• Short Summary

    Flight Lt. Kinkead is seen with his seaplane, the Supermarine Napier S.5.

  • Description

    Full titles read: "For World's Air Speed Record - The man and the machine... Flight Lt. Kinkead and that "miracle of speed" the Supermarine Napier S.5."

    Calshot, Hampshire.

    M/S of a small seaplane, the Supermarine Napier S.5, being wheeled out of an aircraft hangar. A man, probably Flight Lieutenant Kinkead, climbs into the cockpit and helps another man to pour petrol in the tank; others check different areas of the plane. Two men check the propellor; Kinkead works the propellor from the cockpit.

    Nice M/S of Kinkead standing at the base of his plane. We see him chatting with some other men beside the plane; this seems to be a press conference with reporters, photographers and cameramen standing around the plane. Another shot of the plane being wheeled out, Kinkead filling petrol and talking to reporters.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:48:15:00 / 01:50:44:00
    G 1483

Comments (2)

  1. Unknown user says

    "Kinkead" is Samuel Kinkead.

    He is seen in this clip preparing his Supermarine S.5, Serial Number 221. Sadly he was killed flying this very plane shortly after this film was taken, on 12 March 1928.

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  2. Unknown user says

    This film was shot on Tuesday, 6 March 1928. On Sunday, 11 March, Flight Lieutenant Samuel Kinkead DSO DSC* DFC* successfully flew the Supermarine-Napier seaplane N221 at an unofficial speed of 330mph, but he was killed on Monday, 12 March, during the official record attempt, when the plane dived almost vertically into the Solent.

    The story of Kink's adventurous life is summarised on this page of my website:

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