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These wonderful films capture the golden age of the British airline scene of the late 1940s and 1950s. This was the time when BOAC was emerging as Britain’s international overseas airline, and BEA was Britain’s leading domestic and short haul carrier.
It was also during this glorious era that Britain was a world leader in the development of commercial aeroplanes with many marques in the offing including the Brabazon, Elizabethan, De Havilland Comet, and of course the world’s first turboprop, the Rolls Royce Dart powered Vickers Viscount.
The Vickers Viscount was also a huge success in North America, and was ordered in large numbers by Capital Airlines of the USA. This DVD features two promotional films that highlight the Viscount in service with Capital in the 1950s.
London Airport (B&W) 1949 (10 minutes)
This wonderful post-war period film examines the construction and early day operations at London’s then new Heathrow Airport. Wonderful footage of BOAC York, Lancastrian, Pan Am DC-3, and Sabena DC-3 and DC-4 aircraft.
Into the Blue (B&W) 1953 (10 minutes)
This film gives a snap-shot look at the UK’s international and domestic airline scene in the early 50s. Features BOAC Strat,Connie and Solent, plus BEA types and the prototype Viscount.
Capital Airlines Viscount Roll-out (colour) 1955 (1 minute)
This brief 16mm clip shows Capital Airlines’ first Vickers Viscount being rolled out at Hurn and taking to the air for her first flight.
Highway in the Sky (colour) 1956 (6 minutes)
This film shows the operation of the Instrument Landing System on the brand new Capital Airlines Vickers Viscount.
Capital Airlines Viscount Introduction (colour) 1956 (25 minutes)
This film introduces the new turbine powered Vickers Viscount to the traveling public of the day. Lots of great cabin, exterior and air-to-air footage of Capital’s Viscount.
Song of the Clouds (colour) 1953 (32 minutes)
This British film introduces the splendors of international airline travel when the industry was in its infancy. We follow the airline travels of several international passengers. Boeing 337 Stratocruisers, DC-6s, Connies, and other classic propliners of the era are the stars of the show!
Total running time: 86 minutes
This DVD is available in NTSC region-free format (which will work on all current European DVD players).