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Thomas Telford – Menai Suspension Bridge

Thomas Telford Menai Suspension Bridge

Thomas Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge

Celebrating Engineering:

Here’s one of our short videos celebrating the art and science of engineering in ICE’s bicentennial year. We start with ICE’s first president Thomas Telford, and one of his most notable structures, the Menai Suspension Bridge in Wales. It’s been altered over time to support modern needs, but his signature remains intact. Telford’s work has had a huge impact on the British landscape and how the country looks and functions.


Enjoy the video! –

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Inspiration to Shape Your Future in ICE’s 200th Year

ICE 200 - Skyworks Aerials

Institution of Civil Engineers 200 Years

Throughout 2018, ICE (the Institution of Civil Engineers) will celebrate 200 years since its founding with its ‘Invisible Superheroes’ exhibition.

The exhibition – stylised with a comic book superheroes theme – is designed to champion civil engineers and their invaluable role in creating the structures and systems that make up our world.

ICE’s stated aim is to inspire the next generation of civil engineers.

At Skyworks, thanks of our aerial perspectives of cities, towns, and landscapes, we are often struck by the many amazing ways that people have shaped the world in order to improve our living conditions, our travel, our health, and our happiness.

But because the achievements of engineering are literally all around us (to the point that it’s all too easy to take it for granted) it would require way more than a quick blog post to do them justice.

So to do our small part in creating awareness, throughout 2018 we at Skyworks will be taking a look through our HD aerial collection to highlight some of our favourite engineering achievements.

Watch this space!

Below is a short clip of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the highest in the world. It is just one engineering feat amongst many designed by master engineer Thomas Telford, who would become the first president of ICE in 1820.

ICE’s info about their exhibition – https://www.ice.org.uk/events/exhibitions/ice-invisible-superheroes-exhibition

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50th Anniversary of 1st Heart Transplant – But where..?

Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, heart transplant

50th Anniversary of 1st Heart Transplant


This December 3rd marks 50 years since the world’s first human heart transplant.

The benefactor was a 53 year old South African grocer with heart disease, and the donor was a 25 year old victim of a car accident.

Christiaan Barnard was the surgeon who made history by carrying out the operation in 1967. He trained in both the USA and at the University of Cape Town.

And the venue of this historic event? See our HD aerial video below and search our archive for the answer…


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Picture: Colorful Realistic Heart Illustration by GDJ on OpenClipart – https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

FOCAL International Awards 2017 – ‘Archive Zones’ Magazine Special Edition Out Now

FOCAL International Awards 2017

FOCAL International Awards 2017


Back in March we told you guys how excited we were about the FOCAL International Awards that were to take place in May 2017.

The annual awards ceremony celebrates filmmakers of all genres that use their skills and creativity together with invaluable archival footage to tell important and entertaining stories.

The event was a great success, and now you can catch up with it all in FOCAL’s latest issue of ‘Archive Zones’ here –


Go to page 30 to read (Skyworks’s own) Kevin Mannion’s article on his experiences of being a juror for the awards.

Congratulations to all the winners and participants!


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50th Anniversary of Gibraltar Decision to Remain

Flag of Gibraltar Skyworks HD Aerials

Flag of Gibraltar


In 1967, the people of Gibraltar had a decision to make – to remain under British sovereignty or to become part of Spain. It turned out to be an easy decision, and an overwhelming majority voted to remain.

The 50th anniversary of that decision – in 2017 – comes with an unusual twist, in that the majority of Gibraltarians also voted to remain in the European Union in the 2016 “Brexit” referendum. And as we know, that is not how the results of the referendum ultimately went.

Gibraltar has been a British Overseas Territory since 1713. It’s most distinctive landmark is The Rock of Gibraltar, the landform from which it gets its name. It’s a striking and distinctive sight – here are our HD aerials of it:



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Picture: Flag of Gibraltar (bevelled) by Firkin on OpenClipart – https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

Lake District National Park Awarded World Heritage Site Status by UNESCO


Congratulations Lake District - World Heritage Site Awarded July 2017

Congratulations Lakeland – World Heritage Site Status Awarded July 2017


Congratulations to The Lake District National Park, which is celebrating its new status as a UNESCO World Heritage site, awarded in July 2017.


The Lake District is the largest National Park in England. It’s made up of beautiful natural scenery characterised by mountains, valleys, lakes and farmland. It’s located in Cumbria in the North West of England.


UNESCO (acronym for “The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization”) now officially recognises the Lakes as a place of global importance, and it now becomes legally protected internationally as a place of significance for humanity. No small matter then!


We – along with the many visitors and residents – are very aware of its beauty, and below you can appreciate it via some of the highlights from our video collection. It features Ullswater, Grasmere, Coniston Water, Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwent Water, Buttermere, Ennerdale Water, Rydal Water, Wast Water, Thirlmere, Crummock Water, Esthwaite Water, and Lake Windermere.





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UNESCO Site –  http://en.unesco.org/news/three-new-sites-and-two-extensions-added-unesco-s-world-heritage-list

BBC News Article – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-40547691