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BA (British Airways), United Kingdom

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BEA (British European Airways)

[BEA flag] image by Miles Li and Martin Grieves, 17 July 2008

A white-red-white horizontal triband, with two blue crowns in the upper white stripe and one blue crown in the lower white stripe. In the middle red stripe are the letters BEA.
Miles Li, 12 January 2015


BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation)

[BOAC flag] image by Miles Li and Martin Grieves, 12 January 2015

A yellow-edged blue swallowtail flag with the BOAC highly stylized flying bird in yellow.
Miles Li, 12 January 2015

The Speedbird emblem was designed in 1932 by Theyre Lee-Elliot as a logo for Imperial Airways, and retained in 1940 when Imperial Airways and the original British Airways combined into the British Overseas Airways Corporation. First reference to its use on a flag, that I have found, is in Campbell & Evans, ‘Book of Flags’, 1953. BOAC and British European Airways merged in 1974 to form British Airways, which adopted a new flag based on the shield of its coat of arms; ‘Observer’s Book of Flags’, William Crampton, 1979.
David Prothero, 9 February 2016

[BOAC flag] image by Miles Li and Martin Grieves, 12 January 2015

There was also a variant (as flown in the 1960s) which was rectangular (proportions 1:2) with a field in navy blue, without a border, bearing a yellow speedbird.
Miles Li, 12 January 2015