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  • Short Summary

    Good look at the training of early Air Force pilots. Pathe Pictorial item.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Training A Real Sky Pilot - Pathe Pictorial".

    Introductory intertitle reads: "When you hear the drone of that 'plane high up aloft, do you ever think of the training of its pilot and his satellites? The busy 'shop' instruction -". Various shots of RAF trainees in a workshop. They are working with wood.

    Intertitle reads: "The 'prop' swinging class - whose instructor's motto is 'Nobody loves me'." VS Group of trainees are being taught how to start a biplane engine by swinging the propellor - it is harder than it looks.

    Intertitle reads: "The change of job when the East calls for another machine to be despatched." VS as men pack the fuselage of a plane onto the back of a train.

    Intertitle reads: "And the happiest 'call' of all - 'Cookhouse'." MS of man blowing bugle. People run from barracks in background. VS of men (possibly Royal Flying Corps). filing into canteen.

    Intertitle reads: "You can spend a lot of time in the air but you can't live on it". Various good shots of men eating at long tables. Crowd of jolly fliers run towards camera.

    Intertitle reads: "After dinner, interesting lessons on the 'joy-stick' - the little fellow that controls the machine". MS an instructor and trainee pilot examine the controls of a plane.

    Intertitle reads: "... and a lesson on 'rigging'." VS of a biplane being assembled. The wings are lifted into place.

    Intertitle reads: "Finally a giant 'Handley Page' enters the picture and takes away its load of happy joy riders." VS men move a giant bomber plane out of a hanger. The folded wings are moved back into place. The crew climb up into place in the plane. Trainee pilots wave from the plane as it taxies away. A biplane flies towards the camera.

    N.B. Item found in Unidentified Gazettes reel.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1929
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:46:32:00 / 01:49:13:00

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