A newly restored film will give an insight into the early days of commercial aviation in the Highlands and Islands at Eden Court.
Screened at one of the Inverness theatre's two cinemas on Sunday 29th September at 7.30pm, the newly scanned and restructured 1930s film marks the 80th anniversary of Highland Airways’ Inverness to Kirkwall route, the longest running continuous air service in Europe,
The original film had mixed up together scenes of that first flight and of the 1934 first Royal Mail Air Service from Inverness to Kirkwall. The new film makes sense of both events by putting the scenes into the correct order.
Thanks to Scottish Screen Archive/National Library of Scotland and AOP (Another Orkney Production), modern audiences will have their first chance ever to see the film as it should have been seen.
The film forms part of a programme of Scottish aviation films from the national collection to celebrate not only that first flight to Kirkwall, but also the 80th anniversaries of Scotland’s first municipal aerodrome at Inverness and the first flight over Everest.
It is also the centenary of the birth of Willie Logan the founder of Loganair as well as the 50th anniversary of the death of Captain E.E. (Ted) Fresson, the founder of Highland Airways
The film programme covers the whole country and features scenes from Ireland by Air with Winnie Drinkwater, the first Scottish female commercial pilot, The Inauguration of Inverness Municipal Aerodrome, Birth of an Airport about the final days of Renfrew and the opening of Glasgow Airport, Empire Air Day, Dyce from 1948, 602 Glasgow Air Squadron from the 1930s, The 1982 Kirkwall Airshow and, from 2004, a Poet on a Plane.
Footage includes Concorde landing at Prestwick, some hilarious scenes from aviation circuses and air shows over the years, including a newly scanned film of Sir Alan Cobham’s air circus, the slightly inebriated rescue of a crashed bi-plane in the snow, Loganair pilot Stewart Linklater flying from Kirkwall to Eday, the extraordinary “piggy back” planes Maia and Mercury at Dundee and, thanks to Strikeforce Films, there’s also an unintentionally hilarious 1940s BEA film of a Glasgow woman on a visit to Orkney and much more.
Many of these films from the collections of the Scottish Screen Archive at National Library of Scotland are being screened for the first time in many years.
After Inverness the programme continues on to Orkney for four dates as part of the annual Archive film programme Billy’s Night Oot.