• Short Summary

    Eight aircraft fly from London to Christchurch, New Zealand in longest race ever.

  • Description

    London Airport.

    Start of the London (England) - Christchurch (New Zealand) plane race. GV pan, planes lined up prior to start (Super). LV Viscount entered by B.E.A. (No 23). CU nose of Viscount. (No 23) LV R.A.A.F. Hastings (No 22) LV Canberra No 1 being prepared & SV. SCU R.A.F. mechanic working on landing wheel of Canberra, SCU Wing Commander Hodges. GV planes lined up. CU sign 'Competitors & Officials'. LV interior R.A.F. crews being briefed. SV group No 2, Squadron Leaders Press and Currie Sqd. Lt. Furze. CU Sqd. Leader Currie. LV Duke of Gloucester walking out to inspect B.E.A. Viscount crew. & SV. SCU Hodges and Currie. LV Gloucester shakes hands with Hodges. CU Wing Commander Cuming of R.A.A.F. Canberra No 4. SV Duke of Gloucester and Hodges after inspecting Canberra. CU man and woman holding ears as planes taxi off. SV people wave as No 22 Hastings taxis away and people turn from slipstream. SV Duke of Gloucester starting race with flag. SV Duke flags No 21 away (Lift master) SV Duke watching. GV No 21 K.L.M. Lift master takes off. GV pan, No. 22 Hastings takes off. SV Crowd. GV No 23 Viscount takes off. Cut away. LV pan, Canberra taking off (No 1). Cut away. SV pan another Canberra taking off. CU map showing route taken by aircraft in race. Burton, the winner, pan down team line SV.

    (Mute Neg.) (Title Scene "J")

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    120.20
    Media URN:
    28879
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    12/10/1953
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:29:37:00 / 01:32:14:00
    Canister:
    53/78

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