• Short Summary

    Testing a man power helicopter and an unsinkable boat.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Hastings. Inventions Rise And Fall".

    Hastings, East Sussex. Testing the Helipede - a man powered Helicopter.

    SV of John Davies pedalling the Helipede he gets off and slows down the propellor with his hand. CU young teenagers laughing. CU of John Davies and Peter Tregar and Tom Hill making adjustments to the Rota Blade. CU of the pilot who is looking at the Rota Blade pan across to Peter Tregar who is making adjustments to a Blade. CU of the pedal. SV of the pilot walking towards the machine about to make his test he gets on. CU young people watching. SV of John Davies now pedalling the machine and Tom Hill checking the Rev with a clock. CU feet pedalling. CU John Davies looking up at the blades. CU Rota Blades going round. SV John Davies pedalling now going faster with Tom Hill checking the rev.

    Intertitle reads: "Holland". An unsinkable boat is demonstrated.

    GV of pier with boats sitting on top waiting to be launched (sub super scene). CU of the inventor getting inside the boat. SV top of pier showing boat it it tilted and begins to slide over the edge if the pier. CU angle shot. of the boat leaving the edge of the pier and plunging into the water it strikes the water nose first and does a complete somersault righting itself again. CU crowd watching. SV of boat in water it is now being turned over on its side and completely over by another swimmer in the water demonstrating its ability to right itself. SV. side of boat with the inventor opening the hatch and standing up through the hatch.

    (Pathe Neg)

    Cataloguer's Note: The Helipede film is of poor quality and not really very usable - MD.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:11:01:00 / 01:12:19:00

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