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    Graham White's flying school at Hendon; England.

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    Pupils at Graham White's flying school at Hendon, London.

    Shot of a pupil in seat of primitive aeroplane (in which the pilot is totally out in the open); with another guy; who seems to be the teacher; right behind him; as if they're both seated in the same saddle. The guy in back is making motions (wearing big mittens) and even moving the other man's arms; evidently explaining things in a very physical way. Another man spins propellor. Shot from behind aeroplane as it starts up; rolls forward on the ground. The guy on the ground seems literally to disappear in a puff of smoke.

    World War One; aviation

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    01:49:31:00 / 01:50:34:00
    ON 044 D

Comments (1)

  1. TerryMace says

    The instructor is Marcus Dyce Manton; b. 14 Sep 1893 in Sheffield, an 'Engineer's Improver' in 1912, later an instructor at Hendon for Grahame-White - he applied for the RFC but was rejected on medical grounds.

    He was remembered for wearing "startling socks".

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