1920s aviation material - possibly a New York to Berlin flight attempt.
No title. c 1927
Unedited material. A group of men push an old plane backwards along an airfield. L/S of the plane taxiing along the airfield then coming to a stop. Two men give the aircraft a push. More men come to the plane's assistance and walk along with it. They attempt another launch. L/S of men standing with the plane. (All preceding footage is very unremarkable - the aircraft may be remarkable in itself but it doesn't seem so...) C/U of three people standing in front of an aircraft. A woman in a fur trimmed coat is flanked by two men. C/U of man sitting in the cockpit of the plane, two men chat to him. This may be a New York to Berlin flight attempt - the names of the cities are painted on the side of the aircraft. C/U of the man in the cockpit smiling. The other man in the plane has a patch over one eye. Various shots of the plane taxiing along the airfield. Various shots of the plane in flight and landing. On spacing between two sections of the film is written "Trans Atlantic Flight - Leparvon (?) - Paul Wyand." Paul Wyand was a cameraman. Crowds of people surround the plane which is stationary outside a hangar. C/U of two men standing in front of a plane - on the side is the name "St Raphael." Crowds of people surround the plane. Written on spacing (difficult to read) "Levine Hinchliffe" ?
Following section is positive (section preceding is negative). Woman in fur trimmed coat and two companions seen earlier are featured. One of the men stands close to the aircraft with the man with an eye patch. C/U of man who I think is the pilot. C/U of man with eye patch. Petrol is put into the plane. The propellor is turned. The two men climb into the cockpit. C/U of pilot and C/U of the other man. Shot of the plane taxiing.
Note: I presume that this film features various stages in a Trans Atlantic Flight.