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    Swannington Aerodrome, Norwich, Norfolk.

    M/S of an unusual looking helicopter in the air. It looks rather fragile. It has a regular 'sledge' base with several gas bottles on top. Rest of it is glass so it looks like an insect or exotic bird. Cut to people sitting at the tables on the field below. M/S of the helicopter next to a truck. C/U shot of the helicopter. It looks good - very iMac design.

    Helicopter is called Kolibrie, it is designed in Holland and is to be used in agriculture. Demonstration of its agricultural use is the main reason for this gathering at Swannington Aerodrome near Norwich. Several shots of the helicopter getting ready for demonstration of its 'powers'.

    C/U shot of the face of a man in tweed suit smoking a pipe. Cut to the helicopter rising in the air. M/S of the group of people looking in the air, watching the helicopter. L/S of the helicopter spraying. M/S of a man (Mr Gordon Smith) signalling with 'bats'. Frontal shot of a helicopter, flying straight into camera, spraying. Several shots of the helicopter spraying, pilot navigating and people watching. M/S of the helicopter (humming bird) on the ground. People approach it to observe it closely.

    M/S of a man tying a balloon to a short wooden pole placed in the field. Man carrying a shotgun gets into the helicopter and sits next to a pilot. Voiceover talks about new sport which is to be demonstrated. Low angle M/S of the helicopter rising in the air. C/U shot of the face of a man with microphone next to his mouth. He obviously communicates with pilot. Helicopter flies across the field while the man with the shotgun tries to hit as many balloons as he can. That is the sport.

    Note: Combined print for this story is missing.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    Time in/Out:
    01:47:20:00 / 01:49:21:00
    CP 235
    Sort Number:
    CP 235
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    Science & Technology
    British countryside INTEREST History of the Helicopter
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    The helicopter seen here is an H-3 Kolibrie "Hummingbird", made by Nederlandse Helikopter Industrie (NHI). Note that "Kolibrie" is Dutch for hummingbird.

    Just 9 examples of this helicopter were built.

    Another H-3 Kolibrie can be seen in clip 2580.04.

  2. OldSaltMKII says

    Currently the films listed below have been identified (two of them by jamied) to show the Dutch NHI Kolibrie
    jet helicopter Films #1 (ID91.18) and #2 (ID2778) seem to show the same flight demonstration at Swannington
    Aerodrome, Norwich, Norfolk. Links and film data are:
    #1) DataCataloguer:SanjaStock:ColourSound:SoundMedia URN:1473Sort Number:CP 235Time in/Out:01:47:20:00 / 01:49:21:00Canister:CP 235Film ID:91.18Issue Date:29/06/1959
    #2) DataCataloguer:AmeliaStock:ColourSound:MuteMedia URN:81663Sort Number:UN 3361 ETime in/Out:01:00:02:00 / 01:00:34:00Canister:UN 3361 EFilm ID:2778.01Issue Date:1950 - 1959
    DataCataloguer:JamesStock:Black & WhiteSound:SoundMedia URN:69423Sort Number:UN 3032 DTime in/Out:01:10:52:00 / 01:13:34:00Canister:UN 3032 DFilm ID:2580.04Issue Date:

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