• Short Summary

    Although air travel usually conjures pictures of stack airlines, attractive hostesses, and magnificent airports, it can also mean stacks of valuable freight, bags of mail, and even herds of cattle.

  • Description

    Although air travel usually conjures pictures of stack airlines, attractive hostesses, and magnificent airports, it can also mean stacks of valuable freight, bags of mail, and even herds of cattle.

    For Britain's trade links with the continent - for long the exclusive property of the shipping companies - are now being strengthened by the airways organisation.

    In addition to the regular passenger end freight loads, some of these planes are now taking over the role of "tramps of the air" - shipping cattle from England to Holland and returning with any cargo available.

    Flying from Southend airport, Essex, Bristol Freighters of the Air Charter Company are maintaining a "Beef Lift" that ensure a daily supply of fresh English beef to the Dutch housewife.

    Coming from sale yards all over England, the cattle are quartered at Southend until an aircraft is available and then gently ushered into the waiting freighter - travelling in pairs in order to provide each other with companionship during the flight.

    Each aircraft carries nine or ten beasts and the Air Charter Company has designed its own type of portable canvass stall so that the cattle will not injure themselves on the flight. The animals are not tethered and show no signs of distress during the flight.

    Unloaded to Zestienhoven Airport, Rotterdam, the cattle are normally transported and slaughtered within two hours of leaving Southend. Shortly after, the meat is on sale in markets all over the country.

    Immediately the cattle have been unloaded, the aircraft is towed to the departure apron to pick up the return load - in this case a mixed batch of flowers and textiles.

    The Balfour Committee into the export of live cattle to the Continent has "nothing but praise for the way in which cattle are transported by air".

    Just another of the many operations being carried out by the Air Charter Ltd "Channel Air Bridge"

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB6VPLBX6LBXPMQ1BJJA2N1WMB
    Media URN:
    VLVAB6VPLBX6LBXPMQ1BJJA2N1WMB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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