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    Lord Desborough presents aircraft donated by Leicester in a small ceremony out by the plane.

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    Aeroplane, a Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.12, donated by Leicester.

    M/S of a woman holding bouquet and several men (presumably Lord Desborough and representatives of Leicester) stand in front of aeroplane. One of the men stands on ladder in centre; Union Jack hangs from plane with former Canadian flag. Lord Desborough on ladder making a little speech.

    Next, christening the new aircraft. The lady stands holding a hammer while one of the men points out where she should hit a bottle wrapped in cloth and stuck in centre of propeller. She finally does hit it, champagne streams down propeller and a couple of the men wave their hats around.

    C/U of side of aeroplane with name 'Leicester'; slow pan to left showing RAF officer along with the men and lady. Back diagonal shot of the biplane taxiing away, preparing to take off.

    Note: Event took place 03/06/1916.


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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:41:51:00 / 01:42:47:00
    ON 009 F

Comments (4)

  1. Unknown user says

    The aircraft shown is a Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.12.

    The plane is being christened "The City of Leicester".

    "The man on ladder (perhaps Lord D?)" - yes, that's Lord Desborough.

    "Union Jack hangs from plane" - also seen on the plane is the old version of the Canadian flag, this is because the plane was being sent to Canada.

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  2. Unknown user says

    The exact date of the BE.12 6508 inauguration ceremony is 03/06/1916.
    Quoted with photograph in the book “Aviation in Leicestershire and Rutland” by Roy Bonser, Midland Publishing (2001)
    The presentation was made by Leicester Aero Club together with the Imperial Air Command and was part of the "Aircraft for the Dominions" Initiative.

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  3. Unknown user says

    Thanks to both of you!

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  4. cooked says

    More details about this ceremony may be found at

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