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The Avro Jetliner

Accession number: 
Production Years: 
1949 to 1950


Film Properties: 
Length (feet): 
350 (16mm)
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Holding Institutions: 

Library and Archives Canada: 16mm, VHS.
"Documentary about the first official flight of the Avro C-102 Jetliner, the first jet transport in North America, on 4 October 1949, showing: the ceremony to mark the first flight; crowds at the ceremony; actulaity of C.D. Howe speaking at the ceremony; inside the aircraft plant; engines; engine controls; assembling the aircraft; the cabin; the hydraulic system; the tricycle undercarriage; ground tests; the first test flight, on 10 August 1949, at Malton Airport, showing the plane in the air and landing; the engines removed and inspected; inspection of the undercarriage; the flight crew; the first official flight and crowds watching. Commentary throughout describes the characteristics of the aircraft and the flight itself."


"Business in Motion: Films of Current Interest," Canadian Business 23, no. 9 (September 1950): 80.
"Designed to sell jet passenger airliners at home and abroad, this film illustrates graphically Canada's progress in jet plane production. The camera covers plane tests at Malton Airport, then takes the audience on a tour of the Avro plant, showing various aspects of the manufacturing process."

Crawley Films, Free Films: Directory of Sources of Free 16mm Sponsored Films in Canada (Ottawa: Crawley Films, May 1952): 13.