British Eagle was Britain's second largest independent airline. It had
given much to the aviation industry. The government of the day seemed
to care little for those who were in the private sector. Whilst financial
aid was often given to state carriers, the independents were out on their
own. Fair to say that any private enterprise has to stand on its own feet
but there are times that help from the government can benefit industry.
Sadly politicians can be blinkered.
In October the engineering
base at Liverpool was closed with the loss of 400 jobs. IT licences to
Bermuda and the Bahamas were revoked. Finally the banks withdrew their
support. Some two thousand staff lost their jobs as a result of the crash.
The Britannia G-AOVG was
the last passenger service from Paramaribo in Dutch Guinea and G-AOVM
was the last cargo flight from Israel. Thus the British eagle fleet was
grounded and awaited the work of the liquidator.
The editor of Air Pictorial
"that a substantial portion of the British air transport industry
has been extinguished"
Main Base LHR
Pictures Courtesy of "Peter Buckland"
However the spirit of the British Eagle staff is seen today at the regular reunions held now
once a year where many still meet together. After many years of closure Eagle memorabilia still commands a great deal of interest, as does the history of the airline.