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A relatively rare TV advert for British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) from 1969:
A BOAC Chief Steward in a white tuxedo jacket patrols the aisle of a Vickers VC10 aircraft, piloted by Captain Norman Bristow, to a rendition of “Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major”.
“Anything I can get you Captain?”
“Oh, a spot of coffee might go down very well.”
“I’ll crack the whip in the galley sir.”
Well there we are.
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