BRITISH MOVIETONE NEWS, PRESTWICK PIONEER

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Title: BRITISH MOVIETONE NEWS, PRESTWICK PIONEER

Reference number: 6157

Production company: [ British Movietone News]

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 7.59 mins

Description: A promotional film about the Single and Twin Prestwick Pioneer aircraft.

Scottish Aviation designed and built the 'Prestwick Pioneer' five seater aeroplane capable of short take-off and landing. It first flew in 1947 and was invaluable in the subsequent campaigns in the Malayan jungle. It was followed by the 'Twin Pioneer', carrying 16 passengers, which first flew in 1955.
[Above information taken from Webster, Jack The Flying Scots: A Century of Aviation in Scotland, p. 40].

See also ref. 5024 SCOTTISH AVIATION AEROPLANE - PRESTWICK PIONEER

Shotlist: [exactly the same as record 2 except this film has an additional first intertitle]

This is a glimpse of the Single and Twin Engineered Pioneered type of short take off and landing (STOL) aircraft which brings safe, simple and cheap air transport to every man's door-step irrespective of terrain (0.31); PRESTWICK PIONEER (0.34) aerial shot of a jungle (0.37); Into the Malayan Jungle go the Pioneers (0.40) plane flying (0.46); and down on to 150 - 200 yard strips at river junctions (0.52) This if Fort Legap. A river at one end and a 4,000 foot mountain at the other (1.11) The approach follows a narrow river valley on the right leading on to the strip (1.36) This one is bringing in the medical officer (1.54) The take off is to a point where the aircraft can turn to the right up the river valley (2.26) and to another Fort called Dixon (2.38) Aircraft carrier like strip, 180 yards formed by joining two small hills. (3.22); Now off to Fort Telanok. (3.31); Again a 200 yard one-way strip with a mountain at the far end. (4.13); This time of move the Aborgines to another Fort (4.28); " The single engineered Prestwick Pioneer has been the means of supply and administration throughout the Malayan Jungle for some years, during which 16 passenger, twin engined version has been developed. It is called the Twin Pioneer aircraft and is now in full production. It has the same ultra-short take-off and landing performance as the single engined aircraft and several components are interchangeable. For instance, the mainplane of the smaller aircraft is also the outer wing panel of the larger and both use the same power plants." (4.50); gvs of plane taking off and landing (5.21); The 16-passenger TWIN PIONEER aircraft lands an takes off in less than 100 yards. (5.41); The camera is 100 yards from the take-off and landing area. (6.16); Once more a take-off right over your head and landing within 100 yards (6.56); Although this 16 passenger aircraft has a top speed of 180 miles per hour, it takes off and lands slowly and safely at bicycle speed (7.29); In fact the cyclist is forever running ahead of the picture (7.46); The Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer brings cheap, safe and simple air transport to any part of the world and close in to the centres of towns (7.59)