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    Women at work in Whitehead Aircraft Factory.

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    Supply of munitions. Whitehead Aircraft Factory

    World War One; home front. War work. Women at work in a munitions factory; women all in white uniforms; standing at long tables; working. One woman props up a sign that says 'A Happy New Year'. Pan to right; another woman (off screen) props up another sign on table: 'A Merry Xmas '. Women continue working. Holidays; Christmas.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:20:00:00 / 01:20:57:00
    ON 038 D

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  1. Unknown user says

    Female aircraft workers assembling wing ribs. In the last nine frames one worker can be seen holding a triangular tail fin for a Maurice Farman MFII pusher biplane. Each worker has a paper label pinned to the front of their overalls bearing the name of their employer, Whitehead Aircraft.

    The location for this footage is the Whitehead Aircraft factory at 31, Townshend Terrace in Richmond-on-Thames. Mr J. A Whitehead had established his aircraft company in an old rifle volunteer Drill Hall in May 1915.

    He quickly proved his abilities as a manufacturer with an initial order for six B.E.2b tractor biplanes, which was soon followed by a much larger government contract for 100 Maurice Farmans MFII pushers. By this stage of the war these aircraft were hopelessly obsolete for front line duties and had been relegated to use as basic trainers for the RFC.

    See related film no. 1862.25

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