Alexander Korda’s 1939 Film ‘Q Planes’ Caught Up In A Real Life Pre-War Spy Enigma

The disappearance of a revolutionary new bomber over the English Channel in 1938 led to the British secret service part funding Alexander Korda’s 1939 production of Q Planes, starring Laurence Olivier. The film tells the story of several British prototype aircraft that vanish in mysterious circumstances, with shadowy villains that look remarkably like evil Nazis.  Continue reading “Alexander Korda’s 1939 Film ‘Q Planes’ Caught Up In A Real Life Pre-War Spy Enigma”

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Alexander Korda’s Real Life Spy Enigma

The pre-war film Q Planes, starring Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier and Valerie Hobson, is at the heart of a real life spy story that led to the British Secret Service part funding Alexander Korda’s 1939 production.

In 1938 a Vickers Wellesley bomber prototypes, which utilised the revolutionary geodesic construction method created by Barnes Wallis, disappeared whilst on a test flight over the English Channel.

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