• Short Summary

    Helicopter used in the experiment to speed up mail deliveries in remote country districts.

  • Description

    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

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    1424.28
    Media URN:
    46433
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    01/04/1948
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:45:37:00 / 01:46:46:00
    Canister:
    48/27

Comments (3)

  1. jamied says

    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.

  2. jamied says

    Further footage of the crash story can be seen in clip 2489.10.

  3. British Pathé says

    Thanks jamied! Appreciated.

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