BEA 1960s Highlands and Islands operations

An insightful overview of the challenges faced by BEA serving the communities of Scotland from the August 11, 1966 issue of Aeroplane

 Beach landing by a BEA Heron at Barra.
Beach landing by a BEA Heron at Barra.

 

OPERATION OUTBACK

Raymond Hankin reports on the Highlands and Islands operation in Scotland

THE STORY goes that when BEA first took over air services in Scotland back in 1947 there was a certain captain who, dressed in civilian clothes (uniforms had not then been issued), would sometimes board his Rapide with the passengers, ease himself into a vacant seat at the back and complain when it looked as if the flight would be late departing because no pilot had shown up.

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