• Short Summary

    Britain's latest airliner goes for test flight.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "ROCHESTER".

    Rochester, Kent.

    A large Short Mayo Composite seaplane rising from water. Various shots of the plane in flight. This is Britain's latest airliner during test flight. This plane is designed to to have a smaller plane ride on top of it - a special flying boat which is to help with its takeoff. Later, planes would separate in the air. The twin flight is yet to be tested. More shots of the plane in the air. Plane descends and lands on water.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:41:08:00 / 01:41:49:00

Comments (3)

  1. jamied says

    The aircraft seen here is a Short Mayo Composite. It was the only example of its type ever built.

    The shots lists currently states that "This plane is designed to ride as a twin on top of another plane" - actually, it should be the other way round, this plane was designed to have a smaller plane ride on top of it.

  2. jamied says

    Footage of the aircraft actually piggy-backing a smaller plane in 1938 can be seen in clip 955.48. Then, footage of the pilots chatting can be seen in clip 953.41.

  3. British Pathé says

    Thanks for clearing that up, jamied.

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