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Since the idea that Speedbird is Concorde's callsign has got to be pretty popular, here are some references that show that it is not.
DJ Clayworth 13:27, 8 Jun 2004 (UTC)
- Comes as a surprise having flown BA for years and sfair they didn't use speedbird but will bow to you superior fact-checking! --VampWillow 14:21, 8 Jun 2004 (UTC)
- Hi VampWillow. Speedbird is only used in ATC procedures, so passengers don't normally hear it. If you listened on ATC radio frequencies I believe you would. But I also understand that not all BA flights use it anyway, though I don't know the details. DJ Clayworth 15:15, 8 Jun 2004 (UTC)
- Hi David. I found a reference to speedbird being used on medium and long-haul, and shittle used on shorthaul, but didn't get a second-source confirmation so left it alone. --VampWillow 16:47, 8 Jun 2004 (UTC)
- "Shuttle" is a callsign used by British Airways Shuttle (ICAO SHT), which is a separate company from British Airways. However BA does sell seats on the flight as its own using a code share agreement and allows British airways shuttle to use the same logos to give the passenger the perception that they are indeed on a British Airways flight. The difference is in the actual operation of the airline. All flights operated by British Airways use the callsign "Speedbird" and ICAO code BAW. Similar to SHT is British Airways Connect which uses the callsign "British" and ICAO code BRT.Friendlyskies 02:16, 7 February 2006 (UTC)
I couldn't find references for that callsign; instead in videos available on YouTube & Co. either "Speedbird 1" or "Speedbird 1 Heavy" was used. If someone has a reliable source, please correct me. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 22:40, 18 December 2011 (UTC)
- Normal BA traffic callsign was "Speedbird Heavy" however due to Concorde's unusual abilities and requirements - a clear path over numerous height bands for the supersonic climb to 50,000ft and above - the aircraft used the callsign "Speedbird Concorde" when contacting ATC. Upon hearing this the ATC controllers could then allocate an appropriate route. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 19:52, 26 December 2015 (UTC)
The word Speedbird on an Emergency landing?
On the docymentary MayDay (I think of Discovery Channel Canada) I heard the word Speedbird when a commercial plane in the UK did an emergency landing. What do you know about this? Is it the name/sign for British Airways or is it an emergency landing word? 688dim (talk) 12:15, 1 June 2012 (UTC)
I found this to be a useful article in connection with the September 2015 British Airways incident in Las Vegas. The article helped me understand the meaning of "Speedbird" in the mayday call. A perfect example of how Wikipedia comes in handy.
- Yes, the Speedbird is one of the significant iconic images of modernism and has an important place in the history of graphic design and the corporate logo. The article really needs a section on that. I just don't have all those books any more to reference for it. :( — Cheers, Steelpillow (Talk) 05:52, 11 September 2015 (UTC)