The SST - The Supersonic Transport DVD is about the development and deployment of the famous SSTs - the supersonic transports. Only three nations ultimately put SSTs into service and that was the USSR, the British and the French with the collaboration with the British. Flying at twice the speed of sound, the SSTs could cross the Atlantic ocean in just 3 hours. Amazing! They are all phased out now, but they were the fastest airliners in the sky for 27 years.
Film #1 -
British Airways SST - This is a British Airways film on the benefits of flying on an SST. Starts from London and arrives in New York in only 3 hours. Great color footage of the SST. Great piece of history. Runtime is about 23 minutes.
Film #2 -
NASA's R&D of the SST - This is a film by NASA called - A Ticket through the Sound Barrier - and it explains the development of the SST. In the end, America decides not to build a SST because of the massive sonic booms that would follow across the country. It was considered too much of a nuisance in the USA. Runtime is about 27 minutes.
Film #3 -
Tupolev TU-144 SST - This film about the development of the TU-144 was made by the USSR. Although the TU-144 beat the British Concorde in flight by 2 months, it went into commercial service 2 years later. The TU-144 also crashed at the Paris Airshow in 1973 and only completed 102 commercial flights before it was grounded. Runtime is about 20 minutes.
Film #4 -
Innovations of Flight - This a great piece of history of many different aircraft and innovations throughout the years of aviation, plus the SSTs are included. Runtime is about 13 minutes.
Film #5 -
Sound Barrier Newsreels - These are five short newsreels about the breaking of the sound barrier with a runtime of about 6 minutes:
- Chuck Yeager in the X-1 breaks the sound barrier
- The X-2
- The X3
- British test pilot, Peter Twiss, broke the 1000 mph barrier in level flight in a Fairey Delta 2
- Interview with British test pilot Peter Twiss and his wife after the record breaking flight.
Total runtime for the SST - The Supersonic Transport DVD is about 89 minutes. Format is NTSC DVD and region-free.