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  • Short Summary

    Hot air balloon launched from Festival of Britain site on South Bank, London.

  • Description

    Unissued / unused material.

    Festival of Britain site, South Bank, London.

    LS hot air balloon being inflated on festival site. MS balloon's feed pipe and gas cylinders. MS feed pipe and side view of balloon, men are removing sand bags weighing it down. Front view partly inflated balloon. MS crowd. LV Skylon pans down to balloon. MS man getting into balloon's basket. LS balloon about to go up. MS balloon going up. MS RAF airmen looking up. LS balloon sailing away.

    Date on dope sheet is 11/09/1951.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:37:37:00 / 01:38:18:00
    UN 2386 E

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    The slender, tower-like construction seen behind the balloon at 00:15 is the Skylon, specially constructed for the Festival of Britain.

  2. pat_hassell says

    This is not a hot-air balloon. It is a gas balloon, most probably hydrogen-filled, though possibly helium. The gas bottles used to inflate the balloon are shown in the second shot.

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