Aerial Journeys | Looking at the British landscape from the air
CHANNEL | BBC Television Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 24 September 1951
DURATION | 3 minutes 34 seconds
Cameraman Cyril Page climbs aboard a Percival Proctor to give a pilot's view of the race. Flying over countryside, beaches and cliffs, the plane (named Windmill Girl) heads for the finishing line at Brighton Pier where enthusiastic crowds are gathered. The South Coast Air Race was organised by the Daily Express and the Royal Aero Club.
Zita Irwin, the pilot of the plane used for this broadcast, was one of a number of women recruited into the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA). The ATA transported aircraft from the factories to the RAF's airfields in Britain during the Second World War, enabling RAF pilots to tend to front line duties. Reportedly, at first female pilots weren't allowed to wear trousers, only skirts.
Aerial photographers discuss their work from the early 1900s onwards.
The air ambulance of Renfrew is called into action.
News report on the first live television filming from the air.
Raymond Baxter reports on the South Coast Air Race.
The BBC makes its second attempt to broadcast live from the air.
The first episode of a groundbreaking series on Britain as viewed from the air.
Aerial views of mankind's various modes of transport through the ages.
What were the implications for a countryside under constant threat of development?
Britain's seaside life, viewed from the air.
'Tomorrow's World' explores the scientific feat of aerial photo mapping.
An aerial journey from a lighthouse in the South West to the north of the Shetland Isles.
Take a journey over land and through time with this film of Wales shot entirely from the air.
John Noakes meets members of the Red Arrows.
Britain's ancient past is discovered from the air.
Glide over Wiltshire in a hot-air balloon.
A natural history programme on Ice Age Britain.
Britain's coastline as you've never seen it before.
Six intrepid teams race their microlights across the roof of England.
Janet Ellis takes to the skies as she trains for a freefall parachute jump.
Reflections of a mountaineer while climbing in the Lake District.
The costs of the first live broadcast from the air.
A 'Radio Times' draft and article about the BBC's first live broadcast from an aeroplane.
The Head of Television Programmes criticises 'Operation Pegasus'.
Cecil McGivern finds further fault with 'Operation Pegasus'.
Ideas for the first 'Bird's Eye View' episode.
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