• Short Summary

    Inventor Carl Rich wears a special suit that allows him to fly at great heights in a biplane.

  • Description

    Titles read: "Pathetone - presents SUITS FOR THE STRATOSPHERE!"

    Location of events unknown - could be Australia or Canada.

    Various shots of Canadian (?) inventor Carl Rich being helped into his own device of a kind of space-suit by some RAF men. The insulated suit has an oxygen tank on the back and a radio telephone is in one of the legs - it has been designed to enable pilots to fly with safety at 30,000 feet.

    Carl gets into a biplane, looking "like a giant robot out of an HG Wells story" (as commentator rightly says), and takes off, apparently climbing to 15,000 feet. Brief shot from the plane as we fly above the clouds. C/U of Carl back on ground (not wearing the suit), as he says the first suit he made to this design allowed him to go up to 38,000 feet.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1176.02
    Media URN:
    40545
    Group:
    Pathetones
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    22/08/1938
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:02:10:00 / 01:03:18:00
    Canister:
    PT 439

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