In the 1940s & 1950s, the National Film Board of Canada documented Canada’s then new national airline to educate the Canadian public about the new mode of travel.
Thousands of feet of Hollywood quality cine film on Trans-Canada Air Lines was dormant in NFB archives for decades, until we discovered this never-before-seen eyeball-popping footage, which is presented in this narrated historic program.
The quality of the footage is the best archival classic airline footage we have ever seen. It was all shot on 16mm employing professional filming techniques and the subject matter has to be seen to be appreciated. It truly is amazingly high quality footage.
You’ll see WWII era Lodestars & Electras filmed across Canada, unbelievable Lancastrian footage filmed air-to-air,lots of Canadair DC-4M2 North Star, Douglas DC-3, Lockheed Connie, Avro Jetliner and Vickers Viscount footage of TCA airliners from the era that is unbelievable in quality and rarity.
The live filming of a TCA Viscount air-to-air with onboard engine shutdown demo complete with original sound is an unbelievable find. You can actually hear the Rolls Royce Dart engines spooling down and then winding up, recorded on board the actual aircraft during this demonstration. Along with all the other footage, this program is nothing short of a major historic treasure to be enjoyed over and over for years to come.
Chapter 1) Intro
Chapter 2) TCA Lockheeds at Vancouver
Chapter 3) TCA Lockheeds in the Prairies
Chapter 4) TCA Lockheeds at YYZ & YUL
Chapter 5) TCA Avro Lancastrian
Chapter 6) Canadair North Star
Chapter 7) Avro Jetliner
Chapter 8) Canadair North Star first flight
Chapter 9) TCA DC-4M2 North Star roll-out
Chapter 10) TCA DC-4M2 North Star in service
Chapter 11) TCA DC-3 in service
Chapter 12) TCA Viscount action
Chapter 13) Viscount engine out demo
Chapter 14) End Credits
Chapter 15) DVD Previews
Total running time: 51 minutes
This DVD is available in NTSC region-free format (which will work on all current European DVD players).