STK-ID 72597

Various shots, Newfoundland and Labrador, 1954. On the runway at Gander airport, a truck bearing the Esso logo approaches a Bell 47 helicopter, modified for medical evacuation, for refuelling. A man in a white Esso uniform pumps fuel into the fuel tank near the rotor. The truck leaves and a man places a shield over the stretcher compartment of the Bell 47. The coat of arms and name of Newfoundland are visible on the aircraft. The helicopter takes off with two people aboard. Two mechanics hold onto their hats in the rotor's downwash. The airport control tower can be seen. Passengers, including military personnel, board a Lockheed Constellation by the rear door. An American flag is visible on the fin. The Bell 47 overflies a landscape of snowy forests and stretches of water. A Pan American World Airways DC-4 Clipper Gladiator (Clipper Cargo) lands and taxies on the runway at Gander airport. The helicopter approaches and lands in front of the Come By Chance Cottage Hospital. AERIAL SHOT of ice on a stretch of water and craggy rocks.


Excerpt from
Restricted footage
Come By Chance, Gander
National Film Board
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Reel 35 mm, HDCAM SR, Digital Video Disk
Shooting format
35mm neg b&w
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1920 x 1080