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    Commander (later Admiral) Richard Byrd on visit to France

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    Commander Byrd. Location of events unknown. 1927 (?)

    Commander (later Admiral) Richard Byrd on visit to France; c. 1920s. He arrives at government building. Byrd and others appear on balconies; French and US flags flying. B. in doorway; meeting people as he exits building; shaking hands; etc. as he & other men head toward automobile. Byrd & others coming out a different doorway. Car driving away from old building which has many tall windows w/ shutters. Next; small crowd gathered round an old-looking aeroplane which may have wrecked? . It is raining hard and people are huddled under the wings. CUs of the craft which looks as if it is tied together w/ ribbons and strings. Finally; aviators and others walk out into courtyard. Some of them posing; one man holding up a battered sack. Accidents; aeroplane wrecks.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
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    01:18:12:00 / 01:21:36:00
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  1. Unknown user says

    "Location of events unknown. 1927 (?)" - the clip has two locations, Paris, and then later Ver-sur-Mer in Normandy. The year is indeed 1927.

    What we are seeing here is a reception in Paris for Richard Byrd and his crew following their successful trans-Atlantic flight from America, taking from 29 June to 1 July 1927.

    "Byrd and others appear on balconies" - the first man we see with Byrd is the bespectacled figure of George Noville. A few seconds later, Bernt Balchen appears.

    "Next; small crowd gathered round an old-looking aeroplane which may have wrecked?" - this is the wreckage of their aircraft, the "America", which they'd been forced to ditch several hundred yard off-shore.

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  2. Unknown user says

    Much more detail of this event can be found in this excellent article.....

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