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Film footage of 50's/60's BOAC planes

Old 29th Apr 2015, 22:52
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Film footage of 50's/60's BOAC planes

Please forgive me if this is the wrong place to be asking the questions, but I thought you guys are the experts, so you might know of a source of film footage - I am looking for film of Douglas DC4's - in colour, 1950's - do you know any feature film titles I should be chasing, or any private or public archive source of film footage of BOAC vintage aeroplanes. I have contacted the BA Museum but I think they only have still photographs. Any leads very gratefully received and I hope I haven't been impertinent in posting on this professional network. Many thanks.
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Old 30th Apr 2015, 08:10
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I am not sure if it has any DC 4s, but I bought the DVD "Look at Life in the 1960s, Civil Aviation" fromvideo125.co.uk

It has 3 Look at Life films, including "City of the Air" which has footage of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

It was probably filmed after DC4s were retired, but there may be a shot of one in it somewhere. There is plenty of excellent footage of planes, airports, and vehicles as they were back then, brings back so many memories and highly recommended!
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Old 30th Apr 2015, 09:16
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BOAC never operated DC-4s. They did operate the Canadair C-4 Argonaut which was a license built DC-4 but presurised like the DC-6 and with Rolls-Royce Merlin engines. They did operate DC-7Cs.
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Old 30th Apr 2015, 11:43
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Look at Life Civil Aviation films

Thanks so much - I'll definitely have a look at that. I am really looking for
a Stratocruiser to film, but I don't think there is one anywhere... unless you know of one?
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Old 30th Apr 2015, 15:48
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The Huntley Archives have a clip in black and white I think, but you want only colour I take it.

Edit: Unless my eyes deceive me, this is a DC-4 in colour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HWMHD82RvA.

Edit 2: On second look, pretty sure it's a DC-4/North Star, as she's got the Merlin engines.

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Yes, it's G-ALDR C4 Argonaut. Clues , amongst others, are the Merlins & the square (ish) windows.
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Old 30th Apr 2015, 20:38
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you want color DC4 stuff?

fine

rent, buy, or somehow watch: "The High and the Mighty".

it is also an excellent film on cockpit resource management: "thanks, I needed that".
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A great movie with lots of action at LHR during the mid 50's

Out of the Clouds (1955) - IMDb
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A great movie with lots of action at LHR during the mid 50'
Was actually on television in the UK this evening - caught the end of it. Lot of Stratocruiser, Constellation and Viscount footage. Not sure if there was any DC4 earlier in the film but certainly worth a look.
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B.O.A.C. operated a single DC-4, (actually a converted C-54A Skymaster), G-AJPN in B.O.A.C. Skyways livery. Bought by Skyways Ltd. in 1947 as "Sky Champion", then bought by Air France 12 May 1950 as F-BELR. Photo circa 1949.
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YouTube has the 3-part series "Tomorrow is Theirs" featuring B.O.A.C. operations with Bristol Britannia and Boeing Stratocruiser airliners.
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We'll, you live & learn. Thanks Evansb, I never knew that BOAC operated any DC4S.
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Old 8th May 2015, 11:09
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50's BOAC airliners

Thanks so much for the tip about the Huntley film - it's beautiful and I'll try and find a master from the BA Museum and the BFI as this copy is a bit too scratched - and thanks for ID'ing the plane!!
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50's BOAC airliners

'The High and the Mighty' - I'll definitely look at it.
Thanks very much for the suggestion.

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50's BOAC airliners

Out of the Clouds - yes, fantatic film - I have tracked down some outtakes, and hopefully we'll be able to use.

Thanks very much for the suggestion - much appreciated.
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'Tomorrow is Theirs'

Brilliant - thanks so much - I am on the way to tracking down the master from the BFI.

much appreciated.

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