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4 hours ago, John1 said:

Yup, TAS was my school!   Looking back, I wonder if my dad had any involvement with that project, he'd routinely  go away for a week or two up north, just said he was working near the Caspian Sea.  Most of our military friends were US Army, based out of Ft Devens, MA (which until it closed, was home to the US Army's intelligence school).  

 

It was a great place to live, until it wasn't.   :)

 

Yep, I'd say it's likely he was on Ibis.  Super spooky stuff.  Lots of CIA and NSA involvement.  My uncle was a former Russian linguist in the USAF and then went to work for NSA on Ibis, although his paycheck said Rockwell International (wink wink, nudge nudge).  

 

My cousin was Kathy Heilig at the time.

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1 hour ago, Jennings Heilig said:

 

Yep, I'd say it's likely he was on Ibis.  Super spooky stuff.  Lots of CIA and NSA involvement.  My uncle was a former Russian linguist in the USAF and then went to work for NSA on Ibis, although his paycheck said Rockwell International (wink wink, nudge nudge).  

 

My cousin was Kathy Heilig at the time.

I'll check my old yearbooks for her.   We got out in late 76, by which time it was pretty apparent that bad things were about to happen.  It was pretty surreal seeing the news clips of the US Embassy compound (where we spent a great deal of time shopping, hanging out, etc) being overrun.   As a last ironic note - a few years back, I build an AH-6C Littlebird helicopter, based on info from one of the original TF160 pilots.  After the Desert One fiasco, he was on deck for a follow up rescue mission and mentioned that he would have been flying his helo into the same compound!  Sounded like he knew it as well as I did from all the pics he had studied.

 

Getting  back to the original topic, just saw that BA has another retro scheme coming up, I'm partial to BOAC but this one isn't too bad either!   Undersides of the wings will be painted red as well.   Might be some decal opportunities here!

 

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My cousin was there from '75 to '78.  My aunt and uncle left on literally the last flight out in 1979.  It was the flight that Pan Am sent in to evacuate their own employees.  They had two hours notice and were allowed 5 suitcases each.  They had been there lock, stock, and barrel, and left everything they owned, save for what was in those suitcases.  

 

Here's my BEA A319 that I did in 2004!  Of course the EU flag has to go...

 

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One of my favourite BA schemes.

I was on my first "tour" at Heathrow in the late 80's when the first 400's arrived in those colours.

In those days BA used to also name aircraft and the 747-400's were named after UK cities.

The first was City of London, then Edinburgh, Cardiff and so on.

I seem to recall the 757's were named after famous castles.

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Now that is classy. Just superb. Thanks for sharing fellows!

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Saw that one while operating out of EGLL the night before yesterday. Really beautiful scheme. I wish more of the liveries today had more “class” like that one!

 

Karim

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18 minutes ago, karimb said:

Saw that one while operating out of EGLL the night before yesterday. Really beautiful scheme. I wish more of the liveries today had more “class” like that one!

 

Karim

 

 

Nice!   I 100% agree about how classy that scheme looks. Realy elegant looking. 

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41 minutes ago, Jennings Heilig said:

And BA just announced a major order for the 777-9, to replace its 747 fleet.  That's a HUGE win for Boeing, since Airbus has nothing to compete with the 777X family.

Airbus is making noise about another stretch of the A350 to compete at the upper end of the market but BA also has said that if they felt the demand was there, the could stretch the 777X further as well.   I think BA has this segment firmly locked up.   

 

The real interesting contest (at least to a nerd like me) is the “middle of the market” 757 replacement.   Major engineering and business challenges facing BA but some major customers (Delta being one) are extremely enthusiastic about this plane.  If BA doesn’t develop this plane, it’s leaving this entire market to the A321 since the 737max simply can’t compete.   

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8 hours ago, Jennings Heilig said:

And BA just announced a major order for the 777-9, to replace its 747 fleet.  That's a HUGE win for Boeing, since Airbus has nothing to compete with the 777X family.

Not really.

Apart from the 12 A380's used for high density long haul, British Airways has been exclusively a Boeing operator on it's mid and long haul fleets since the 1980's.

But they will be taking delivery this year of the first 4 of 18 A350-1000 aircraft they have on order so the future isn't exclusively Boeing.

:)

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