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    Some good footage of the R 33 airship as it is flown and tested.

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    Item title reads - The R 33 ... in early dawn .... takes the air for important tests to supply data for the R-101 now being constructed for first Empire Airship Service. Cardington, Bedford. Bedfordshire.

    M/S of the R 33 moving along, it hovers above the ground and slowly rises. M/S as it heads towards a mooring mast, is pulled in on a line and attached to the top. L/S of the airship hovering in the sky, various shots as it hovers over the mooring mast and over a building, it moves slowly along. M/S from various angles as it hovers along just above the ground.

    The title is repeated, M/S of the airship in its shed, the camera pans down it, M/S as a man puts a flag on the back. M/S as the camera pans slowly across the big 'R 33' on the side. L/S from various angles as it hovers above the ground, people walk about underneath.

    Intertitle - 'After being 5 1/2 hours in the air - (the first airship flight in Britain since R-38 disaster at Hull) she was safely moored at Pulham, Norfolk.' L/S of it in the air. M/S of a man walking along the top, he looks very small. The camera pans across it to the mooring mast where it is pulled in and attached, the camera pans down it. M/S as a man climbs out of the front and down on to the mast, M/S as they climb down to the bottom and stand on the field. M/S of the mast.

    Various shots of the airship tethered to the mast, the camera pans across it, various shots of the airship in flight. M/S as it hovers, watched by a lot of people, and slowly rises. Various shots as it flies. M/S of a man stood on the back, M/S as a man climbs up a ladder to the top. Various shots as the camera pans across it. M/S of what looks like a little model of a demon perched on the airship. L/S of the airship. M/S of men peering through the doors which slowly open, camera pans across to men turning a huge wheel to open the doors. L/S of the airship flying above. M/S of the rear of the airship in the shed with people climbing up and working on it. Various shots of the airship in the shed.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:07:12:00 / 01:26:12:00
    G 1178

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