Airco early small passenger aeroplane debut. Hendon, London.
First 'Airco' deluxe machine flight. Hendon, Greater London.
Title frame: First 'Airco' De Luxe Machine. Shot of a line of men holding bags & boxes on their shoulders ( heads not seen!); standing in front of a biplane. The first man in line hands his bag to another man who packs it in the aeroplane. Closer shot of men. CU 2 men on ground by aeroplane; pilot in cockpit; one man hands up papers; pilot signs document Cut to same shot without guys on ground; as plane starts to move. Shot from behind; aeroplane taxis away Aeroplane still; with several people standing in FG - 2 women; and 3 men. Another woman has just climbed up into the passenger seat. One man is standing up on something; raising small windows on sides of passenger seat.
CU same from other side. Repeat beginning; but quality far better! Handing bags up; then pilot signs paper. Looking into other aircraft: 2 men sit facing; one with a typewriter! like some adventurous and busy travel journalist. He adjusts page; starts to type; while other guy sorts papers. Side view same; with silhouettes of men typing & reading; both smoking cigarettes. woman climbs into plane; worker shuts folding door with window over her.
Aircraft design; flight; technology; commerce. Aviation. Transportation. Early commercial flights; passenger & cargo.
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