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JumboBumbo
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BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 1:20 am

Hello...

I flew BA in Feb. and unfortunately you can't listen to ATC on the IFE. I was wondering if BA flights are still referred to as Speedbird by ATC?
 
transglobal2
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RE: BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 1:22 am

They are (it's the old BOAC call sign)
 
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RE: BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 1:24 am

Yep, but after the retirement of Concorde they'll have to change to Slowchick  Big grin

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RE: BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 1:44 am

I hear "Speedbird" on my scanner all the time, usually outbound from IAD to LHR, ocassionally inbound.
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RE: BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 1:48 am

Not all BA flights use the 'speedbird' callsign.

Sometimes they also use the call sign 'British', although I think that's only for the franchise partners.
 
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RE: BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 1:50 am

British is the callsign for CitiExpress, Shuttle is used on the flights from LHR to MAN, Glasgow and some others, BeeMed is used by franchies partner British Mediteranean.
 
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RE: BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 1:59 am

Speedbird predates Concorde and will survive the long overdue demise of that aircraft.
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RE: BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 2:22 am

Speedbird dates back to the days of Imperial Airways, so its even older than BOAC.

One of my favourte BOAC ad slogans from 1973 -

"Soon there will be two types of airlines, those that fly Concorde and those that take twice as long".
 
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RE: BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 5:57 am

I believe the Speedbird callsign was first used by BOAC when Imperial Airways became BOAC in the late 1930's. After all, the Speedmarque logo looks like a speeding bird.
 
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RE: BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 6:37 am

Was it Maggie Thatcher who wanted it changed to "Parrots"?? Big grin

I believe she smothered that with a napkin........

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RE: BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 6:46 am



This is the Speedbird - the 'sacred symbol' of the world's pioneering airline!

My Dear 'Dispatch' - Maggie Thatcher covered a model tailplane of one of those horrible 'World Images'!

Yes, today's BA Speedmarque has it's origins from the Speedbird!



[Edited 2003-08-25 23:47:57]
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RE: BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 7:03 am

Here, here, Carduelis. Those 'World Images' were truly awful and about the only thing I agreed with Maggie Thatcher about! Never, ever, liked them!
May the Speedbird live long and prosper.
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RE: BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 7:11 am

Funny - I was at YYZ on Friday. Listened to conversation between tower and Air Canada pilot. Tower instructed to hold till speedbird goes by then Air Canada can proceed. Air Canada pilot came back acknowledging "holding for uh... speedguy."

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RE: BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 7:18 am



Ancient and Modern - may they live forever!

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RE: BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 9:56 am

The speedbird logo was always painted on the front section of the aircraft, uusually near the door. The last of the British Airways aircraft painted with the Speedbird logo disappeared when the B747-200's disappeared a few years ago. Each day, I listen as BA48 and BA49 leave and depart SEA, British Airways is still Speedbird. Seattle Approach told BA49 (in to Seattle): "Speedbird 49, contact Seattle Approach on 119.9, good day" British Airways flight 49 replied: "119.9 for Speedbird 49, bye bye." Long live British Airways.

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RE: BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 10:15 am

NWA757 - it ALWAYS sounds better with the British accent  Smile
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RE: BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 10:20 am

NWA757:

In the very old days, long before your time, the BOAC days, the speedbird was painted on the tail, too.

For many people in distant outstations, it was a wonderful thing to drive to the airport and see the high tail with the speebird on it - it meant they were going home.

BA never really understood the outrage about the world tails. The speedbird represented Britain. Several of the world tails looked like wallpaper samples.

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Imperial Airways?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 10:22 am

"Speedbird dates back to the days of Imperial Airways, so its even older than BOAC."

Surely Imperial Airways didn't expect the Croyden controllers to call their HP42s Speedbirds?
 
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RE: BA Still Called Speedbird?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 1:27 pm

I hear them call in when I am at work.

"Point Salines traffic, this is Speedbird 2157."
"Good evening Speedbird 2157."
"We would be with you on chocks at 2055, no specials."
"Copy fine Speedbird 2157, see you on the ground at 55."
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