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Between 1939 and 1946 BOAC (the British Overseas Airways Corporation) was the nationalized airline of Great Britain - and between 1946 and 1974 as such it exclusively operated all long-haul British flights. With its iconic 'Speedbird' logo and its central role in the glamorous 'jet age' of the 1950s and 1960s, BOAC achieved a near cult-status. Yet, to date there has been no comprehensive history of the organization, covering its structure, fleet and the role it played in the critical events of the age - from World War II to the end of empire, a period when BOAC played a pivotal part in projecting British political power, even as that power was waning. Acclaimed historian Robin Higham here presents a complete study of BOAC from the early days before jet travel to the de Havilland Comet and the Vickers VC10 to the dawn of supersonic passenger aviation. Highly illustrated and meticulously researched, this book will be essential reading for all aviation enthusiasts and anyone interested in the history of modern Britain and the Empire.

Synopsis:

Between 1939 and 1946 BOAC (the British Overseas Airways Corporation) was the nationalized airline of Great Britain - and between 1946 and 1974 as such it exclusively operated all long-haul British flights. With its iconic 'Speedbird' logo and its central role in the glamorous 'jet age' of the 1950s and 1960s, BOAC achieved a near cult-status. Yet, to date there has been no comprehensive history of the organization, covering its structure, fleet and the role it played in the critical events of the age - from World War II to the end of empire, a period when BOAC played a pivotal part in projecting British political power, even as that power was waning. Acclaimed historian Robin Higham here presents a complete study of BOAC from the early days before jet travel to the de Havilland Comet and the Vickers VC10 to the dawn of supersonic passenger aviation. Highly illustrated and meticulously researched, this book will be essential reading for all aviation enthusiasts and anyone interested in the history of modern Britain and the Empire.

About the Author

Robin Higham is Emeritus Professor of History at Kansas State University, USA. He is a renowned expert on military and aviation history. His publications include A Military History of China (with David Graff), Why Air Forces Fail: The Anatomy of Defeat (with Stephen J. Harris), Two Roads to War: The French and British Air Arms from Versailles to Dunkirk, The Writing of Official Military History, Russian Aviation and Air Power in the Twentieth Century, The Military History of Tsarist Russia, The Military History of the Soviet Union (with Fredrick W. Kagan), and Britain's Imperial Air Routes, 1918-39: The Story of Britain's Overseas Airlines.

Table of Contents

1. Preface

2. The Corporation at War

3. Wartime Routes and Services

4. Planning the Return to Commercial Operation

5. Re-establishing a Commercial Airline

6. Postwar Operations, 1945-1949

7. Apex and Aftermath: The Miles Thomas Era, 1949-1956

8. Organization and Operations, 1949-1956

9. The d'Erlanger Regime, 1956-1960

10. Aircraft Procurement?Turbo-Prop and Big Jet

11. The Slattery Regime and the Crisis

12. Beginning the Last Decade

13. Edwards and the Second Force

14. Challenges and Responses in the Final Decade, 1964-1974

15. Further Challenges and Responses, 1964-1974

16. Concluding the BOAC Story

17. Appendices

18. Bibliography

19. List of Maps, Charts, and Graphs

20. Index

21. Glossary

Product Details

ISBN:
9781780764627
Author:
Higham, Robin
Publisher:
I. B. Tauris & Company
Subject:
General Transportation
Subject:
Aviation - General
Subject:
Aviation - History
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.175 in 1 lb

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Between 1939 and 1946 BOAC (the British Overseas Airways Corporation) was the nationalized airline of Great Britain - and between 1946 and 1974 as such it exclusively operated all long-haul British flights. With its iconic 'Speedbird' logo and its central role in the glamorous 'jet age' of the 1950s and 1960s, BOAC achieved a near cult-status. Yet, to date there has been no comprehensive history of the organization, covering its structure, fleet and the role it played in the critical events of the age - from World War II to the end of empire, a period when BOAC played a pivotal part in projecting British political power, even as that power was waning. Acclaimed historian Robin Higham here presents a complete study of BOAC from the early days before jet travel to the de Havilland Comet and the Vickers VC10 to the dawn of supersonic passenger aviation. Highly illustrated and meticulously researched, this book will be essential reading for all aviation enthusiasts and anyone interested in the history of modern Britain and the Empire.
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