In this day and age of boring, sterile, plastic air transports, the thrill of flying on vintage, classic airliners of the past is all but a fading memory.
Once common airliner types like the BAC One Eleven, Airbus A300, Boeing 720, and even Boeing 737-200s and 727-100s have all but vanished from the skies. As an enthusiast, it is almost impossible to find commercial airlines still operating these types to savour a flight.
Back in the 1990s, aviation videographer Henry Tenby had the foresight and enthusiasm to video document flights in these various commercial jetliners, so that they could be enjoyed and savoured by future generations of hard-core aviation fans. Most of the filming is from the passenger experience in the cabin and includes many engine starts, taxi, and of course and take-off and landing sequences.
This 106 minute DVD is jam-packed with footage reliving the old days of flying on classic passenger jet transports. There is even some cockpit footage filmed on the L1011 and the Boeing 720, as well as flight attendant safety briefings and other interesting passenger views of an era that is now but gone.
A group of aviation enthusiasts and Air Events rented Ilyushin Il-18D ER-ICB of Grixono / Tandem Aero for pleasure flights Chisinau-Baltsy and return. This clip features shots of take offs, cruise, low passes and landings from inside the cabin, taxiing and a low pass while it did a demostrationflight and cabin and cockpit shots. Note the fast second flight, heavy banking and the low passes a few meters over the ground. Great footage. Videographer not known, unfortunately.
Harmony Airways CRJ landing at YVR JULY 22 2006. In bound from YYC. This was a summer 2006 wet lease service operated by Voyageur Airways on behalf of HMY Airways. Plane sure looked nice. Too bad business did not warrant year round service.
Videographers Henry Tenby and Anthony Hickey from AirlineHobby.com DVDs visited Honeywell's Boeing 720 flight test operation in Phoenix in early February, 2007. Over 16 hours of SH and HD video footage was shot during the visit, which will be released by AirlineHobby.com DVDs during 2007 as a Honeywell 720 Tribute DVD. HD DVDs of this historic aircraft and unique operation will be released in due course. Honeywell's 720 is scheduled for retirement in late 2007.