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    Battle planes in hangar during First World War.

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    Battle Planes.

    Location of events unknown.

    Battle aeroplanes sitting on field in a row. Pan left. Row of aeroplanes in front of row of buildings with sloped roofs - hangars. Workers moving the plane in FG forward; then the next; etc. Back to planes in field; with a crowd of men - some in suits like gentlemen some in worker's overalls etc. walk past the planes.

    Aviation; World War One.

    Amendment March 2011:
    This clip shows a Sopwith 'Pup' Fighter aircraft at Hanworth Park aerodrome in 1917, this can be told by looking at an early issue of Flight magazine (July 7th 1917), as well as the serial number in the clip A6191, and the writing on the Hangar doors. The company founder Mr. J. A. Whitehead may well be gentleman who looks back at the camera, his Rolls Royce is parked beside the row of planes.

    Amendment 2018:
    This shows planes (we believe they are Sopwith Scouts) built by the Whitehead Aircraft Company Ltd and would have been recorded at Hanworth Park in Feltham. The Whitehead Aircraft Company Ltd built a factory in Feltham, Middlesex in 1916/17. Although the factory is long gone, the approximate location of the featured sheds was in the area now bounded by Mono Lane, Air Park Way, and Browells Lane, with the Longford River running behind them, all in Feltham.

    In 1917 Pathé made a film called “Birth Of An Aeroplane” which was premiered at the Pathé Roof Garden Theatre on 9 June 1917. As reported at the time the film began with the felling of the trees and ended with footage of a plane flying over the trenches. Factory footage was shot at the Whitehead Aircraft Company works, including female factory workers, and there was also footage showing the company’s test pilot, Herbert Sykes, “putting the plane through its paces”, showing take off procedure as well as flight. The film was shown at some theatres.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    hd format:
    HD at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:39:51:00 / 01:40:25:00
    ON 134 M

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  1. whitehead aircraft says

    Hello, I have just watched some of your videos, I thought I would let you know that Mr John Alexander Whitehead was my grandfather and I have the original photo albums complied by my him of the factory, including the aircraft all lined up as in your videos. I would be interested to know if any further film is available please and would it be possible for me to have copies.
    Best regards
    Clive Whitehead

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  2. pogweedess says

    Dear Clive,
    I am a member of the Friends of Hanworth Park House History Group, who are currently researching Hanworth Park which your Grandfather had a great history within. The house itself is in urgent need of renovation and we are gathering history of the park in order to inform the public and support the owners plans for restoration, which will include huge community benefits. see:
    I can find very little online or in archives about the use of the house itself during 'The Whitehead Years' and was wondering if your photo albums held any clues.
    Your help would be greatly appreciated.
    Kind Regards
    Linda Pogson

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