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  • Short Summary

    A Belgian mail plane sets off carrying letters to Leopoldsville in the Congo.

  • Description

    Title missing.

    CU of plane - name on the side is 'Reine Astrid'. MS of pilot talking to another man. CU of sack of Belgian air mail. CU of tag saying the mail is destined for Leopoldsville in the Belgian Congo. The mail is loaded on board and the small monoplane takes off on its journey.

    N.B. Item found in Unidentified Gazettes reel.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    2731.12
    Media URN:
    80445
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1930 - 1939
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:40:30:00 / 01:40:54:00
    Canister:
    UNI GAZ ROLL 33

Comments (1)

  1. Glidewatch says

    This is de Havilland DH 88 Comet G-ACSR named Reine Astrid in honour of the Belgium Queen with pilots Ken Waller on the right and uniformed Captain Maurice Fanchhomme at the start of their mail delivery flight from Brussells to Leopodville on 20th December 1934. Waller passes the mail sack to a mechanic who places it in the nose of the plane (While the engines are running!) The Ratier props are seen at the start. They set a record flight time of 22hours and 35 minutes before returning again in record time. This was an out and return flight of 8,882 miles. A replica of this plane, and sister aircraft \"Black magic\" is being built at Derby Aero Club, more details of these planes www.cometracer.co.uk

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