The company was founded in 1946 as Silver City Airways and was
one of the longest surviving independent airlines in the UK. In 1962
it became British United Air Ferries, pioneering car-ferry
services across the Channel. It operated predominately out of Southend
Airport where its headquarters building was.
1967 it changed its name to the shortened version - British Air
Ferries (BAF) and experienced tremendous popularity with the UK
flying public In 1993 it became British World Airlines, and
adopted the logo shown on the left (which caused some wits to christen
it British Warthog Airlines).
Like many other aviation companies it was unable to
survive the aftermath of the 11th of September and went into
receivership at the end of 2001.
It must be recorded that with out the generosity and
support of BAF the preservation of Viscount Stephen Piercey would not
have been possible.