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    Croydon, Greater London.

    Title: "5 NEW LINERS OF THE SKIES christened by Lady Maude Hoare for service on Imperial Airways".

    M/S of a line of biplanes parked on an airfield, the one nearest the camera flies the Union Jack, a small group of people mill about in front of the planes, includes a policeman and several men in white coats. M/S of the nose of one of the planes, a woman draped in furs (Lady Maude) stands on a small step ladder, she pulls a cord to remove a curtain over the plane's name plate, simultaneously several white doves fly out of the cockpit. M/S (from a different angle) of the curtain being removed revealing the name plate - 'City of Ottawa'.

    C/U of Lady Maude giving three cheers. M/S of Lady M. removing a curtain covering the name plate of the plane, 'City of New York'. M/S of Lady M. stepping out of a large aeroplane with 'Imperial Airways London' painted on the side. Her ladyship shakes hands with several men and women waiting on the tarmac, an entourage of official looking men follow her out of the plane.

    After a second of spacing, out takes / cuts start at 01:57:59. Some more C/Us of Lady Maude, otherwise cuts are the same or similar to shots in the edited story.

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    British Pathé
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    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:46:43:00 / 01:58:47:00
    G 1281
    Sort Number:
    G 1281
  • Appears in...

    Travel & Exploration
    Atomized - Civil Aviation / Imperial Airways Aviation Imperial Airways IATA Archive
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    The first 10 minutes of this clip have no relevance to the title and the shots list.

    Footage of the "air liners" begins at 10:00.

    Despite the title card, "Maude Hoare" should read Maud Hoare.

    The christening ceremony being seen took place on 30 March 1926.

    "the one nearest the camera flies the Union Jack" - that's a Handley Page W.10, Reg. No. G-EBMM.

    "M/S of the nose of one of the planes" - that's another Handley Page W.10, Reg. No. G-EBMT, (and as the shots list states, is being named "City of Ottowa").

    "M/S of Lady M. removing a curtain covering the name plate of the plane, 'City of New York'" - that's a Handley Page W.9, Reg. No. G-EBLE.

  2. jamied says

    Seen climbing from the plane at 11:12 is Sir Samuel Hoare.

    The man at the same time point on the ground, wearing the black top hat, is Peter Larkin, High Commissioner for Canada.

    A lengthy magazine article from the era reporting the ceremony, spread over three pages, is attached.....
    /view/1926/1926 - 0234.html

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