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    Special christening for new Hawker Siddeley aircraft - Trident Two.

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    No title. Trident 2 named - special christening ceremony on delivery of 15 Tridents to BEA (British European Airways).

    Interior of aircraft hangar showing Hawker Siddeley Trident Two passenger airliner waiting for naming ceremony. M/S nose of Trident, pan along fuselage. C/U side of fuselage looking towards tail. M/S of the tail section.

    M/S of the VIPs assembled on dais for christening ceremony, in the foreground the nose of the Trident. M/S VIPs on the dais showing Sir Anthony Milward (BEA Chairman) speaking. Rear view of the guests, showing the Trident in front of them. C/U famous test pilot, "Cats Eyes" Cunningham at ceremony. M/S VIPs on dais; Sir Milward sits and Sir Harry Broadhurst (Deputy Managing Director and Chief Executive of Hawker Siddeley Aviation) starts to speak. M/S worker in overalls. L/S Lady Milward and Sir Harry Broadhurst on the steps by nose of the plane about to christen. C/U Lady Milward with Sir Broadhurst. Lady Milward tips cider over nose of the plane from a silver chalice. M/S of the Trident in the hangar.

    Sir Harry Broadhurst also known as Air Marshal Broadhurst, commander-in-chief Bomber Command.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:36:16:00 / 01:37:23:00

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says


    Film clip entitled: "Trident 2 Named 1968"

    In fact, this is two entirely separate newsfilms spliced together. Worse still, the film shows two different types of Trident and the events are about five years apart!

    Up to around 0:24 it's correct, being a Trident 2 (as painted on the centre -No.2- engine), with registration G-AVFB(?), might be G-AVFA.

    However, from 0:24 onwards, the registration is clearly shown as G-ARPA. That's an entirely different and older aircraft, being a Trident 1. Indeed G-ARPA was the first ever Trident of any marque, and had been already been in service with BEA for some 4 or 5 years before any Trident 2 joined the fleet.

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