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|A NOVA A Daring Flight|
Actor: David Ogden Stiers
Director: Carl Charlson; Christian Cascio
Genres: Indie & Art House, Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
Studio: Wgbh Wholesale Release Date: 04/26/2005 Run time: 60 minutes
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A flight of fact, not fancy
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 05/09/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"NOVA: A Daring Flight (2006) - David Ogden Stiers (narrator)
In 1909, French design engineer and aviation pioneer Louis Blériot's eleventh model aeroplane was the first to successfully cross the English Channel. This historic 37-minute flight made his single-wing craft the most popular consumer plane of its day.
Nearly a century later Blériot's grandson attempts the same feat in an original Model IX but splashes into the Channel within sight of the shore he'd just departed from.
In fairness, he was not a seasoned pilot and the Blériot IX is skittish under the best of conditions. The monoplane is unstable in strong wind gusts and can be easily blown off-course, a problem the elder Blériot encountered just before rough-landing on a chosen spot beyond Dover's cliffs.
The included 100-year old film clips and photos are marvelous and inventor Louis Blériot's story most fascinating, well-written and skillfully narrated by Mr. Stiers. A DARING FIGHT is definitely worth seeing, more so for those interested in early aviation history."