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National Aerospace Library YouTube Channel campaign Introduction
The National Aerospace Library funded by the Royal Aeronautical Society has launched a new online heritage film collection with more than 30 videos uncovered films previously held in its archives and recently digitalised for viewing for the first time on the newly launched National Aerospace Library YouTube channel.
Films from the archive date back to 1927 and include among other highlights rare footage from Donald W. Douglas which showcases early airliners, the original inflight movie being shown and a film from the first round-the-world flight which took place in 1924.
The film archive covers the evolution of aviation and aerospace including:
- A range of early rotorcraft films in colour and black-and-white
- Airport footage, including from Britain’s first major international airport in Croydon
- Early commercial aviation videos
- Historical footage of the beginnings of the aerospace industry and aircraft design
In addition, this YouTube channel contains other video content such as documentaries and lectures which promotes rich heritage content.
A full list of the video content is arranged under ‘Playlists’ which can be found here: www.aerosociety.com/movies
The archive content will continue to be added to the YouTube channel, and viewers can subscribe for free to be alerted to new uploads.
Partners and Supporters
The key goal of this campaign is to inform current and future aviation professionals and enthusiasts of this rich historical video content as well as serve as a valuable historical record.
The National Aerospace Library’s campaign is supported by Royal Aeronautical Society, but partners and supporters have an essential role helping these unique and rare films to reach a larger audience by sharing, endorsing and talking about the campaign materials.
A few simple ways you can support this campaign:
- Subscribe to our YouTube channel: www.aerosociety.com/movies
- Share Introduction text above on your website and encourage people visit our YouTube channel
- Share our social media assets (find posts examples below and social cards are attached)
- Tell your staff and networks to visit our YouTube channel and share social media assets with anyone who might be interested in aviation history
We are very grateful for your help in sharing these great videos and the love for aviation history with as wide audience as possible!
Social Media Posts
The National Aerospace Library with @AeroSociety has launched a new online heritage film archive which allows viewers to watch uncovered films held in its archives for the first time. History is now just one click away: www.aerosociety.com/movies #nalibrary
The National Aerospace Library with @RoyalAeronauticalSociety has launched a new online heritage film archive with more than 30 videos and allows viewers to watch uncovered films held in its archives for the first time. Aviation History is now just one click away: www.aerosociety.com/movies #nalibrary
The National Aerospace Library with @RoyalAeronauticalSociety has launched a new online heritage film archive. Films date back to 1927 and include historical footage of the beginnings of the aerospace industry and aircraft design, early rotorcraft, airport footage and early commercial aviation videos. Watch Aviation History come Alive: www.aerosociety.com/movies #nalibrary
The National Aerospace Library with @royalaerosociety has launched a new online heritage film archive with more than 30 videos and allows viewers to watch uncovered films held in its archives for the first time. Watch Aviation History come Alive: www.aerosociety.com/movies #nalibrary
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National Aerospace Library Sound Archive
To promote the various digital collections the National Aerospace Library has developed in recent years (including among others the Library's e-Book service, Heritage web-site and the Mary Evans Picture Library web-sites such as shown in the NAL Quick Links below) which people can still access if they are working at home or 'stuck' indoors, I have been busy compiling a series of articles for the Royal Aeronautical Society's Aerospace magazine to promote these services to those who are facing increasing social isolation during the coronavirus outbreak.
Please find attached the first of these to be published in Aerospace April 2020 which is an article on the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive
to which the very latest additions include a historic sound recording of Major Frederick Michael Green in which he recalls his experiences of the early days of developing aircraft at the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough and recording of a 2008 lecture by Pat Norris on the operation of spy satellites during the Cold War.
The specific links to the sound recordings are (just click on the arrow button to 'Play'):-
the plan is to try and add a new podcast each week (as permissions from the speakers or descendants of the speakers to digitally release the recordings are received) and just today we have released a recording that would be of particular interest to SETP members of a 2012 lecture by Clive Rustin in which he reflects on his long career as a test pilot flying 165 different aircraft types
The specific links to the sound recording is (just click on the arrow button to 'Play'):-
National Aerospace Library
The Hiller X-18 / Fairchild C-123 / History of the Shorts Company / Future of Air Power (National Aerospace Library Sound Archive)
For your information a 2006 sound recording of Dr. Don Richardson HonFAIAA HonFRAeS in which he recollects on the parallel evolution of the Hiller X-18 / Fairchild C-123 has just been added to the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive - a real 'Who's Who' of aviation personalities and historical subjects based on original recordings held in the Library's archives - and is now available to listen to via the Royal Aeronautical Society's SoundCloud web-site :-
The specific link to the video / sound recording is (just click on the arrow button to 'Play'):-
Dr. Richardson' lecture has been released alongside recordings of a 2007 lecture by Sir Brian Burridge FRAeS in which he reviews the future direction of air power requirements and a 2009 lecture by Gordon Bruce FRAeS in which he describes the long aviation history of the Shorts company.
A quick link to the historic lectures and speeches available so far (including Sir Frederick Handley Page, Igor Sikorsky, Jeffrey Quill, Peter Twiss, Charles H. Gibbs-Smith, Andrew Brookes, Silvius Dornier, Sir Richard Glazebrook, Commander Graeme Rowan-Thomson, Keith Hayward, Sir Dermot Boyle, Philip Wills, Chris Yeo, Captain John Cecil Kelly-Rogers, Col. Al Worden, Peter Hearne, Sir George Edwards, Captain John Cecil Kelly-Rogers, John Farley, A. W. 'Bill' Bedford, H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, Christopher Bartlett, Andy Sephton, Dr. Ron Smith, A. R. Collar, Sir Vernon Brown, Air Commodore F. R. 'Rod' Banks, L. S. Snaith, Mike Hirst, Air Chief Marshal Sir Philip Joubert de La Ferte, Air Marshal Sir Victor Goddard, Sir Peter Masefield, Alan Mulally, Sir Charles Masefield and Sir Ralph Robins) is:-