Great documentary tracing the history of aviation.
Ross and Keith Smith - first aeroplane flight from England to Australia. Amy Johnson returns from Australia in 1929. Led home by Imperial Airways liner to Croydon airport. She arrives at dusk to a welcome from a large crowd. Maggie (Margaret) Bondfield presents Amy with a gift. "Jason" Amy's plane is shown. A passenger sea plane ("a flying boat") is featured - a Dornier X (DOX). Southampton flying boat with Rolls Royce engines takes off from the sea. Saunders-Roe seaplane with the aircraft's designer Mr A.V. Roe on board. The plane taxis along the water. Messrs Vickers factory - men are seen working on the bodies of planes. Vickers Supermarine Racer is being constructed for the Schneider Trophy contest. Squadron Leader Olebar (sp?) flies in a Fairey (?) Firefly. Men push the plane out into the water. He is flying from Calshot. The plane takes off. We see it land on the water.
Flight Lieutenant Dry the Engineer Officer inspects a Gloucester or Gloster Napier. Several men do safety checks. The plane is started up. Flight Lieutenant Boothman winner of Schneider Trophy race. Plane is pushed out into the water and takes off. We see the plane in flight. The plane is towed back to land. Boothman comes down a ladder from the cockpit. He has a pad of paper strapped to his leg on which he has been writing notes during his test flight. He is carried on piggyback to the shore. Vickers Supermarine Rolls Royce S6A is featured. The engine is shown suspended in the flight sheds at Calshot - this may be the S6B. The Supermarine is pushed out of the flight sheds and prepared for takeoff. We see the plane in flight.
See reels 1 and 2.
Note: clipped, jokey voice over, mixture of newsreel footage and actors playing scenes.