• Short Summary

    Striking sequences showing the various aircraft attempting an air race.

  • Description

    Item title reads: "From California To Honolulu. Of the 8 machines which started, only two finished in race of 2,500 miles across the Pacific. "Art" Goebel & his "Woolaroo" [sic] arrive first to win £7,000 prize. "


    L/S aerial view of an airfield with planes on ground. View of a Breese-Wilde 5 monoplane, the 'Aloha', taking off. C/U of a wrecked plane with propeller in the foreground and people behind. Further shots of take off, and of wreckage from one plane floating in water. Aerial view of an aeroplane landing, and twisting round, as it crashes and the wings break up. Shot of the crowd with the plane's wing silhouetted behind them. M/S aircraft coming in to land, as it gets closer, it is clear that one undercarriage wheel is missing. Close up of Art Goebel and his plane presented with flowers by girl. Side view of aircraft, one with "Woolaroc" in the foreground.

    Note: 1927 - a great year for long distance flying attempts, and here intrepid aviators have a go at a trans Pacific race. Goebel's aircraft is "Woolaroc", a Travel Air 5000. Navigator was William V Davis Jr.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:29:03:00 / 01:31:08:00
    G 1428

Comments (2)

  1. Unknown user says

    "Art Goebel" is Arthur C Goebel.

    "Goebel's aircraft not seen clearly, could be 'Woolaroc'" - it is indeed Woolaroc, (despite the title card saying Woolaroo).

    The event they're taking part in is the Dole Air Race (AKA Dole Race, AKA Dole Derby), held in August 1927.

    The event was filled with tragedy - 10 deaths occurred either before, during, or after the race, and six airplanes were lost, leaving just 2 finishers from 8 starters.

    "View of a monoplane, the 'Aloha" - it's a Breese-Wilde 5 monoplane.

    Goebel's aircraft, "Woolaroc', is a Travel Air 5000.

    Seen alongside Goebel at 01:52 is his navigator William V Davis Jr.

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