First helicopter airliner, the Fairey Rotodyne, makes a successful takeoff test.
White Waltham, Berkshire.
GV. Fairey Rotodyne, vertical takeoff airliner, at White Waltham airfield - this is the first helicopter airliner tested. SV. Squadron Leader Ronald Gallatly, AFC pilot of Rotodyne talking with two other men beside helicopter. CU. Nose and cockpit of Rotodyne. CU. Jet unit on tip of rota blade. SV. Rota blades and turbo prop blades on new helicopter. SV. Technicians operating starter. LV. Rotodyne with turbo prop engines running. CU. Pan, rota blades start turning. GV. Rotodyne with turbo prop and rota engines running. Helicopter leaves the ground and rises vertically. SV. Front shot of helicopter rising. SV. Rotodyne in the air hovering. CU. Press photographer. AS. Rotodyne turning in the air in a steep circle.