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  1. Coldharbour says

    Female aircraft workers assembling wing ribs. In the last nine frames one worker can be seen holding a triangular tail fin for a Maurice Farman MFII pusher biplane. Each worker has a paper label pinned to the front of their overalls bearing the name of their employer, Whitehead Aircraft.

    The location for this footage is the Whitehead Aircraft factory at 31, Townshend Terrace in Richmond-on-Thames. Mr J. A Whitehead had established his aircraft company in an old rifle volunteer Drill Hall in May 1915.

    He quickly proved his abilities as a manufacturer with an initial order for six B.E.2b tractor biplanes, which was soon followed by a much larger government contract for 100 Maurice Farmans MFII pushers. By this stage of the war these aircraft were hopelessly obsolete for front line duties and had been relegated to use as basic trainers for the RFC.

    See related film no. 1862.25

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