It is not without a touch of irony that today's Movie Monday (planned severals weeks ago) falls during the British Airways cabin crew strike. The week's edition, titled A Tale of Two Jumbos, tracks eight days in the life of two British Airways 747-200 (G-BDXG & G-BDXE). The film begins as XG is being towed into a maintenance hangar at Heathrow at the same time XE is being prepared for departure to Johannesburg via Nairobi. The Heathrow to Johannesburg route was the first in the world served with a jet aircraft in May 1952. The operations of the two aircraft takes you behind the scenes of British Airways in the 1980s both inside the hangar and on routes across the planet.
On a personal note, a sistership of XG and XE, G-BDXO was the first 747 I ever photographed with a disposable camera as it sat at Dulles Airport, which ended its life with the airline in Paithani World Tail colors from India.
A Tale of Two Jumbos is presented in
three two parts totaling about 27min. Enjoy!