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  • Short Summary

    Captain Spencer tests out new triple parachute, invented by Colonel Holt, with great success.

  • Description

    Item title reads - A test of faith. Captain Spencer proves his belief in Colonel Holt's new triple parachute by diving head first from aeroplane 1500 feet up and lands as lightly as a bird. Stag Lane Aerodrome, London.

    M/S as Captain Spencer has the parachute strapped to his back with some difficulty. M/S as men check the straps. M/S as he heads for the aeroplane and climbs in, he is handed a bag. M/S of him in the aeroplane. M/S as it taxis off.

    Intertitle - 'watch him jump!' L/S of the aeroplane flying high, M/S as Captain Spencer climbs out and lets go, his parachutes open, there are two small ones and one big one attached to each other. We see various shots as he heads downwards. M/S as he lands on the ground, the camera flies over, he stands up and waves to the aeroplane.

    Intertitle - 'Colonel Holt - inventor - Captain Spencer - Parachutist - Captain Barnard - pilot.'

    M/S of the three men stood in a line, C/U of Captain Spencer smoking.

    Various shots of sky, the parachute comes slowly into view and descends with Captain Spencer underneath, it looks to be in slow motion. M/S of Captain Spencer getting strapped into his parachute and being checked. He is helped into the aeroplane and handed the bag.

    Note: this item is orange tinted, there is a black and white version with the same title and footage in G 1224 on *PM0422*. The cuts in this record run from 01:20:15 to the end of the item, they are in black and white.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:17:39:00 / 01:23:09:00
    G 1244

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