Item comparing 1920's aeroplanes with Wright Brothers' planes.
This is part of a Pathe progress story contrasting the modern aeroplanes of the late 1920's with Wright Brothers' early planes.
CU from behind Wright plane ready to take off; it taxis on three small wheels; a few men walking or running after it. Cut to shot of another Wright plane flying at low altitude over muddy field. Then shot of plane flying higher; towards camera.
Rotating wipe; changes to shot of bizarre craft, looks like passenger plane with windows along sides but is moving in the water; 4 front propellers spinning. Next a big 4-propeller biplane on ground at airfield. Closer shot from front of the shiny metallic plane. CU from just behind wings and propellers. Side view nose; cockpit; portable stairs under plane door.
Title - 'The Pathe Gazette now takes you back to 1903 to see one of Wilbur Wright's first flights to enable you to realise aviation's giant progress in 24 years'.
(Film may actually be from as 1909). CU as Wilbur Wright attaches wheels to plane; or really; tilts plane to lean on wheels. A few men turn aeroplane around. Two men turn the propellers. CU Wilbur Wright and another man climb into the aeroplane.
Shot from behind; weight dropping in tower; which propels the plane forward along a rail. (This is like a physics lesson!). MS as aeroplane takes off. Several men stand in the field watching. Shots of plane flying at low altitude around the field (same as earlier in this story). Flying 100 feet high. Skimming just over the ground.
***Wright footage: see also ON 401 J.