• Short Summary

    Britain's biggest passenger plane the Avro Tudor II takes its test flight.

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    Item title reads - Avro Tudor II Britain's biggest aircraft.

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    Various shots of chief designer Roy Chadwick with other aircraft experts, C/U of Chadwick. C/U model of his new passenger plane Avro 689 Tudor II. The real aeroplane is wheeled out of its hangar. M/S of the 60 people queuing to enter the plane. C/U of chief test pilot Bill Thorn. C/U as engines start up. L/S head on view of plane taking off. Air to air shots of the plane in flight.

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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:
    01:11:22:00 / 01:12:25:00

Comments (4)

  1. jamied says

    The aircraft seen here is the prototype Avro 689 Tudor II, Reg. No. G-AGSU.

    "chief test pilot Thorn" is Bill Thorn.

    (Sadly this very aircraft was to crash on 23 August 1947, killing Roy Chadwick, Bill Thorn and 2 other occupants).

  2. paul1867 says

    The other two killed were
    Squadron Leader David J. Daikie Wilson DSO, DFC who was head of Avro\'s test section and had served in 617 squadron after the dams raid.
    Mr. J. Webster the radio operator.
    Chadwick, Thorn and Wilson are buried in a graveyard at the edge of Woodford Airfield.
    Two others survived the crash.

  3. paul1867 says

    The other two crew members who survived were

    Eddie Talbot, flight engineer,
    Stuart Davies, chief designer.

  4. British Pathé says


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