British Overseas Airways Corporation - The Definitive Newsreel History 1939-1974 - Civil Aviation

British Overseas Airways Corporation - The Definitive Newsreel History 1939-1974
BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation), was the result of a merger between British Airways Ltd and Imperial Airways Ltd in 1939. During the Second World War, the new BOAC operated flying boat services to the British colonies, we join test pilot Captain Stone checking out a Short Sunderland Flying Boat in 1946.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 joined the fleet with the Boeing Stratocruiser which could fly non-stop to the USA. Between 1949 and 1950, the first modern British airliner, 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, John Cunningham, 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 a housing estate in Bristol. By 1958, BOAC were operating the new Comet 4 with the first jet service across the Atlantic and, in 1966, we join a simulated Concorde flight from Sydney to Heathrow.Other aircraft 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, many more.So, from seaplanes to jet planes, this is the definitive and exciting overview of the much missed BOAC which was amalgamated with BEA in 1974 to form the British Airways of today. Plus Bonus Features on the VC-10 and the BAC 1-11
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British European Airways - The Definitive Newsreel History 1946-1974
BEA (British European Airways), was a division of the state owned BOAC formed in 1946 to run the passenger air services to Continental Europe and within the UK that had been operated by the RAF during the Second World War. Most of BEA s immediate post-war operations were out of Northolt using old piston engined Vickers Vikings and DC-3 Dakotas. These were followed by the first turbo-prop airliner, the Vickers Viscount then by the Vickers Vanguard, the DH Comet 4 and The Hawker Siddeley Trident series.There’s a nostalgic look at flying from Northolt in 1949 before a series of hard hitting news stories such as The Viking Vigilant with a huge hole in the fuselage caused by a time-bomb detonated over the Channel. In 1953, another Viking hit a mast on its approach to Belfast - there were no survivors. The worst disaster was in 1965 when a BEA Vickers Vanguard made three attempts to land in fog at London Airport - it somersaulted down the runway killing all on board. ITN s Peter Snow gives a graphic description of the crash. Ironically, BEA were the pioneers of the Automatic Landing System (Autoland) originally on the Trident Fleet and for this BEA was awarded the Queen’s Award For Industry.1955 saw severe strikes at London Airport. Gatwick was opened in 1958 becoming London s second airport and BEA soon became a leader in the package tour industry and the first airline to offer a local helicopter service.Other aircraft featured in this definitive and exciting overview of this much missed airline include the Airspeed Ambassador, the BAC 1-11, the Boeing 707, the Hawker Siddeley Argosy, the Dragon Rapide and many, many more. BEA was amalgamated with BOAC in 1974 to form the British Airways of today.
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