• Short Summary

    Mad American demonstrates safety features on plane - by climbing out of the cockpit while in flight.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Glendale, U.S.A. It flies itself! Pilot - in daring test - demonstrates aviation's latest wonder."

    Glendale, Arizona or California, United States of America.

    Shots of a strange looking 'plane. It is a propellor driven monoplane, but has a strange set of secondary wings which flap up and down. These move up and down. Stabilisers on the wings move side to side. Along the side is painted its name 'Self Flyer'.

    C/U stabilisers coming down from the wing, which according to the voiceover help to keep the plane level.

    The pilot climbs into the plane.

    The plane takes off.

    Great shots from inside the cabin as the pilot climbs out. Aerial view of the plane showing the pilot standing on the wing. Shot inside the cabin, the pilot is leaning in through the door and keeping an eye on the stick which appears to be keeping the plane fairly level. The pilot climbs back in to his seat. Aerial view of the pilot as he climbs out of the cabin and appears on top of the fuselage.

    C/U of the pilot lying on top of the fuselage of the plane as it flies. He waves.

    The voiceover suggests the features built into the plane are safety mechanisms - it just looks dangerous to me.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    685.41
    Media URN:
    5211
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    21/11/1932
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:54:59:00 / 01:55:41:00
    Canister:
    32/93

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