Compilation of early aircraft footage - mostly gliders.
Titles read: 'Capt. FW Merriam had a lucky escape.'
Location of events unknown.
Merriam climbs into glider. Horrific shot as the glider lifts up into the air; then blows backward a bit; the nose turns downward and the glider crashes into crowd of onlookers who jump aside. Many people run toward the wreck; also mounted policeman. MS 2 men cutting open wrecked glider to rescue pilot.
Title: 'Mr FP Raynham - making wonderful flight of nearly 2 hours'.
Another glider story: Raynham seated in the aircraft. He pulls down a square door w/ hole in it over his head; so that his head sticks out through the hole; above the glider's wings. Shots of glider in flight over fields & rolling hills; looking up as it flies over etc. CU R.'s head sticking out of square on top of the glider.
Title: 'Ilford. First British Gliding Competitions. Mr Fokker - and several other Pilots put up remarkable gliding times.'
Dutch aircraft designer Anthony Fokker (known for German WWI planes) among competitors. Men moving several fantastic gliders across open pasture; hilly area. Glider takes off (it seems all that is required is a little tug on a rope and the glider sails off). Glider flying past to right; spectators walking or running into FG looking up at it. Fokker climbing into glider (seen from rear). He holds up hand to signal ready for take off. Great shot of glider rising right in front of camera; pulled by rope on either side. Looking up as it flies over; then away over hills.
Finally; air show. Several aeroplanes lined up; crews at work. Biplane taking off.