Scotland’s National Museum of Flight is home to one of the UK’s best aviation collections, incorporating aircraft from both World Wars and a range of modern military and civil planes, including a Tornado, a Harrier and a British Airways Concorde.
We were commissioned by the museum to produce seven films, covering everything from recreational aviation to aerial warfare, as well as a huge, 9-metre wide projection for the main hanger. The films, which mix specially shot material with existing archive, were designed to bring the collection to life by showing the diverse uses that aircraft are put to, and giving visitors a sense of what it’s like to fly in all sorts of situations, from combat to aerobatics. To really reflect the richness of Scotland’s aviation history and embrace the enthusiasm of its existing aviation community, we reached our far and wide, both in terms of shooting original material and sourcing existing footage, connecting with a huge range of sources, from international footage libraries to individual pilots and flying clubs. Location filming took place across Scotland, from the borders to the Orkney Islands. The programmes were integrated into a series of new displays as part of the museum’s £ 3.6m renovation which opened in 2016.
This 7 minute documentary film takes us into the world of aerial combat in the company of pilots from the Second World War, the Falklands War and the Gulf War, including the last person in the RAF to have been shot down and the last to have shot down an enemy aircraft in air-to-air combat. The pilots offer a very personal, vivid and visceral account of aerial warfare in the 20th century. The film is shown alongside examples of the aircraft that the men flew, so when visitors turn back to the exhibits they have the pilots stories echoing in their heads, giving the planes a personal and historical significance.
This 3 minute film celebrates the world of recreational aviation. In order to really capture the vitality of the Scottish aviation community we reached out to pilots, flying clubs and enthusiasts across Scotland and then worked with them to source and film the very best possible material. The objective was to produce a film that really embodies the freedom and energy of flying for fun.
The museum’s real showpiece is the British Airways Concorde G-BOAA. The challenge here was to identify and source the very best archive material, to really express the glamour and exclusivity that has surrounded the entire Concorde project.