The Sound Barrier Opening Clip


The Sound Barrier

The famous white cliffs are seen and the flier is John Justin (as “Philip Peel”) in the knockout opening from The Sound Barrier, 1952, David Lean’s fictionalized tale of aviation history.

Tony successful fighter pilot during World War II marries into the family of a wealthy oil magnate who also designs airplanes. The movie traces the company’s attempt to break the sound barrier, as well as tensions between father and daughter. Lots of footage of early 50s jet aviation in Great Britain as well as shots of the Comet airliner, world’s first jet passenger plane.

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