For decades Britain led the world in aviation technology, thanks largely to the work of the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) with its headquarters at Farnborough. These rare and often previously unreleased films from the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust film archive capture the pioneering work of the RAE as they expanded the very frontiers of aviation. These films, rescued from imminent destruction, feature the aircraft of the era, and pay tribute to Britain's remarkable aviation heritage.
Comet Accident Investigation In 1954, Britain's Comet was the world's most advanced airliner, but it was plagued by a series of mysterious and fatal crashes. To discover the cause, scientists at Farnborough took crash investigation to a new height producing revolutionary techniques which shaped the future of air accident investigation. Recovery of Aircraft Accident Data The development of early 'Black Box' technology which was intended to be ejected from the doomed aircraft. Escape Problems for Moving Crew Members Trials with the human centrifuge at Farnborough to overcome escape problems for rear crew members of the Vulcans, Valiants and Victors of V Force. Use of Oxygen During Escape from Ditched Aircraft Featuring vivid underwater photography, this short film trained pilots how to use their aircraft's own oxygen supply to buy crucial time for escape from a submerged aircraft. Escape from Aircraft in Flight As aircraft flew faster and higher, escaping from them proved ever more difficult. This film looks at early ejector seat experiments and advancing technologies. Soft Ground Arresting In order to reduce the risk of serious accident and injury, the RAE developed an innovative new 'soft ground' technology for use at airports, lightning and Canberra test aircraft are seen being brought to a safe and rapid halt after overshooting the runway. F.A.S.T. The Farnborough Air Sciences Trust working to preserve Britain's aviation science heritage. Features official opening of its museum at Farnborough and a rare interview with former test pilot, Neville Duke.