From the 1950s until more recent times many national airlines provided special clubs for junior flyers. Junior Jet Club (JJC) membrs who flew regularly would have a personalised travel log and membership badge, a point of privileged and special pride for those fortunate to have retained theirs over the years.
A BOAC JJC log-book would have recorded information such as the date of flight, aircraft type, registration number, departure & arrival points, hours travelled, miles travelled and signed off by the captain. When a member flew with the airline they would present their log-book to be completed and signed by the captain, sometimes with a guided tour of the cockpit. A special certificate was issued after 25,000 flight miles. Unfortunately, it’s hard to imagine that level of service being maintained in today’s airline businesses.
The Junior Jet Club started with BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) on the 26th March 1957 and continued into the British Airways era. BOAC and BEA (British European Airways) merged in 1974 to form British Airways, who continued the Junior Jet Club for some years after.
Other national airlines operated Junior Clubs similar to that of BOAC, for example the Dutch airline (KLM) had their Junior Skipper Club.
The KLM badge is made from pressed steel with two enamel paints (red & dark blue) and measures 65mm across x 31mm down. There is a pin clasp on the reverse side but no maker’s name or mark.
The BOAC Junior Jet Club badge is made from die-stamped brass with one dark blue enamel and gilt plated. There is a pin clasp on the reverse with the maker’s name of ‘J.R. Gaunt, London’. It measures 1 7/8” across x 6/8” down (about 59mm x 19mm).
The British Airways Junior Jet Club badge is also made from die-stamped brass with one red enamel paint and gilt plated. There is a roll-bar pin clasp on the reverse with the maker’s name of ‘Manhattan Products, England’. It measures 1 7/16” across x 11/16” down (about 37mm x 18mm).
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