Gustav Hamel Pilot 1910-1914

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    Gustav Hamel - pilot.

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    Men removing vertically placed long boards from side of big barn-like building. MS 2 men; young man buttoning his jacket over long scarf. Interior: workers moving unusual looking aircraft onto truck bed; several others; including a few young boys; stand and watch. The aeroplane's wings seem to be folded up vertically on sides of the body.

    Next shot of the plane being wheeled out of hangar towards camera; its wings are now horizontal. The plane has 3 rods forming a pyramid shape on top of the body; with several wires stretching from the pyramid's apex to different points on its wings. Side view of plane. Man starts to climb into passenger seat; pilot is already in his seat.

    Amendment January 2011: A Mr. Rich Meyer contacted the archive stating that this plane is almost certainly a Morane-Saulnier of 1912 or 1913.

    Amenmant September 2011: Antoher user has written in and disputes that this is the Morane-Saulnier aircraft and that it is in fact the Britannia Military Bleriot. Footage is from April 1913.

    The Aircraft was presented to New Zealand after the Dover-to-Cologne flight in April 1913. The man with Gustav is Frank Dupree of the 'London Standard.' And at the beginning of the film clip, you can see the men taking a banner from the underside of the wing of the Bleriot which has 'STANDARD' printed on it, because the paper was a sponsor of the flight, and Dupree was their representative (who accompanied Gustav as passenger).

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1910 - 1914
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:55:23:00 / 01:57:07:00
    ON 455 I
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    ON 455 I
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  • The "truck bed" is the livery of the famous "Pickfords" movers company.

    The film can have been made no later than 23 May 1914, this being the date on which Hamel went missing over the English Channel. Perhaps this will allow a reduction of the clip's current date-range of 1910-1919.

    jamied 19th Feb 2012
  • Yes, that would make sense! We'll get that date range narrowed.

    British Pathé 2nd May 2012
  • There's much more footage of this aircraft in clip 2378.15, (a small amount of the footage from this clip also appears in it).

    jamied 22nd Jun 2012
  • Further to my earlier comment, this same story appears to be continued in clip 2378.15.

    jamied 22nd Jun 2012
  • This footage was taken at Dover, in April 1913, to record on film the beginning of a long distance flight undertaken by Gustav Hamel in the 'Britannia' Bleriot, which was paid for by subscriptions and later donated to New Zealand. The older man accompanying Gustav Hamel is Frank Dupree of the 'London Standard.' He was an American journalist, resident in London. The flight between Dover and Cologne took place on April 17th 1913. In May, the Bleriot used was officially named 'Britannia' by Lady Desborough, in a ceremony at Hendon Aerodrome. It was shipped over to New Zealand later that year.

    Catherine Evans 20th Jan 2013

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