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    American airman is welcomed by large crowds after flying from New York to Berlin, Germany.

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    American airman, New York - Berlin (Germany).

    CU 'Columbia Aircraft Corp' written on tail of plane. LS waving crowd. MS pilot emerging from building. MS crowd waving. CU of the airman. LS crowd waving. CU as he walks through crowds in Berlin. MS of the plane. MS of him stood with others by aeroplane at Berlin airfield. MS crowd. CU propellor starting up. Pan across crowd and policemen. CU man. CU of the airman in cockpit. MS as he leans out and looks at map. CU of him. MS crowd.

    MS as chocks are taken away and he taxis whilst people wave. MS motorcycles. Back view plane taxiing away. MS men watching from up ladder. LS crowds dispersing. MS crowds of people. MS Heinkel airport. CU man with megaphone. MS crowds at airfield. CU American Stars and Stripes flag flying. MS crowd waving. CU lady posing with bunch of flowers. MS people running across airfield.

    LS line of men holding hands walking in front of plane. MS people running. LS people round plane. LS men holding up big wreath. MS as the airman is carried on shoulders. He poses for photographs, and shakes hands with crowd. MS of airman with laurel wreath. MS car driving followed by crowd. MS airman walking into airport building. CU of the airman.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1930
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:35:42:00 / 01:40:50:00
    ON 296 H

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  1. Unknown user says

    "MS pilot emerging from building" - the pilot seen here is Clarence Chamberlin.

    "MS of the plane" - it's a Wright_Bellanca WB-2, Reg. No. NX237.

    We are seeing Chamberlin following his record-breaking non-stop Transatlantic flight from New York to Eisleben, about 100 miles away from Berlin.

    Narrowing down the clip's current date range, the flight took place between 4 and 6 June 1927. Chamberlin was then given a reception in Berlin on June 7, which is presumable when this footage was shot..

    "CU man" - this is Charles Levine, the aircraft's owner and also Chamberlin's navigator for the flight.

    "MS Heinkel airport" - actually it's Tempelhof Airport, Berlin.

    "MS as the airman is carried on shoulders" - Charles Levine is also carried aloft.

    It's important to note that this is a story about two men, not just one, so perhaps a change of title to "American Airmen" might be considered.

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