United Airlines Double Feature....
Featuring the Douglas DC-6B and Boeing B-377 Stratocruiser ! ?United 6534 and
?Stratocruiser to Hawaii?
Two 1950?s era United Air Lines promotional films in VHS Color. ?Mainliner 6534? 29 minutes. ?Stratocruiser to Hawaii? 9 minutes.
These two video documentaries were produced in the early 1950?s on color 16mm film to promote United Airline?s new DC-6B and the Boeing Stratocruiser service from the west coast to Hawaii. The first film is titled ?United 6534? and features a few weeks in the life of ?Mainliner New York.? This classic film treats us with great takeoff and landing shots, air-to-air shots and a complete documentation of United?s then-new Douglas DC-6B. Beginning with a narrated tour of UA?s brand-new $6,000,000 San Francisco maintenance base showing the various shops and the complete overhaul of ship number 6534. Then after a test flight which includes two engines feathered and re-started in mid-air, we see the sparkling DC-6B put back into revenue service on a Flight 608 from Los Angeles to New York via Chicago. All the ?behind the scenes? action is shown as well, including the reservations, weather, and flight operations departments. In flight, we see the dramatic landscape below including air-to-air shots over San Francisco, The Grand Canyon, The Rockies and Manhattan, as well as in-flight service and cockpit shots. The flight pauses at a snowbound Chicago Midway airport showing winter operations and servicing there before continuing on to New York. This film has it all! (29 minutes -color/sound).
United Airlines?s Boeing B-377 ?Stratocruiser to Hawaii? is featured in this promotional film depicting a typical trip from San Francisco to Honolulu on this 55 passenger aircraft. Vacationers are wined and dined on the long flight over the Pacific and we get to see the lower deck lounge and great air-to-air shots over Waikiki and Diamond Head. This film also features ground shots and preflight and inflight service. A great look at the short history of the Stratocruiser?s service with United. (9 minutes -color/sound)