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  • Short Summary

    Airship flies from Germany, across the Atlantic, to America.

  • Description

    Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States of America, U.S.A.

    Title: "ZR-3 crosses Atlantic in non-stop flight! Mammoth Zeppelin soars from Germany to America, 4000 miles in three days - the greatest flight ever made in aviation history".

    Intertitle: "Its silvery form gleaming in the morning sun, the ZR-3 hovers over New York Bay and ..." (end of title obscured by timecode)

    Intertitle: "This epoch-making flight began in Friedrichshafen, where the dirigible was made for America".

    L/S of an airship slowly moving out of an aircraft hangar.

    Intertitle: "Pathe News films of the ZR-3 taken at Friedrichshafen, were brought to America aboard the dirigible itself!"

    L/S of the airship inside the aircraft hangar, a man is climbing into the cabin beneath the ship, the cabin is being held steady by a gang of men. L/S of the airship taking off. L/S of a crowd outside an aircraft hangar watching the launch.

    Intertitle: "Scenes taken aboard the ZR-3 during its flight across the Atlantic ..."

    Various aerial shot of the coastline taken from the cabin of the airship (its tail-fins are in shot).

    Intertitle: "Near Bordeaux, France, the Zeppelin swung boldly out over the ocean ..."

    Aerial shot, taken from the cabin of the airship, of ships at sea near coast. Aerial shot looking down at the cabin; someone is waving a white handkerchief from a porthole. L/S, taken from the ground, of the airship in flight. L/S of the airship landing on a field in front of a large white building. Aerial shot of the airship landing. M/S of the cabin of the grounded airship, the crew lean out of the windows to talk to a crew below.

    Intertitle: "Capt. G. W. Steele, senior American naval observer aboard the ship ..."

    C/U of Capt. Steele with two women - his wife and mother, maybe? - he puts his arms around them. A few seconds of black spacing. C/U of a man with a goatee beard. M/S of the crew chatting with the man with a goatee. M/S of the crew sitting and leaning on a jeep outside the hangar, they remove their caps and cheer. C/U of three of the crew, one man waves the paw of a teddy bear - their mascot?

    Intertitle: "With the acquisition of the ZR-3, the United States now owns the world's two largest airships".

    L/S of an airship moored to the ground, taken looking through the entrance of an aircraft hangar. Aerial shot of an airship in flight over the Statue of Liberty, New York (unfortunately this shot is very scratched).

    Intertitle: "Pathe News sends out special airplanes to escort the ZR-3 into New York".

    Aerial shot, taken from one of the escort planes, of the airship flying over the coast. Aerial shot of the airship over New York city. Aerial shot of the airship over the sea.

    Intertitle: "Early morning workers are treated to a first glimpse of the airship at Battery Park".

    Low angled L/S taken from ground level of the airship in flight. Aerial shot of the airship flying over the city. L/S of the airship flying behind a sky scraper. M/S of the grounded airship in a hangar, two crew members are passing down luggage from the airship cabin.

    Still of a world map, animated line shows the airship's journey from Germany, across the Atlantic, to America, the words - 5,500 miles, - 80 hours - appear.

    Note: print quite scratched at start. Please see separate record for shorter version of this story - AMERICA AIRSHIP FLIGHT - in G 1132. AH 2000.

    A Pathe website user has informed us that the Zeppelin construction number of this ship was LZ126 and it was later named Los Angeles.

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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:
    01:21:20:00 / 01:28:18:00
    G 1132

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