In 1964 the programme 'Discovery' took off for Manchester and Amsterdam to show the hours and days of careful preparation and painstaking checking that go into every flight.

The programme examines the human element of flight preparation and meets the pilots and crew as they prepare for flight.

This excerpt from the programme shows the baggage being loaded onto an Aer Lingus plane, the pilot boarding the plane, the various technical checks prior to flight, and passengers boarding the plane. Air traffic controllers communicate directly with the pilot as the plane taxis down the runway and takes flight.

This episode of 'Discovery' was broadcast on 26 October, 1964.

Discovery, which first aired on Tuesday, 14 January, 1964 touched on many aspects of Irish life with an occasional spotlight on events of particular interest.