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User currently offlineBaliMorris From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 140 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 4 months 7 hours ago) and read 2987 times:

Does anyone know if there is a list of British Airways aircraft names? I'm particularly interested in the names of their old L-1011s, many of which had names such as 'The Red Devil Rose' (G-BEAL). I'm pretty sure I once flew on one called 'The Lakeland Rose'. I'm a bit curious about the meaning of these names?

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User currently offlineNed Kelly From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 2950 times:

According to JP Airline fleets 1982:

All names start & end with The Rose

G-BBAE Stargazer
G-BBAF Coronation
G-BBAG Caroline Davison
G-BBAH Sunsilk
G-BBAI Molly McCreedy
G-BBAJ Elizabeth Harkness
G-BEAK Northern Lights
G-BEAL Red Devil
G-BEAM Silver Jubilee
G-BGBB Lakeland
G-BGBC Short Silk
G-BHBL Red Ensign
G-BHBM Piccadilly
G-BHBN Fragrant Star
G-BHBo Morning Jewel
G-BFCA Princess Margaret
G-BFCB Harry Wheatcraft
G-BFCC English Mist
G-BFCD Astral
G-BFCE Gay Gordons
G-BFCF Elizabeth of Glamis

Hope this helps.

User currently offlineBaliMorris From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 5 hours ago) and read 2936 times:

Hmm. Interesting. Thanks for that. I guess they are names of different rose varieties. I did a search on 'Elizabeth Harkness' and it returned a link to roses.co.uk. I'd always thought they were names of some famous ships or something.

Looks like they may have renamed some of the 1011's later on. I looked for G-BGBB ('The Lakeland Rose') but the aircraft seems to have a different name. I can't quite make out what it says, but it's definitely not 'The Lakeland Rose'.

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User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

I flew on G-BGBB from Bahrain to London in 1989. Aircraft name was Bridlington Bay.
Around this time some Tristars (roses became bays)and 747-100/200's (explorers and cities became waters)were renamed- it was hard to keep up with the changes.

User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2938 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2867 times:

Yup - they were initially all called after roses - but later on many were called after Bays. Certainly flew many times on Red Devil, Red Ensign and Morning Jewel many times all the way to Kuala Lumpur during the 80s.

When BA repainted their aircrfat into the Blue Landor colours, many seemed to have been renamed and seem to remember flying on Bay of Biscay and Morecombe Bay (?) - also to KUL - but that was such a long time ago now - sadly...

User currently offlineBaliMorris From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2846 times:

I kinda like the rose names. They seem sort of classy, I think. I also like the water names on some of the 47's, but I think they should've called one 'Stagnant Water'. Just for a larf, y'know.

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