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1950s & 60s 16 mm Educational Aviation Films

Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:42 pm


They came encased in giant spools of 16 mm film and shown on ancient movie projectors with titles like Bobby Goes To The Airport. In classrooms across the country elementary school children were treated to exciting but absurdly wholesome depictions on everything from the inner workings of a big city airport to the magic of "modern" transcontinental flight aboard a Douglas DC-7 or Lockheed Super Constellation.

Unfortunately many of these old aviation movies have not been transferred to digital. Example: My 67-year-old father can recall watching as a child a similar classroom film about Cleveland Hopkins airport filmed shortly after the 1956 terminal was constructed. That film has apparently been lost as there is nothing on the Internet.

If anyone discovers old 16 mm aviation-related educational movies in city archives or a long-forgotten 8 mm vacation film showing a trip grandmother's house aboard a Boeing Stratocruiser in family memorabilia, it's of great interest to aviation historians that it be digitized and preserved before it becomes lost to time. Unless someone invents an H.G. Wells time machine it's not likely we will have the ability to see video of that golden age of airline travel again.

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