• Short Summary

    Two pilots are interviewed about the Portsmouth to Johannesburg flight.

  • Description

    Full title reads - Tragedy and Triumph. Portsmouth - Johannesburg flight.

    Shots of plane called 'Gabrielle' being looked over in a hanger.

    Various shots of two pilots being interviewed by the press, one is wearing a pith helmet.

    Shots of monoplane being moved across airfield. Crowd look on.

    More shots of interview.

    Shots of pith helmeted pilot climbing out of plane.

    Note: the soundtrack to this item is missing, it possibly includes Max Findlay who was killed during the flight.

    N.B. Item found in Unidentified Gazettes reel. Mute version of item in 36/83. Another version available on PM0895 - which is shorter.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:39:22:00 / 01:40:26:00
    36/83 / UNI GAZ ROLL 9

Comments (2)

  1. Unknown user says

    The aircraft seen in the opening shots is an Airspeed AS.6 Envoy, Reg. No. G-AENA, named "Gabrielle"

    It had been taking part in the Schlesinger African Air Race, from Portsmouth to Johannesburg, when it crashed at Abercorn in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), on either 30 September or 1 October 1936.

    Two members of crew, Max Findlay and A H Morgan, were killed.

    The location for that part of the film, then, is presumably Abercorn.

    Starting from 00:39 is footage of the plane that won the race. It is a Percival Vega Gull, Reg. No. G-AEKE, flown by C.W.A. Scott and Giles Guthrie.

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  2. Unknown user says

    CORRECTION - Abercorn (now Mbala) was in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia).

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