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British Airways — 90 seconds of nostalgia, historic aircraft and people

22 September 2011

British Airways — 90 seconds of nostalgia, historic aircraft and people

Earlier this week I posted about a new advertising campaign initiated by British Airways, the flag carrier for the UK. This airline has roots which extend to the beginning of aviation, including the world’s first airline flying aircraft on international routes.

The 90 second video just released is a wonderful piece of work beginning with a vintage re-enacting of an air mail pilot starting up his deHavilland DH-9 (in reality a DH-51, see the Tuesday post for an explanation as neither BA not the Shuttleworth Collection are attempting to mislead any of us) which segues sequentially to a de Havilland DH-89 Dragon Rapide (again, please see the Tuesday post for clarification) with another taking off in the background, then to a Douglas Dakota (DC-3), then Vickers VC-10, to an Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde, ending with a Boeing B-747.

The video concludes with more computer generated imagery with all the mentioned aircraft flying in formation with the camera angle changing as the flight proceeds. This portion of the video is wonderfully dynamic and has a Concorde screaming through the top of the formation. One hot aircraft, that Concorde 😉

The narrator has  a British accent with a cello-esque quality that is simply pleasing to the ear and he is reading a script that is positively inspirational. The bottom line is this video rocks 🙂

Again, here is the YouTube link to British Airways 90 second video showing great vintage aircraft, history in HD, pilots and modern airliners.

Enjoy 🙂


My thanks go to Sam Ponedal (on behalf of BA) for this information as well as Wikipedia for the historical names as well as dates.

As is my custom, the links provided are done so without compensation of any sort, they are simply links ;)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Andy permalink
    17 October 2011 11:01

    That commercial is in a word amazing! However I must pick a nit, in that like James Bond, it was not as British as it could have been. Glaring in its abscense was the DH Comet. I know her tragic story, yet she still held the pinnacle of technolgy for a brief shining moment, not to mention spawning the Nimrod ASW platform.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      17 October 2011 12:17

      Right you are! Engineers learned so much about metal fatigue with the Comet, to be sure. Then learned about it again with the Aloha Airlines B-737 event which tore a significant portion of the upper fuselage away but with the loss of a single life.

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