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FROM AIR CANADA ARCHIVES:
The 1970s was an era of transition for Air Canada. The airline retired the last of the very popular Vickers Viscounts, as well as the Vickers Vanguards, and introduced the new widebody Boeing 747 and Lockheed L-1011 Tristar aircraft. These start-of-the-art high capacity airliners truly made travel by air a mass-market phenomena for the travelling public.
In this DVD we start out with a very historic film reel filmed by Air Canada’s PR department on the occasion of the very last Vickers Viscount service between Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto on April 1, 1974. The film quality is not up to today’s standards but to see this footage (filmed mostly on board) is as close to time machine as we’re going to experience.
We then present early 1970s promotional films made by the airline to introduce the new 747 and L-1011. The L-1011 film is hosted by TV personality of the day Don McGowan, and also features an interview with Air Canada’s fleet planning expert Clayton Glen. Also included are a number of 1970s era Air Canada TV adverts that promote the brand new widebody aircraft, services and destinations of the day.
Aircraft fans will enjoy the Douglas DC-9 stock footage reels, which includes some very neat air-to-air footage of the baby DC-9. The 1976 aircraft action footage filmed mostly at YVR is the icing on the cake, and features great scenes of Air Canada DC-9s, 747s, Tristars, and DC-8s in glorious action!
Please be aware that these films are presented for their historical importance, and not for their production values and/or image quality. These films are distribution copy prints that were made 70 years ago, and the image and production quality is not the same as we are used to today. In some of the films we experienced film breaks, film warpage (which result in the film being unable to hold focus), broken film sprockets, and blown out sound levels. So these films are by no means perfect. But we believe their historic value over-rides their technical imperfections, and we present them as a look back on a past era.
Chapter 1) Introductions
Chapter 2) Air Canada 1970s TV ads
Chapter 3) Last Vickers Viscount flight
Chapter 4) Air Canada 1970s TV ads
Chapter 5) Air Canada 1971 747 promo film
Chapter 6) Air Canada 747 TV ads
Chapter 7) L-1011 with Don McGowan
Chapter 8) Air Canada 1970s TV ads
Chapter 9) Baby DC-9 air-to-air reels
Chapter 10) DC-9 stock footage with sound
Chapter 11) 1976 YVR action
Chapter 12) TCA Viscount DVD Preview
Chapter 13) TCA DC-8 DVD Preview
Total running time: 76 minutes
This DVD is available in NTSC region-free format which will work on all current European DVD players.