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    Item title reads - Aeroplane launched from the air. D.H. 53 monoplane - piloted by Flight Lieutenant Haig - released from R 33 in flight. Pulham, Norfolk.

    Intertitle - 'now released for publication by air ministry.' Various shots of the de Havilland DH.53 HummingbIrd aeroplane attached to the bottom of the R-33 airship. M/S as it is released from the mooring mast and flies away, M/S as it moves along with the aeroplane attached underneath. M/S of Squadron Leader Rollo Haig in the aeroplane, M/S of the airship from underneath. Various shots of the aeroplane. L/S as it is released and flies away. M/S as it comes back and flies around the airship. Various shots as it circles the airship and flies alongside.

    Intertitle - 'Since these preliminary tests - hooking and unhooking has been accomplished successfully and frequently!' M/S as the aeroplane returns to its position under the airship.

    Intertitle - 'At the first attempt Flight Lieutenant Haig damaged the propellor, but made a wonderful landing.' M/S of the aeroplane being carried along with its broken propellor. M/S as the men stand by it, the camera pans across. M/S as a man adjusts the hooks which attach the aeroplane to the airship. M/S as Flight Lieutenant Haig stands by the propellor and talks to another man. M/S of another man next to the propellor which is half broken.

    Various shots of the airship and aeroplane. C/U as Flight Lieutenant Haig climbs up a ladder into the airship. M/S as the airship is released from the mooring mast. M/S of the cabin of the airship. M/S of the aeroplane, L/S of it flying in the sky after release and of the airship at mooring mast The camera pans across the airship to the aeroplane underneath. M/S as it floats away from the mooring mast. M/S of the aeroplane, M/S as it flies overhead. M/S of the man adjusting the hooks. M/S of the airship and aeroplane. M/S of the aeroplane being carried along. M/S of the pilot talking to two men. Various shots of the airship and aeroplane flying.

    Note: the cuts run from 01:09:20 to the end of the item.
    Event took place on 15th October 1925.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:06:12:00 / 01:15:14:00
    G 1248
    Sort Number:
    G 1248
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    Travel & Exploration Science & Technology
    Airships Temporary Workspaces: 26.1.2011 11:08 airships R33 Footage Early monoplanes Aviation Highlights, 1920-1935 Airships Airships
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Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    The test seen her took place on October 15 1925.

    The small plane is a de Havilland DH.53 HummingbIrd, Reg. No. G-EBQP, seen here engaged in "parasite aircraft" trials.

    The airship is the R-33, here bearing its demilitarised civil registration G-FAAG.

    "Flight Lieutenant Haig" is actually Squadron Leader Rollo Haig. More info of the event here, under the heading "R.33 as aircraft carrier".....
    w/1925/1925 - 0698.html

  2. British Pathé says

    Thanks very much!

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