Air pioneers take a flight to Paris to mark 50th anniversary of first passenger flight.
No titles. London to Paris air service 50th anniversary.
London Heathrow Airport.
General view of a vintage / veteran bus or charabanc from 1913 pulling up beside a BAC Super 1-11 jet plane. The passengers are a group of air travel pioneers who started the world's first international air passenger service in 1919. They are going on a jet flight to Paris to mark the 50th anniversary.
A woman in Edwardian dress (BEA air hostess Judy Ablewhite) opens the doors to let the passengers out. C/U of the woman holding a tray of newspapers, grouse and Devonshire cream - the original cargo on the first flight 50 years ago. The men look at a photocopy of the Evening Standard with a headline about their flight - 'To Paris and Back By Air'.
Archive footage of the first flight - single engine plane being prepared, pilot (Captain Bill Lawford) shaking hands with several men, people drinking a toast to the flight. The company that ran the service was Air Transport and Travel Ltd.
Among the pioneers seen at Heathrow today are Alan Campbell-Ord, Sidney Oldfield, Leslie Page, George Hummerstone and Captain Jerry Shaw. Air stewardesses go up the stairs into the jet plane, followed by the men. L/S of the plane taking off.