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    Educational film about international travel by flying boat.

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    British Instructional Films Ltd presents a Classroom Film. Grateful acknowledgements are made to B.O.A.C.

    Air to air shot of large seaplane / flying boat. It lands on water. C/U of one of the aeroplane's propellers. Passengers from a British Airways bus enter a waiting room. The plane is towed towards the water. Sign reads: "Telegrams. A reminder. Have you sent your telegram? You can telegraph from this office to all countries of the world." A woman in shirt and tie speaks into a telephone. The seaplane enters the water. Sign on a door: "Immigration". Official checks a passport. C/U of him stamping the passport. H.M. Customs and Excise "Notice to Passengers". Customs officer checks a man's baggage. Passengers walk down steps. Man looks out to sea from a balcony, a motor launch is seen. Motor launch draws up alongside seaplane. Passengers board the seaplane from the motor launch.

    Crew of the plane including the pilot. A radio operator sends a message in morse code. Another man puts on headphones. A steward in a white coat polishes glasses. The seaplane's engines are started. We see the plane take off from Poole Harbour, alongside Brownsea Island. Shots of the water being churned up. Shots from the plane of large ship below. Air to air shots of the plane in flight and of its shadow on the ground. Aerial shots of villages, Corfe Castle in Dorset and viaduct. Steward serves a meal to passengers. Aerial shots of roads and woodlands. Steward pours drinks. Aerial shots of fields and cliffs, lighthouse - The Needles on the Isle of Wight. Woman drinks a glass of water. Graphic map of Europe. Starting point of flight (Poole) and destination are indicated. The route is over France, Corsica and Sicily to Cairo - illustrated by an animated aeroplane over a graphic map. Aerial shot of the pyramids. Egyptian men wearing fez hats watch the seaplane come and land on the water. Passengers are brought into land by motor launch.

    Two prints exist.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1940 - 1949
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:51:14:00 / 01:59:00:00

Comments (1)

  1. slatterb says

    My Australian father after completing his Tour with Bomber Command with 149 Squadron over Europe including Berlin and 38 Squadron in the Middle East from 1939 to 1941 was seconded to BOAC and as a Captain flew these Flying Boats from Durban to Cairo and return from 1941-1945 .
    The return trip would take six weeks to complete. It was part of the famous KANGAROO ROUTE from Australia to England during WW2.
    Unfortunately BOAC have very few records of service by these aviators who pioneered this type of flying which sadly phased out after the war.
    I had my first flight in 1945 when we returned to the UK where my father resumed his duties with Bomber Command.
    I visited Duxford in 2012 and was blown away by the size of this aircraft which was well ahead of its time.

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