Gone but not Forgotten

Defunct British Airlines since 1945

Alan Phillips

The book covers seventy defunct British airlines that have disappeared from our skies since 1946. They ceased trading for various reasons, from financial difficulties to industrial takeovers. It looks at both international and domestic airlines, and has a whole host of famous names, who are gone, but not forgotten.
Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
Color and B&W photographs
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ISBN : 9781781556276
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
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The British airliners we see today in our airports are the result of numerous takeovers and mergers, involving large and small companies. This book covers some of these airlines that have ceased operating since 1946: some collapsed because of financial difficulties, some were taken over by larger airlines, and some ceased operating altogether. In postwar Britain, several small airlines were founded and equipped with surplus military aircraft, the most popular being the Douglas Dakota. The book is a guide to each airline, accompanied by a brief historical account, and interesting images of the aircraft in their distinctive color schemes. The airlines covered are a selection of large and small aircraft, who flew international and regional routes, as well as airlines involved in inclusive tours business.

About The Author

Alan Phillips was born in Pembrokeshire, but now resides in Colwyn Bay. He was educated at Preseli Secondary School and Swansea University, before joining the RAF in 1965, later moving to the Ministry of Defence. As a lifelong aviation enthusiast, he has written several articles for aviation magazines, as well as several books, including Sixty Years of Leeds Bradford Airport, Military Airfields of Wales, Civil Aviation in Wales, Brawdy, Defending Wales: The Coast and Sea-Lanes, and Wales and the Air War 1914-1918. Now that he is retired, he finds he has more time to pursue his interest in aviation.

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