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British Airways: 100 Years in the Sky   

Information
Series 1: 2x60 | HD | 2018
Production Company
Title Role Productions
Primary Broadcaster
Channel 5

This two-part series commemorates the centenary of birth of British Airways in 1919 when, on the 25th August, a single-engined De Havilland DH4A aircraft owned by the Air Transport and Travel company lifted off from Hounslow Heath, near London and made the first international scheduled flight. The passenger aviation industry was born.

Mixing insightful interviews and remarkable archive, the series charts the development of these early airlines as they gradually develop into one government owned company, navigate the turbulent skies of WW2 before evolving into the British Airways that we know today

Episode 2

We uncover the secret flights made by the newly formed BOAC Mosquito’s, to smuggle ball bearings from neutral Sweden, before the advent of the Jet age in the 1950’s. Also exploring a cause for celebration and sadness, as early jet planes were tragically lost because, the new technology was found to be critically flawed. Moreover, in an exclusive interview, pilot Ian Frow reveals what life was like flying at the cutting edge.

Episode 1

This episode charts the early years including, the advent of Concorde and luxury flight in the truest sense of the word. We hear from flight and cabin crew who served on these flights and get a sense of what it was like to fly in this glamorous world. We feature unseen footage from the BA archives, including staff training films as well as, historical archive that depicts a world far removed from the no frills travel we experience today.