• Short Summary

    Great documentary tracing the history of aviation.

  • Description

    Reel 2.

    Seaplanes. A plane tries to take off from an expanse of water but sinks. Various early planes are shown taxiing along and stationary. One plane attempts to take off but the back part is too heavy. Louis Bleriot is shown on crutches. Film of his cross channel flight. Spectators wave him off from France then he arrives in Dover. We see Bleriot and his plane in Dover. He climbs into a car. School of training for pilots established by Messrs Vickers of Brooklands. Men wheel a biplane on to a runway. It takes off. Royal Flying Corps machine "the B.E."? A pilot climbs into his leathers assisted by his Engineer. He takes off in a biplane.

    A "Bristol Fighter" climbs into plane at night looking for an imaginary Zeppelin. Mock-up of the interior of a Zeppelin. Model of a Zeppelin seen in the sky with the plane above it. Bombs are dropped and the model Zeppelin blows up. Planes flying in formation. World war one battleships and aircraft over the sea. Aircraft carriers. Alcock and Brown who made first cross-Atlantic flight are seen. Shot of the Vickers-Vimy biplane.

    See reels 1 and 3.

    Note: clipped, jokey voice over, mixture of newsreel footage and actors playing scenes.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1697.02
    Media URN:
    71055
    Group:
    Documentaries
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1931
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:08:15:00 / 01:13:45:00
    Canister:
    DOCS

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