• Short Summary

    Scientists spend lots of time working on their rocket - it explodes 20 ft above the ground.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Near Pilau. ... otherwise it was a complete success! Dr Winkler's 'Stratosphere Rocket' - that was meant to link the Earth & Moon - gets 21 feet on its way - explodes - and now litters the landscape for miles around!"

    On a beach men work on a small rocket (about 10 feet tall). One of them is wearing a white lab coat - looks like a scientist. The men pour fuel into containers. More shots of them standing by the rocket.

    C/U man working on the side of the rocket.

    Fuel poured into container - may be liquid oxygen. Men gather round table and look at charts. A weather balloon is prepared behind them.

    Fuel is pumped along a pipe. Long shot of men gathered around the rocket.

    A small group of observers are gathered to watch.

    Pan down - a man standing on step ladders - works on the rocket. It is a fairly simple single stage affair and looks a bit like a V1. The men finalise their work on the rocket.

    Men hidden behind the sand dunes prepare their cameras to film and photograph the launch. They wear German military style helmets.

    Long shot of the rocket. It launches, and as the title explains gets about 20 ft into the air and explodes. The wreckage comes crashing to the ground.

    (Natural sound track only - No commentary) Catalogued from Comb Print - shorter mute neg exists.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:16:00:00 / 01:17:06:00

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