Down memory lane, October 19 2018

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Loganair, the operator of Campbeltown flights is flying high as the best in Europe.

Half-a-century ago in 1968 huge advertisements, filled the four page Courier, for a number of weeks, as British European Airways (BEA) commanded the domestic UK routes.

The airline, founded in 1946 and which was only six years away from ceasing to exist, was particularly proud of its Scottish crews as this picture from the Courier shows.

The airline was at its peak for a decade from 1961 to 1971 carrying both freight and passengers.

In Scotland the airline operated a fleet of the Pionair variant of Douglas’ second world war workhorse the DC-3, Dakota.

On May 19 1962 one of these planes call-sign G-ALTT made the type last commercial run on a flight between Islay, Campbeltown and Glasgow.

Dakotas are still in service, although England’s Air Atlantique classic flights finished in 2008, a Dutch company DDA Classic Airlines flies from Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport and The Hague.

BEA merged with British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) in 1974 to become British Airways. 25_c42memorylane01_courier_ad