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The Boy Who Flew with Condors 

After watching a sailplane landing in a field and meeting its pilot, a teenage boy who admires Condors learns to fly sailplanes.


Charles A. Nichols (as C. August Nichols)


Homer McCoy (teleplay)


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Episode credited cast:
Margaret Birsner Margaret Birsner ... Self
Walt Disney ... Self - Host
Fred W. Harris Fred W. Harris ... Self
Christopher Jury Christopher Jury ... Self
Leslie Nielsen ... Narrator (voice)
Milton Thompson Milton Thompson ... Self (as Milton O. Thompson)


Teenager Chris Jury admires the grace of the soaring flight of the California Condor. On a trip to watch these birds he sees a sailplane make a landing in a nearby field. An excited 16 year-old pilot Margaret emerges from its cockpit. She has just completed her first 50km flight across country for her "Silver C" Certificate. Fascinated, Chris accepts Margarets invitation to go along to her gliding club for a trial flight. He is immediately bitten by the bug and takes up the sport. There are many adventures for Chris as he advances swiftly to reach an advanced level. The culmination is a 500km flight he attempts for "Diamond Distance". He notices his beloved Condors soaring which help him along. Now finally he is at one with them and the circle is complete. Written by tobydale

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Throughout the presentation, there are a number of mirrored images, which are identifiable by numbers on the airplanes/gliders being reversed. See more »


Himself - Host: Of all of the mysteries of nature, the one that has puzzled man the most is the flight of birds. Watching them, man has always had a secret wish that he, too, could fly. Nearly all of us have had this dream at some time in our lives, and when we see the birds performing their graceful maneuvers, we can't help but experience the wish all over again.
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Basic but engaging and fun
26 September 2020 | by tobydaleSee all my reviews

I'm torn over The Boy Who Flew With Condors.

On the one hand I first saw this as a schoolboy at initial transmission in the UK sometime in the late 1960's. I always had an interest in aeroplanes and spaceflight and this little Disney piece fed that interest. I won't claim that it started me in a life of gliding - but I will claim that it was in the background.

Much later in life I did take up gliding and today possess a DG-800B self-launching sailplane. I have achieved "All 3 Diamonds" and the UK 750km Diploma. I have 1500 hours in gliders and am an instructor.

So - I see Condors through the eyes of the 9 year-old child and as the adult expert. But I also see Condors as a piece of education and entertainment. This little film succeeds as both; but only just!

It is a very Disney piece; frivolous, flimsy and lightweight. Some of the pieces are downright silly. For example; we would never land in a duck pond and we would never roll up behind someone of a golf course. We would never fly in the mountains in such dangerous weather. However - we do use other soaring birds to help us and we do engage in different forms of soaring; thermals, cliffs/hills and mountain wave. And we do have a lot of fun exploring the skies.

Condors is very dated now. Those gliders are museum pieces and the methods and attitudes are completely outmoded.

Nevertheless - The Boy Who Flew With Condors is worth a watch. It's basic but engaging and fun.

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19 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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