• Short Summary

    Flight simulator using movie camera helps train VC10 pilots at London Airport.

  • Description

    Title reads: "FLYING VC-10 ON GROUND".

    Simulator trains pilots for VC10 at London Airport.

    L/S Queen's Building at London Airport. Interior shot showing passengers. Air to air VC10 passenger jet in flight. M/S classroom instructor teaching trainee pilots.

    Various shots trainee pilot operating controls in imitation cockpit. Various shots camera tracking over model of airfield. The pictures taken a relayed back to a screen in the imitation cockpit. The screen replicates the cockpit windscreen so the trainee can get a sense of flying the machine. The controls move the tracking camera.

    Air to air shot VC10 in flight. In cockpit of VC-10, M/S trainee pilot at controls with the instructor on left. Various shots of the plane landing and taking off again.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:51:08:00 / 01:52:42:00

Comments (1)

  1. vickers1151 says

    My father Tony Frish was a senior VC10 captain with BOAC & British Airways, retiring from the VC10 fleet in June 1975. Tony took me to Heathrow on several occasions I went twice with him to watch his “simulator detail”. It was exactly as described and shown in this clip from British Pathe. I remember the camera that followed the control input from the pilots and watched it move over a model of countryside and “a runway”, ie it wasn’t meant to be a model of a specific location. I also remember sitting outside the simulator with the nasty man who switched through various faults and challenges to the pilots. One such was a sudden crosswind gust moments before touchdown – the first officer was handling the landing and got caught off-guard by the gust and landed the simulator on the grass beside the runway. The unit then proceeded to bounce up and down most realistically. There was another incident where the "aircraft" ended up in Lake Windermere! Great stuff, regards Andy Frish

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