Television Goes Flying
The BBC makes its second attempt to broadcast live from
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1955 First Live airborne TV broadcast
2nd Jan 2010, 21:03
Saw this and thought of you lot. Enjoy.
BBC - Archive - Aerial Journeys - Television Goes Flying (http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/aerialjourneys/5347.shtml?all=1&id=5347)
This is brilliant, wonder what the good Wg Cdr and Raymond Baxter
would have thought if you told them that the Canberra they were
discussing being replaced by the Javelin would actually stay in
service until 2006. :ok:
3rd Jan 2010, 09:43
It's good - we liked it before too :8
3rd Jan 2010, 10:28
So when did groundcrew stop wearing hats? :=
3rd Jan 2010, 11:11
After quite a few were sucked in by the new fangled jet engines !
3rd Jan 2010, 13:22
If you dont mind a "civi" butting in on this forum, and
perhaps move it to the historical section you might find that it wasnt
the first time a television camera was put in a plane. I remember
Richard Dimbleby ( senior) around the middle 50,s hosting a show from
above Boulogne with a 3tube pedestal camera mounted in the rear door
of a Bristol Freighter with all the gubbins in the nose. There are
some ex BBC Techies out there who lurk who could supply all the
details. It wasnt all that succesfull, a little bit like the first
sattelite transmission through Goonhilly, but I do remember seeing the
church on the hill above the town through a an electronic mist.
As a matter of interest around the mid sixties the founder of one of
the pirate pop stations bought an aged Constellation based in
Luxemburg and filled it with transmitting equipment and intended to
fly a racetrack above Europe transmitting un licesed programmes to all
and sundry It foundered for some reason and I have always wondered
why, the americans did something similar around the same time and the
technology certainly existed for it to work. Regards Alan
3rd Jan 2010, 15:40
Is this not what Peter Dimmock refers to about 30 seconds in?
I know you say mid '50s and he mentioned 5 years previous.
Also see a memo by P. Dimmock on the subject of costs;
BBC - Archive - Aerial Journeys - Operation Pegasus Memo (http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/aerialjourneys/dr5350_1.shtml?docall=1&doc=5350)
BBC - Archive - Aerial Journeys - From an Aeroplane over London
The note at the end of page 4 is quite interesting !
3rd Jan 2010, 18:36
I remember an early 'airborne' broadcast where the reporter/cameraman
was, IIRC, called Noble. He carried a huge backpack, it looked about
18x24x10, and he jumped from a Beverley on a mass parachute assault on
Salisbury Plain. He was right there when the paras took out a pill box
with a bazooka.
edited to add:
Bigal, thanks for that. I should have said that this was a live
broadcast after a para jump. It says something for the ruggedness of
the kit that it worked after the jump.
3rd Jan 2010, 21:17
He was Ronnie Noble and was very much a legond in the BBC as a News
cameraman. He covered the D day landings, the pictures from the
landing craft which is well recorded were his. He covered the Inchon
landings in Korea, and ended up on Sportsview where I remember him
well both at Lime Grove and Ken House, all parties long gone. Alan
3rd Jan 2010, 21:41
Thank you for posting the link.
I couldn't help but think that the hunters still looked like modern
aircraft, while all the others shown looked very dated in shape and
style. Although aircraft design has had several shapes and 'fashions',
and the hunters shape was even pre 'area rule' (although not sure on
that), they still look agile and business like.
I know many PPRuNer's are serial hunter fans, but does anyone else
agree on this, or is it just me?
Sorry for thread drift.
3rd Jan 2010, 21:51
The earliest Outside Broadcast I remember was when I was a boy shortly
after the war ended. Children's Hour (radio) broadcast a radio
commentary from an RAF Stirling bomber flying over London.
I lived in North London at the time and followed the broadcast
intently watching out for the Stirling as the commentator reported
what part of London he was flying over. In due course it appeared
flying over Broadcasting House and firing off Very Lights, very
visible to me and my schoolfriends in my house as we listened to the
I guess it took place in 1945/46.
3rd Jan 2010, 22:48
I loved it that the Hunters started on Avpin (nice flames at the rear)
and then taxied over the grass without any remark. And that it was at
Watton, not too far from my home.