YOU CAN LISTEN TO THIS NAMED LECTURE BELOW, VISIT THE SOCIETY'S 'SOUNDCLOUD', OR SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE ON ITUNES.This Historical Group lecture was delivered by Capt Dacre Watson, Historical Committee Member, Royal Aeronautical Society.
This lecture covers the first ten years of British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) up to 1950 when Civil Aviation in the UK was about to dispense with the age of Flying Boats and was shortly to move into the Jet Age with the Comet 1. The lecture briefly trace the development of air travel in 1919 and the formation of Imperial Airways in 1924, its development as an airline to the Commonwealth, the problems with Government directives and the industrial unrest which would lead after a parliamentary enquiry to the merger with British Airways to form BOAC.
About the speaker
Capt Dacre Watson, Historical Committee, Royal Aeronautical Society
Captain Dacre Watson FRAeS was born and brought up in Chile where from an early age he was fascinated by airlines and their histories. He was accepted in to the College of Air Training, Hamble, in January 1963 graduating two years later to join British European Airways (BEA) where he flew Vanguards, Viscounts and Tridents and, after the merger, B737, B747 Classics and the B747-400. After retirement from British Airways he flew for Singapore Airlines for a further five years before retiring again. Dacre was on the Editorial Board of the “Log”, the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) journal, for some 20 years and has written numerous articles on airline history and is the author of “Red Sea Caravan” the history of Aden Airways. He is currently working on the history of BOAC Associated Companies and is a Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators where he is an Assistant on the Court.