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Old British airline callsigns

Old 2nd May 2012, 16:05
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Worked 'NUGGET 33' a couple of times EGUF to EGNO.
Remember spotting at EGNX in the early '70s and 'Tester 20' called up.
HS65 to and from EGXJ. Did a couple of ILS approaches.
Sadly, EGXJ and the HS65 are no longer with us. - A shame.
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Old 2nd May 2012, 17:12
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I recall from my spotting days at BHX that in fact, the regional divisions of BEA at the time (BEA Channel Islands and BEA Scottish) both used the IATA flight prefix BZ and the callsign Albion.

Viscounts were painted with "BEA Channel Isles" and "BEA Scottish" titles.

I can't actually remember Cambrian and Northeast divisions using Albion, probably because they didn't frequent BHX.
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Old 2nd May 2012, 18:30
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It wasn't Beetours it was Beatours (cf Bealine) where BEA were the initials of British European Airways. Simple really!
I may be wrong - someone may have an antique copy of Doc 8585 and provide a definitive answer - but I seem to recall that the RTF phonetic callsign was BEELINE. More recently allocated to Brussels SN Airlines, I think.
Old 2nd May 2012, 19:07
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The RTF was pronounced 'BEELINE/BEETOURS'. The Airlines were BEA-British European Airways, and later, the charter division. British European Airways Airtours, (BEA Airtours), operating ex-BEA Comets and ex-BOAC B707-436's.
It may have been written as BEATOURS, but phontically was pronounced 'BEE-TOURS'.
This extended up to the time of the B737 accident at EGCC, and maybe beyond that event.
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Old 2nd May 2012, 19:17
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Alzheimer's permits a few UF nuggets from 30 years ago: Comets, Andovers etc, Nugget 20 Tim Mason, Nugget 22 Pat Hobbs, BAC111 Nugget 23 Sqdn Ldr Shepherd, Devons Nugget 11 Fred Hambly, Nugget 14 Mr Denison, Hunter & 111 Nugget 38 the ubiquitous Mike Bagshaw of Human Factors, Fast jets Nugget 40 Terry Adcock, Rotary Nugget 37 Lt Rainey, everything Nugget 01 COEF Gp Capt David Scouller still on the FIE circuit, Nugget 02 OC Flying Rich Rhodes, Nugget 09 dear old Fred Stringer, Metman 62 Barney Lydiate in Dumbo the Herc, ah the list goes on, I need the nurse now. Oh, and Barbary 1 the Fleetlands Wessex...and there was Nugget 39 assigned to the USAF doc on exchange to IAM....the one that flew VFR Bedford DCT Farnborough at 5000'...

chevvron will fill in the gaps and correct me, he's good at callsigns...
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Old 3rd May 2012, 12:30
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I probably got mi' numbers wrong - not even sure if Llanbedr's callsign was Nugget, or something else ? I'll have to go and have a root around.

I'm near Seething, by the way *nudge nugdge*

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Old 3rd May 2012, 16:13
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Freddy Stringer-What a lovely guy, he taught me to fly the Turbo Arrow at White Waltham.

I was also told that he had won the George Cross as a Farnborough scientist during World War II. I suspect that I know the event where he won it, but can anyone tell me the definitive answer (if true)
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Old 3rd May 2012, 19:33
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DC10RM - if no joy try asking the gents in this thread

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Old 7th May 2012, 19:01
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Spantax of Spain, which among other things was the last European operator of the Convair 990.
One of which scared the crap out of me during my short stay at Gatwick NMU when it dropped a can during takeoff.
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Old 7th May 2012, 19:17
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CV990 what a machine, in the VCR you could see the black smoke billowing from it on finals long before you could make out the aeroplane.
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Old 12th May 2012, 21:38
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Only a spotter but I'm pretty sure the first jet airliner at LBA/EGNM was Aer Lingus BAC 1-11 208AL EI-ANE bringing Leeds United home from their European Fairs Cup victory in 1968.

BA Leeds flights callsign was NE/Northeast until around 1976 when Northeast/Cambrian/Scottish/Channel divisions combined. For a year or so the domestic flights were BE/'Bealine' with a leading 4 applied to the former NE flight numbers while the sole international sector to Dublin was BA/'Speedbird'.

Presumably this caused some c/s confusion on airways and by 77 Northeast returned as a c/s followed later by BZ flight numbers and he c/s Albion which lasted until BA mainline/regional withdrew from LBA c1978/9.

If plans announced on last few days proceed they'll return in October using minibuses to LHR.

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Old 16th May 2012, 09:06
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The subject of the Northeast/BA Regional Division callsigns has been a very active one on this thread. Whilst the airline Northeast is long since gone, I'd very much like to see it remembered as a "Heritage" paint job on an A319, in time for the relaunch of the LBA-LHR flights, along with a few Cambrian and BEA liveries as well. I've already alluded to this on another site.
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Old 16th May 2012, 09:30
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Mooncrest, that would be a superb idea and I hope it happens.
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Old 16th May 2012, 11:32
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And British Westpoint

Old 19th May 2012, 08:24
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If we're reviving old names; Bring back Danair.

Chug a lug.
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Old 23rd May 2013, 21:22
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Be great to see the odd BA aircraft painted in Northeast/Cambrian and other regional paint jobs.
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Old 23rd May 2013, 21:25
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I believe the Trident being preserved by Save The Trident Preservation of Trident 1C G-ARPO is slated to be painted as Northeast, a livery it never carried.

Sorry, purist....
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Old 25th May 2013, 19:33
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The first E145 out of Edinburgh in the morning back in the day, possibly to Southampton, for British Regional was British One Tango Sierra, or BRT1TS as it appeared on the radar display!
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