• Short Summary

    Inventor Bonney is seen in his movable wing plane 'Sea Gull', moments before crashing to his death in the aircraft.

  • Description

    Full titles read: "Tragic pioneer Flight - Inventor Bonney in his own designed movable wing 'plane "Sea Gull", crashes to death a few moments after take-off."

    United States of America.

    M/S of the tail of the 'Sea Gull' aeroplane, reading 'Bonney Gull', while the plane is still on the ground. M/S of Leonard Warden Bonney in the cockpit, wearing a suit and with a cigarette in his hand; he moves controls to make the wing move about. L/S of the 'Sea Gull' on an airfield; a man sits on the wing.

    L/S of the plane taking off - it has quite a peculiar shape, being rather nose heavy, like a big-chested bird! The plane soars briefly then starts to lose height, heading back down to earth quickly - our view is blocked by a spectator so we do not actually see it crash. L/S of the wreck as people run towards it, followed by cars. M/S of the wreck shows it is totally smashed and seems to have broken in half.

    Amendment February 2012: A visitor to the website has provided some more information. The location is Curtiss Field, Long Island, NY. Date of the incident is 4 May 1928. The aircraft is actually called the "Bonney Gull"

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:14:12:00 / 01:15:39:00
    G 1502

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