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  • Short Summary

    Nice film showing the manufacture of a biplane - good shots of women at work.

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    Dark green tint on intertitles, slight pink tint on images.

    Man writes film title on a piece of white paper: "The Making of an Aeroplane." Shots of a biplane taxiing along.

    Intertitle: "View of Woodworking Shop - The Austin Motor Co. Ltd Longbridge." Men and women work in the factory assembling wing of plane. Various shots of wood being screwed and hammered into place by men and young boy apprentices, sawing, measuring etc. Women are seen working in the background.

    "Fixing small packing blocks to Box End Rib." Processes seen in C/U. Woman working. C/Us of woman filing metal. Men work at a lathe. Small struts are cut to make "ribs." A piece of wood (or metal) is "rounded". Pieces of wood are fed through a machine by a young boy. Ribs are painted to "resist weather and dope." Tape is stitched on to fuselage covers. C/U of Singer sewing machine with fabric being fed through. The fuselage is wired. Two women work together, they chat and one smiles. The wing tie rods are assembled.

    A man sips a cup of tea on the factory floor before getting back to work. Tapes are glued onto the struts. Top shot of the factory canteen full of workers. Struts are screwed to the body of the plane. Eyelets are put in fuselage covers. C/U of woman's hands as she works an eyelet machine. The pilot's seat head rest is padded and covered. C/U of woman nailing and trimming leather of seat. Struts are turned on a lathe. C/U of this. End of spars are turned, again in C/U. Women working - one smiles and look at the camera. Ribs for the tail planes are assembled.

    Note: nice shots of many processes involved in making a biplane structure. Lots of good shots of women working.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1929
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:06:15:00 / 01:21:55:00

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