BKS Air Transport Ltd   JAMES BARNBY, THOMAS KEEGAN and CYRIL STEVENS


This purpose of this site is a tribute to one of the first Airlines that made package holidays available to the people of the Northeast of England.

Airline History

Detailed history of the Airline from 1952 to 1970

Fleet Histories

All the Aircraft owned by BKS and some photos (Click on the underlined registrations)

Staff Magazine

Copies of the staff magazine 

Staff Photos

Photos of Staff sent in by readers - Do you have more to add?

In Flight Items

In Flight Magazine, Flight Report, and Load Sheet

Route Map

See a copy of the 1964 route Map

Airline Fares

Some of the fares charged in 1964

Airline Ticket

An 1965 ticket to Oporto for a Mr. Beaumont

Airline Brochure

Late 1950's Early 60's BKS Brochure about the Elizabethan

Pocket Timetable

Almost credit card size timetable before credit cards were heard of.   

Memories

Interesting or amusing stories about the BKS airline

Memorablia

Items of advertising that provide an insite to those times

Modelling

BKS features in many Aircraft models but do you wish to create you own model?

BKS Football Club

The name BKS still lives on at Southend with the original Sports club going strong

Reunions

Details past and future reunions

Related Links

Links that take you to interesting sites, linked in some way to BKS

Search

Are you looking for something in particular?   Use this search facility

The Staff Magazines links is now working and there is a great collection there. Well worth a visit. My thanks go out to Captain Ralph Brumwell for loaning his private collection of Staff Magazines and Newsletters for scanning and hence making available to all to enjoy.

  (I am very interested in several issues of the BKS Newsletters,  Originals, PDF files or photocopies will do. There is now a collection of all 10 BKS News and a large collection of BKS News Letters that have been sent in by several people)

May I recommend that you to visit my Guest book. There are many high quality entries that paint a picture of the airline from both Staff and Customers' views for which I would like to say thank you. The link is below.

I welcome all of your comments and suggestions about this site.

I received an email from Mark Brown:-
"Dear Biggles,
 Found your site after re-reading Arthur Whitlock's "Behind the Cockpit Door" for the umpteenth time (my favourite aviation book by far). His book describes what it was like flying in a regional UK airline in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and your site gives a lot of fascination information that adds colour and context to his descriptions. 
I think Arthur Whitlock said that before 1970 he lost over 100 friends and colleagues to aviation accidents, and after 1970, none. The experiences and sacrifices made during those post-war years helped shape the industry to the safe mode of travel it is now, that we take for granted.
With warm regards,

Mark Brown"
Thanks Mark - I agree that it a fantastic read but unfortunately it is out of print at this moment.

 And I have received this e-mail below from Ian Jeffery. Why not take a look at the Football Club history.

"Dear Sir, 
I have this evening stumbled across your website.  I was very excited when I first saw the link to the site, as I have been a member of BKS Sports F.C. since first joining them as a 19 year old player in 1983.  The football club was formed by the workers of BKS Engineering who were based at Southend Airport in 1956. 
I have now hung up my boots (only last year at the age of 42 after 23 seasons) and now hold the joint post of Club Secretary and Team Manager.  Last year the football club celebrated it's 50th Anniversary.  We held our Annual Presentation Evening at one of the flying clubs at the Airport and to commemorate the anniversary we invited many of the old players from years gone by.  We have just finished the 2006-07 season and have enjoyed a successful year by finishing Runners Up in Division 2 of our league and earning promotion to Division 1. 
I have attached a brief history of our Football Club which may be of interest to you. 
Congratulations on a very interesting website."

And I have received another email asking for your HELP regrading NORTHEAST Tridents  Click here to read

Click here to send me an E-Mail or if you would prefer to leave a message for the whole world to read - then I would love you  to use my guest-book below and some of you have done so already and it makes interesting reading and adds to the history of BKS. 

Just to let you know that the website has come up against the "Lineone" limit for a free website. I cannot afford to pay for a website, so I am afraid I cannot add additional photos etc. unless the photo is a better replacement for an existing photo.

 
                                                        Thanks Biggles.

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Date

Page revised

Revision P 20th May 2012 Ash trays updated
Revision R 21st June 2012 Capt Murray's Photos added
Revision S 5th November 2012 Engineer in Trish Middleton's Photos identified
Revision T 29th January 2013 BKS Football Team page updated with new photo and twitter account details
Revision U 28th February 2013 Bryan Strong remembers
Revision V 23rd November 2013 The Yoke of NBH is still in existance!
Revision W 8th January 2014 A work colleague of Rosemary Brand makes contact.

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The Guest book is for ALL - not just BKS ex-employees