Altitude Record 1936

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    Item title reads - Altitude record. Squadron-Leader Swain describes his thrilling experiences.

    Farnborough, Hampshire.

    Various shots of Squadron-Leader Swain in R.A.F. uniform. Various shots as he describes his experiences on his journey to fly higher than anyone else, these are inter cut with shots of him flying in his aeroplane and cloud formations. He says the window of his special suit frosted up and he felt like he was being suffocated as his oxygen supply ran out. He cut a window in the helmet of his suit so he could breathe, C/U of window. Various shots of Swain talking.

    Note: For footage of his preparation for the flight, including take off and landing please see item entitled 'World Altitude Record' in 36/79 on *PM0889*.

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
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    01:15:17:00 / 01:17:09:00
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  • "Squadron-Leader Swain" is Francis Swain.

    "shots of him flying in his aeroplane" - the craft is a Bristol Type 138A, (Serial No. K4879), the only one of its type ever built.

    jamied 4th Dec 2012

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