Supersonic

United Kingdom, 1964

Film
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In 1956 it had all begun, the sound barrier had been broken and a handful of men were thinking of making a passenger airline to break the sound barrier - to halve the world. In 1959, real work was begun on the idea. The French and the British consolidated to save time and money. In 1962 a model of the aircraft was shown at Farnsborough Air Show, and it was named “Concorde”. America became interested, and not wanting to be left behind, began designing their own sound breaking passenger aircraft. The race was on - neither of the parties wanting to make any mistakes, both very meticulous in their research. This documentary is mostly made up of interviews with the chief personnel (French, English and American) involved in designing, testing and investigating the construction of a supersonic aircraft. Commentary by Michael Flanders.

Credits

producer

Richard Cawston

production company

BBC-TV

Language

English

Duration

01:13:30:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

29099

Subject categories

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Aerodynamics

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Aeronautics

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Aeronautics - France

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Aeronautics - Great Britain

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Aeronautics - History

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Air transport - History

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Airplanes - Design and construction

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Airplanes - History

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Concorde (Jet transports)

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → International cooperation

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Great Britain

History → History

History → United States - History - 20th century

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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