Battle planes in hangar during First World War.
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.
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.