• Short Summary

    An odd-looking plane flies tail first through the air.

  • Description

    Full titles read: "Another 'Tail-firster'. Controlled by automobile controls, equipped with a three-wheel landing gear, and flying tail first, this is another of Aviation's oddities."

    United States of America.

    M/S of an odd-looking aeroplane, the Gee Bee Ascender; Zantford Granville explains how it works, then takes off in it. It flies tail first, looking a bit like an airborne shoe! The plane then comes back down to land.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1044.24
    Media URN:
    37103
    Group:
    Pathetones
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    04/01/1932
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:54:42:00 / 01:55:45:00
    Canister:
    PT 093

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    The aircraft seen here is the Gee Bee Ascender. ("Gee Bee" comes from the name of the craft's makers, "Granville Brothers Aircraft").

    The man describing the craft is Zantford Granville, one of its designers.

  2. British Pathé says

    Thanks. Really useful information.

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