• Short Summary

    Hovercraft crosses Channel to unveil memorial to pioneer aviator Louis Bleriot.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Hovercraft over Channel".

    Calais, France and Dover, Kent.

    G/V hovercraft being prepared at Calais Harbour, camera pans to crowd lining the quayside. C/U French policeman looking on. G/V hovercraft being fuelled. C/U test pilot Peter Lamb. Angle shot: crane about to lift Hovercraft into water. Top shot: looking down on the Hovercraft as the engine starts up. C/U flap being tested. Top shot: hovercraft being lifted from the quayside and being placed on the water. C/U two French girls looking on. Top shot: the Hovercraft leaving the quayside as it starts off across the harbour waters. C/U two French men looking on. G/V hovercraft travelling out of Calais Harbour following a ship. L/S hovercraft throwing up clouds of spray around it as it speeds along.

    Panning shot from the cliffs of Dover to the Bleriot Memorial ceremony being held at the spot where pioneer aeroplane pilot Louis Bleriot landed after his first Channel crossing. C/U plaque to the memory of Bleriot on the spot where he landed. G/V crowds watching the ceremony. C/U Madame Bleriot at the ceremony. Angle shot pan Hunter planes of 111 Squadron flying overhead. G/V Mme. Bleriot standing to attention. C/U French officers saluting. G/V crowds applauding. C/U Mme. Bleriot walking down to look at plaque. C/U pioneer aviator Lord Brabazon raising his hat. Panning shot from Mme. Bleriot down to the plaque which she is looking at.

    G/V hovercraft approaching the beach at Dover. L/S crowds waving. Panning shot hovercraft leaving the sea, going up the beach and finally coming to rest. Panning shot Lamb jumping off the hovercraft onto the beach. G/V crowds around hovercraft. C/U designer Mr. C. S. Cockerell, inventor of hovercraft, wiping his glasses.

    Note: booklets, programmes and tourist brochures about this event on file.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1591.10
    Media URN:
    51155
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    30/07/1959
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:11:19:00 / 01:13:02:00
    Canister:
    59/61

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