Conquest of the Air
|Conquest of the Air|
|Directed by||Zoltan Korda
John Monk Saunders
William Cameron Menzies
|Produced by||Alexander Korda|
|Written by||John Monk Saunders
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
|Music by||Arthur Bliss|
Alexander Korda Productions
|Distributed by||London Films (UK)
United Artists (US)
|December 1936 (UK)
20 May 1940 (US release of revised edition)
Conquest of the Air (1936) is a documentary film or docudrama on the history of aviation, up until the early stages of World War II. The film features historical footage, and dramatic re-creations, of the developments of commercial and military aviation; including the early stages of technology developments in design, propulsion, and air navigation aids. The film was a London Films production, commissioned by the Air Ministry of the British Government.
The film was initially commissioned by Alexander Korda prior to the advent of World War II, and the Air Ministry saw the value in promoting Britain's contribution and leadership in aviation during this period. Some notable footage is featured of the early phases of automated flight, navigational equipment, and the transitions between civil and military developments, including heavy bombers; fast fighter aircraft; and the advent of naval aviation (aircraft carrier), plus the initial experiments with vertical rotary flight (helicopters).
An updated version was released in 1940, and released in the United States on 20 May 1940.
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