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Operation Crowflight – ABV2 15th December 1960

50 years ago today, the Australian Broadcasting Commission in Melbourne (ABV2) premiered the film “Operation Crowflight” as part of it’s People programme.

Of course, many documentaries have their 50th anniversary, however, this was the first documentary film ever broadcast about the U2 aircraft and it’s mission in Australia. The film was made during historic times, the same year Gary Powers was captured by the Soviets after his U2 was shot down.  We had unprecedented access to the U2’s in action at R.A.A.F East Sale. Read more

Operation Crowflight 1960 Part 1

The Australian Broadcasting Commission in Victoria, ABV2, had taken on a film director. He was the first, in as much as all the directing had been done previously by the film editors.  He had no experience of film editing except, presumably, to supervise the editing of  those films he had directed. He regarded himself as an artist and I suppose to some extent he was. His name was Louis Mattli, he was Swiss.  Around the beginning of October 1960, Louis was commissioned to direct a film about an American Air Force flight that had come to Australia to do some meteorological studies. It was called “Operation Crowflight”.  The Americans were based at R.A.A.F. East Sale which is about 100 miles East of Melbourne. Read more