• Short Summary

    A small seaplane takes off from the roof of a large flying boat.

  • Description

    Titles read: "PICK-A-BACK PLANE demonstration flight".

    Rochester, Kent.

    Various shots on the River Meadway of the Short Mayo Composite large flying boat Maia with the smaller seaplane Mercury on her back. The plane takes off from the river and flies over Rochester with the other boat still attached, then the smaller one takes off while in mid-air. These shots are intercut with brief shots of people watching from the ground. The two aeroplanes land separately on the river.

    Commentator explains this demonstration has solved the problem of launching long range planes (like Mercury) and is the work of designer Major Robert Mayo. Brief shots of the pilots of the two seaplanes, John Parker and Harold Piper.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    955.48
    Media URN:
    16343
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    28/02/1938
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:36:53:00 / 01:38:39:00
    Canister:
    38/17

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    The plane is the Short Mayo Composite, the only example of its type ever built.

    The flight seen here took place on 6 February 1938.

    SEE CLIP 953.41 FOR FOOTAGE OF THE PILOTS CHATTING AFTE THE FLIGHT.

    SEE CLIP 933.45 FOR AN EARLY TEST FLIGHT OF THE LOWER HALF OF THE PLANE.

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  2. British Pathé says

    Thanks.

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