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    Tuesday Documentary: Season 1969

    1969x13 The Trail Blazers

    • 1969-04-07T23:00:00Z on BBC Two
    • 55m
    • United Kingdom
    • Documentary
    We came across the Atlantic in sixteen hours-but it wasn'a pleasant trip. We had fog nearly all the way across. We were prepared a long time before Lindbergh. As a matter of fact, he came and wanted to make a deal-to borrow the plane, to lease it for the flight. This year sees the fiftieth anniversary of the first aeroplane flights across the Atlantic-a slow, fifteen-day series of hops and jumps by a Curtiss Flying Boat of the United States Navy, and the first non-stop flight two weeks later by the Vickers Vimy of the British airmen, John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown. The prize for the first non-stop flight was £ 10,000, which had been on offer from the Daily Mail since before the first world war. Next month-to mark the fiftieth anniversary-this same newspaper is sponsoring a transatlantic air race. This film tells the story of the struggle to conquer the Atlantic Ocean, always the most challenging, and today the greatest, of all the world's air routes. Narrators: Desmond Cranston. Ronald Sawdon Written and produced by JAMES WILSON