Fine tribute to Danish planemakers you’ve probably never heard of
The Danish Aeroplane — Fiery enthusiasts of the air industry, DVD & booklet set distributed by www.polyteknisk.dk/home/danish_ aeroplane 125kr
bi-lingually narrated, in English and Danish, this new film has an interesting story behind it. “It was made by Peter Zeuthen, who is the youngest son of Carl Gustav Zeuthen, the designer of the aircraft,” the KZ & Veteranfly Klubben’s Bent Esbensen tells me. “Peter is a professional film maker and he and his colleague Anders have made a fascinating story on the birth, success and subsequent demise of a Danish aircraft industry. Not only is it the story of aircraft, but much more than this, it is the story of two men overcoming tremendous challenges in order to see their dreams of an industrial adventure come true. As additional features the DVD contains air-to-air footage of all the airworthy KZ types based at the Danmarks Flymuseum at Stauning Airport.”
I can only endorse Bent’s description of the DVD, which is beautifully presented and arrived in an envelope emblazoned with fine drawings of KZ types (I am not throwing that away!)
The content and quality of the video are as professional as the packaging: this is an unusually good specialist production — in fact, one of the best I have seen. It is genuinely of ‘broadcast quality’ and makes fascinating viewing. The story of Viggo Kramme and Karl Gustav Zeuthen’s KZ company and aircraft is told in just the right level of detail, although I was still left wondering exactly what it was about the ill-fated (it lost out to the PA-18 Super Cub) KZ X’s tailplane that Zeuthen felt needed redesigning. While the English voice-over is perfect (don’t let the odd ‘fiery enthusiasts’ - they mean passionate - strapline mislead you) it is great that the producers let the aircraft speak for themselves in the sections devoted to each model - watching the aircraft perform today with nothing but the engine noise and nonintrusive and totally appropriate backing music was a pleasure. This DVD is a shoe-in for the best aviation video of the year.