For twins Linda Redmond and Leslie Lutes, their father Captain North Sawle was an adventurer -- a bush pilot legend. But the tragic crash of the Comet Mark I jet airliner in 1953 took their father when they were only 10 years old. Was it “pilot error” as the manufacturer claimed or a defective airplane design?
Fifty eight years later, Linda Redmond commissioned this film to tell the stories of her father and her family for her grandchildren.
Produced by video biographer Cory Bretz.
A Five Part Film
I. Alexander Leonard Sawle & Clara Thomson in Athabasca Landing.
Linda Redmond's reaction to seeing part of the first draft of the film.
Meet Frances Loretta Warham.
She was literally swept off her feet by a handsome young pilot named North Sawle. While he was risking his life in frozen skies, Frances was raising their two adorable twins, Leslie and Linda. Based on transcripts written before she died and read by her daughter Linda, this section of the The Sawle Family Film is set in the 1940s.
On March 2, 1953, Captain Clarence North Sawle was co-pilot of the CPA De Havilland Comet Mark 1 passenger jet airliner on it's delivery flight.
But the plane had serveral defects and crashed on take-off at Karachi, Pakistan.
The Sawle Story is a classic example of a video biography made about someone after they have passed.
The story relies heavily on the recollections of family members and historical documentation.