• Short Summary

    International Air Fair at Biggin Hill, includes vintage planes and Eric Sykes.

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    Part of group of stories, "News takes the Air".

    International Air Fair at Biggin Hill, Kent.

    L/S aircraft on display at Biggin Hill. L/S Shackleton aircraft. M/S people walking under Shackleton, looking at bomb bay. Panning shot people queuing up, waiting to look over Lancaster bomber. People looking at Lancaster. C/U nose of Lancaster. M/S models of various planes on deck of model aircraft carrier. C/U sign: HMS Victorious. Panning shot boys looking at model planes on aircraft carrier deck. C/U of boys. M/S comedian Eric Sykes sitting in the old cockpit of the Bristol Boxkite.

    Pan the famous French 7 seat helicopter Alouette III zooming down over the airfield, and then hovering. L/S Beverley transporter. M/S people waiting to enter the Beverley. M/S Beverley transporter, pan to Piper plane. M/S mechanics turning round the Hurricane fighter. C/U tail of Hurricane, painted with words: "The Last of the Many". M/S boys looking at the Tiger Moth. Panning shot boys looking at cockpit of the Tiger Moth.

    Ground to air shots of famous French biplane "Stampe" flying upside down, it does a loop, rights itself and then flies upside down again. M/S man, woman and small boy looking skywards with expression of shock. M/S of the biplane as it twists, turns, starts to dive and crashes. Various shots wrecked plane (narrator explains pilot escaped unhurt).

    M/S Red Arrows acrobatic team flying in formation with vapour trails. Panning shot as planes fly low at speed over aerodrome. Panning shot formation team fly past and overhead, they turn and zoom down towards camera. M/S as the acrobatic team perform a bomb burst.

    Note: press release, newspaper cuttings and programme on file.

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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:
    01:20:28:00 / 01:23:16:00

Comments (1)

  1. eddieh says

    Great memories!! During the sixties I lived in Lee, South East London a would always be taken to Biggin Hill air shows by my old man or my brother in law. Imagine my delight and surprise to find whilst watching this clip that I remembered so many of the planes and exhibits and then at (0.34) to see myself, my best friend Brian Hildreth and my old man on the HMS Victorious model!! Those were the days when I had hair, 20 20 vision, only one chin and a waist!! Great great memories Thanks

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