Title ID 2239Collection ID184
TitleTake to the Sky
Date[ca. 1970s]
CollectionAlbany Cine Club
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubNon-fictionFictionActuality/FactualDocu-Drama
ThemeCine Club Film-making
KeywordsAircraft Men Parks
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionAlbany Productions Film Unit
FormatColour Sound
Duration4 min. 40 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A short documentary about the perils and joys of model helicopter flying, made by Albany Productions Film Unit, with narration, in the 1970s.


A helicopter flies above a church. Radio messages are heard over the church bells. A man packs a model helicopter into a car and leaves his drive. 'Flying a model helicopter can be difficult for the beginner, as I discovered on my first attempt.' He meets Gerry, a pilot of some experience who will give him a lesson. The two men are seen in a park, giving the model it's first preflight checks before it is 'trimmed for correct attitude'. Gerry throws the model through the air before it flies of its own accord, saving time for the more experienced pilot. The narrator takes his turn, attempting to lift the helicopter off the grass using hand-held controls. 'With a more delicate touch on the transmitter we're up up and away, and flying quite well,' he says. "But wait, suddenly I am disorientated...' he says, as the helicopter spirals out of control. They must realign the operator and check the balance of the servos before another, more successful, flight. The End.