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    Enormous battle cruiser aeroplane is seen in flight.

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    Brough, Nr. Hull, Yorkshire.

    Title: "FIRST AIR BATTLE CRUISER. Successful trials of 1000 hp. Blackburn Napier Battleplane - the largest single engined Aeroplane in the World".

    M/S of a group of men manoeuvring a gigantic biplane wing into position. L/S of the large biplane parked in front of an aircraft hangar. Panning shot of the aeroplane taken from the side. M/S of a man sheltering from the heavy rain under one of the wings.

    L/S of the battle cruiser taking off. Various L/Ss of the biplane swooping over scenic countryside. L/S of the plane taxiing across a field.

    M/S of a man leaping out of the side of the stationary plane onto the runway. C/U of the man - probably the pilot - in front of the plane. More shots of the plane flying over the airfield and meadows. M/S of twenty or so men sheltering under the wing of the parked plane, highlighting the planes enormity.

    M/S of the plane landing. M/S of the men wheeling the biplane out of the hangar, a tarpaulin from the cockpit. Various shots of the stationary biplane - the wings are unfolded to their full diameter, men climb into the hold and into the cockpit using a ladder on wheels. Various shots of men wheeling the tattered skeleton of an ancient biplane in front of the spanking new aeroplane - once again demonstrating its hugeness! C/U of the name on the nose of the ancient plane - 'Antoinette'. Various shots of the old plane (with no wings) standing next to the air battle cruiser.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:45:13:00 / 01:50:10:00
    G 1114

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