• Short Summary

    Vast crowds welcome Alan Cobham, arriving in Melbourne, having flown from London.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Air Pioneer of Empire. Unparalleled scenes of enthusiasm as Alan Cobham arrives after his 13,000 mile flight from London".

    Melbourne, Australia.

    L/S of aeroplane landing. As the plane lands on a field a vast crowd runs towards it. Scene looks chaotic; some of crowd almost get caught under wing of plane as it taxis. A policeman on a white horse tried to keep control.

    Intertitle reads: "Cheering, surging ... but quite unmanageable ... crowd of 150,000 swept away all 'official' reception arrangements".

    Various L/Ss of surging crowd, they almost engulf aeroplane.

    Intertitle reads: "A hundred hands tore the Wreath of Wattle into a thousand souvenirs after we had taken this shot ..."

    M/S of wreath of foliage on propeller of aeroplane, crowd can be seen surging in background - looks almost out of control. M/S of plane being pushed along by crowd.

    Intertitle reads: "... and indeed, the police and Air Force had difficult task to protect the de Havilland plane from over-eager enthusiasts".

    M/S of surging crowd. M/S of plane being pushed along. A man - Cobham - stands in cockpit holding a small child. C/U of Sir Alan Cobham talking with several men.

    Cuts exist - see separate record.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    hd format:
    2K at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:35:16:00 / 01:38:12:00
    G 1333

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