2 hrs. 46 mins.
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Relive the glory days of British long haul aviation with this definitive collection of all the major British cinema newsreels – many previously unreleased – featuring BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) from its origin in 1939 to its merger with BEA in 1974.
In 1946, London Airport (Heathrow) was opened and the then BOAC aircraft such as the Lancastrian, Liberator, Halton and the Avro York were all based on World War Two bombers! Later that year the pressurized cabin American Lockheed Constellation joiend the fleet with the Boeing Stratcruiser which could fly non-stop to the USA. Between 1949 and 1950, the first modern British ariliner, the Handley Page Hermes also entered service.
In 1952, BOAC was the first airline to introduce a passenger jet, the De Havilland Comet. We follow the world beating Comet with its test pilot in its disastrous second year when three Comets mysteriously crashed killing all on board.
We see the birth of the ‘Whispering Giant’ – the turbo-prop Bristol Britannia and the Vickers VC-10 jet and witness the intricacies of Air Traffic Control. In 1957, a Britannia crashed into the Downend suburb of Bristol (see the 1st Take film ‘The Britannia Tragedy).
Other aircraft featured include the Boeing 707 and 747, Concorde, Avro Tudor 1, Vickers Viscount, the Bristol Brabazon, C-4 Argonaut, the DH Frobisher, the BAC1-11 and many more.
So, from seaplanes to jet planes, this is the definitive overview of the much-missed BOAC.