End Of The Runway (DVD)
This DVD is a tribute to the proud history of probably the most famous runway in the country, Filton Airfield, which closed on December 21st 2012. BAE Systems, the current owner of the site, allowed 1st Take exclusive access to cover the day-to-day running of the airstrip, enabling us to film aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and the Beluga on some of their final visits to Filton.
The documentary also benefits from rare archive footage and an interview with Sir George White, the great-grandson of the man who brought aviation to Bristol. In 1968 Sir George filmed the air show at Filton, with his 16mm cine camera. On that day a replica Boxkite took to the skies, evoking a bygone age of early powered flight in the city. The site's reconstruction in 1946, to accommodate the Brabazon, proved vital to the future success of the runway. Until its recent closure, it could comfortably handle the largest passenger plane in the world, the A380, which was filmed entering Filton airspace from the Control Tower.
The aircraft's very short landing capability is revealed, as is the efficient manner in which the ground crew linked it to Filton's tractor unit. Another interesting and unique feature shows the A380 being manoeuvred across the Avonmouth-Filton railway line. You will also see how a set of A400M wings was transported by lorry from the wing shop to a special loading system which conveyed it to a Beluga aircraft on the north side of the runway. Film dating back to the First World War era, some of the earliest footage ever taken in the city, is also included, showing the Bristol Braemar on the original Filton grass runway. In addition, there is a summary of the major First Flights that took place at Filton - Brabazon, Bristol Type 188, Bristol Type 221 and Concorde - and the last supersonic flight of Concorde GBOAF on November 26th 2003. As an added bonus, there is also film of the last air display at Filton on a glorious summer day in 2010.
Running Time: 100 minutes
Region: Region 2