Cat no. 212799

About Anglia: VC10 Inspection at Marshalls of Cambridge

Running time7:08 Black & White Sound 1964 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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About Anglia item; the new VC10 passenger airline inspection at Marshalls of Cambridge.

Genre:

TelevisionTravel / Travelogue

An 'About Anglia' report featuring visuals of the new VC10 passenger airline and a tour of its engineering inspection at Marshall’s of Cambridge. As one of its primary users, the plane shows off the British Overseas Airways Corporation logo. Commentary discusses the particular design of the aircraft; the investment by BOAC; and its purpose as an intercontinental passenger airline. The VC10 is described as a significant feat of engineering for the British aircraft industry. An interview with Leslie Worsdell, Chief Test Pilot, is featured whilst aerospace engineers carry out an inspection of the VC10 in a hangar at Marshalls of Cambridge. Leslie Worsdell comments on the plane’s airworthiness and passenger comfort. He also gives the interviewer a tour of the VC 10, its flight deck and passenger compartment.

Background Information:

BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) - One of the primary users of the VC10. BOAC was the British state airline from 1939 until 1946 and the long-haul British state airline from 1946 to 1974. Ceased operations 31 March 1974 (merged with British European Airways to form British Airways).

The following statement appeared as part of Leslie Worsdell's obituary "Celebrating the Life of Leslie Worsdell" in the summer 2008 edition of 'Marshall Aerospace News' at http://www.marshallgroup.co.uk/assets/downloads/ma-news/ma-news-summer-08.pdf

"Leslie Worsdell was the first apprentice flying instructor trained pre-war by Marshall of Cambridge. He played an important part in flying training over a career of 50 years in aviation, which included working as Marshall of Cambridge’s Chief Test Pilot where he was involved in the introduction of the C-130 Hercules aircraft to Royal Air Force Service. Leslie became a Director of Marshall in 1977 and served in that role until his retirement in December 1987."

Featured People:

Mr Leslie Worsdell, Chief Test Pilot, Marshalls of Cambridge

Featured Organisations:

Marshalls Aerospace engineers, Cambridge

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