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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent DVD by Quine-Leap Productions!, 6 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Concorde - 27 Years of Supersonic Flight [DVD] (DVD)
When presenter Adrian Quine looks straight into camera at the start of this lavish production, and declares 'we're going to take you on a journey - a journey for the imagination', you know it's time to strap yourself in and prepare for lift-off!

Quine's superb documentary offers aviation buffs and casual observers alike, the opportunity to understand the operations of Concorde on a new level. With the expert insight of Chief Pilot, Captain Mike Bannister, viewers can get answers to questions that are ignored in similar films - for example, we all know that Concorde's a beautiful beast, but what's she like to fly? Mike Bannister provides the answer, taking viewers on spectacular tour of the aircraft in Heathrow's maintenance hanger G047, and pointing out some of the features that make this majestic bird so special (like the four Rolls-Royce/SNECMA 693 power-plants.) As the film goes on, Captain Bannister makes a number of further appearances, explaining to viewers the intricacies of Concorde's systems and the idiosyncrasies of her operation. In a particularly interesting section, Bannister explains the necessity to reduce thrust-levels on climb out from New York's Kennedy airport - in order to be 'good neighbours' to those on the ground. Bannister is excellent in explaining to us, the viewer, what Concorde crews have to do in their jobs, to ensure the smooth running of the aircraft, day in, day out.

Quine's input is similarly impressive. His informative, descriptive approach to his presenting makes me wonder why we don't see Mr. Quine on our screens more often. Quine wears two hats - for most part he is our enthusiastic host, guiding us through Concorde's round-the-world tour, but for the remainder he is a travel show presenter, pointing out the tourist hotspots of New York, Petra, and Barbados. These sections are equally fascinating and offer the view great value for money.
All in all a top notch production, that charismatically uncovers many of the secrets of Concorde.
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