Classic Jetliners 1960s: Boeing 707 / Douglas DC-8 / Convair 880

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In the early 1960s, the world’s airlines were transitioning from piston and turboprop aircraft to jet-powered aircraft. The dawn of the golden age of jet travel had arrived and global travel was becoming a mass, worldwide phenomena. Everyone wanted to travel by jet, and the world’s airlines promoted their jet services by every means possible, including promotional cine films. This DVD takes the viewer back to that magic age with three period films featuring the three golden jets of the era, the Boeing 707, the Douglas DC-8, and the Convair 880.

Chapter 1) This early 1960s film follows a Trans-Canada Air Lines DC-8-42 and her flighdeck crew operating TCA flight 884 from snowy Montreal down to Montego Bay, Jamaica. This film features exterior footage of the DC-8. As well as live flightdeck footage including engine starts, taxi, take-off, inflight, and landing.

(Colour restored as best as possible – 16 minutes)

Chapter 2) In the early 1960s, the Douglas DC-8 and the Convair 880 were Japan Air Lines’ front line long-range aircraft. This early 1960s film opens with busy jet scenes at Haneda Airport. When night falls, the JAL DC-8-50 towed into the hangar for her routine inspection. With the first light of morning, the JAL maintenance crew perform an engine run on the DC-8. After Haneda jet action, film takes us to heavy maintenance overhaul on JAL Convair 880, followed by test flight.

(Black and white – 24 minutes)

Chapter 3) We follow an FAA Air Carrier Inspector as he checks out the enroute operations of a Braniff El Dorado Boeing 707-227 and her crew on a routine Dulles-Dallas-Mexico City flight, circa 1960. This superb film is loaded with live cockpit, cabin and exterior footage. This film is perhaps the best live filming of a classic Boeing 707-227 in existence. The cockpit pre-start checklist, engine start, and ATC is all 100% authentic and filmed live on an actual Braniff 707 operating an actual flight. Add in air-to-air footage, a mini feature on the FAA Boeing 707, great passenger cabin and flight attendant footage. It all makes for a fabulous, not to be missed feature will amaze 707 fans interested in Braniff’s history.

(Colour – 28 minutes)