The Whispering giant

United Kingdom, 1958

Film
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The story of the Bristol Britannia, Britain’s great hundred-seater, turbo-prop airliner, the first to operate a scheduled non-stop service across the Atlantic between London and New York. Ten years of specialised design and research went into the Britannia and the development of the aircraft from its inception in the planning offices of the Bristol Aeroplane Company. Shows the elaborate testing stages, test flights and the process of production; the proving flights and finally the actual operation of the Britannia by airlines in Britain, Canada, the USA and Mexico.

Credits

director

Peter Bale

production company

BBC-TV

Language

English

Duration

00:25:29:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

30427

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Industries - Great Britain

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Aeronautics

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Aeronautics - Great Britain

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Airplanes

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

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Airplanes - History

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

History → Great Britain - History - 20th century

History → History

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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