• Short Summary

    A biplane with a steam engine and a propellor that can switch to reverse.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "America. Aviation's latest wonder. First steam engined aeroplane - which can also reverse - marks new step forward in conquest of the air!"

    Oakland, California, United States of America (USA).

    A steam powered plane takes off from an airfield. Shots of the plane as it flies overhead. The plane comes down to land and stops quickly by reversing its engine - something most planes of the time couldn't do. The plane comes closer to the camera.

    Shots of the Besler Brothers (George and William) who designed the plane. CU of steam engine in aeroplane. CU of propellor being switched into reverse.

    Side view of plane on plane. The plane moves forward on the runway and quickly reverses its direction.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:27:00:00 / 01:27:57:00

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    The location, mentioned by the commentator, is Oakland, California.

    "The Besler Brothers" are George and William Besler.

    The craft is the result of installing a steam engine in the nose of a conventional Travel Air 2000 biplane.

  2. British Pathé says

    Thanks jamied. Perhaps we should turn our speakers up!

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