Rural Mail Airborne 1948

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    Full title reads: "RURAL MAIL AIRBORNE".

    Mudford, Somerset.

    Close up shot of Royal Mail van. The mal is being loaded into a Westland Sikorsky S-51 helicopter (BEA). Close up shot of taking another bag and putting in. Helicopter pilot smiling through glass. Helicopter takes off. Helicopter in the air passing over village and church. Helicopter in the air over the field with mail van in picture. People looking up, mainly women with children. Helicopter landing. Close up shot of postman. Driver gets out and unloads mail from the van to the helicopter. The pilot is seen through glass. Moving shot of crowd. Helicopter takes off and swings round.

    Note: This helicopter crashes Film ID 1413.36

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    01:45:37:00 / 01:46:46:00
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  • The helicopter is a Westland Sikorsky S-51, Reg. No. G-AKCU, operated by British European Airways (BEA).

    This same helicopter also appears in clip 1413.36, where it crashes and is written off (without injuries), in the Croesor Valley, Wales.

    jamied 7th May 2012
  • Further footage of the crash story can be seen in clip 2489.10.

    jamied 7th May 2012
  • Thanks jamied! Appreciated.

    British Pathé 18th Jun 2012

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