"The Home Of Eagle"
Eagle Aviation
Eagle Airways
Cunard Eagle
British Eagle
1948 to 1968

The History of....

Eagle Airways Ltd

Fortunately Harold Bamberg's passion for aviation got the better of him and Eagle quickly settled into a
new role as a short haul operator.

In 1952 the airline began operating from Blackbushe Airport, including the setting up of a maintenance base. At a
very early stage Eagle became known for its engineering skills. In December of the same year Eagle purchased its
first two Vickers Vikings, this was the result of the liquidation of 'Crewsair'. The Viking was to play an important
part in the life of the airline. Eventually the Vikings were given new class names - Mayfair for passenger
aircraft and Troopmasters when being used on trooping contracts.

The Vickers Viking served Eagle for almost a decade taking this legendary airline from the role of an ad-hoc
charter operation to the position of one of Europe's largest airlines flying scheduled, charter and
trooping services world wide. The Viking served the airline well.

As a result of Harold Bamberg and others' persistence with the regulating authorities, independent airlines
were at last allowed to apply for scheduled service licences as long as they did not overlap with the corporation's.

What Harold Bamberg desired was to bring affordable air travel to all. A 1956 Inclusive Air Tours
pamphlet has Eagle up amongst the mighty Lufthansa, Swisair, KLM, BEA, Sabena, an indication that
they meant business in the Inclusive Tours market.

Various aircraft were purchased during the early days of Eagle and a number of subsidiary companies
were formed, one of which operated out of Bermuda. For this operation Eagle purchased its
first Vickers Viscount, a second was soon to follow.

The DC6 fleet began with the arrival of G-APOM. A second DC6 G-APON was soon to follow.
A third DC6 arrived early 1959, G-APSA (this aircraft still flies out of Coventry with Air Atlantique).
The DC6 fleet was to take on the name Eagle Master
(See G-APSA owners plate).
In the last days of Eagle Airways, they leased a Bristol Britannia G-APYY from the Cuban airline"Cubana".
The aircraft returned to Filton for an overhaul and repaint in the Eagle Airways colours.

Sad times were ahead for in 1960 came the takeover of Eagle by Cunard the shipping company.

A marriage that would not last long...........

Onward to Cunard Eagle


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