• Short Summary

    A history of ballooning and airships - includes great footage of Hindenburg, especially its lavish dining rooms!

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Lighter than air".

    A history of aviation balloons - from Mongolfier to ill-fated Hindenburg.

    Filmed in a variety of locations.

    Various shots of little girl in garden blowing up balloon, she lets go of it and it falls to the ground. Various shots of science laboratory: a balloon is being filled with hydrogen. M/S of man releasing hydrogen balloon in garden, it floats upwards.

    Various stills and etchings of early hot air balloons. Various shots of Professor Picard's high altitude balloon being launched in 1932, designed to explore the stratosphere. Various archive shots (1910s or 1920s) of early airship being launched.

    Various shots of airship, the Hindenburg, flying over Berlin Animated diagrams showing length and height (in comparison to Nelson's column), pointing out where engines are on airship. M/S of man standing next to motor of airship while it is airborne. Diagram of propeller. M/S of propeller during flight. Diagram of airship pointing out control car. M/S of actual control car. Various shots of crew at work in control car; manning radio, plotting trajectory etc. Diagram pointing out rudder and fins. Low angled shot of Hindenburg, there are Swastikas on the fins. Diagram showing internal frame of airship. Fantastic interior panning shot of the lavish writing rooms onboard the Hindenburg. Low angled L/S of Hindenburg in flight. Picture freeze frames, arrows are superimposed pointing to engines, passengers compartment etc.

    More stills / diagrams of old designs of balloons and airships. Diagrams demonstrating how over years balloons and airships are getting bigger and bigger. L/S of Hindenburg.

    Note: see also story - THE HINDENBURG - in 36/29, on *PM0879*. AH 2001.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:12:22:00 / 01:15:50:00
    PT 352

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