• Short Summary

    Test pilot Pegg speaks about flying the Brabazon with crew standing behind him.

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    Filton, Bristol.

    MS. Test Pilot Arthur Pegg in front of microphones with his crew grouped round him. CU. Head shot Pegg. MS. CU. Pegg speaking. "Well, I've been asked to tell you something about the early trials of the Brabazon. Yesterday, we as a crew handled it for the first time. It moved under its own power, as I say again, for the first time and behaved really very satisfactorily. We got up to speeds in the region of 66 knots and managed to get the nose well off the ground without anything disastrous, or even uncomfortable happening. Now as a result of those trials yesterday, we decided that if all the conditions were suitable we would have a go today. We all woke up this morning and I'm sure the crew will agree with me when I tell you that I looked out of my bedroom window, I'm sure they all did the same thing, to see what the weather was like. The weather was bright very little wind and in fact everything was extremely hopeful. Well after the various engine running and pre-flight checks which are necessary with an aeroplane of this size we finally got her onto the runway rather later than we had originally anticipated. By this time there was a slight cross wind and we had not by then made a decision to take off. However, in taxiing down to the Western end of the runway, the aeroplane in this cross wind behaved so well that we decided, as I said before to turn round and have a go. There's very little more. We turned round. We headed the thing in an easterly direction and opened the engines up to the take off power, let off the brakes and she was off the ground in some 500 to 600 yards. In fact, she was off so quickly, it took me rather unawares. However, we managed to keep the thing under control and continued to climb steadily up to about 3,000ft. The approach was made at about 100 knots and we throttled all the engines back at about 50ft. and the landing was entirely normal and completely under control, a very simple business, I was expecting to have perhaps something a little peculiar at this stage but nothing of that sort occurred. We merely pulled the stick back. The aeroplane sat on the ground, I'm told very gently, and we reversed our propellors and the whole thing was again over in about 600 yards. All we had to do then was to taxi it in and face a battery of the sort of things I'm facing now." MS.A three-coach steam train passing the Brabazon. SCU. The 'plane. Propellor starting to tick over. LMS. The crew getting out of 'plane after flight. MS. Crowd shots people watching. (3 shots). MS. Semi-front view of 'plane with people standing around it. MS. Side view of 'plane stationary. MS. Onlookers on top of barn roof. MS. 'Plane with propellors rotating. MS. Steam train passing the 'plane. (Comb.Orig.Neg.) (Cuts.49/72)

    (Comb.Orig.Neg.) (Cuts.49/72)

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1940 - 1949
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:18:36:00 / 01:22:42:00
    UN 2166 B

Comments (2)

  1. Unknown user says

    Sadly nothing happens when I try and play this clip, it's nothing but a black screen.

    The test pilot is referred to here as "Arthur Pegg". Whilst this was indeed his birth-name he was actually known as Bill Pegg.

    The clip's current date range of 1940-49 can easily be reduced. Judging by the body text, Pegg is describing the aircraft's first test flight - this took place on 4 September 1949.

    Attached is a magazine article of the era describing that first flight. The article also names many of the people that I can see from the stills appear in the clip......

    iew/1949/1949 - 1511.html

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  2. Unknown user says

    I can now see the clip, so can provide the following info...

    "Pegg in front of microphones with his crew grouped round him" - the men are, from left to right, Jonnie Hayman, Larry Atkinson, Bill Pegg, M J Peniston and Walter Gibb.

    Nice photo here featuring the five men in the clip...


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