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  • Short Summary

    Various shots of a stunt man donning parachute and "wings" and strapping himself to a light aircraft; air to air shots "Bird Man" does not jump.

  • Description

    Unissued / unused material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

    Yeadon, West Yorkshire

    MS Crowd in summer clothes on a hot day, waiting for action. CU Man looking at sky with binoculars.

    Various shots, bird man, Leo Valentine, fixing position on plane, about to perform a stunt. MS Two men carrying "wings" out to plane. Various shots, Valentine in his harness, and putting his helmet on, positioning himself on on wing of plane. LS. Light single engine aircraft taxiing out, with Valentine on wing.

    Air to air shots, Valentine still strapped to wing - no jump attempted.

    Note: "Date received" on original paperwork reads: 30/05/1955. Alternative spellings: Valentin / Valentine.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:00:00 / 01:03:11:00
    UN 2741 C

Comments (3)

  1. Unknown user says

    "Leo Valentine" in the title, text and tags should read Leo Valentin.

    "Light single engine aircraft taxiing out" - it's a Morane-Saulnier MS-502, Reg. No. F-BEJQ.

    Rather than performing "stunts", Frenchman Valentin aimed to achieve human flight by jumping from planes and then using his bird-like wings.

    Sadly he died the year after this footage was shot, following an accident while exiting a plane over Liverpool. Attached is a newspaper article from the era reporting the incident...

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  2. Unknown user says

    I was there in 1956 at what was the Speke air show now called John Lenon airport in Liverpool as a six year old boy with my parents. I distinctly remember everything about that tragedy. I remember seeing the plane take off and circle very high above the airport, the commentator saying keep your eyes glued to airplane he will jump any second. Then we witnessed something falling from the aircraft, this was obviously him, within a split second tragedy struck and he tried in vain to open his parachute to no avail and he plummeted to the ground approx 1 mile away from where we were watching from. It seems like only yesterday..........57 years have flown by. Alan Pennington St. Helens Merseyside

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  3. Unknown user says

    He was the first cousin of my father. The mum of Léo was the sister of my grandfather
    Il était le cousin germain de mon père. La maman de Léo était la sœur de mon grand-père


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