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    Malcolm Campbell prepares to leave in his aeroplane 'Blue Bird' to find ideal speed track.

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    Item title reads - "Somewhere in Sahara". Captain Malcolm Campbell leaves in his "Blue Bird" 'plane to find ideal speed track for attack on world's record. Croydon, Greater London.

    M/S of Malcolm Campbell stood with son Donald (?) and co-pilot. M/S of him stood with his family. C/U of him holding his little girl. M/S as she clings on then lets go so he can climbs into the pilot's seat of the aeroplane. M/S as it taxis across airfield.

    Note: for another item about this story please see 'Campbell in with child (aka Campbell....with child) on *PM0748*, it contains some of the same footage.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:57:12:00 / 01:58:15:00
    G 1553

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  1. Unknown user says

    This flight began on November 3 1928.

    "Campbell stood with son Donald (?)" - yes, that's Donald Campbell.

    "and co-pilot" - the co-pilot is Flight Lieut D Don.

    "holding his little girl" - that's Jean Campbell.

    Malcolm Campbell's wife, Dorothy, is also visible with him at 00:20.

    "seat of the aeroplane" - the aircraft is a De Havilland DH60G Gipsy Moth, Reg. No. G-AAAJ.

    Some of this footage is repeated in clip 748.25.

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