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Above and Beyond DVD cover.

TV Miniseries (2006)

Richard E. Grant (Don Bennett)
Kenneth Welsh (Lord Beaverbrook)
Joss Ackland (Winston Churchill)
Peter Messaline (Archibald Sinclair)
Jason Priestley (Sir Frederick Banting)
Jonathan Scarfe (Bill Jacobson)

This two-part Canadian miniseries relates the story of the Atlantic Ferry Organization, which was tasked with delivering aircraft from North America to Europe in the early years of WWII.

Lockheed Hudson IIIA

The Lockheed Hudson is the main aircraft depicted in the series.

The non-flyable Hudson Mk IIIA in the collection of the North Atlantic Aviation Museum was used as a ground prop. For some reason, the cockpit side windows were painted over.
All flying scenes were done with CGI models.
CGI Hudsons were also used to populate the ramp.
In some ground shots, spinning propellers were composited onto the NAAM Hudson using digital effects.

Beechcraft D18S

A pair of Beech 18s are used as ground props. One of them is referred to as an Expeditor (apparently a reference to the C-45 variant), but this is probably anachronistic for the period of the film. They are often seen taxiing or being towed around the ramp, but the few flying scenes are done using CGI models.

This aircraft appears to be the D18-S in the collection of the North Atlantic Aviation Museum.

Basler BT-67 Turbo 67

This turboprop powered C-47, a Basler BT-67 conversion operated by Enterprise Airlines, is also anachronistic, but at least the sound effects depict piston engines. The aircraft wears a fake BOAC-British Overseas Airways Corporation livery.
Registration C-GEAI, c/n 16305/33053.

Reg.C-GEAI Basler BT-67 Turbo 67 of Enterprise Airlines with fake BOAC-British Overseas Airways Corporation livery.

Avro Lancaster

An Avro Lancaster makes an appearance improbably depicting an American B-24. The landing scene may have been filmed using the flyable Lancaster in the collection of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, but the Lancaster on the ground looks like a CGI model.


North American NA-64 Yale I

A North American NA-64 Yale from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum appears in the background of a few scenes. A Harvard of unknown origin also appears, but is never completely on screen.


Stinson L-9 Voyager

A Stinson Voyager (possibly an L-9 version) appears in the background of several scenes.


De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

This Tiger Moth appears in the background of one scene.


De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk

A de Havilland DHC-1B-2-S5 Chipmunk (registration C-FBXK) from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum appears in the background of one scene, but it is certainly anachronistic, since the Chipmunk first flew in 1946.


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