• Short Summary

    Great aerial shots of London in 1959 as we take a helicopter tour over the city.

  • Description

    London.

    Several shots show adults and children putting on lifejackets as commentator explains we are about to take a novel sight-seeing tour of London - by helicopter.

    We see the tourists boarding a Westland Widgeon helicopter and taking off while a two mechanics and a lady watch. We then see various aerial shots of London taken from the helicopter, following the route of the River Thames. The sights include the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Charing Cross and the Savoy Hotel, Tower Bridge, ships, tugs and barges on the River Thames, St Paul's Cathedral, part of the Docklands area showing several ships in docks, the Royal Naval College at Greenwich, Greenwich Pier and the Cutty Sark. On the South Bank we see the Royal Festival Hall, Waterloo Station, the new Shell building being built and County Hall.

    The aerial shots are intercut with shots of the pilot and controls, plus the passengers looking out at the view; one uses a cine camera. We approach the helipad and land.

    Note: on file is a booklet about the helicopter tours.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    99.14
    Media URN:
    2579
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1959
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:21:27:00 / 01:24:37:00
    Canister:
    CP 259

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