American actress Rachel Lee, star of British Aerospace's film Partners in Flight, looked every bit the part when she flew into Paris for the mini-movie's preview.

The five-minute film, shot over three months at locations in Inverness, Scotland and Preston, England, features stunning flight-simulation footage.

Rachel plays an 'eye in the sky' Nimrod electronics surveillance operator but, in a cleverly scripted production, it's not only the radar screens for which she has eyes.



She says she was delighted to be at Le Bourget for the first showing. "Ironically, I'm from North Carolina, the state in which the Wright brothers first flew in 1903 but I didn't know much about the aviation industry," she says. "Making the film was fascinating. Now that I know a little more, it's a real treat to be at the show."

And is she hoping to meet a dashing man in uniform? "That's certainly not what I came here for, but Paris is the city of romance, so you never know!"

The film, made by London-based production company Communicator and directed by Christian Marnham, crams a huge amount of information into a short time frame, giving an impressive and exciting overview of British Aerospace business.

Producer Paul Drew explains what British Aerospace wanted to achieve. "The film was designed specifically for the show, but it's very much a soft sell and I think they'll want to use it in other environments," he says.

"We wanted to make the most of the excitement that's created by the visual aspects of simulation but to hang it around a very human story."

Robert Gardner, British Aerospace vice-president of exhibitions and promotions, was extremely happy at the preview. "The best thing about it is that we've produced a film which is great entertainment. It gives a lot of information about what we've currently got to offer, but it's done in a really stimulating way," he says.

Source: Flight Daily News