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One for the BA history buffs. Does anybody recognise this flag?

One for the BA history buffs. Does anybody recognise this flag?

Old Jan 2, 21, 9:59 am
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One for the BA history buffs. Does anybody recognise this flag?

I know this is a long shot, but I know there are a few BA collectors around these parts. Back in the 1970s my Dad worked for a number of years @ LHR for BOAC as a buyer, and left a couple of years after it merged into BA. When he passed a few years back, we found this flag in the attic. Its dimensions are 53”(135cm) x 111” (282cm)

Was wondering if any of the old hands round these parts knew where it came from? { Did ask somebody once and they said possibly from somewhere called the Speedbird Club. }

Would be curious to know its history if anyone can remember that far back, as never come across it during various trawls of Google images over the last few years.

Thanks In advance.
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Old Jan 2, 21, 10:16 am
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Probably doesn’t help much but ... hubby thinks it’s upside down?
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Old Jan 2, 21, 10:17 am
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Reminds me of the tiles on the platforms at Hatton Cross, based on Concorde I believe:

https://150greatthingsabouttheunderg...-hatton-cross/
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Old Jan 2, 21, 10:21 am
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Originally Posted by AmaaiZeg View Post
Probably doesnít help much but ... hubby thinks itís upside down?
It's the right way up on the other side.
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Originally Posted by AmaaiZeg View Post
Probably doesnít help much but ... hubby thinks itís upside down?
Yes the flat bit goes at the top.

It's definitely the old version of the speedbird logo in BOAC colours, but I'm not sure where the flag would have been.
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Old Jan 2, 21, 10:33 am
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https://www.britishairways.com/100/s...itage-liveries


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Old Jan 2, 21, 10:37 am
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A teeny bit more info here: https://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/gb$ba.html

It is hard to tell from the picture whether the Speedbird is white or yellow?
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Old Jan 2, 21, 10:42 am
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Originally Posted by lcylocal View Post
A teeny bit more info here: https://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/gb$ba.html

It is hard to tell from the picture whether the Speedbird is white or yellow?
Yellow. The assumption is it got replaced on its flagpole by something else after the merger as it's still in very good condition.

The 2nd from the bottom on the link you provided is it. Just curious to know where the flagpole was.

{ From a very young memory I believe Dad worked on the London / Hatton Cross side of LHR }

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Old Jan 2, 21, 10:44 am
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One made it to New Zealand for an IATA Conference: https://collection.motat.org.nz/objects/90330
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Old Jan 2, 21, 10:53 am
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Originally Posted by lcylocal View Post
One made it to New Zealand for an IATA Conference: https://collection.motat.org.nz/objects/90330
Thanks for that link, made me inspect the hoist. Has 16/49 written on it in ball point pen.

Same flag, but the hoist trim is white whereas the one in the image looks gold.
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It's certainly upside-down! The hoist rope should be at the bottom.
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Looks as if it could do with an iron.

Nice story about your dad.
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Old Jan 2, 21, 11:35 am
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Originally Posted by HIDDY View Post
Looks as if it could do with an iron.

Nice story about your dad.
Needs a wash too, been in various attics for 45ish years only seeing the light of day when it went from his to ours. Probably won't see it again until it goes from ours to one of the kids.
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Old Jan 2, 21, 12:23 pm
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Originally Posted by The Geek View Post
Thanks for that link, made me inspect the hoist. Has 16/49 written on it in ball point pen.

Same flag, but the hoist trim is white whereas the one in the image looks gold.
I had assumed the number written on the NZ one was because there was an order of precedence for the flags at IATA. Pure speculation but yours may have come from some similar event.
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Originally Posted by The Geek View Post
It's the right way up on the other side.
Hubby got a special interest in BOAC. His dad was a Queenís scholar during 1950ís and they flew back home on the BOAC when he was 1 year old. Glad he managed to get back to UK when he was 15. Would never have met him otherwise!
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