An airliner in an airline scheme. But not what it seems.
Just rolled out is this Boeing 747 of British Airways in the scheme of its predecessor company, the British Overseas Airways Company, BOAC. One of four Jumbos to be painted in the now popular ‘retro’ schemes, this is a newer model of the same jet as originally wore this livery. So although there are ample details that show the difference to aficionados and experts, it’s essentially the same clothes on the same frame, no adjustment necessary, unlike other schemes that have adapted one scheme to another type of aircraft.
Be that as it may, this is a chance to see a classic airliner scheme, with all those design cues, artistic elements and style from an earlier era, today, and it will be a contrast on the ramps until 2023. We look forward to seeing the other three chosen schemes, but I’ll bet now they won’t be the original 1919 centenary scheme of the DH-9 of Air Travel & Transport Ltd – the OLD AT&T’s DH.9!
James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.
One of many full reports here, and the image from that post, shared above is currently uncredited.