Sir Miles Thomas makes speech before leaving London on Comet for first flight to Brazil.
Unissued / unused footage - dates and locations may be unknown or unclear.
BOAC Comet 11 leaves for South America - London Airport.
C/U of Sir Miles Thomas making a speech (natural sound) to camera with Transport Minister AT Lennox-Boyd standing beside him. He says that this is the first civil British jet aircraft to cross the Atlantic and talks of cutting the time from London to Lisbon considerably, then flying on to Dakar, Recife and to Rio de Janeiro in something like sixteen flying hours. He hopes to be able to influence sales of British Comet to Pan Brazil, the Brazilian airline. He says they hope to be back in London in less than a week, coming back through Natal, Dakar, Casablanca, Madrid and hopes that they will help the Minister's great work in developing civil aviation in this country.
AT Lennox-Boyd thanks Sir Miles and talks of the pride they have in the Comet and BOAC, and how much they owe De Havillands for the work they have done. He says "God speed to all of you today" and talks of this being the forerunner of regular services across the Atlantic.
(Remainder of item is mute.) M/S of a woman (his wife?) kissing Sir Miles goodbye. Ground to Air Comet 11 in flight. C/U of Sir Miles Thomas. C/U of Minister. M/Ss of Sir Miles with crew and hostess. C/U of Air Hostess. C/U Captain APW Cane, pan to Captain AM Majendie. L/S as Minister bids Sir Miles farewell. C/U of Minister waving. L/S of Comet 11 on tarmac. C/U of De Havilland Comet on fuselage. L/S of Sir Miles and others boarding plane and posing on steps. L/S of Comet 11 taxiing past.