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    Item showing how battle planes are produced for the war.

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    Title - 'Britain's mastery of the air. One instance showing how battle planes are being turned out of factories'.

    Location of events unknown / unclear.

    Pan on row of planes sitting on a field. Men moving light aeroplanes forward - they can even lift them away from buildings (hangars?).

    MS crowd of workers; etc. walking across field.

    Amendment 2018:
    This shows planes (we believe they are Sopwith Scouts) built by the Whitehead Aircraft Company Ltd and would have been recorded at Hanworth Park in Feltham. The Whitehead Aircraft Company Ltd built a factory in Feltham, Middlesex in 1916/17. Although the factory is long gone, the approximate location of the featured sheds was in the area now bounded by Mono Lane, Air Park Way, and Browells Lane, with the Longford River running behind them, all in Feltham.

    In 1917 Pathé made a film called “Birth Of An Aeroplane” which was premiered at the Pathé Roof Garden Theatre on 9 June 1917. As reported at the time the film began with the felling of the trees and ended with footage of a plane flying over the trenches. Factory footage was shot at the Whitehead Aircraft Company works, including female factory workers, and there was also footage showing the company’s test pilot, Herbert Sykes, “putting the plane through its paces”, showing take off procedure as well as flight. The film was shown at some theatres.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    HD at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:30:49:00 / 01:31:32:00
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  1. whiteheadaircraft says

    this is footage of the Whitehead Aircraft factory at Hanworth. the hangar doors with Whitehead Aircraft Ltd written right across are just about recognizable but i have checked the serial number of the planes and they are definitely made by this factory. My husband is John Alexander Whitehead's grandson.

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