The First of The Few (1942) with Q&A

Part of our FILM FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT: Friday 20th – Sunday 29th September 2019.

The First of The Few (also known in America as “Spitfire”) sees Leslie Howard, in his last screen appearance, play the visionary aircraft designer R.J. Mitchell.

Mitchell struggles, against opposition, to develop his revolutionary fighter design, together with test pilot Geoffrey Crisp (David Niven). He eventually succeeds in getting his inspirational design into production.

The Spitfire was the most successful warplane of its generation; the very symbol and image of British pride and power, as the killer fighter of the decisive air battle of World War 2, the Battle of Britain.

With a strong local connection, the flying sequences were shot on location at RAF Ibsley, a busy wartime airfield just a few miles from Fordingbridge. The aeroplanes were flown by RAF fighter pilots serving there at the time. Ibsley’s Commanding Officer, C.F. ‘Bunny’ Currant even has a few lines in the film!

We are delighted to be showing this film as part of our festival of flight in conjunction with RAF Ibsley Airfield Heritage Trust who have agreed to run a Q&A after the screening to talk about the historic airfield and its role in this landmark aviation film.

“A finely tasteful, faithful biography of one of Britain’s newest and least-known heroes” – TIME Magazine