing 747-211B
This one operated in a hybrid color scheme for a short time but I don't know much else.

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G-HUGE - Boeing 747-2D3B(SCD)
This is G-HUGE when it started with Cargolux. It appears in mostly British Airways colors but did it ever get the full color scheme?

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G-NIGB - Boeing 747-211B
G-BJXN - Boeing 747-230B

I know that G-GLYN, G-HUGE, G-NIGB, and G-BJXN all started with British Caledonian but did they ever get full British Airways colors?

G-BDPZ - Boeing 747-147
G-BLVE - Boeing 747-2B4B(SCD)
G-BLVF - Boeing 747-2B4B(SCD)

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I don't know anything about G-BDPZ, G-BLVE, or G-BLVF.

Any info would help, and if anyone could give me any of the aircraft names, I would really appreciate it. Thanks.


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User currently offlineNed Kelly From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 4837 times:

I will try & answer some of your questions, hopefully someone else can fill in the gaps. If you can obtain a copy of Keith Gaskell’s book “British Airways, Its History, Aircraft & Liveries” it gives an excellent insight to BA’s fleet from 1972-1999.

G-BDPZ When leased from Aer Lingus from 3/76-10/78 operated in a hybrid colour scheme similar to the BOAC/BA hybrid of the time, however the cheatline was straight all the way up to the nose rather than the BOAC type which curved under the nose. It could always be easily identified when flying overhead as it was the only 747 that was like this. G-BDPZ was mainly used on the LHR-ORD-LHR service.

G-KILO Yes, this was BA’s only ever ordered 747-200F (although they did lease a 747-400F later) & was sold to CX as VR-HVY.

G-BMGS/BLVE, also operated for British Airtours for a while but I am not sure about colour schemes.

G-BLVE/F If memory serves me correctly they did get the full Landor livery, & could be seen quite often parked outside the cargo area at LHR.

Some aircraft names (source JP Airline Fleets):

G-GLYN “City of Perth”
G-BJXN “City of Worcester”
G-BLVE “City of Lincoln”
G-BLVF “City of Lancaster”
G-BMGS “City of Swansea”
G-CITB “ City of Norwich”
G-HUGE “City of Exeter”
G-NIGB “City of Gloucester”

Hope this helps.


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13606 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 4821 times:

The ex-BCal 747's did get the Landor colours.
Not sure who converted G-BMGS's upper deck windows, but I would bet on either FLS in the UK or ASTA in Australia. I've not been directly involved with BA 747's since 1989, and cannot remeber anything about this aircraft, I suspect it was based at LGW all the time.
As were the BCal ones, but I remember the handover of these to BA, except JXN they had CF-6 engines, non-standard for BA so they didn't last long.
LVE/LVF - at least one was ex-MEA, they were both combis. and both got the Landor livery. And both were maintenance hogs!

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